ELKHART, Indiana – JPJ Audio today announced it has taken delivery of 26 HARMAN Crown Audio VRACKs, an amplifier management rack system solution. The VRACK features three built-in Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers, providing an easy-to-configure, plug-and-play solution that eliminates the need to build amplifier racks.
Designed to work in conjunction with JBL VERTEC(r), VRX, and AE series loudspeakers, the system’s modular design is highly scalable and is designed to meet the needs of both small and large sound systems.
“We purchased the Crown VRACKs and replaced all our existing amplifiers that were driving our JBL VERTEC line arrays,” explained Jim Straw, CEO at JPJ Audio. “It gives us a new, lightweight packaged amplifier solution as well as access to the new JBL V5 VERTEC presets. It was the way other companies around the world were heading and so we decided to push VERTEC forward again and change the amplifiers. The decision to purchase was driven primarily by the presets.”
“The VRACK will help to set the standard for VERTEC systems everywhere in the world,” added Straw. “VRack ensures an optimum power match for all VERTEC models combined with uncompromised sound quality. Given its versatility, it can be used on VERTEC one day and then a monitor rack the next day.”
As soon as JPJ Audio’s VRACKs arrived they were put to work on the Lenny Kravitz Black & White tour mixed by Laurie Quigley. The PA system consisted of JBL VERTECs; 12 deep on the mains and nine deep on the sides with 12 subs a side and eight subs in the center. The JBL VERTEC was driven by 12 VRACKs, six a side situated behind the subs on side left and stage right.
Laurie stated that he was very happy with the JBL VERTEC on the new racks especially once the programs were written so that he could control different bands in groups.
“The VRACKs worked really well on the Australian tour and I was extremely happy with the sound quality,” he added. “The VRACKs are very versatile; you can do whatever you want with regards to turning certain amps up or down. We had a good sound system, good crew, good company. The gear is only as good as the company that preps it and only as good as the crew that puts it in the air.”
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.