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JBL VERTEC SUBWOOFER JBL Professional ( has introduced the VERTEC model VT4880 dual 18-inch subwoofer, which is designed as a purpose-built

JBL Professional ( has introduced the VERTEC model VT4880 dual 18-inch subwoofer, which is designed as a purpose-built arrayable subwoofer to supplement the VT4889 full-frequency line array cabinet. Weighing 129 pounds, one VT4880 delivers a maximum peak output of 138dB SPL (1 meter) and has a 1,200-watt AES system power rating. Containing two JBL 2258H 18-inch dual voice coil, Direct-Cooled cone transducers with Neodymium Differential Drive®, the VT4880 features advanced construction techniques and hybrid materials for an exceptionally rigid, lightweight enclosure. The cabinet also features JBL's roadworthy DuraFlex finish and weatherized component transducers.
See JBL at NSCA Expo booth #1107


BSS Audio ( has introduced the ProSys PS-8810 digital signal processor, a 2U, rackmount, fixed-path digital processor with eight inputs and 10 outputs. The ProSys PS-8810 offers a wide range of signal processing functions, including EQ, gating, compression, auto-mix and delay, and all outputs have dedicated processing paths. All ProSys functions may be set up and controlled from IQ for Windows, and presets may be recalled via a PC, contact closure or the PS-8810's own internal events scheduler. In addition to Crown's IQ communication protocol, the ProSys PS-8810 is optionally compatible with CobraNet audio networks.
See BSS at NSCA Expo booth #1111


Audio-Technica ( has introduced four new handheld microphones (two condenser, two dynamic) as part of the new Artist Elite Series. Models include the AE5400 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, a true condenser, large-diaphragm design that exhibits linear and uniform off-axis response, and includes a switchable 80Hz highpass filter, a 10dB pad and a multilevel windscreen. Other models in the range include the AE3300 Cardioid Condenser, the AE6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic and the AE4100 Cardioid Dynamic. All models are supplied with A-T's new AT8470 Quiet-Flex stand clamp. Prices are $579 for the AE5400, $439 for the AE3300, and $289 for the AE6100 and AE4100.
See Audio-Technica at NSCA Expo booth #2015


Community ( offers the MVP40 subwoofer for use with any fullrange MVP Series system. Measuring 34×18×15 inches (H×W×D), the MVP40 contains a single 18-inch woofer capable of handling 300-watt RMS/750W program, and has a maximum output of 123dB SPL at 1 meter. Frequency response is 40-250 Hz. Ruggedly constructed and covered with durable black carpeting, the internally braced enclosure features a socket stand and pole, rubber feet, recessed handles, ¼-inch input connectors, and a perforated, 16-gauge steel grille. Interlocking corner protectors facilitate easy stacking. The MVP40 is priced at $684.75.
See Community at NSCA Expo booth #2000


QSC Audio Products Inc. ( has upgraded its RAVE digital audio transport system to accommodate 24-bit/48kHz audio. Enhancements to both the QSC hardware and the CobraNet protocol allow RAVE/s-24 to provide 24-bit/48kHz A/D and D/A converters. Using an SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) browser, users can configure CobraNet bundles to transmit up to seven channels of 24-bit audio instead of the default configuration of eight channels of 20-bit audio. In addition to defining a 24-bit network, users can also configure, route and monitor network-bundle assignments and conductor-priority levels via an SNMP browser. When using two RAVE analog output units as master and slave in a redundant network, it is now possible to combine their outputs to provide a single audio signal to the destination audio device.
See QSC at NSCA Expo booth #2219


MacPherson Inc. ( has introduced the Scholar Series Model 118 subwoofer in Installation and Road versions. Compact (just over 23 inches high) and designed to be configured in multi-cabinet arrays, the Model 118 Road version features a bandpass design with critically damped tuning, heavy-duty thermoplastic skid rails, epoxy finish and two handles per side. The Model 118 Install version is available with and without 16 threaded-attachment points. Both versions do not require special processing and may be driven from a standard electronic crossover highpass output.
See MacPherson at NSCA Expo booth #918


The SWM-5000 wireless microphone system from Sabine ( is reportedly the first wireless microphone system with True Diversity 2.4GHz spread-spectrum technology, which allows up to 50 units to operate within a single location. Available with handheld, lavalier or headworn microphones in 1- and 2-channel models, SWM-5000 wireless systems include Sabine's FBX Feedback Exterminator® (a compressor/limiter and an intelligent de-esser) and Sabine's Mic SuperModeling feature, which modifies the standard capsule (an Audix OM-3) to sound like one of several well-known dynamic or condenser mic elements. Users may save and recall up to 10 presets per channel on the receiver, and retrieve custom settings on-the-fly. Programmable LCDs for each channel indicate RF and DSP status, and the system features a front panel lockout facility. Each transmitter is supplied with Switchcraft TA4F connectors and a rechargeable NiMH battery; the handheld microphone clip doubles as a charger stand. Accessories include rackmount antenna distribution for up to six receivers and a low-profile extension antenna.
See Sabine at NSCA Expo booth #1923


Crest Audio ( has added the LQ-12P Powered Speaker to the LQ Series of injection-molded enclosures. The bi-amplified LQ-12P features a trapezoidal polypropylene cabinet containing a 12-inch woofer with a 4-inch voice coil and water-resistant cone, and a 2-inch titanium diaphragm-compression driver coupled to a 1-inch Quadratic Throat Horn. Powered by two integrated amplifiers, the LQ-12P features an internal electronic, two-way crossover with CD horn EQ, level matching, active bass boost and subsonic filtering. The system has a dispersion pattern of 90°×45° degrees (H×V), frequency response is 61-18k Hz ±3 dB, and maximum output is 130dB SPL @1 meter. Connections are via one balanced combo female XLR/¼-inch phone jack and one balanced male XLR. The LQ-12P weighs 56 pounds, features extensive ribbing and bracing, and has a vinyl-coated perforated metal grille. Available in dark gray or black, the LQ-12P has mounting inserts top and bottom and a built-in standmount.
See Crest at NSCA Expo booth #1718


Hafler has introduced the THX-approved SR2800 live sound/fixed install amplifier, a new Class-G circuitry amplifier based around Hafler's patented Trans•nova platform. Capable of delivering 700 watts per channel (or 1,400 watts into a single channel), the SR2800 features balanced combo XLR and ¼-inch inputs, NOMAD protection circuitry, MOSFET outputs, five-way binding-post speaker connections, variable-speed dual fans, a regulated switching power supply and a five-year warranty.
See Hafler at NSCA Expo booth #2413


Whirlwind ( has introduced the Medusa® MultiSnake, a versatile direct box/multichannel mic snake combination. Available in various lengths for use as a main snake or as a sub snake in larger systems, the unit combines four premium direct boxes with a Medusa 4-channel mic snake into a single 8-input stage box measuring only 9.5×5.25×2.5 inches (H×W×D), including handle. The heavy-duty steel stage box features a wire-mesh strain relief and internal cable clamp; the Whirlwind multipair cable ends in a multichannel fan out featuring laser-engraved connectors. Custom options are available, such as SnakeSkin®, multipin disconnects, integrated cable reels and more.
See Whirlwind at NSCA Expo booth #1214


The UB2199-WP from EAW ( is a weather-resistant, two-way, fullrange loudspeaker designed for continued outdoor exposure. The enclosure is made of black polypropylene and features a foam-backed, stainless steel grille. Input connectors are Neutrik and barrier strip, and all exposed metal parts are treated with a weather-resistant powder-coating process. The UB2199-WP has a 1-inch exit high-frequency driver on 90° conical waveguide and a 12-inch low-frequency driver. EAW has also introduced the MQH1346e three-way, fullrange installation loudspeaker system. Designed to be used singularly or in horizontal arrays, the MQH1346e is a fullrange version of the MQ1346e that incorporates new MF and HF drivers. The MQH1346e may be used with or without the MQ1312 subwoofer (or any other low-frequency system) for extended low-frequency operation.
See EAW at NSCA Expo booth #2615

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