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Harman HiQnet System Installed at Zagreb’s Lisinski Concert Hall


JBL VERTEC® DP Series loudspeakers powered by HiQnet™-loaded DrivePack technology enable local contractor, AVC, to provide world-famous concert hall with advanced integration and control coupled with “uncompromised sonic perfection;”

New system features AKG microphones, BSS Audio processors, Crown amplification, JBL Professional loudspeakers and HiQnet system configuration and control technology.

FRANKFURT, GERMANY, 28 March, 2007 — Lisinski Hall, Zagreb‘s world-renowned concert hall and home to the equally well-respected Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, recently upgraded its sound system to reflect the orchestra‘s ambition to evolve its performances and reputation in the world of classical music. The HiQnet system, featuring fourteen JBL Professional VERTEC® VT4888DP-CN, six JBL Professional VERTEC® VT4882DP-CN and four VP Series VP7315DP-CN loudspeakers powered by six JBL DP Series DrivePacks and 19 Crown Cts Series amplifiers, is controlled by five BSS Soundweb London DSP processors and connected by Harman Pro Group HiQnet™ on one cohesive network. Microphone requirements for the 1850-seat concert hall are expertly and easily handled by HiQnet-compatible AKG WMS 4000 Series wireless system with 18 wireless handheld and lavalier microphones. Orchestra monitoring is provided by stage-level JBL Professional Control 300 and Control Contractor loudspeakers.

The Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatia‘s best-known orchestra, was founded in 1871. Since October 2003 the orchestra has been led by its chief-conductor Vjekoslav Sutej. Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra is widely recognized for a distinctive and easily identifiable colour of sound and rhythm and as a result the sound system design, components and integration were critical to maintaining the unique identity of the orchestra.

According to Mark Bailey, Application Engineer, JBL Professional, who oversaw the HiQnet programming and system commissioning for Lisinski Hall, the new system carefully preserves the sonic integrity of the hall but amplifies the performance considerably. “The VERTEC arrays at Lisinski Hall provide extremely even coverage in terms of tone and timbre,” Bailey explained. “In addition, system configuration and control via HiQnet is considerably easier, enables a more accurate result and is ultimately a system operator‘s dream come true!”

HiQnet system configuration and control protocol enabled Bailey and the team at AVC to program and commission the system quickly and effectively from a single screen with custom EQ panels for the array clusters and subwoofers. The system runs on a redundant CobraNet™ network with an analogue backup.

The new Harman Pro Group system also provides the concert hall with unprecedented versatility. As a result of the upgrade it now regularly hosts speeches, film premiers in surround technology and multimedia presentations. The entire project featuring audio, video projection and AMX control was designed and managed by local integration group Audio Video Consulting (AVC) based in Zagreb.

Founded in 1992, the AVC Group has become a leading AV systems integration company serving Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Macedonia with offices in Salzburg (Austria), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Zagreb (Croatia), Belgrade (Serbia), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Prishtina (Kosovo-UNMIK), Skopje (Macedonia) and Auckland (New Zealand). The AVC Group represents and distributes about 40 leading professional audio video manufacturers including the Harman Pro Group.

About HiQnet:
Harman HiQnet™ is the world‘s first connectivity and control protocol that integrates all product categories in the signal chain for professional audio systems of all types, size, and applications. Harman HiQnet no longer requires the user to manage multiple disparate operating systems or be responsible for programming individual signal processors, speaker controllers, wireless microphone systems, and mixing consoles. HiQnet was developed by engineers from across the Harman Pro Group and is coordinated by the System Development and Integration Group (SDIG), a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About the Harman Pro Group:
The Harman Pro Group (www.harmanpro.com) is the world‘s largest provider of professional audio products and system solutions for commercial sound, contracting, tour sound, recording and broadcast, musician, portable PA and cinema applications. The Group is headquartered in Northridge, California and includes industry leaders AKG Acoustics, BSS Audio, Crown International, dbx, DigiTech, JBL Professional, Lexicon, Soundcraft, and Studer. The Group is part of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR), a leading supplier of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and infotainment systems for the automotive, home and professional markets.

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