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NAMM 2019: JBL VerTec line array inducted in TECnology Hall of Fame

JBL Professional VerTec has been selected by over 50 audio experts, including authors, educators, and engineers, for its innovative rigging system with a compact design

The JBL Professional VerTec line array system has been inducted into the TECnology Hall of Fame at the 2019 NAMM show.

JBL Professional VerTec has been selected by over 50 audio experts, including authors, educators, engineers, for its innovative rigging system with a compact design.

Founded in 2004 by George Petersen and presented since 2015 by the NAMM Museum of Making Music, the TECnology Hall of Fame honours audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology. VerTec joins other audio products in the hall, such as Harvard’s 1943 anechoic chamber, Bell Labs’ 1964 Electret microphone, and the 1964 Modular Moog synthesizer. Past JBL inductees into the TECnology Hall of Fame have included the original D130 15” transducer, the classic JBL 4311 studio monitor, and the EON molded-enclosure powered portable sound system.

Mark Gander, former JBL Professional VP, commented: “JBL brought all of its engineering prowess to bear on our first professional line array. It embodied many unique and patented innovations, including Differential Drive dual-coil/gap high-power transducers, the Radiation Boundary Integrator for a seamless mid-high transition and directivity control, beryllium-diaphragm compression driver, composite enclosure, a flexible and elegant rigging system and more. The resulting loudspeaker was embraced by the industry and has stood the test of time. I share great pride in its success with all of the many JBL engineers and product developers that contributed to it.”

Released in 2000, the VerTec line array featured many innovative audio technologies for the time, including JBL’s RBI (Radiation Boundary Integrator), which reduces unwanted diffraction and optimises high frequency energy and coverage, while ensuring optimum radiation characteristics of VerTec’s midrange cones. Differential Drive loudspeakers with neodymium magnets provided low-end and a rich, full sound whilst being just 152 pounds. VerTec’s rigging hardware was carefully designed to enable safe, secure arrays that could be positioned at extreme angles if needed.

“We are extremely honoured that JBL VerTec was selected for induction into the NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame,” said Brian Divine, senior VP, products and customer solutions, Harman Professional Solutions. “This award bolsters JBL Professional’s rich legacy of creating groundbreaking live sound solutions that audio professionals worldwide depend on to deliver the highest quality sound with proven reliability. We are excited to continue to push the bounds of what is possible in live sound and professional audio.”