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December 14, 2009 – For Immediate Release

ELKHART, Indiana – Daktronics recently completed an installation at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas, using 25 JBL AM4215/95 loudspeakers placed every 30 feet to deliver even sound throughout the bowl seating area. The sound system is powered by Crown CT1200 amplifiers and uses an assortment of Harman products in to reach into the Arena’s bar and lounge area.

One of the largest manufacturers of LED video boards, Daktronics has used JBL loudspeakers for more than 30 years in all different types of installations. For the Allen Event Center, Daktronics was faced with the task of installing a sound system that could be played individually in the bar or lounge area for private parties, but also have the ability to be integrated into the larger system for hockey games and public skating events. Having used JBL loudspeakers such a long period of time, system consultant and installer Doug Dodge was familiar with JBL’s sonic integrity, and he knew that the AM4215/95’s would be the best solution for the application.

“The biggest reasons for choosing the JBL speakers were great sound and affordability,” Dodge said. “They provide excellent performance for an affordable price, and they make the system at the Allen Event Center very loud and intelligible at the same time.”

One of the biggest challenges faced by Daktronics during the installation was the time frame. The system was going up along with all of the other construction that came with building the hockey arena and meant that Daktroniks had to work around the other companies installation schedule, but finish in the same amount of time.

“We had to hang all of the speakers and wire everything on a very short deadline,” continued Dodge. “That was another major reason for choosing JBL: they are very easy to install, and they all went up very quickly.”

In addition to the JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers, the system included the use of AKG microphones. With the array of Harman products in use, Daktronics was able to utilize Harman’s HiQnet System Architect™ to easily plug and play the system.


Crown is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com).  Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, and maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, employing more than 11,000 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes AKG®, Audioaccess®, Becker®, BSS®, Crown®, dbx®, DigiTech®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson®, Revel®, QNX®, Soundcraft® and Studer®. Harman International’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NYSE: HAR.”

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.

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For additional information, contact:
Philip Weiss  
Griffin Integrated Communications
(212) 481-3456 Ext. 23
Pweiss@griffinpr.com