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JBL Professional VP Series Fuels Audio System For General Motors Display

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, January 17, 2008 — Demonstrating its ability to provide powerful, networked loudspeaker technology for the most demanding events, JBL Professional announced that it had supplied over 130 network-connected VP Series powered professional loudspeakers to Creative Technologies in response to a specification from event sound designer Jim Risgin of OSA International, for the General Motors display at the North American International Auto Show Detroit.

As one of the world‘s largest demonstrations of new car models and future concepts in automotive technologies, the Detroit Auto Show places great demands on audio system designers to support multimedia, music, video, press events and vocal presentations. Creative Technologies, a global production services vendor, supplied the audio system with support from their offices in Los Angeles and Chicago. Realizing the need for a full range speaker with high quality sound, versatile rigging options and the ability to plug directly into a digital audio network, the designer and event sound team opted for JBL‘s VP Series loudspeakers.

“We did a lot of research and realized the VP Series was the right choice for a lot of reasons,” said William Nealie, Director of Audio Services, Creative Technology North America. “It‘s a good sounding speaker with flawless integration into a network and the rigging and mounting have been advanced to a point where we can use them in many types of applications.”

The application in Detroit called for more than 270 JBL cabinets in all, largely comprised of VP7212 powered, bi-amplified 12-inch full range speakers augmented by VRX918 compact subwoofers. Beyond the sound, another reason the VP Series was chosen was its ability to integrate fully with a network, which in this case has a front end controlled by BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-80. Combined with the I/O expansion BLU-32s, there are more than 20 of these integrated into the temporary portable system in Detroit.

The VP Series loudspeaker systems are equipped with JBL DrivePack technology, co-developed with Crown. The massive distributed, suspended loudspeaker system is linked with Harman‘s HiQnet allowing Cobranet digital audio signals to be transported through a hardwired network using TCPIP protocol. Harman‘s HiQnet System Architect software enables comprehensive remote control and monitoring of the VP Series loudspeaker system.

JBL‘s VP Series features a level of high power, fidelity, reliability and control in a self-powered speaker that moves the loudspeaker into the new age of networked digital audio. Drawing on years of experience, JBL has designed the VP Series with easy to mount rigging options that make them the most application oriented loudspeakers on the market.

About JBL Professional:

Headquartered in Northridge, California, JBL Professional is the world‘s leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of professional loudspeakers for recording and broadcast, musician, cinema, touring sound, commercial sound and contracting applications. JBL Professional is part of the Harman International network of professional and consumer audio companies. For complete product and company information, go to the JBL Professional website at www.jblpro.com.

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:
Headquartered in Northridge, California, the Harman Pro Group is part of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com ), a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and infotainment systems for the automotive, home and professional markets. The Company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: HAR. Harman Pro Group companies include AKG Acoustics, BSS Audio, dbx, Crown International, JBL Professional, Lexicon, Soundcraft, and Studer.

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