New VERTEC® DrivePack® DP-DA V5 Loudspeaker Presets from HARMAN’s JBL Professional Offer Significant Audio Improvements for VERTEC DrivePack Owners


JBl VerTec DrivePack DP-DA V5

At Prolight & Sound 2015, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is announcing the release of Version 5 preset support for the VERTEC® DrivePack® DP-DA input module for all fullsize, midsize and compact powered VERTEC models (VT4889ADP-DA, VT4888DP-DA, VT4887ADP-DA) and subwoofers (VT4880ADP-DA, VT4882DP-DA, VT4881ADP-DA). Bringing together V5 DSP technology and the DP-DA (DrivePack Digital Audio) input module, this new update guarantees superior horizontal coverage, refined tonal balance, and pristine sound quality through the use of sophisticated multi-stage limiting and phase linearization. 

JBL’s V5 DSP technology leverages the same OMNIDRIVEHD™ linear phase FIR processing capability that is featured in both Crown I-Tech HD DSP power amplifiers and DrivePack DP-DA input modules. V5 processing utilizes higher-order asymmetric filters and linear phase processing to achieve broad, stable horizontal coverage and refined tonal balance consistency across all models. Superior sound quality obtained through the use of arbitrary coefficient FIR phase linearization also provides improved system response to equalization, better far-field summation and throw, and improved inter-array interaction/summation and stereo imaging. 

Paul Bauman, Associate Director – Tour Sound for JBL Professional remarked: “When V5 was first launched, many passive VERTEC system owners were delighted by the performance improvements and commented that it was like having a new loudspeaker system all over again. Now VERTEC DrivePack owners can benefit from the same level of improvement with DP-DA V5 and it is important to note that there is also upgrade path to V5 for DP-IP DrivePack systems as well as previous generation DP-AN and DP-CN input cards.” 

JBL’s DP-DA technology enables AES/EBU digital audio capability with analog audio backup, OMNIDRIVEHD digital signal processing and LevelMAXTM multi-stage limiting. It is suitable for use on any JBL DrivePack-equipped loudspeaker model in the VERTEC DP Series that is fitted with a DP-1, DP-2 or DP-3 JBL DrivePack assembly. 

To complement the DP-DA V5 launch, JBL HiQnet Performance ManagerTM version 1.8.4 was also released at Prolight & Sound 2015, featuring full support for deploying VERTEC DrivePack DP-DA with Version 5 presets. Bauman concludes: “The sonic consistency provided by V5 processing allows all DrivePack models to ‘play well together’ from a sound design point of view and integration of new generation DP-DA V5 presets in Performance Manager system setup software allows for convenient system configuration as well as simple ‘plug and play’ operation.”