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HARMAN’s JBL Professional LSR6300 Series Studio Monitors and VERTEC® Line Arrays Support the Music Industry’s Best at the 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards

Photo Caption (Left to Right): Hank Neuberger, GRAMMY Awards Telecast Sound Supervisor; Bryan Bradley, Vice President, General Manager, JBL Professional; Michael Abbott, GRAMMY Awards Audio Director

LOS ANGELES, California – HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers were once again put to use at Sunday’s 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards, with JBL VERTEC® line arrays comprising the live sound reinforcement system at the STAPLES Center and a JBL LSR6300 Series 5.1 surround sound studio monitor system used in the Television Committee Room.

The annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, known as Music’s Biggest Night®, is presented by The Recording Academy® to honor outstanding achievements in the production and performance of recorded music. The GRAMMY Awards were broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network. More 28.5 million viewers watched this year’s Awards telecast.
This year’s Awards were hosted by LL Cool J and featured performances by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Madonna, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and more. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis earned Best New Artist, Lorde won Song of the Year for “Royals,” while Daft Punk won Album of the Year for Get Lucky, plus two other GRAMMY Awards.

In addition, HARMAN’s Lexicon earned a Technical GRAMMY Award, which is presented to individuals and companies that have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

ATK Audiotek provided the main PA system for the Awards ceremony, which featured four arrays each containing 12 VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements, plus two arrays of six VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers each. An additional 12 VRX932 Constant Curvature loudspeakers were used for front fill.

The STAPLES Center also features a permanent JBL VERTEC line array system, which ATK Audiotek also utilized. The STAPLES Center system features eight arrays each containing between 11 and 13 JBL VT4889DP-DA powered line array elements, plus two fill clusters each containing four VT4889DP-DA elements, which are specially positioned to cover the end seating areas. The system also features four subwoofer arrays, each containing six VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers.

In the Television Committee Room, Michael Abbott, Audio Director for the GRAMMY Awards, along with Recording Academy executives, relied on five JBL LSR6328P studio monitors and two LSR6312SP subwoofers to listen to the mix of the show in real time. “Attention to detail is always essential for the GRAMMY telecasts, and this year’s Awards were no different,” Abbott said. “Thanks to the LSR6300’s accuracy and RMC Technology, we were able to hear every nuance of the performances, and the 6300’s gave us exactly what we needed.”

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

ATK Audiotek Rocks Halftime Show at Super Bowl XLVIII with HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey – For the 17th straight year, ATK Audiotek provided audio services for the National Football League’s championship game, Super Bowl XLVIII, the first ever in an outdoor cold-weather stadium. ATK Audiotek deployed its custom-designed, cart-based audio system for the game’s prestigious halftime show, held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Once again, ATK Audiotek outfitted their system with HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line array loudspeakers.

In a battle between the league’s top-ranked offense and defense, Super Bowl XLVIII, broadcast via FOX, reached an estimated 112 million viewers. This year’s Halftime show featured popular pop-singer Bruno Mars, with a special guest performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Post-Game Show featured the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy to this year’s NFL champion Seattle Seahawks.

For the event, ATK Audiotek deployed 16 of its custom-designed field carts, which allow for easy transport and setup of the JBL VERTEC loudspeakers on and off the field. The system featured 14 carts equipped with four boxes of VT4889 line array elements (56 total), two carts with five boxes of 4889’s (10 total), and each cart was also equipped with two VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers (36 total). Additionally, ATK Audiotek mounted eight VRX932 Constant Curvature loudspeakers on the back of several carts for field fold back, deployed four VT4886 loudspeakers on two popup stands for coverage of the seats behind the stage, and used four more 4886’s for front fill.

“We have come to rely on the consistent performance and sonic capabilities of JBL’s VERTEC line arrays for our systems at the Super Bowl events each year,” commented Kirk Powell, Engineer in Charge for ATK Audiotek. “The Super Bowl is always the most-viewed television event of the year and when you add in the live-broadcast aspect you need to have a system that delivers high quality results with no failures. JBL’s gear has more than met that requirement and that’s why we continue to go back to the VERTEC’s every year.”

For more information on ATK Audiotek, please visit www.atkaudiotek.com

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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Symetrix Processing Simplifies Audio at New Willow Creek Care Center

BARRINGTON, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 2014: The Willow Creek Care Center in South Barrington, Illinois is a direct charitable extension of Willow Creek Community Church – the third largest church in the country. What started as an off-site food pantry grew over the years to include other services as well, and the church recently funded construction for a new $10 million building on its main campus. The new building houses a grocery store, a clothing store, dental & eye care, a car repair shop, culinary training, legal & employment consultation facilities, and facilities to teach English as a second language, as well as other classes. A Symetrix Zone Mix 761 fixed architecture processor, with twelve inputs, six outputs, powerful application-specific DSP resources, and flexible user control options, forms the heart of the new building’s music playback and paging system.

Willow Creek Audio Systems Engineer Matthew Wentz designed the new building’s sound system with consultation from A/V equipment provider TC Furlong (Lake Forest, Illinois). “The folks in charge of the care center wanted to be able to play music from CD, iPod, or a music server and to distribute it to the lobby, the grocery store, the clothing store, the dental/eye care center, and the corridor that links the care center to the main church building,” said Wentz. “In addition, they wanted the ability to send pages to all of those locations with automatic music ducking. Because there are predictable times when the center is officially closed but when volunteers are still stocking shelves, they wanted to schedule volume changes that would accommodate those different uses. Finally, they wanted the ability to control the volume in each zone.”

He continued, “I chose the Symetrix Zone Mix 761 because it has all of the features that they were looking for, plus the availability of Symetrix ARC-K1e wall-mounted volume controls that would allow for an easy installation in each location using just a single CAT6 run. Going beyond that, Symetrix’ implementation of the free ARC-WEB interface for use on smartphones was tremendous because I could program certain parameters that they could adjust without having to go to each individual volume control. It also allowed me to create admin-only controls so that I could be in a different part of the building and still control volume, muting, and routing.”

The Zone Mix 761’s well-implemented paging features also proved to be an important part of the overall design. “The paging functionality did exactly what it was supposed to do without a lot of setup and programming,” Wentz said. A Shure paging microphone connects to one of the Zone Mix 761’s line inputs and is programmed to send to all six zones, duck the music appropriately, and bring the music back in smoothly when the page is complete. “Importantly, the page goes out at an appropriate volume no matter what volume each zone is using for music playback,” he said.

The system has been up for six months without a glitch, and the daily users of the system love its simplicity and reliability. The Willow Creek Care Center’s website is www.willowcreekcarecenter.org.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

ASHLY’S PEMA PROCESSOR MATCHES THE UPSCALE AESTHETIC AT SUITSUPPLY STORES WORLDWIDE

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – FEBRUARY 2014: Based in the Netherlands, Suitsupply is a high-end men’s fashion brand with stores throughout the world, including six locations in the United States and five more that are currently under construction. It would be difficult to overstate the brand’s command of cutting-edge fashion, and everything it touches – from its garments, to its fashion photography, to the aesthetic of its stores – speaks to that command. Nothing is off-message. To ensure that the sonic environment that clients experience when they enter a Suitsupply store also supports the brand, the company hired Tau Audio Solutions of Groningen, Netherlands to design professional music playback systems that would be reliable, high performance, and easy to use. Tau Audio Solutions in turn specified the Ashly Pema (Protea-Equipped Media Amplifier) for use in every new store, delivering sophisticated processing, high-fidelity amplification, and reliable remote-control operation in just two rack spaces. Most of the time, the home office controls Suitsupply music systems around the world from its home office in Amsterdam!

“Originally, Suitsupply worked with standard consumer-grade hi-fi equipment,” explained Ron Vossen, managing director at Tau Audio Solutions. “But they quickly realized they had a higher standard, and they contacted us to give them professional sound that is truly high-fidelity, IP addressable, and foolproof.” Tau Audio Solutions designs the sound reinforcement for each new store and hires a local integrator to install and commission it. “We always find local companies that are familiar with Ashly Audio,” he said.

Unlike most other retailers, each Suitsupply location has its own unique aesthetic, which requires a fresh sound system design from Tau. “Very different ceiling heights are often an issue, as are the demands of the interior designers,” said Vossen. “They are in the fashion business and so is their approach to technical issues. A big part of our job is understanding and translating their questions into solutions.” Inputs to a typical Suitsupply sound system include a Sonos music playback system, a microphone, or an external music source. An Ashly Pema 4250.70 combination 8-in x 8-out Protea™ DSP Matrix Processor and 4-channel 250-Watt amplifier does most of the work, and its four separate outputs allow different processing and volumes in, for example, the fitting rooms or the entrance. SoundTube loudspeakers and subwoofers (“they like a sophisticated punch,” said Vossen) serve as the endpoints of each system.

“The Ashly Pema is a great choice for Suitsupply because it contains high-quality, flexible processing and amplification in just two-rack spaces at a competitive price,” said Vossen. “Almost all of the system control happens from Amsterdam – each store has only limited volume control. It seems to work out well. We give them the settings that we think are best, and they deliver those settings to the Ashy Pemas all around the world via IP addresses.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO
Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

Vinten Radamec now shipping the game-changing Absolute Positioning System


Bury, St Edmunds, England – Vinten Radamec®, a Vitec Group Company and world leader in robotic camera support systems, announces the availability of its ground-breaking Absolute Positioning System (APS) navigation system.

The APS, which was awarded the coveted “Best of IBC2012″ award when its beta model debuted at IBC, was praised for being a game changing, smart and valuable product. It also received the TV Technology Star Award at NAB 2013.

The revolutionary APS integrates seamlessly with Vinten Radamec’s Fusion robotic pedestals and delivers unrivalled positional accuracy and operational flexibility never before possible with robotic camera support pedestals. A Fusion pedestal equipped with APS no longer relies on a floor target or tile for navigation and positioning, even when switching from manual to robotic mode.

Instead, it detects unobtrusive, passive retro-reflective targets placed in the studio environment using a scanning laser-based measurement system. This frees up the whole studio floor for the pedestal while removing the need to go through time-consuming retargeting routines.

“We’re delighted the system is now available to all of our key markets,” said Karen Walker, robotics commercial manager for Vinten Radamec. “We have already received orders from broadcasters around the world, and anticipate a high demand, as APS is one of the most advanced products on the market.”

The APS removes all of the operational challenges associated with targeting pedestals using a floor target. It is available as both a factory-fit option on the Fusion FP-188 pedestal, or as an upgrade for existing FP-188 or FP-145 pedestals.

APS system is now available from Vinten Radamec and its partners.

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About Vinten Radamec
Vinten Radamec is a leading provider of robotic camera support systems offering engineering excellence and globally supported solutions for a wide range of technologies and markets. Its extensive range of products includes robotic heads, pedestals and controllers suitable for studio, OB and legislative environments.

Recognized for some of the most innovative broadcast robotics in the world, Vinten Radamec has a worldwide customer support network and distribution infrastructure, and an industry leading research and development program.

Vinten Radamec solutions take a seamless role in the broader automated environment and thereby increase the flexibility of systems to take advantage of the economic and operational benefits of robotic cameras. ®Vinten Radamec Broadcast Robotics is a registered trademark of The Vitec Group plc.

For more information on Vinten Radamec, visit www.vintenenradamec.com or follow them on YouTube.

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – innovative products around the camera. Follow Vitec Videocom on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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Yamaha CL Award IF Product Design Award

BUENA PARK, Calif.–The Yamaha CL Series Digital Mixing Consoles has been awarded an IF Product Design Award at the iF Design Awards 2014 held in Germany it was announced today by Yamaha Corporation Japan. Since 1953, the prestigious, international IF Design Awards have been hosted by the IF Industries Forum Design e.V. in Hannover, Germany and celebrate outstanding industrial product design.

The awards are comprised of four categories: product design, communications design, material design, and packaging design. The IF Product Design Award received by the Yamaha CL Series is awarded not only for creativity and innovation in design but from an overall viewpoint including functional aspects such as ease of use, quality, and environmental friendliness. Over 4,615 products from 55 countries around the world were entered for this year’s IF Design Awards.

“The CL Series has made great strides in sound quality, ease of use, functionality, and reliability meeting the needs of both artists and sound engineers,” states Laurence Italia, Vice President/General Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “We congratulate our design colleagues in Japan and celebrate this award with all of our dedicated CL Series customers.”

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Landmark Building Converts to Mattorosso Restaurant & Live Bar, Sporting HARMAN’s JBL Professional Loudspeakers and a Soundcraft Digital Console

MONTEBELLUNA, Italy – A landmark industrial building in the quiet Italian town of Montebelluna (TV), previously used as a tobacco drying plant, has been lovingly converted into the Mattorosso KMØ Restaurant & Live Bar by Spolverato Umberto and Bressan Lorella, owners of the architecturally superb (and historically significant) edifice. The building also incorporates one of Italy’s biggest MI shops, Esse Music Store.

The conversion has been implemented with the help of a technical infrastructure masterminded by HARMAN Professional distributors, Leading Technologies, and featuring many of the corporation’s premier brands.

Venue managers Manuel and Claudio recall that when they first visited the site at the end of 2011 the brickwork was scored by lime and black carbon; but they say that thereafter “the building’s owners spared no effort or commitment in reconditioning the building and making it fit for purpose.”

Leading Technologies soon became involved in the project and put together an industry-standard sound reinforcement specification within the budget for the 300-capacity venue. Consultant, Paolo Michelini, discussed the design in conjunction with Leading Technologies’ engineers and the building was divided into two indoor zones and one external, ensuring that the sound generated in the live room could also be distributed evenly outdoors.

“The concept was straightforward,” says Leading Technologies’ product specialist, Marco Roveri. “We looked at the project and listened to the owners’ ideas before making our recommendations.”

At the main industrial entrance they have suspended four JBL Control 67P/T pendant loudspeakers from the pitched corrugated roof; these incorporate a large enclosure and high-power 6.5” transducer for extended bass and high-fidelity performance, while the large RBI Radiation Boundary Integrator™ provides outstanding pattern control, which can allow fewer speakers to cover a venue.

In the main live room Leading Technologies specified four JBL VRX932LAP powered, compact 12″ two-way line-array elements, flown two per side, and four ground-stacked VRX918SP bass reflex subs, recessed back into the stage. PRX612 self-powered 12″, two-way speakers and PRX415 15” two-way speaker are used for stage monitoring (with two of the latter deployed for drum fills).

Sound engineers also enjoy the presence of a Soundcraft house desk. Leading Technologies recommended the popular Soundcraft Si Expression 2 console, featuring 24 recallable mic pre amps, and MADI optical card expansion, with I/O capacity extended via a Compact Stagebox (32/16).

All the sound is under the management of a dbx DriveRack 260 although Marco Roveri confirms that future plans are for the sound to be routed to a recording studio in another part of the building. To complete the roster of HARMAN Professional brands on display AKG K 240 MKII Professional Studio headphones have been provided for the sound engineers.

Summing up, Roveri says, “Many companies competed for this contract as they wanted to work in that prestigious building, but the owners chose Leading Technologies for the brands they represent and the back-up they knew they would get. They are extremely happy with the result … as were we, when we heard the system fired up on the opening night.”

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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Hubei Business News Channel Network Employs Soundcraft Vi4 Digital Console for Broadcast Production

HUBEI, China – As Hubei’s top-ranked network in revenue for eight consecutive years, Hubei Business News Channel Network covers the entire Hubei province and has arguably the strongest influence of all media of Hubei. Recently, to accommodate its HD broadcasting, the network upgraded to a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi4 digital mixing console.

The console is configured with 32 mic line inputs, 32 EAS/EBU digital inputs and 16 analog outputs. The audio equipment was supplied and integrated by HARMAN distributor ACE.

“The main reason we selected the Soundcraft Vi4 model for this project is because it serves as the perfect balance between price and performance that the network was looking for,” said Rico Fung, VP of Broadcasting at ACE. “Also, the touchscreen interface helps the workflow of operators during live broadcasting, as there are many things to monitor.”

Operators of the network prefer the Soundcraft Vi4 mainly due to its value per dollar, ease of use and scalability of the system. It uses the Vistonics™ touchscreen interface in order to monitor and control input parameters and output channels. This increases the amount of control during live broadcasts, as everything is displayed clearly and intuitively. The sound is processed by the SCore Live DSP engine, providing superb signal quality.

“The Vi4 changes the concept of digital mixing consoles; having all this processing power as well as the intuitive layout allows the operator to focus solely on the mixing. After some general testing, we believe it is much easier to use when compared to our previous digital mixing console, making live broadcasting effortless,” Fung said.

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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

HARMAN’s Crown and JBL Play to a Captive Audience at Music In the Zoo Concert Series

ELKHART, Indiana — Nestled in the heart of the Minnesota Zoo, the Wessner Family Amphitheater hosted the Subway Music in the Zoo 2013 Concert Series in an idyllic setting that was named “The Best Outdoor Concert Venue” by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. This year’s series hosted over 30 national recording artists including Lyle Lovett, Brian Wilson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Willie Nelson, Carly Rae Jepsen and many more, with sound reinforcement provided by Minneapolis-based Farber Sound consisting of HARMAN Crown VRack amplifiers and a JBL VERTEC® line array system.

Farber Sound (www.farbersound.com), utilizing a venue designed for a daily bird show at the zoo, provided sound and lighting for the 1,340-capacity venue and its 32-foot-wide by 24-foot-deep open-air stage. In two hours’ setup time, the production crew was able to transform the space into a first-class performance venue. The stage was surrounded by a framework of four columns at the corners with overhead roof trusses to hold the lighting, and covered by a tent-shaped awning. The stage is at ground level and the seating is arranged around it in a quarter-round tiered configuration.

Two columns of four JBL VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array elements were deployed as the main left and right ground stacks, complemented by two ground stacks of four VERTEC VT4886 subcompact line array elements for left and right outfill. Two VT4886 loudspeakers were mounted on the roof trusses to provide downfill, and four VTX G28 subwoofers were placed equidistantly on the ground along the side of the stage. Twelve JBL SRX712M loudspeakers were used as powered stage monitors, along with a JBL VRX918S subwoofer for the drum monitor mix powered by Crown I-Tech amplifiers.

Power to all VERTEC elements was delivered courtesy of two Crown VRack 4×3500 HD racks, each including three I-Tech 4×3500 HD 4-channel amplifiers. One Crown VRack 12000 HD rack provided amplification to the VTX G28 subwoofers. VRack is a complete, transportable amplifier solution that includes Crown I-Tech HD Series power amps, analog and digital connections and a universal power distribution system, housed in a wheeled rack with a suspension system that enables VRacks to be flown.

Farber Sound owner Dave Farber and his crew ground-stacked the left and right VERTEC arrays because the stage framework wasn’t tall enough for them to be hung without blocking the audience’s view or getting in the way of the performers. Farber used HARMAN’s HiQnet System Architect™ software to configure and control the system from front of house, and took advantage of JBL’s VERTEC V5 preset tunings to precisely tailor the output of the Crown amplifiers to the loudspeakers.

“Under the right circumstances VERTEC line arrays can work just as well on the ground as in a flown stack,” Farber said. “In the Wessner Amphitheater the stage is right at ground level and the seats are relatively close, so we placed the ground stacks on 6-foot platforms, and in combination with the flown downfill speakers this worked really well. Another advantage is that the VTX G28 subwoofers are specifically designed to be placed on the ground.”

In fact, Farber found the VERTEC loudspeakers provided such even coverage and volume and clarity that it wasn’t necessary to use any additional fill loudspeakers in the seating area itself. “We were able to use a relatively modest number of VERTEC’s and the sound was absolutely stellar,” Farber concluded. “They delivered everything we needed and then some.”

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

HARMAN’s Crown DCi Series Amplifiers and JBL ScreenArray Loudspeakers Highlight Germany’s Haus Zoar Dolby Atmos™ Movie Theater

MÖNCHENGLADBACH, Germany — Located in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, Mönchengladbach has a history that goes back to the 10th century—but the city’s newly completed movie theater boasts up-to-the-second technology. Haus Zoar is Germany’s first cinema to feature a Dolby Atmos™ Connect interface with HARMAN’s Crown DCi Series network amplifiers. The cinema has also deployed JBL ScreenArray loudspeakers in an installation that takes surround sound realism to new heights – literally.

Dolby Atmos is a newly developed surround-sound technology that employs any number of overhead speakers as well as traditional side-surround speakers to create an astonishingly realistic 3-dimensional sonic environment.

The Haus Zoar system employs three JBL ScreenArray 3732T loudspeakers for the main left, center and right channels. Two JBL 4642A subwoofers are located in the front of the theater and two 3635 18-inch subs are installed at the back of the theater. To deliver the full potential of Dolby Atmos sound, 50 JBL 8350 surround loudspeakers are placed at the sides of the theater and mounted from the left and right of the ceiling and aimed diagonally downward. Its high power handling capability and smooth coverage over a wide area make the 8350 ideally suited for the demanding sonic and technical requirements of Dolby Atmos soundtrack reproduction.

The loudspeakers are driven by a total of 10 Crown DriveCore DCi Network Series power amplifiers, including DCi 8|300N, DCi 4|600N and DCi 2|600N. The digital audio signal from the Dolby CP850 Atmos Cinema Processor is fed directly into the Crown amplifiers’ digital input via HARMAN’s BLU link networked audio connectivity. This eliminates the need for digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital conversion and preserves the sonic purity of the original multichannel soundtrack recording. In addition, the Crown DCi Series amplifiers include preset tunings that are optimized for various models and types of JBL loudspeakers, to further optimize the performance of the Haus Zoar system.

Commenting on the installation, Carsten Peter, Product Manager for Audio Pro Heilbronn, HARMAN’s German distributor who handled the installation stated, “Haus Zoar is truly a showcase installation that demonstrates the full potential of Dolby Atmos surround sound.”

“The Dolby CP850 Atmos Cinema processor, the new Crown DCi amplifiers, the large-scale JBL loudspeaker system and the superb acoustics of Haus Zoar all combine to create a remarkable and totally immersive sonic environment in what is surely one of the world’s most extraordinary movie theaters,” added Peter.

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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