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HARMAN’s JBL VLA Line Arrays Deliver Powerful Performance in South Korea’s Daegu Stadium

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Daegu Stadium in South Korea features a large-scale JBL VLA line array system.

ORLANDO, Florida – With a seating capacity of 66,000, Daegu Stadium is the largest stadium in South Korea. The stadium is striking in appearance, with a roof that combines design elements of traditional Korean houses with Teflon panels stretched across steel framing that provide protection from the elements while letting natural lighting into the stands.

Daegu Stadium has hosted major sporting events including the World Cup, and will be the site of the 2011 IAAF (International Association of Athletics Foundations) World Championships in Athletics. To prepare for the IAAF and other future events, the city of Daegu decided to upgrade the stadium’s audio facilities, which now includes a large-scale JBL Variable Line Array (VLA) Series loudspeaker installation with 18 line arrays in distributed clusters.

The sound system was designed by Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon and Williams (WJHW) of Dallas, Texas, and the installation was performed by Sovico Corporation of Seoul, South Korea.

The Daegu system employs JBL VLA901 and VLA601 line arrays. The VLA Series loudspeakers were chosen because of their ability to provide high-impact sound reinforcement at throw distances beyond the reach of traditional speaker designs. In Daegu Stadium, the distances between the seats and the speakers can be more than 160 feet. The VLA901 and VLA601 speakers are suspended above and in front of the seats from beams that are part of the roof’s support structure. Eighteen distributed clusters of VLA901 and VLA601 loudspeakers are located throughout the stadium, to cover the seating areas and other locations where sound reinforcement is required.

JBL VLA Series loudspeakers are specifically designed for permanent installation applications where even coverage, high intelligibility and very high sound-pressure levels are required. The VLA Series offers a modular approach that gives system designers the ability to build large line array systems for bigger venues, or design smaller line array systems for use as distributed clusters in arenas and domed stadiums, and larger performance spaces and houses of worship.

For more information on Sovico, please visit www.sovico.co.kr

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 11,800 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.5 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2010. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

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