VTX A12W
Dual 12” Line Array Loudspeaker with 120-degree Dispersion


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Dual 12” Line Array Loudspeaker with 120-degree Dispersion
The JBL A Series is a complete tour sound solution for mid- to large-size touring applications and high-end fixed installations. JBL VTX A12W was designed to address the requests from rental companies, FOH engineers and tour sound production crews who appreciated the advances introduced in the VTX A12, but needed wider horizontal coverage for their applications. Like the VTX A12, next-generation JBL transducer technology and a high-frequency waveguide design deliver unmatched performance, sensitivity and coverage—and now a 120-degree dispersion pattern ensures coverage for a variety of applications. VTX A12W features the same patented JBL rigging mechanism and redesigned suspension system to streamline deployment and setup, and can be flown independently or in mixed configurations with the VTX A12. Plus, VTX A12W retains the same physical design, compact size and reduced weight found in the original A12. The JBL A Series isn’t just a superior line array—it’s a completely new way to approach tour sound.

FEATURES
  • 120-degree dispersion pattern for wide horizontal coverage
  • New and improved JBL transducers for the best output per weight
  • Innovative HF section integrates the phasing plug and waveguide for high sensitivity and linearity even at high output levels
  • Redesigned Radiation Boundary Integrator® (RBI) for reduced horn edge diffraction, improved LF sensitivity, lower distortion and 120-degree coverage down to 250 Hz
  • Next Generation LF section, including industry-defining Differential Drive woofers, with a dual magnet, dual voice-coil design for extended linear excursion
  • Best-in-class rigging for streamlined, rapid deployment
  • Full-face grill for superior weatherization and refined aesthetics
  • New transport cart and frame for simplified transport and setup
  • Optimizations throughout the design for space efficiency and reduced weight while simultaneously improving performance
  • Full integration with JBL system control and prediction software
  • Lightweight design
  • Fully compatible with VTX A12

TECHNOLOGY


INSIDE THE INNOVATIONS
Every component inside the VTX A12W loudspeaker leverages the advances introduced in VTX A12 for linear performance, high output and consistent coverage. Like VTX A12, the completely redesigned low-, mid- and high-frequency sections deliver the highest output per weight and improved low-frequency extension, but now with 120-degree directivity down to 250 Hz.



WIDE DISPERSION PATTERN
The VTX A12W features a 120-degree dispersion pattern, making it an excellent choice for applications where wide coverage is required. When used in the lower part of a line array in combination with VTX A12, the VTX A12W provides a wider pattern that helps balance coverage closer to the audience.



HIGH-FREQUENCY SECTION
The new high-frequency (HF) section found in the VTX A Series features three uniquely designed drivers that combine the HF phasing-plug and waveguide into one part, which helps provide better tolerances and increased sensitivity, while reducing distortion and overall weight.



MID-FREQUENCY SECTION
Improving upon the patented JBL Radiation Boundary Integrator (RBI), the VTX A Series RBI combines four 5.5” mid-frequency drivers into the high-frequency waveguide—providing a smooth horn surface for the high-frequency section.



LOW-FREQUENCY SECTION
A lightweight 12” neodymium low frequency woofer (LF) features a 4th-generation Differential Drive design, with a new dual-voice coil, dual-magnet arrangement that increases linear excursion, power handling and sensitivity.



THE NEW LOOK OF VTX A12
Both VTX A12 and A12W feature a new full-face grill design that reduces the number of exposed components and protects the loudspeaker from extreme weather and road conditions. The enclosed grill helps the system achieve a higher Ingress Protection rating (IP55), and can be finished in a variety of colors to suit fixed install applications. The grill is under tension, virtually eliminating noise that can emanate from the perforated grill and degrade sound quality.



INNOVATIVE RIGGING
VTX A Series marks a giant leap forward in how the loudspeakers are rigged and transported. To facilitate quicker deployment, array elements are stacked four per vertical transporter (VT) cart in a 10-degree collapsed position. A patented internal locking mechanism makes it easy to set arrays from 0.25 to 10 degrees using selector pins. Once the system is suspended, the mechanism automatically locks the cabinet angles at the designated positions.



REDESIGNED FRAME AND TRANSPORTATION CART
The completely redesigned VTX A12AF array frame (sold separately) is the lightest in its class. At 60 lbs. (27.3 kg) the lightweight frame allows the system to be deployed in a variety of configurations and can support the weight of 18 to 24 x A12 enclosures. The new transportation cart VTX A12VT (sold separately) features a lightweight, aluminum design and can also double as a ground-stack platform for quicker deployment using an optional accessory. Both the cart and the array frame were purposefully engineered to meet both U.S. and European truck pack dimensions to help production companies transport the system more effectively.


SYSTEM INTEGRATION
   
With the VTX Series you are not just using a product, you are gaining access to an expert system. Tools for system design and all the components to analyze, configure, set up and control a VTX system are all part of the JBL commitment to total system integration and support. The goal is maximum efficiency and the highest possible level of performance in any venue, anywhere in the world.

TRAINING AND SUPPORT
Training and Support
In addition to designing the most sophisticated sound reinforcement system available, JBL Professional provides the expertise to achieve the maximum performance possible. Our 65+ years of expertise in the use of systems in venues around the world is an invaluable resource that is at the core of our training curriculum, helping you to maximize both the use and your investment in the VTX System.

Visit www.jblpro.com/vertectraining for latest training dates and registration.
SPECIFICATIONS
Frequency Range (-10 dB) 46 Hz - 19 kHz (Preset: VTX A12W)
Coverage Pattern (-6dB) Horizontal = 120 degrees nominal (250Hz - 16kHz)
Vertical = Varies with array size and configuration
System Input Power Rating *1 LF = 2 x 800W Continuous (IEC /100 hour)
MF = 400W Continuous (IEC /100 hour)
HF = 150W Continuous (IEC /100 hour)
Maximum Peak Output *2 146dB (Preset: VTX A12W)
System Processing Crown Audio I-Tech 12000HD
Crown Audio I-Tech 4x3500HD
System Impedance LF = 2 x 8 ohms
MF = 8 ohms
HF = 8 ohms
Low Frequency 2 x JBL 2264H, 12in diameter, dual 3in diameter voice coil, Neodymium Differential Drive
Mid Frequency 4 x JBL 2165H, 5.5in diameter, dual 2in diameter voice coil, Neodymium Differential Drive
High Frequency 3 x JBL 2423K, 2in diameter annular diaphragm, 2in diameter voice coil, Neodymium Magnet
Construction 18mm and 15mm ,11-ply Finnish birch plywood, Black DuraFlexTM finish, integral recessed handles
IP Rating *3 IP55 EN (60529)
UV Rating 6 (ISO105-B01)
Suspension Captive suspension plates, quick-release pins, auto-locking mechanism for setting angles
Inter-enclosure Angle 0.25, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10
Grill Powder coated 14-guage hex-perforated steel with acoustically transparent black cloth backing
Connectors
Type
Pin Assignments

Neutrik® SpeakON® NL-8 (2x)
Pins 1 ± (LF), Pins 2 ± (LF),
Pins 3 ± (MF), Pins 4 ± (HF)
Dimensions (H x W x D) 330.2mm x 1.118mm x 495.3mm
13.0in x 44.0in x 19.5in
Net Weight 60.8 kg (134.0 lbs)

1: IEC Standard: IEC shaped noise with 6dB crest factor based on nominal impedance and a duration of 100 hours
2: Peak, unweighted SPL, measured under full-space conditions at 1 meter using broadband pink noise with a 12dB crest factor and specified preset
3: Front face at 0 degree or greater down angle to allow the cabinet to drain water. Suspension components fully weather rated for indoor or covered outdoor conditions where humidity is nominally under 50% and not local to bodies of corrosive materials

JBL continually engages in research related to product improvement. Some materials, production methods and design refinements are introduced into existing products without notice as a routine expression of that
philosophy. For this reason, any current JBL product may differ in some respect from its published description, but will always equal or exceed the original design specifications unless otherwise stated.



ACCESSORIES
VTX A12 AF | Array Frame

The VTX A12 AF is a lightweight Array Frame used for suspending VTX A12 series enclosures. The frame was designed to operate in either single-point, front-to-back or side-by-side suspension modes using the VTX A12 AF EB Extension Bar. The extension bar is compatible with 5/8” shackles and can be stored above the main frame during transportation. The extension bar can extend to the front or the rear of the frame to accommodate both up-tilt and down-tilt aiming options. Three connection points are available for attaching the Extension Bar to the main frame, allowing for precise control of shackle positioning for single-point applications. Support for 3rd party inclinometers is available using the included laser attachment bracket. One VTX A12 AF EB Extension Bar is included and additional Extension Bars can be purchased to facilitate side-by-side suspension.
Highlights:
  • Support for up to 24 x VTX A12 enclosures
  • Single, front-to-back or side-by-side pick point options
  • 0.5-degree pick point resolution
  • Built-in storage position for Extension Bar
  • Includes 1 x VTX A12 AF EB Extension Bar
  • Support for 3rd party laser inclinometers
  • Compatible shackle size: 5/8”
Included:
  • 1 x VTX A12 AF
  • 1 x Extension Bar
  • 1 x Laser Bracket
  • 3 x 5/8” CM Shackles

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VTX A12 AF EB | Array Frame Extension Bar

The VTX A12 AF EB Extension Bar was designed to operate in conjunction with the VTX A12 AF Array Frame to facilitate either single-point, front-to-back or side-by-side suspension modes. The extension bar is compatible with 5/8” shackles and can be stored above the main frame during transportation. The extension bar can extend to the front or the rear of the frame to accommodate both up-tilt and down-tilt aiming options. Three connection points are available for attaching the Extension Bar to the main frame, allowing for precise control of shackle positioning for single-point applications. One VTX A12 AF EB Extension Bar is included with the Array Frame and additional Extension Bars can be purchased to facilitate side-by-side suspension.
Highlights:
  • Extension Bar for use with VTX A12 AF
  • Single, front-to-back or side-by-side pick point options
  • 0.5-degree pick point resolution
  • Includes 3 x shackles and mounting brackets
  • Lightweight design
  • Compatible shackle size: 5/8”
Included:
  • 1 x VTX A12 AF EB
  • 3 x 5/8” CM Shackles
  • 4 x Extension Bar Attachment Brackets
  • 1 x Set of Screws for Bracket Installation

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VTX A12 VT | Vertical Transporter

The VTX A12 VT Vertical Transporter is a robust, lightweight cart solution for vertically transporting up to 4 x VTX A12 enclosures. The VTX A12 VT is constructed out of aluminum and steel parts and measures 45” (1143mm) wide and 24” (610mm) deep. Two attachment points are available on each side of the VTX A12 VT for connecting to the optional VTX A12 VT GND Ground Stack outrigger system. When used together, the VTX A12 VT becomes a fast and easy solution for deploying ground-stack arrays without having to remove the cabinets from the cart. The VTX A12 VT comes standard with a hard-top (VT-TOP) attachment that connects to the topmost cabinet of a stack to create a robust and defined footprint that stabilizes the carts during transportation and allows other gear to be placed above for maximum truck-pack efficiency. A reinforced protective cover is available (VTX A12 VT CVR) and supplied separately.
Highlights:
  • Vertical transport cart for 4 VTX A12 enclosures
  • Truck-friendly dimensions
  • Includes a hard top for easy stacking
  • Built-in stacking features for easy storage
  • Support for ground stacking
  • Lightweight design
  • Heavy-duty casters
Included:
  • 1 x Vertical Transporter
  • 1 x Top Panel (VT-TOP)

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VTX A12 VT CVR | Vertical Transporter Cover

The VTX A12 VT CVR is a heavy-duty soft cover designed to work with the VTX A12 VT vertical transport system. The cover is sized to cover 4 x A12 enclosures and includes 2 x industrial-rated zippers for easy and reliable deployment. The cover includes input-panel flaps, allowing the A12 enclosures to be tested without having to remove the cover. Two handle cut-outs are provided for easy handling, and a clear pocket is provided for shipping labels. The front section panels are internally reinforced for maximum protection of the speaker grills. When not used, the VTX A12 VT CVR folds into a compact footprint and stores within the VTX A12 VT.
Highlights:
  • Heavy-duty soft cover for VTX A12 enclosures
  • Covers 4 x VTX A12 enclosures on a VTX A12 VT
  • Includes input-panel flaps for testing purposes
  • Clear see-through pocket for shipping labels
  • Handle cut-outs for easy transportation
  • Folds and stores in the VTX A12 VT
  • Heavy-duty industrial-grade zippers
Included:
  • 1 x VTX A12 VT CVR

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DOCUMENTATION
VTX A12 VT GND | Vertical Transporter Ground Stack

The VTX A12 VT GND outrigger system works in conjunction with the VTX A12 VT and allows A12 enclosures to be groundstacked without the need to remove speakers from the transportation cart. The two outriggers extend in front of and behind the stack and connect to the VT using the two included Quick-Release Pins. Screw jacks are used to lift the stack off the ground, and the innovative spring based angle-set hinges are used to adjust aiming. The hinge mechanism uses gas-filled springs, which allow adjustment of the overall stack angle without having to lift the speakers or move any heavy parts.
Highlights:
  • Outrigger system for VTX A12 VT
  • Support for up to 6 x VTX A12
  • 4 screw jacks are included for adjusting height
  • Innovative spring based angle-set mechanism
  • Compact and lightweight design
  • Range: -10 to +10 degrees
  • VTX A12 VT not included
Included:
  • 1 x VTX A12 VT GND

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VTX A12 SB | Suspension Bar

The VTX A12 SB accessory is a lightweight suspension bar that can be used as an array frame or to implement pull-back of a VTX A12 array. When used for pull-back, the VTX A12 SB can be attached to the bottom cabinet of an array and connected to a rear suspension point to allow for extra down-tilt, otherwise not possible using the VTX A12 AF alone. The VTX A12 SB can also attach to the top cabinet of an array and used as a compact array frame. In this mode, the suspension bar connects to the top cabinet’s rear rigging points and the down-tilt angle is controlled by the number of cabinets and array geometry. JBL’s Line Array Calculator software application is used to calculate the down-tilt angle. Two VTX A12 SB suspension bars can be used: one at the top and one at the bottom of the array, for dual-point applications and added aiming flexibility. The VTX A12 SB can support the weight of up to 18 x VTX A12 enclosures and a 5/8” shackle (included) can be attached directly to the bar.
Highlights:
  • Suspension Bar accessory for VTX A12
  • Used for pull-back applications
  • Support for suspending VTX A12
  • Support for up to 18 x VTX A12 enclosures
  • Lightweight design
  • Color: black
  • Shackle Size: 5/8”
Included:
  • 1 x VTX A12 SB - Suspension Bar
  • 1 x 5/8” CM Shackle

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VTX Delta | Delta Plate

The VTX Delta Plate is a rigging accessory used for controlling the horizontal aiming of an array. Two chain motors are attached to the Delta Plate, allowing for adjustments of up to +/- 10 degrees. The VTX Delta Plate can be also used to distribute the weight of an array to two points, and the recommended space between the two pick points is 1 meter (3.3’). The VTX Delta Plate is compatible with all JBL line array products and it can support the weight of up to 24 enclosures. The VTX Delta Plate is made out of high-grade steel and comes with 2 x 5/8” shackles.
Highlights:
  • High-quality universal delta plate accessory
  • Support for up to 24 x JBL Line Array enclosures
  • Allows for up to +/- 10 degrees of horizontal adjustment
  • Lightweight design
  • Includes 3 x 5/8” shackles
  • Recommended point spacing: 1 meter (3.3’)
  • Color: black
Included:
  • 1 x VTX Delta - Rigging delta plate
  • 3 x 5/8” CM Shackles

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