March 25, 2009 - For Immediate Release

ELKHART, Indiana -- Firehouse Productions, a leader in the sound reinforcement industry has taken notice of the new Crown I-Tech HD amplifier, announcing they will purchase 100 I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers for its tour sound projects.  Firehouse has gained a reputation of excellence providing sound for some of the music’s biggest acts including Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, and Hannah Montana.  They have also handled major television and live events including Live Earth, the MTV VMAs, and VH-1 Story Tellers. 

“Firehouse is a clear leader in the live sound industry.  They have been a long time user of Crown and we have confidence I-Tech HD will be a major asset to their business for years to come. We value long-term relationships with industry leaders such as Firehouse and seeing them choose I-Tech HD is a validation of the efforts of our team to produce the best amplifier in the world,” stated Brian Divine, marketing director for tour sound at Crown.

“We are proud to be a long time user of Crown because of the consistent support we have received from them over the years.  Knowing they are 100 percent behind us was a key reason for us to make the move to I-Tech HD,” stated Mark Dittmar, lead sound and integration engineer for Firehouse Productions. “So far, working with this amplifier for just a short period of time, I must say the sound is stunning. The sound quality and power have really shocked us,” added Dittmar.

I-Tech HD features a new user-inspired DSP engine co-developed with BSS called OMNIDRIVEHD. The new processing engine features Linear Phase FIR filters that offer unrivaled crossover performance for sonically pure tunings. The OMNIDRIVEHD processing engine also features an innovative new suite of limiters called LevelMAX™. Harman HiQnet™ System Architect ™ mirrors the typical browser navigation interface to provide tour sound and contracting professionals with a familiar interface to access a host of power configuration and control functions.

Crown and JBL are units 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

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