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A Legacy Of Leadership:JBL Professional Continues Tradition

LONDON, ENGLAND, 9 September 2007 — With today‘s introduction of the VRX932LAP and VRX918SP powered portable line arrays, JBL Professional continues to meet and drive the industry‘s demand for powered loudspeaker technology. Furthermore, a retrospective look at JBL‘s past contributions to the powered loudspeaker market reveals JBL to be the leading pioneer of this technology, from the “Energizer” 40 years ago, to the trend-setting introduction of the EON portable loudspeaker to the latest VRX models.

In the 1960s, JBL first pioneered the use of amplified loudspeaker units with the “Energizer,” an electronics package enabling amplified loudspeaker system design for a variety of sound reinforcement and recording industry products. While the 1980‘s marked the re-emergence of powered loudspeakers, these products initially tended to be expensive, heavy and unreliable. Still, by the turn
of the decade, advancements in technology, the reduction in mass production costs for electronics, and improvements in reliability, made powered loudspeaker systems a more viable solution and in 1995, the market for powered loudspeakers was altered forever with JBL‘s introduction of the EON powered portable loudspeaker. Often called “the ultimate, do anything workhorse speaker system,” the EON Series was the first fully integrated powered loudspeaker system and quickly gained worldwide market acceptance on an unprecedented scale.

The EON Series incorporated the first JBL Differential Drive® neodymium transducer, and combined a designed molded enclosure that resulted in a 15”, 2-way powered system at less than 50 pounds. It also incorporated a complete thermal management system, Thermomaster®, that utilized an integrated aluminum woofer chassis, baffle, amplifier heat sink and ports.

“The introduction of EON loudspeakers facilitated the migration of powered loudspeakers into the mainstream professional audio realm, thanks to the product‘s combination of power, light weight and affordability,” said Simon Jones, Director of Portable PA Marketing, JBL Professional. “The result has been an unprecedented worldwide adoption of EON loudspeakers. To date, more than 700,000 EON loudspeakers have been sold around the world.”

Ten years later, in 2005, JBL again took powered loudspeaker technology to new heights with the introduction of JBL DrivePack® technology. Co-developed with Harman Pro Group sister companies Crown International and dbx Professional, these high-performance power modules with integral digital signal processing were first introduced with the JBL VERTEC® DP Series line array loudspeakers. The JBL DrivePack amplifiers feature Crown‘s exclusive BCA (Balanced Current Amplification) technology, incorporating Class I circuitry with temperature-compensated modulation. State-of-the-art feedback circuits enabled the JBL DrivePack to set a new standard for performance in digital amplification, with lower noise and distortion specifications than any other high-power switching amplifier on the market. The units included an auto-sensing Universal Power Supply and a fan-free, passive, cooling design.

The VERTEC DP Series also provided optional network modules, giving users remote control and monitoring access to system functionality and digital speaker presets, using Harman‘s HiQnet™ protocol and System Architect software. HiQnet compliance ensures that VERTEC DP Series systems offer a variety of configuration and monitoring functions, through software control panels that address not only JBL DrivePack-equipped loudspeakers, but also other HiQnet-compliant audio products from Harman Professional companies that may be integrated into the same system.

“The introduction of JBL‘s VERTEC DP Series provided the professional audio community with a cost-effective alternative in powered loudspeaker performance, featuring a greatly enhanced power-to-performance ratio, with improved consistency, flexibility and control,” said David Scheirman, Vice President of Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “The Harman Pro Group, through the collective expertise and experience of our brands, was the first to provide a new level of integration and design for live sound applications.”

In 2006, JBL brought DrivePack technology to an even broader variety of applications, with the introduction of its Venue Performance (VP) Series powered loudspeaker systems. Designed for portable or fixed installation sound reinforcement applications where high output, low distortion, and the highest quality sound is required, the VP Series is also compliant with the Harman Pro Group‘s HiQnet System Architect™ software for remote control and monitoring.

JBL Professional VP Series loudspeaker systems incorporate JBL‘s time-proven technologies and innovative engineering integrated with Crown‘s patented amplifier technology, while introducing a new level of versatility to the company‘s line of award-winning products. Each VP Series model features a JBL DrivePack electronics module, designed in coordination with Crown International.

“The introduction of the JBL Professional VP Series powered loudspeakers had a profound impact on the live sound and installed sound industries, extending DrivePack technology to an unheard-of variety of applications,” said Ted Leamy, Vice President of Installed Sound, JBL Professional.

In early 2007, bringing unprecedented power to the portable PA market, JBL Professional introduced the PRX500 Series. Combining industry-leading JBL loudspeaker components with world-class amplification technology from Crown International, the PRX500 Series delivers lightweight, high-performance powered loudspeaker and sets new benchmarks for portable PA on multiple levels.

With patented lightweight JBL Differential Drive“ transducers and engineered high-design enclosures, the PRX500 Series is the lightest portable PA loudspeaker series in its class. Multiple system configurations are available from five models, providing the customer a variety of options and future system scalability. Each loudspeaker is equipped with a Crown Class D amplifier with a switch mode power supply and a DSP-based input module, providing built-in power and flexibility. Each model includes mic and line level input capability, two selectable EQ contours and level control.

“The JBL PRX500 Series loudspeakers furthered the JBL legacy of powered loudspeakers while setting new benchmarks for portable PA on multiple levels,” Jones said. “With class-leading technology from both JBL and Crown we created a product line that

represents incredible value, derived from well thought out design, delivering tangible benefits, resulting in a powered portable PA that‘s actually portable.”

Now, with the introduction of powered VRX Series portable line array loudspeakers, JBL Professional has further extended the capabilities of powered loudspeaker technology. The new VRX932LAP 12-inch powered loudspeaker and the VRX918SP 18-inch powered subwoofer are both powered via built-in JBL DrivePack DPC-2 amplifier modules designed in cooperation with Crown. Both models feature onboard digital signal processing for system optimization and equalization.

The VRX932LAP is a 12-inch, two-way powered line array loudspeaker featuring an onboard DPC-2 amplifier module that provides 1750 watts of peak power. With three 2408J Annular Ring Diaphragm HF drivers, the VRX932LAP is the first product to feature JBL Professional‘s 2408 compression driver design. The VRX932LAP‘s Constant Curvature Waveguide mounts three compression drivers on a continuous arc. When additional VRX932LAP loudspeakers are added to the array, the uninterrupted arc continues. In effect, all the drivers work together as if they were a single driver on a very long waveguide. Since there are three drivers in each VRX932LAP loudspeaker, the combined power handling and acoustic output of the system is far greater than a single driver could achieve.

Designed specifically for use in arrays with the VRX932LAP, the VRX918SP is a powered subwoofer system containing a 2268FF neodymium magnet patented Differential Drive, 18-inch woofer in a front-loaded, vented enclosure. The VRX918SP features a built-in JBL DrivePack DPC-2 amplifier module designed in cooperation with Crown that provides 1500 Watts of peak power.

“The VRX932LAP and VRX918SP models are JBL‘s latest contributions to the powered loudspeaker market, and as with JBL‘s preceding powered loudspeakers, these new models will bring powered loudspeaker technology to an even broader variety of applications,” Jones added. “We will continue to lead the way in the evolutionary development of powered loudspeaker technology to meet the needs of our customers.”

About JBL Professional:
Headquartered in Northridge, California, JBL Professional is the world‘s leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of professional loudspeakers for recording and broadcast, musician, cinema, touring sound, commercial sound and contracting applications. JBL Professional is the proud recipient of the 2005 Technical GRAMMY® award. JBL Professional is part of the Harman International network of professional and consumer audio companies. For complete product and company information, go to the JBL Professional website at www.jblpro.com.

About the Harman Pro Group:
The Harman Pro Group (www.harmanpro.com) is the world‘s largest provider of professional audio products and system solutions for commercial sound, contracting, tour sound, recording and broadcast, musician, portable PA and cinema applications. The Group is headquartered in Northridge, California and includes industry leaders AKG Acoustics, BSS Audio, Crown International, dbx, DigiTech, JBL Professional, Lexicon, Soundcraft, and Studer. The Group is part of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR), a leading supplier of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and infotainment systems for the automotive, home and professional markets.


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