We'll start at front of house with the with the VTX A8 compact Line Array.
The A8 is a new generation of line array that delivers JBL’s flagship VTX A-Series technology in a compact form factor. It's loaded with two 8” woofers, four 3.5” midrange drivers and two 2” high frequency drivers, all proprietary JBL transducers, developed and manufactured in-house.
The passively-crossed mid and high frequency sections reduce amplifier channel count allowing you to power up to 8 boxes with a single Crown iTech 4x3500. JBL’s waveguide technology delivers fantastic unmatched performance and efficiency with accurate 110 degree horizontal coverage.
A8's killer weapon is the high frequency driver design, so let's get technical for a minute. The 2423K is a Neodynium compression driver designed with the aim of having both high efficiency and also smooth response and no 'ringing' with pistonic motion to 15kHz. JBL achieved this by using an annular diaphragm which isn’t subject to the break-up modes of a dome diaphragm. This means you get a distortion free HF signal which extends way beyond conventional compression drivers.
In real terms that means super clean, super clear content with none of the distortion that is inherent in most other loudspeakers and that we've become accustomed to hearing.
When we demonstrate A8 in our Letchworth demo facility, it is often how commented clean and natural it sounds. Vocals, speech and reverb tails have amazing clarity, and tiny details really shine through, as if they're being heard on a pair of studio monitors.