Cost effective addition to JBL Precision Directivity range
Introduced as a cost effective addition to the Precision Directivity range of loudspeakers from JBL Professional, the PD6000 series is aimed at midsize to large venues, sitting between the larger PD700 and more compact AE Series systems. The 14-strong range leads a number of launches from the Harman Professional brand, including Commercial Series amplifiers and mixers, and the LSR310S powered studio subwoofer.
The PD6000 series is configurable either individually or as an array and intended for stadia, arenas, performing arts facilities, auditoriums, houses of worship and dance clubs. It includes four 3-way full-range systems, four 12-inch 2-way systems, four 2-way mid-high systems and two low-frequency models. Coverage patterns include the original 40 x 30, 60 x 40, and 90 x 50, plus an additional new pattern of 60 x 60.
Arguably the key to making the series more affordable is its newly-introduced injection-moulded rotatable Progressive Transition (PT) waveguides. The technology has been applied to both the mid-frequency 24-inch x 24-inch waveguide and its 12 x 12 HF equivalent. In addition, all compression drivers in the series have been upgraded to utilise CMCD-82H cone midrange compression driver, which includes the manufacturer’s Differential Drive technology. Similarly, all low-frequency drivers feature Vented Gap Cooling (VGC). All of the PD6000 models are available in white as well as WRC and WRX weather-resistant versions for installation in moderate to extreme outdoor environments.
Elsewhere, JBL Commercial has debuted six Commercial Series amplifiers and two Commercial Series mixers.
Included are three two-channel amplifiers comprising the 120W per-channel CSA2120Z, the 80W per-channel CSA280Z, and the 40W per-channel CSA240Z. Three more single-channel amplifiers are also available in the shape of the 120W CSA1120Z, 80W CSA180Z, and the 40W CSA140Z. In terms of mixers, two options have been announced – the CSM-28 offering eight inputs and two outputs, and the CSM-14 mixer offering four inputs and one output.
All of the amplifiers are 1U in height and half a rack wide, incorporate Harman’s DriveCore amplifier IC technology, and can operate into 8-ohm and 4-ohm loads whilst operating with both 70V and 100V distributed audio systems without the need for a separate transformer. They also include a universal power supply and accept an Ethernet control cable for use with the manufacturer’s CSR-V wall-mount volume control.
The mixers are described as ‘perfect for background music, paging, and security’, boast minimal front-panel control and rear-panel RCA inputs plus Euro-block mic/line input and output connectors. Other features include priority muting, VOX ducking and mic phantom power.
Moving from the installation sector to the studio market, the LSR310S powered subwoofer is intended for recording and postproduction applications, having been optimised for use with JBL’s 3 Series monitors.
The LSR310S is described as completing the 3 Series range, extending its low-frequency response into the 20Hz range. It is driven by a 200W Class-D amplifier and incorporates a 10-inch high-excursion woofer working alongside the manufacturer’s patented Slip Stream Port to deliver LF response below 27Hz, with a peak output of 113dB SPL. It also boasts a selectable XLF extended low frequency setting that emulates the augmented low frequency response heard in a dance club environment.
Other features include balanced XLR and ¼-inch inputs, a selectable input sensitivity switch and three crossover settings – ‘80Hz’ (which implements high and low pass filters), ‘XLF’ and ‘External’ (which bypasses all filtering, allowing the use of an external crossover).
Finally, the manufacturer has introduced the VRX Line Array Calculator as a design tool for its VRX Constant Curvature Series. Up to four audience planes can be modelled on the software including features such as ground-level seating, multiple balconies, stage areas and rear wall boundaries. In addition, an ‘array configuration’ page is included to show the size, weight, and rigging parameters with built-in working load limit safety warnings. The software is available for download now.