• JBL Professional debuts SRX900 Series sound systems

    JBL Pro yesterday introduced the SRX900 Series of powered line arrays. The family, which includes dual 6.5-inch and dual 10-inch powered line array elements and 18-inch and dual 18-inch powered subwoofers, is targeted at rental companies, fixed installations and musicians.

    Precision waveguides provide accurate pattern control for intelligibility and definition that are unmatched in this category, the company states. User-configurable DSP and design-and-management software tools provide hands-on control from a computer or mobile device. SRX900’s cabinet architecture is reportdely engineered for easy handling, fast rigging, minimal space displacement and streamlined transport.

    “With the SRX900 Series, we’ve brought JBL’s professional line array technologies to versatile, budget-friendly systems that can grow with customers’ needs,” says George Georgallis, Director, Product Management – Performance Audio at HARMAN Professional Solutions. “Because systems are scalable, it’s easy to start with a small investment and expand a system over time. Also, SRX900 models are voiced to work seamlessly with other JBL tour systems.”

    SBX900 Series speakers use JBL’s patented Radiation Boundary Integrator (RBI), which mounts both the high and low-frequency transducers on a single horn, reportedly improving horizontal dispersion while minimizing cabinet size. A proprietary waveguide provides perfect cabinet-to-cabinet summation for seamless front-to-back coverage, and a large horn extends low-frequency control and reduces unwanted energy behind the array, JBL says.

    The SRX900’s next-gen 2432H-3 compression driver features a neodymium magnet structure, 3-inch titanium diaphragm and a 1.5-inch exit. Woofers are based on JBL’s Differential Drive dual-voicecoil, dual-gap design, for better heat dissipation.

    SRX900 models feature built-in DSP that provides 24-band parametric EQ, 2,000 ms of delay and gain control. JBL’s proprietary Array Size Compensation (ASC) filter corrects for different array sizes, while the FIR-based Throw Distance Compensation (TDC) filter compensates for air loss. A rear-panel LCD provides access to key control features.

    A suite of software tools simplify system design and management: The Windows-based LAC-3 simulation software is used to predict acoustical performance and the Array Link iOS/Android companion app is utilized to share rigging and mechanical information from LAC-3 to mobile devices. The SRX900 Series’ dedicated CloudworX Performance Wi-Fi-capable system-management software integrates configuration and control functions in a single application.

    The SRX900 Series supports HARMAN’s new HControl Ethernet protoco lis stated to bring advances in stability, reduce network traffic load and remove the need for complex IP addresses. Users can simply set a numerical value to each device for easy identification. Two switched network ports offer simplified networking for daisy-chaining. SRX900 products are equipped with dual Ethernet ports to facilitate monitoring and configuring the system over the network. Because SRX products use standard Ethernet protocols, customers can take advantage of standard networking products such as Ethernet switches and Wi-Fi access points.

    The SRX900 Series’ LevelMax limiter suite, uses excursion-control algorithms to protect transducers from mechanical damage. Long-term thermal protection keeps transducer temperatures under control.

    The SRX900 Series offers a complete system solution, including speakers, subwoofers and accessories that support a range of configurations and simplify storage, transport and rigging. SRX900 systems can be deployed in a variety of ways, from pole-mounted to ground-stacked to flown arrays of up to 16 cabinets. A three-point rigging system hel ps makesuspending systems safe and easy: Pre-set splay angles on the ground; cabinets lock into place once the system is lifted.

    SRX900 Series is self-powered, Class D amplifiers are passively cooled, with no vents. A universal switching mode power supply works on voltages between 100 and 250V, and a low power mode conserves energy when no audio is detected. Up to eight SRX906 speakers and four SRX910 speakers can be connected to the same power circuit (depending on region).

    Reinforced plywood and composite enclosures are said to be acoustically optimized for superior bass extension and designed for a clean, modern look, with enclosed side panels and integrated handles. Cabinets feature four large double-flared low-frequency ports for improved airflow.

    Available accessories include array frames, pole-mount and truss-clamp adapters, cases, carts and covers.

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