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Montreal’s Percival Molson Memorial Stadium Upgrades Its Audio System With HARMAN JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays

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NORTHRIDGE, California – Percival Molson Memorial Stadium is a 25,000-seat outdoor football stadium in Montreal, Canada. Owned by McGill University, Molson Stadium is home to the McGill Redmen of the Quebec University Football League and the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. The stadium opened in 1919, and has seen a number of upgrades over the years, most recently with a new audio system featuring HARMAN JBL VERTEC® line arrays and AE Series loudspeakers. Solotech, a systems integrator with eight locations in Canada, the U.S. and China, handled the design and installation.

One side of Molson Stadium contains an overhanging roof, from which Solotech mounted a variety of JBL AE Series loudspeakers, including 16 AM4212/95-WRX weatherized speakers, eight AC2212/95 compact speakers, an AM4200/64-WRX weatherized speaker, seven AL6125-WRX weatherized subwoofers, and four ASB6118 subwoofers. Eight Control 29AV surface-mount speakers provide additional fill. Further reinforcement is provided via six portable rigs that each contain four VERTEC VT4887A compact line array elements and two VT4881A arrayable subwoofers. Crown MA5000i and MA9000i amplifiers power the system, with Crown XTi4000 amplifiers powering the AC2212/95 and Control 29AV speakers. Processing is handled via BSS Soundweb.

“A main goal of the new audio system was that it had to provide full coverage of all the seating in the stadium at 105dB SPL,? noted Dominic Galien, senior representative, integration of Solotech. “As we know, football fans can get extremely enthusiastic – and noisy – and we needed a system that would be clear and intelligible even at louder levels and be heard over the noise of the crowd when necessary.?

“To help accomplish this, we needed loudspeakers that were very efficient,? continued Galien. “With JBL, I had a variety of loudspeakers to choose from that had the high sensitivity required, and would deliver high output and even coverage over a wide listening area.?

“The system has performed extremely well,? concluded Galien, “in fact, it has been delivering beyond our expectations. In addition, Soundcraft Canada, the pro audio distributor we worked with, provided excellent support throughout the project.?

For more information on Solotech, please visit http://www.solotech.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.2 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2010. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

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