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November 13, 2017

HARMAN Professional Solutions Delivers Four-Star Audio at Holiday Inn Ulaanbaatar

ITC Solutions deploys solutions by JBL, Crown, Soundcraft, dbx and AKG to provide world-class sound in lobby, lounge, event spaces and more

ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA — ITC Solutions installed a complete audio system by HARMAN Professional Solutions at Holiday Inn Ulaanbaatar.

The newly opened four-star hotel is the first property in Mongolia to satisfy the IHG “Green Engage” standard of sustainability. In addition to 170 rooms and 13 suites, the 20-story hotel features a lobby, SkyView Lounge, large ballroom and six conference rooms. In order to deliver a world-class audio experience to its guests, Holiday Inn Ulaanbaatar hired ITC Solutions to install an end-to-end HARMAN audio solution made up of solutions by JBL, Crown, Soundcraft, dbx and AKG.   

“HARMAN Professional Solutions is privileged to be a part of Holiday Inn Ulaanbaatar,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We’re thrilled to see our solutions integrated in the first and only IHG “Green Engage” hotel in Mongolia. Holiday Inn staff and guests benefit from the quality and robustness of a HARMAN system. We thank our partner ITC Solutions for their faith in HARMAN and dedication to customer service.”

ITC Solutions faced a major challenge during the installation—building construction had begun before the audio system was designed. Fortunately, HARMAN offered a comprehensive variety of flexible solutions to accommodate the different reinforcement needs and acoustic environments within the hotel. The system ITC Solutions installed at Holiday Inn Ulaanbaatar consists of JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, Soundcraft mixers, dbx signal processors and AKG microphones, and enables the staff to produce a wide range of successful events.

JBL 8214 and 8128 in-ceiling loudspeakers discretely deliver elegant music throughout the lobby, Skyview Lounge and other public areas at Holiday Inn Ulaanbaatar. JBL Control HST wall-mount speakers’ patent-pending design eliminates room reflections and provides a flat frequency response and consistent sonic character throughout the hotel. The systems in the ballroom and conference rooms consist of JBL VRX932LA line array speakers and VRX918S subwoofers, delivering concert-worthy sound in a compact and efficient package. JBL PRX412M portable speakers provide versatility by functioning as stage monitors, conference room PAs or miscellaneous applications—depending on the event requirements. The entire system is powered by Crown XTi Series amplifiers, and optimized using a dbx DriveRack 4820 loudspeaker management system.

Events held in the hotel’s ballroom benefit from AKG CGN521 STS condenser gooseneck microphones, which include a control switch for mute, on/off, high pass filter and other functions—perfect for conference tables and podiums alike. When an event features musical entertainment, AKG D5 dynamic vocal microphones deliver crisp, dynamic live vocals with high feedback suppression. AKG WMS470 handheld/lavalier microphone sets provide the hotel AV staff with versatile wireless capabilities and convenient flexibility to handle any speech reinforcements.

A powerful and transparent audio mix is essential to the success of events at Holiday Inn Ulaanbaatar. A Soundcraft Si Expression Series digital mixing console offers extensive features and legendary sound quality in the ballroom, while Soundcraft EFX8 compact mixers enable intuitive control of microphone and playback levels during meetings in the conference rooms. 

November 02
2017


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November 02, 2017

HARMAN Professional Solutions Brings Luxury Sound to Fitness First Barangaroo

Compact Monitor Systems selects solutions by JBL Professional, Crown and BSS to create a complete multi-zone audio system at Australia’s first connected gym  

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Compact Monitor Systems recently installed a complete networked audio system by HARMAN Professional Solutions at Fitness First Barangaroo.

With more than 360 locations worldwide, Fitness First is the largest privately owned health club in the world. Fitness First opened Australia’s first “connected gym” in 2017 as part of the renowned Barangaroo urban renewal project. Located in Tower One, the largest office tower in Australia, Fitness First Barangaroo provides a holistic exercise experience with the latest innovations in technology to its members. Covering an area of almost 13,000 square feet, its facilities consist of a weightlifting gym, freestyle gym and group fitness studio. In order to deliver inspiring audio content with exceptional clarity to its members in multiple zones throughout the entire facility, Fitness First hired Compact Monitor Systems to install a complete networked audio system by HARMAN Professional Solutions.

“Music makes or breaks the vibe of any gym,” said Anna Burdekin, Club Manager, Fitness First Barangaroo. “You can have great staff and members, but the vibe will be absolutely lost if you don’t have great audio. Our members come straight from very high-pressure jobs, and a pleasant audio experience helps them switch out of work mode and get in the zone from the moment they arrive. I’ve worked in clubs where audio coverage is uneven in the group fitness areas. Compact Monitor Systems has managed to get highly balanced sound throughout the room—at a good volume. The music is absolutely pumping when we have classes in the group exercise studio. With the way the system is integrated, you don’t even notice the speakers in the studio—it’s brilliant!”

To provide Fitness First Barangaroo’s members with a clear and unobtrusive audio experience, Compact Monitor Systems’ Bill Richardson designed and integrated a multi-zone audio system into the fitness center’s architectural features. The networked HARMAN system installed by Compact Monitor Systems consists of JBL Professional speakers, Crown amplifiers and BSS processors. 

“When people go to the gym, they expect high quality audio—especially in a Titanium Club,” said Bill Richardson, Managing Director, Compact Monitor Systems. “We used JBL Control 24 in-ceiling loudspeakers in spaces like the hallways and bathrooms. In the majority of the gym we used Control 60 subs and Control 67 full-range pendant loudspeakers. We hung the pendants above the light fixtures, so you don’t notice the loudspeakers visually—you simply hear them when you walk into the space.”

JBL Contractor Control Series loudspeakers offer integrators a complete range of solutions for any form factor or requirement. JBL Control 67 P/T full-range speakers and Control 60 subwoofers are suspended above the light fixtures in the three main gyms, providing balanced audio coverage across the large spaces. JBL Control 24C compact in-ceiling loudspeakers deliver full quality sound to the reception area, bathrooms and hallways. The multi-zone system is powered by Crown CDi Series amplifiers and networked via BSS Soundweb London BLU signal processors, enabling intuitive volume control and source selection in each zone.      

“HARMAN Professional Solutions is pleased to deliver a higher and deeper sonic experience at Fitness First Barangaroo,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We look forward to building our relationship with Fitness First, and thank our partners Compact Monitor Systems for providing premium solutions with great customer service.”

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2017

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Supports the Fine Arts at Vietnam National Drama Theatre

Ba Sao Investment selects JBL, Crown, BSS and Soundcraft solutions to provide maximum coverage and intelligibility at the historic Vietnamese dramatic arts theater

HANOI, VIETNAM—Ba Sao Investment recently installed a complete audio system by HARMAN Professional Solutions at the Vietnam National Drama Theatre.

Founded in 1952, the Vietnam National Drama Theatre has hosted dramatic performances in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi for more than half a century. The building was recently redeveloped as a modern dramatic arts center to accommodate the increasing demands of popular international touring productions. In order to complement the recent renovations and ensure world-class audio quality for audiences, the National Drama Theatre hired Ba Sao Investment to upgrade its aging audio system with a complete HARMAN audio solution.

“Vietnam National Drama Theatre asked us to install a modern audio system with perfect coverage at every seat in the house,” said Nguyen Khac Anh, CEO, Ba Sao Investment Co. Ltd. “The new HARMAN system delivers clarity, depth and intelligibility across the entire 620-square-foot theater, with no audible delay. Management is very pleased with the HARMAN solution, especially because it offers the flexibility to easily integrate new components in the future.”   

The audio system in the National Drama Theater consists of JBL VRX900 Series line arrays, JBL PRX700 Series powered speakers, Crown Macro-Tech I Series amplifiers, a BSS Minidrive loudspeaker management system and a Soundcraft Si Expression series digital mixing console.

The JBL VRX928LA compact two-way line array speaker’s amplitude shading feature makes it easy to adjust each speaker’s high-frequency output for a consistent response in the theater. JBL VRX915S bass-reflex subwoofers offer powerful bass frequencies in a compact footprint. PRX712 two-way powered speakers provide perfect front-fill coverage for the first few rows. The system is powered by reliable Crown MA 5000i amplifiers, offering powerful performance and unmatched reliability. The speakers are tuned using a BSS FDS-334T Minidrive loudspeaker management system, which combines limiting, EQ, crossovers and input/output delay in a single comprehensive unit. Finally, a Soundcraft Si Expression 3 digital audio console provides the versatility and complexity needed to mix modern theatrical productions.

“We are proud to see our solutions support the arts in the historic Vietnam National Drama Theatre,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “Thanks to Ba Sao Investment’s expertise and attention to detail, audiences will be thrilled by performances at the National Drama Theatre for many years to come.”

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Brings Performances to Life at the Vietnam National Puppetry Theatre

Ba Sao Investment selects JBL, Crown, dbx, Lexicon and Soundcraft solutions to deliver premium sound quality at the historic Vietnamese puppet theater

HANOI, VIETNAM—Ba Sao Investment recently installed a complete audio system by HARMAN Professional Solutions at the Vietnam National Puppetry Theatre.

Since 1956, the Vietnam National Puppetry Theatre has preserved the uniquely Vietnamese art of water puppetry, hosting multiple performances per week. Considered a cultural highlight in northern Vietnam, these shows combine dramatic performances by skilled puppeteers with accompaniments by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra. In order to enhance the performances and ensure superb audio quality for audiences, the National Puppetry Theatre hired Ba Sao Investment to upgrade its aging audio system with a complete end-to-end HARMAN audio solution.

“One of the main objectives was to seamlessly integrate the new sound system with our existing equipment,” said Trịnh Đình Tân, Technical Manager, Vietnam National Puppetry Theatre. “It was also necessary to implement an outdoor-friendly solution that would be easy to set up and operate. The HARMAN system installed by Ba Sao Investment met all these requirements, delivering an audio experience worthy of the prestige our show is known for.”

The HARMAN sound system Ba Sao Investment installed in the National Puppetry Theatre includes JBL VT4886 line array speakers and VT4883 subwoofers, JBL PRX412M 12-inch portable speakers, JBL AWC129 weather-resistant speakers, JBL AC 25 ultra-compact speakers, Crown DSi2000 power amplifiers, dbx iEQ-31 equalizer/limiters, a Lexicon PCM92 digital effects processor and a Soundcraft GB8 series mixing console.

“We rely on HARMAN Professional Solutions to provide quality products for all of our installation needs,” said Nguyen Khac Anh, CEO, Ba Sao Investment Co. Ltd. “The National Puppetry Theatre wanted to make sure the audio solution would be easily integrated with their existing system. Thanks to the versatility of HARMAN products, they are very happy with the system we provided.”  

Ba Sao Investment designed the audio solution around JBL VerTec series line array speakers and subwoofers, which offer excellent performance and coverage in a compact footprint. PRX412M portable speakers provide clear and precise stage monitoring, while JBL AC25 ultra-compact speakers offer high output and 90° x 90° coverage. JBL AWC129 full-range speakers are highly weather-resistant and satisfy the theater’s outdoor use requirements.

The entire system is driven by Crown DSi 2000 amplifiers, which deliver unmatched sound quality and reliability. To ensure maximum sonic performance from the system, dbx iEQ31 graphic EQ/limiters offer 31-band equalization, AFS™ feedback suppression, Type V™ noise reduction and PeakStopPlus® limiting. The Lexicon PCM92 is the most advanced reverb and effects processor in its class and lends its famously rich and smooth sound to the productions. Finally, a Soundcraft GB8 dual-mode topology audio mixer brings industry-standard mixing control to each performance.

“We are honored to be a part of the unique traditions of Vietnamese puppetry art performance,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We thank the National Puppetry Theatre for trusting HARMAN products to improve its audience experience, and Ba Sao Investment for continuing to have faith in HARMAN’s ability to deliver custom-tailored solutions for every client’s needs.”

October 23
2017

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October 23, 2017

HARMAN Professional Solutions Helps Terminal 21 Korat Provide a World-Class Shopping Experience

Mahajak Development selects JBL, Crown and BSS solutions to deliver maximum coverage, superb audio quality and controllability

KORAT, THAILAND—Mahajak Development Co., Ltd. recently installed a complete HARMAN audio solution at Terminal 21 Korat, the largest shopping mall in the city of Nahkon Ratchasima.

Terminal 21 Korat features 200 outlet stores, a movie theater, an ice skating rink, an amusement park and more. Each of the building’s seven floors are decorated to make customers feel as if they’re visiting popular cities like Paris, London, Tokyo and San Francisco. In order to provide audio coverage for a wide range of entertainment environments and specialized areas, Terminal 21 Korat hired Mahajak Development to install a complete HARMAN audio solution consisting of JBL Professional speakers, Crown amplifiers and BSS signal processors.

“Terminal 21 Korat offers a truly unique shopping experience, and we’re proud to be involved,” said Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, Project Director, Mahajak Development Co. Ltd. “The owners wanted a state-of-the art audio system that was user friendly, with independent volume control and source selection for different zones in the mall. The integrated HARMAN audio solutions work together seamlessly, providing maximum coverage and sophisticated control.”

The system Mahajak Development installed at Terminal 21 Korat features a variety of JBL solutions, including JBL CBT 70J-1, JBL Control 1 Pro, JBL Control29AV-1 and JBL AC18/95 loudspeakers. The entire system is powered by Crown XTi 4002 and Crown XTi 2002 power amplifiers. Signal processing is handled via BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 and BLU-50 signal processors, and BSS BLU-3 control panels provide easy volume control and source selection for each zone.

“JBL has so many different types of speakers for every imaginable scenario,” added Pongsakorn. “That made it very easy to customize the audio system as needed for each area. The JBL CBT 70J-1 speakers blend in perfectly with the Eiffel Tower replica on the first floor, and JBL Control 29AV-1 speakers provide smooth ambience to the airplane-themed mall entrance. BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 and BLU-50 signal processors ensure the audio coverage in each zone is crisp and clear, and BSS BLU-3 control panels provide easy volume control and source selection for the Terminal 21 Korat staff.”

October 23
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HARMAN Professional Solutions Brings Exceptional Vocal Clarity and Intelligibility to Open Union Church

Mahajak Trio Electronics deploys a complete HARMAN sound solution to ensure intelligible audio coverage at the church’s newly renovated facility

KUALA LUMPUR, MalaysiaMahajak Trio Electronics recently supplied a complete HARMAN audio system at Open Union Church, a Korean ministry church located in Malaysia.

Established in 1988, Open Union Church recently relocated from its old building located in Ampang Jaya to a newly renovated 4,000 square-foot building in Kuala Lumpur. In order to provide clear intelligibility and excellent sound quality for its growing congregation and new 500-seat worship space, Open Union Church decided to include a new state-of-the-art sound system as part of the renovation. The church had great success with JBL, Crown and AKG solutions at its previous facility, so the decision to choose a complete HARMAN system was easy.  

“I am very happy with the HARMAN systems installed in the church,” said Pastor Daniel, Senior Pastor, Open Union Church. “They provide intelligibility and great coverage. We were already using HARMAN solutions, and we are confident that the system will perform equally well in our new space.”

The complete HARMAN system consists of six JBL VT4886 loudspeakers and three JBL VT4883 subcompact dual 12" subwoofers on each side of the stage, with four JBL AC18/95 AE Series speakers used as delays. The entire system is powered by Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD and Crown XTI Series amplifiers.

For vocal reinforcement, the church deployed three AKG WMS470 multichannel wireless microphone systems. Audio is mixed on a Soundcraft Si Performer 3 digital live mixing console, which is paired with a 32-channel Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32R for additional I/O. Two JBL LSR305 powered studio monitors are used for monitoring. The HARMAN system was installed by local integrator Acoustic Calibration Services.

“The reliability and performance of our solutions impressed the church management when it was time for them to upgrade,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “The church had been using HARMAN Professional products since their inception, and this carried through at the new building. We are pleased to see our customers coming back to us with confidence.”


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