Crown V-RackCrown’s V-Rack amplifier management rack system features three I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers in an easy-to-configure format that is designed to work in conjunction with VerTec, VRX, and AE series loudspeakers. Its modular design is scalable to meet the needs of small and large sound systems.

‘V-Rack answers the question that tour sound professionals have consistently been asking: How can we optimise our JBL and Crown systems for the highest level of performance,’ says Marc Kellom, Director of Marketing. ‘V-Rack is a standard solution from Crown in partnership with JBL to set the standard for VerTec systems everywhere in the world. Given its versatility, it can be used on VerTec one day and then a monitor rack the next day.’

V-Rack features a flexible input panel with AES, analogue, and network inputs, as well as rear rack lighting for multiple connection options. A captive suspension system allows the rack to be flown in the same manner as a line array system. The system also features a globally universal power distribution system that can be set to meet US and international power standards.

Advanced features of V-Rack include built-in network and AES failover for protection of speakers in case of power loss. Harman HiQnet System Architect provides control though monitoring and adjustment on a rack-by-rack basis and the ability to make changes to all three amplifiers through a single interface.

I-Tech HD amplifiers included with V-Rack feature a DSP engine co-developed with BSS and Linear Phase FIR filters. Crown’s class-I amplifier technology is easy to configure and features a choice of input options including CobraNet and LevelMax limiters (peak, thermal and RMS). V-Rack ships fully assembled, tested and ready to work out of the box. The complete system weighs approximately 163 pounds.

‘V-Rack is a step forward in the ongoing evolution of VerTec and the outcome of a close collaboration between Crown International and JBL Professional,’ adds Paul Bauman, Director, Tour Sound Product and Application Engineering for JBL Professional. ‘It ensures an optimum power match for all VerTec models, and establishes a VerTec system standard to ensure consistent performance on a world-wide basis. On the software side, V-Rack offers a future-proof platform capable of implementing upcoming VerTec v5 presets and we are working closely with the Harman Professional System Development and Integration Group on V-Rack control software that is fully-optimised for tour sound applications.’


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