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JBL VP Series speakers power GM at Detroit Auto Show

JBL Professional supplied more than 130 network-connected VP Series-powered professional loudspeakers for the General Motors display at the North American International Auto Show Detroit. The integrator was Creative Technologies, with the specification written by sound designer Jim Risgin of OSA International.

The Detroit Auto Show places great demands on audio system designers to support multimedia, music, video, press events and vocal presentations. Creative Technologies, a global production services vendor, supplied the audio system with support from its offices in Los Angeles and Chicago. Realizing the need for a full-range speaker with high-quality sound, versatile rigging options and the ability to plug directly into a digital audio network, the designer and event sound team opted for JBL’s VP Series loudspeakers.

The GM display called for more than 270 JBL cabinets in all, largely comprised of VP7212-powered, biamplified 12in full-range speakers augmented by VRX918 compact subwoofers. Beyond the sound, another reason the VP Series was chosen was its ability to integrate fully with a network, which in this case has a front end controlled by the BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-80. Combined with the I/O expansion BLU-32s, more than 20 of these integrated into the temporary portable system in Detroit.

The VP Series loudspeaker systems are equipped with JBL DrivePack technology, co-developed with Crown. The massive distributed, suspended loudspeaker system is linked with Harman’s HiQnet, allowing CobraNet digital audio signals to be transported through a hardwired network using TCP/IP protocol. Harman’s HiQnet System Architect software enables comprehensive remote control and monitoring of the VP Series loudspeaker system.

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