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HARMAN’s BSS Audio and JBL Blow Into Action for Australian Hurricanes Grill Restaurant

SYDNEY, Australia – Looking to provide a comprehensive audio solution with the necessary power and flexibility for a full-service restaurant, systems integrator Constant Technology Pty Ltd. recommended an all-HARMAN solution for Australian’s latest Hurricanes Grill location. Local HARMAN distributor, Jands, provided all the components utilized in the installation. Considered the company’s flagship restaurant, Hurricanes Grill Brighton Le Sands is an expansive venue, which features waterfront views overlooking a nearby beach.

The system had to be high-performance yet cost-effective. It was also essential the speakers would not be visible while still delivering quality sound and distribution throughout the restaurant. According to Con Constantinou, Managing Director, Constant Technology Pty Ltd., the client, Steve Sidd, was concerned a JBL and BSS Audio solution would not be within his budget. “Once we presented the quote to the client he was really surprised at how cost-effective the solution was,” explained Constantinou.

The venue consists of six audio zones that are powered by a range of Crown amplifiers. Six black JBL Control 47LP ceiling speakers cover the entry zone and four ceiling mounted JBL Control 52 speakers cover the main bar zone. Seven JBL Control 47LP ceiling speakers and a pair of JBL Control 40CS/T ceiling subwoofers cover the dining area. Six JBL Control 25AV Surface mount speakers, filled out with stainless steal grilles that provide an IP5 weather rating, cover the verandah zone.

“It sounds great and the sound distribution works really well,” commented Constantinou. “Our client was initially surprised by the amount of speakers we wanted to install but it was necessary to ensure there were no dead spots.”

In addition, the Tapas zone has two JBL Control 47LP ceiling speakers, two JBL Control 25AV surface mount speakers and a JBL Control 40CS/T ceiling subwoofer. A pair of JBL 8128 ceiling speakers cover the bathroom zone.

The system is controlled by a BSS BLU-100 networked signal processor. To eliminate the need for BSS wall controllers, the BSS software was customized and loaded onto the venue’s computers.

“We loaded a custom interface onto their PC’s so that they can control all the zones, inputs and volume from every point of sale terminal and managers PC,” said Constantinou.

“The client trusted us and is very happy with the sound distribution in his venue and the functionality of the BSS,” explained Constantinou.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

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