Three-Way Full Range
Loudspeaker System For
Permanent Installation
Venue Series
Key Features:
䉴 Horn-loaded midrange for 60° x 50°
pattern control to 500 Hz
䉴 SVG (Super Vented Gap CooledTM) LF
䉴 Trapezoidal enclosure for arraying
䉴 DuraFlex finish, tough, weather resistant
and paintable
䉴 12 Suspension points (M10 Thread)
The model VS3218-6 provides unprecedented bandwidth and maximum SPL, all in a
single system package. With nominal 60°
coverage pattern, systems can be splayed
together for increased coverage and/or SPL
requirements. The powerful 18" Super Vented
Gap LF transducer provides powerful bass
without the need for additional subwoofers,
with useable response to 35 Hz. A newly
designed 10" cone midrange driver loads the
waveguide midrange horn, extending pattern
control and giving exceptional clarity and
projection. The proven Optimized ApertureTM
HF horn completes this unique design.
The VS3218-6 is designed for tri-amplified
use only, utilizing the DSC260 digital
controller for crossover, signal alignment and
equalization functions, provides optimum
system performance.
The VS3218-6 is part of the JBL Venue
Series, a family of modular loudspeaker
systems designed for fixed installation
applications ranging from speech
reinforcement to large scale music
productions. All models are fitted with
suspension points that accept M10 threads.
The enclosures are coated with a hard
wearing, weather resistant, textured finish
DuraFlex. Premium 13 ply wood and an 18
gauge steel, foam backed grille enable the
Venue Series system to comply with
environmental test specifications.
The VS3218-6 utilizes one of JBL’s finest
cone transducers, the 2242H. The 18" 2242H
is part of JBL’s family of Super Vented GapTM
woofers and carries an AES power rating of
800 watts with minimal power compression.
The cone has been treated for weather
The 2012H is a new 10" cone driver
designed specifically for loading into the
midrange horn, covering the mid-frequency
range. The transducer is rear loaded with
Thermal TransferTM chamber for maximum
The 38mm (1.5 in) exit 2447J large format
compression driver is coupled to an
Optimized Aperture Bi-Radial® horn providing
smooth even coverage. The Optimized
Aperture horn provides lower throat distortion than its earlier predecessors while extending frequency response to nearly 20 kHz.
Freq. Range (-10 dB):
Freq. Response (-3 dB):
Horz. Coverage Angle (-6 dB):
Vert. Coverage Angle (-6 dB):
Directivity Factor (Q):
Directivity Index (DI):
Recommended Controller:
Low Frequency:
Nominal Impedance:
Input Power Rating:
Calculated Maximum SPL:
Recommended Amplifier2:
Nominal Impedance:
Input Power Rating:
Calculated Maximum SPL:
Recommended Amplifier2:
Nominal Impedance:
Input Power Rating:
Calculated Maximum SPL:
Recommended Amplifier2:
33 Hz - 18 kHz
38 Hz - 16 kHz
65° averaged 500 Hz to 16 kHz
50° averaged 500 Hz to 16 kHz
15 averaged 500 Hz to 16 kHz
11.8 dB averaged 500 Hz to 16 kHz
2242H, 460 mm (18 in) dia., 100 mm (4 in)
edgewound ribbon voice coil
8 Ohms
800 W, AES; 3200 W Peak
99 dB, 1 W @ 1 m (3.3 ft)
134 dB, @ 1 m (3.3 ft)
1200 W
2012H; 254 mm (10 in) dia., 76 mm (3 in)
edgewound ribbon voice coil
8 Ohms
250 W, AES; 1000 W Peak
108 dB, 1 W @ 1 m (3.3 ft)
138 dB, @ 1 m (3.3 ft)
600 W
2447J; 100 mm (4") diaphragm and voice coil dia.,
38 mm (1.5") throat dia.
16 Ohms
75 W, AES; 300 W Peak
114 dB, 1 W, @ 1 m (3.3 ft)
139 dB, @ 1 m (3.3 ft)
200 W
Environmental Specifications:
Suspension Attachment:
Trapezoidal, 22.5° side angles, birch plywood
Mil-Std 810, IPX4 per IEC 529
12 points; accepts M10 threaded hardware
Black DuraFlex coating
Black powder coated zinc treated 18 gauge
perforated steel grille with foam backing
Input Connectors: 2 x NL8 Neutrik Speakon connectors
Dimensions: 1213 mm x 572 mm x 572 mm (47.75 in x 22.50 in
x 22.50 in)
Net Weight: 74.8 kg (165 lbs.)
Measured on-axis in the far field with 1 watt (2.83 V RMS @ 8 ohms or 4.0 V RMS @ 16 ohms) input and referenced to
1 meter distance using the inverse square law. Listed sound pressure represents an average from 300 Hz to 16 kHz.
Recommended Amplifier is a power capability value that should be taken as a guide.
JBL continually engages in research related to product improvement. New 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.
䉴 VS3218-6 3 way System
Frequency response is measured on-axis at a distance
referenced to 1 meter at 1 watt using a recommended
controller, shown as a half-space (2␲) environment.
Horizontal Off-Axis Frequency Response
Beamwidth vs. Frequency
Vertical Off-Axis Frequency Response (up)
Directivity vs. Frequency
Vertical Off-Axis Frequency Response (down)
Horizontal 1/3 Octave Polars
䉴 VS3218-6 3 way System
Vertical 1/3 Octave Polars
JBL Professional
8500 Balboa Boulevard, P.O. Box 2200
Northridge, California 91329 U.S.A.
A Harman International Company
SS VS3218-6
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