Video Equipment Rentals Purchases Harman's JBL VTX Series Line Arrays
VER (Video Equipment Rentals), one of the largest AV/audio/broadcast equipment rental companies providing AV/tour solutions, recently added Harman's JBL VTX series line arrays to its inventory of products for the rental, staging, and broadcast industries. The purchase of VTX line arrays builds on VER's existing inventory of JBL VerTec line array systems.
VER is a "dry-hire" equipment rental providers, with more than 25 locations across the United States, Canada, and Europe. "VER began in 2000, specializing in video rentals for the broadcast industry and corporate AV applications," said Joe Casanova, national audio sales/product manager for VER (East). "Around 2002, we discovered there was a huge opportunity to supply audio equipment as well, so from that point on we have been a complete gear resource for all facets of production."
VER's purchase of JBL VTX line array loudspeakers includes 96 of the flagship V25 loudspeaker and 64 S28 subwoofers, along with 32 Crown Audio VRack complete amplification systems.
"We bought our first VerTec system in 2005, with VT4888 and VT4889 loudspeakers and VT4880 subwoofers, so this was a natural migration to VTX," Casanova said. "We're a client-driven company, so our initial decision to purchase VerTec was a result of the demands of our clients. We're already seeing a similar demand for VTX."
Casanova first heard the VTX system at the Harman Business and Technology Conference in January 2012, where he listened to a shootout between VTX and some competitive loudspeaker models. "We really liked the way the VTX system sounded and knew we needed to add VTX to our inventory when they became available," Casanova said.
"It makes sense that VTX sounds so good because Paul Bauman [senior manager, tour sound for JBL Professional] was the brainchild behind this product, and his work with the VerTec V5 DSP tunings marked such a dramatic improvement to the VerTec sound that we knew he was onto something good with VTX," said Brady Belavek, national audio sales/product manager for VER (West).
"Really, between VTX and the V5 tunings for our VerTec system, it's almost like we have two new PA systems!" Casanova added.
"It has great high end and the design is terrific," Belavek said. "When you consider the power behind the speakers and the smoothness of the new D2 drivers, we expect VTX to be on the majority of riders of the biggest touring acts in the world."
"We have worked really closely with Paul and [field engineer, JBL Professional] Raul Gonzalez in purchasing this system, and they have been tremendous in getting us what we need and making sure our product worked well out of the gate," Casanova said.
"Our VTX products have been in use every day since we purchased them, so it's staying extremely busy and being used constantly," Casanova noted. "We have had a lot of success with it right off the bat."