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FBT VERTUS CLA 803/CLA403 Column Line Arrays

FOH Staff • New Gear • January 14, 2021
These passive column arrays feature switchable directivity, are offered in black or white finishes and can be used horizontally or vertically.

These passive column arrays feature switchable directivity, are offered in black or white finishes and can be used horizontally or vertically.

Now shipping, the FBT VERTUS CLA (Column Line Array) range boasts EN54-24 certification and an IP55 rating and has been created to add discreet but powerful sound reinforcement in even the most challenging of projects, including the ability to select dispersion angles depending on project requirements.

Suited to both indoor and outdoor use, the VERTUS CLA range comprises two models: the VERTUS CLA 803, with eight 3” full-range drivers, and the CLA 403, with four 3″ drivers. Both versions have the same sleek, lightweight and durable, powder-coated aluminum housing. Completely dustproof and waterproof, the front grill is covered with a special hydrophobic fabric to ensure absolute rejection of all atmospheric agents. Enclosures are rigid aluminum with a tough powder coat black or white finish.

With full EN54-24 certification, both columns can be used for emergency and evacuation applications in the event of a fire and all VERTUS CLA columns are equipped with a ceramic terminal block and thermal fuse.

The range also offers powerful new features for systems integrators facing challenging acoustic conditions. Both the CLA 803 and CLA 403 are characterized by an integrated passive directivity control system which delivers a consistent frequency-based vertical dispersion, and which offers users the choice of two angles, with the CLA 403 featuring Narrow (110° H x 25° V) or WIDE (110° H x 50° V); while the CLA 803 offers Narrow (110° H x 15° V) or WIDE (110° H x 40° V).

This new functionality guarantees enormous flexibility for the integrator, even allowing for the horizontal mounting of columns.

In addition, each VERTUS CLA enclosure is fully modular, so multiple CLA 803 and CLA 403 column enclosures can be linked to increase low-frequency control, HF dispersion and overall SPL. Other features include an impedance switch for 8-ohms or the onboard 100V line transformer with switchable 50W/100W power levels.

A wide range of accessories provides system configuration flexibility, including a bracket with two diffusers offering a 0° – 15° swivel range (in 5° steps); a fixed 0° bracket for assembling straight arrays; a tilting wall-bracket for mounting at up to 20° (V) and 90° (H); and a fixed wall support for near-flush mounting. A flybar is also available (with optional clamp), plus a foldable floor stand. The accessories match to the enclosures with sliding guides and integrated quick release pins for quick, easy and effective installations.

The street price is $529 (CLA 403); $819 (CLA 803). Both are shipping now and available from Italian Speaker Imports,

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