Belmont University Expands with World-class Dolby Atmos Theater, Powered by HARMAN Professional Solutions

February 21, 2017

HARMAN Professional Solutions’ JBL, Crown, BSS help provide sound and networked audio for the first and only university-based immersive audio film production program

NASHVILLE Tenn. – In mid-August 2015, Belmont University’s Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business moved into the new $87 million R. Milton and Denice Johnson Center, a 134,000-square-foot structure featuring a new home for the music business, motion pictures and media studies programs. Functional spaces include classrooms, labs, performance spaces, production spaces and research rooms. Additionally, the Johnson Center features a 250-seat theater and mixing stage equipped with Dolby Atmos immersive audio system. HARMAN Professional Solutions’ JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplification and BSS networked audio are proud to play a role within this important entertainment education facility.

“Curb College has always offered excellent state-of-the-art technology resources for our students including the best of music production, sound stages, audio recording and editing,” said Dave Warburton, Manager, Recording and Film Studios, Belmont University. “With this latest expansion, we’ve greatly enhanced this world-class facility to offer advanced audio for film and film editing facilities with immersive sound production and editing and networked audio experience.”

Serving as a home base for a wide range of entertainment, music and film students, Curb College offers a comprehensive curriculum for majors including audio engineering, songwriting, motion pictures, music business and entertainment industry studies. University officials worked with Nashville-based AV Integrator, M3 Technology Group, who provided the systems, technologies and installation on the project.

From a technology point of view, the college offers a comprehensive set of facilities, including a TV Production Studio for producing and capturing student newscasts, commentators, product shots and small interview productions; a Motion Capture Space to create live-action computer-generated imagery, allowing for 3D animation, digital compositing and motion graphics for any production; a 2,500-square-foot Sound Stage for making single- and multiple-camera motion pictures; 24 Student Edit Bays in which students can view, process, synchronize, edit and mix video and audio program material, and a Foley/ADR Suite to capture sound effects and atmospherics for replacing and enhancing sounds in audio, video and film productions.

A crown jewel within the new facility is the 250-seat Johnson Screening and Mixing Theater, which serves as a screening room for motion pictures and a mix theater for audio mixing for film. In fact, this makes Curb College the world’s first and only university-based film program capable of teaching the process of developing and producing theater-ready films in the Dolby Atmos immersive format.

“Often with school film projects and amateur productions, the audio is usually the first element to drop off. Student film courses at most schools don’t dedicate the time and resources to teaching and creating professional audio,” said Warburton. “Directors regard audio as half the film experience. Our goal is to give students the opportunity to work with the very latest in audio production tools and technology and enable them to create projects that look and sound professional.”

The Dolby Atmos Rendering and Mastering Unit (Dolby RMU) allows faculty to teach the process of creating and compiling movies in immersive Dolby Atmos sound, as well as traditional 7.1 and 5.1 formats. The system design for the loudspeakers alone presented some unique challenges, with the overall goal of providing maximum sound quality and flexibility.

“Designing and installing the Atmos system within the Johnson theater was fun and rewarding,” said Keith Martin, Senior Account Manager, M3 Technology Group.

“Every speaker in the theater is independent and we’re able to create a completely immersive audio experience. With different imaging between all channels and speakers you can make sounds come from an exact location in the theater,” added M3 Senior Designer Engineer, Todd Lewis, CTS-D, DMC-E.

The Johnson theater has 34 JBL 9320 high-power cinema surrounds, 5 JBL 5732 3-way high-power ScreenArray loudspeakers and 4 JBL 4642A dual 18-inch bass reflex subwoofers. The entire system is powered by a set of 14 Crown DCi Network amplifiers with a total of 64 channels, connected through BSS BLU-806 audio transport.

“At one point we were challenged to come up with a ceiling mount solution for a few of the JBL 9320 speakers. We fabricated a nice mounting system that is completely flexible, allowing for angle changes and adjustments,” said Martin. “This turned out to be a great feature for this working classroom. If students want to work with how speakers are angled and mounted, and how it effects the room in either 5.1, 7.1 or immersive. They can make it what they need. It’s a very flexible sound system.”

A great deal of planning for audio transport infrastructure went into assuring the entire facility had fast, flexible access to data. Treating each room of the four-story facility — theaters, sound stages, production suites, edit bays — as a network node, engineers were able to create a robust system to support the university’s current and future needs.

“We deployed a HARMAN-based system with JBL speakers, Crown DCi amplifiers, BSS BLU Link because it all works together seamlessly,” said Lewis. “Another huge advantage for a HARMAN solution is that the Dolby Cinema processors also use the same transport protocol. This makes the entire system reliable, efficient and easy to install and use.”

BSS BLU Link by HARMAN is a high-bandwidth, low-latency audio bus that can be used as a standalone technology or used as a complement to Dante, AVB and CobraNet.

“Essentially we daisy-chained all the Crown DCi network amplifiers, DSPs and the Dolby processors on a loop with Cat6 cable between each box for access to the entire system. Except for a few analog input cables and speaker cables, the entire audio system is in the digital domain, said Lewis. “We used Dante to integrate the Avid products into the BSS DSP so everything is connected digitally.”



In 1971, Belmont University first established a music business program designed to prepare students for operational, administrative, creative and technical careers in the music industry. The program grew in both size and reputation, leading to the advent of the full Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business in 2003. Currently home to more than 2,500 undergraduates with majors in five areas including music business, audio engineering technology, entertainment industry studies, songwriting and motion pictures, Curb College boasts an impressive faculty of academic scholars and authors, entrepreneurs, songwriters, producers, filmmakers and sound and recording engineers. The college serves as a world leader in music business and entertainment industry education and the only freestanding college of its kind.

HARMAN Professional Solutions Introduces the HARMAN Connected PA

January 19, 2017

New integrated PA system streamlines setup and configuration from a single mobile app so musicians can get great sound quickly and focus on their performance

NAMM (Booth #7800), ANAHEIM, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced the HARMAN Connected PA™—a complete, integrated system of live sound products that allows musicians and performers at any skill level to quickly and easily get professional results. At the center of the Connected PA system is the groundbreaking new HARMAN Connected PA mobile app, which provides one centralized solution for intuitive setup, configuration and control. The HARMAN Connected PA brings together Soundcraft mixers, AKG microphones, dbx stage boxes and JBL speakers that integrate HARMAN ioSYS technology to offer a flexible and scalable solution that makes it easy for customers to get great live sound.

“Musicians need a fast and easy way to set up their PA system so they can focus on performing instead of worrying about their equipment,” said Noel Larson, Senior Global Manager, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The HARMAN Connected PA system provides musicians a simple and effective way to set up and operate their entire PA system from one central app, with minimal pro audio skills or previous live sound experience. Now musicians can focus on what matters most—their performance.”

HARMAN Connected PA is an industry first, and streamlines the setup process with one state-of-the-art central app for the entire component system, removing the need for multiple apps and GUIs. The app automatically identifies and configures connected equipment, provides setup wizards for quick and easy system configuration, and offers access from a variety of devices, including iOS and Android tablets, Mac OS and Windows.

The Connected PA solution is enabled via ioSYS technology and initially includes equipment from Soundcraft, JBL, dbx and AKG, allowing musicians to create systems that suit their specific needs. Additional HARMAN equipment can be added to increase performance flexibility and meet the demands of future growth. At launch, compatible products include:

  • Soundcraft Ui24R multi-track digital mixing and recording system
  • JBL PRX800W loudspeakers
  • dbx Di1 active direct boxes
  • AKG P5i microphones

HARMAN Professional Solutions plans to add many new products to the Connected PA family to provide musicians with greater versatility and adaptable performance.


The HARMAN Connected PA app is expected to be available Q2 2017 from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and  Soundcraft Ui24R is expected to be available April 2017. The AKG P5i microphone will be available February 2017. JBL PRX800W speakers and the dbx Di1 are currently available but may require firmware updates to enable HARMAN Connected PA functionality. For additional information on the HARMAN Connected PA app and ecosystem, please visit


HARMAN Professional Solutions Helps Wonders Bar & Grill Create Their Dream Sound System

January 10, 2017

E2I Design installs an end-to-end HARMAN audio solution to create a seamless, user-friendly sound system with exceptional versatility and control  

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas—E2I Design recently installed a complete audio solution by HARMAN Professional Solutions at Wonders Bar & Grill, a newly opened pub, restaurant, sports bar and live music venue in downtown Corpus Christi. Owners Dayyan and Darren Wonders hired David Rotter, a Systems Integrator at E2I Design, to create a user-friendly system that would enable them to play a wide range of audio sources and manage volume levels in different areas of the bar. After careful consideration, E2I selected a complete HARMAN audio solution made up of dbx controllers, Crown amplification and JBL speakers for their seamless integration, intuitive operation and exceptional sound quality.

“The owners wanted a state-of-the-art audio system that was very user-friendly, with auto-switching capabilities and independent volume control for different zones in the bar,” said Rotter. “By partnering with HARMAN, we were able to cover all of our bases for the system—including controllers, amplification and speakers—all from one integrated provider. All of the solutions work together seamlessly, and the HARMAN team was extremely helpful in making sure that the system we created met all of the customer’s needs.”

The system E2I Design installed at Wonders Bar & Grill includes a dbx ZonePRO 1260m digital zone processor, 4 dbx ZC2 wall-mounted zone controllers, 1 dbx ZC3 wall-mounted zone controller, 1 Crown DCi 4|600 power amplifier, 8 JBL AWC82 loudspeakers and 1 JBL SRX828SP dual self-powered subwoofer system.

Using the ZonePRO processor, E2I Design created four separate audio zones within the bar, including a stage area, a general hangout area, an indoor patio and the actual bar itself. All of the zones play the same audio source and have their own volume controller, which allows the staff to set different volume levels within the same room and enhance the overall experience for customers. For example, the music can be turned up very loud in the back of the room near the pool tables, and set much lower in front of the bar so patrons can easily order drinks and have conversations without shouting over the music. The AWC82 speakers are also highly directional, and E2I installed them to point away from the bar to make the area even quieter.

The system is programmed to automatically switch between multiple audio sources, which can be prioritized using selector switches for different events at the bar. The TV can be set to override the music from the jukebox during a big football game, or a live DJ can override the TV and jukebox during a performance. Finally, the system is designed to sleep until there’s an input source, so there’s no need for the staff to worry about powering the system on or off.

“I’ve had three other bars with sound systems, but I wanted to do something different for this one,” said Dayyan Wonders, owner of Wonders Bar & Grill. “In a lot of bars, it gets so loud that the bartenders can’t hear what the customers are ordering. With the HARMAN system, everyone at the bar can hear what’s going on and customers sitting at tables can actually have conversations. And with auto switching, we don’t have to worry about customers trying to play the jukebox when the rest of the crowd wants to hear the game. This my favorite system I’ve ever had—I couldn’t be any happier.”

E2I Design hired audio engineer Mike Pena to fine-tune the system and ensure that the audio sounds great anywhere in the room. Using the ZonePRO, Pena was able to program limiters, volume levels and EQ settings for each separate zone and audio source. The seamless integration between the HARMAN solutions made the entire tuning process fast and easy, and the resulting sound quality speaks for itself. 

“I work with a lot of HARMAN products in touring sound systems, and I got that same level of clarity and detail from this system,” said Pena. “The ZonePRO has the tools we needed to ensure that the system could adapt and deliver amazing sound quality with all of the different audio sources in the bar—from a country song on the jukebox to a basketball game on TV. We were able to get the system sounding great in all of the different sections and zones, and do it quickly. It was almost three-dimensional sounding with the way it was designed and how well the HARMAN solutions interact with each other.”

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Names Ramesh Jayaraman Vice President and General Manager of Asia Pacific

December 21, 2016

Latest appointment underscores HARMAN’s renewed commitment to expanding growth and customer engagement in the enterprise and entertainment markets

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.— (25 Oct, 2016) HARMAN Professional Solutions, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional audio, lighting, video and control solutions, today announced that it has further strengthened its position in the Asia Pacific region with the appointment of Ramesh Jayaraman as Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, effective immediately. Jayaraman will report directly to Bryan Bradley and Kevin Morrison, senior vice presidents of Harman Professional Solutions for Entertainment and Enterprise, respectively.

In his new role, Jayaraman will be tasked with leveraging the strength of HARMAN’s iconic brands to drive growth throughout the region. By leading teams across HARMAN offices in Singapore, Japan, Korea and Australia, Jayaraman will bring the organization closer to channel partners and end customers, and chart a course for further expansion in Asia Pacific territories.

“Ramesh has an excellent track record of accelerating growth and improving customer engagement,” said Bradley. “At a time when our industry is evolving rapidly, we need a proven leader who can build on the strength of our industry-leading brands to deliver the holistic, integrated solutions that customers require.”

 “With outstanding knowledge and experience in the Asia Pacific region, Ramesh is the perfect executive to help us transform our business and capitalize on the exciting growth opportunities,” added Morrison.

Jayaraman will be based in Singapore at the new HARMAN Professional Solutions Asia Pacific headquarters. The location provides access to a global talent pool and close proximity to many of HARMAN’s channel partners and high-profile end customers. Jayaraman will lead the Asia Pacific team in serving the region’s entertainment and enterprise customers with comprehensive integrated systems, including solutions for corporate, education, government, hospitality, large venues, tour sound and lighting, cinema, broadcast, and prosumers.

“I am delighted to join HARMAN Professional Solutions and look forward to expanding our growth in the Asia Pacific region,” said Jayaraman. “With a portfolio that includes the industry’s most iconic brands, we have the advantage of being the only global provider to offer tailored, integrated solutions for audio, lighting, video and control applications. Now with our state-of-the-art Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore, we have the unique opportunity to forge even deeper connections with our valued channel partners and end customers.”

Before joining HARMAN, Jayaraman served as Managing Director of Asia Pacific and Executive Director at Ariston Thermo Group. Prior to that, Jayaraman spent 12 years at Tyco/ADT in multiple leadership roles, most recently serving as Vice President of Tyco Retail Solutions, Asia Pacific and India. Jayaraman earned his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering, and his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Illinois. He is fluent in English, Hindi and Tamil, and also speaks German.


HARMAN Appoints Chris Smith as Vice President of EMEA, Professional Solutions Division

December 20, 2016

Newly created position will place strategic focus on continuing momentum and growth across EMEA region

LONDON—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the world’s leading provider of audio, lighting, video and control products and systems, today named Chris Smith as Vice President, EMEA, Professional Solutions Division. This strategic appointment is designed to ensure that HARMAN continues to stay focused and supportive on a local level. In this newly created position, Smith will be responsible for building on both the current momentum and the considerable demand for HARMAN’s unrivalled solutions across the region.

“Throughout his career, Chris has demonstrated exceptional leadership and success in managing teams and developing businesses in EMEA, and we are excited to welcome him to HARMAN,” said Kevin Morrison, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Business Unit for HARMAN Professional Solutions. “Chris has the ideal background to help us build on our momentum and explore new opportunities as we continue to grow across the region.”  

As a key leader within HARMAN’s customer-centric organization, Chris will manage the EMEA team and drive regional growth, while also prioritizing local support so that the company continues meeting its high standards of customer service globally.

“At HARMAN, we are uniquely positioned to add genuine value to our customers, as a partner and not just a supplier,” said Smith. “Thanks to the all-encompassing nature of our product range, with its unrivalled collection of individual brands, we are able to have compelling conversations with our clients across a broad range of markets and applications. I look forward to driving these conversations and leveraging HARMAN’s global presence while empowering my teams to be proactive and responsive to the needs of their local markets.”

Smith brings extensive senior sales leadership experience in building and running teams in the EMEA region where he has held sales and business development leadership positions with technology manufacturers, leading EMEA distributors and system integrators.

AMX by HARMAN Debuts Cost-Effective, Low-Bandwidth 4K Networked AV Solution

October 07, 2016

AMX extends 4K over IP product line with new cost-effective N2300 Series that distributes 4K over existing Ethernet networks, using just 200 mbps

RICHARDSON, Texas—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in Networked AV, today announced the new AMX N2300 Series of 4K video over IP solutions. This addition to AMX’s existing range of 4K products adds an extremely cost-effective 4K video distribution solution for many common applications. With a bandwidth of less than 200 megabits per second, users can distribute 4K video over existing Gigabit Ethernet networks with a latency of only one frame.

“The new N2300 Series furthers AMX’s commitment to provide a full range of networked AV solutions,” says Lee Dodson, Sr. Director, Enterprise Marketing. “AMX has a great range of 4K solutions, and the N2300 Series takes that a step further, opening up 4K video over IP to even more customers at a lower price point and with incredibly low bandwidth and latency.” The new AMX N2300 Series comes in addition to the existing AMX N2151/N2251 encoders and decoders, which offer JPEG2000-based 4K Networked AV distribution.

AMX ensures simple installation of the N2300 Series with support for HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2, making the line compatible with the latest 4K sources and displays. “Implementation of the AMX N2300 Series is as easy as ever,” says Paul Krizan, Product Manager, Networked AV for HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The use of the IP network for distribution allows for flexible and scalable system designs. Systems can be as small as a single encoder and decoder or grow to meet the requirements of a larger system simply by installing additional units.” The N2300 encoders and decoders are PoE-powered, avoiding the need for an external power supply and thus simplifying installation. The products do not contain an internal fan for cooling, making them perfect for use in quiet environments.

“The AMX N2300 Series leverages nearly a decade of expertise in Networked AV solutions,” says Krizan. “Users familiar with the existing HARMAN Networked AV products will find these new products very familiar, as they include the same APIs, software and web interfaces as existing Networked AV products.” Like other AMX Networked AV products, the N2300 Series has Native NetLinx capabilities for fast integration into HARMAN solutions. Additional features include keyboard/mouse support, RJ-45 and SFP network connections, support for balanced and unbalanced analog audio, and RS-232 and IR ports for device control.

The NMX-DEC-N2322 decoder is available as a standalone unit perfect for mounting behind a display. The NMX-ENC-N2312 encoder is available both in standalone and card-based configurations, providing options for installation near a source or in a rack, using the AMX N9206 2RU Rack Mount Cage. The AMX N9206 holds up to six cards for a clean rack mount installation and optional consolidated power supply.

“Our customers asked us for an even faster and more cost-effective 4K solution,” said Andy Whitehead, General Manager, AMX SVSI. “We are extremely proud of this new design. The low 200 mbps of bandwidth of the N2300 Series allows customers to send 4K over existing networks at a low single frame latency, and all at a price point that will make 4K networked AV possible for many new applications.”

The AMX N2300 Series is expected to be available in November 2016.

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HARMAN Professional Solutions to Exhibit JBL 7 Series Master Reference Monitors with GRAMMY and Award-Winning Engineers at AES 2016

September 26, 2016

Next-generation JBL studio monitors bring landmark music to life for AES audiences

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—As the 141st Audio Engineering Society (AES) show approaches, HARMAN Professional Solutions will demonstrate the perfect marriage of content and technology by inviting all-star engineers and producers to share their work in the HARMAN demo room. From Thursday, September 29 through Saturday, October 1, engineers who have contributed to the works of Miles Davis, The Beatles, Beyoncé and more will showcase career and industry milestones through the JBL 7 Series and M2 Master Reference Monitors. The JBL sessions will be held in Demo Room 504 of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The full schedule of guest presenters includes:

  • Thursday 9/29, 10:30 a.m. – Chuck Ainlay

Multiple GRAMMY® and ACM Award-winning Producer/Engineer Chuck Ainlay has recorded and/or mixed more than 300 albums, including acclaimed projects with George Strait, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and The Dixie Chicks. Ainlay has placed his distinctive production and engineering stamp on projects with Dire Straits and the solo career of Mark Knopfler, Lionel Richie and others. His work in 5.1 mixing resulted in the groundbreaking 25th anniversary remix of Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive and the GRAMMY Award-winning 20th anniversary remix of the Dire Straits album Brothers in Arms.

  • Thursday 9/29, 4 p.m. – Geoff Emerick

At age 15, Geoff Emerick began his renowned recording career at EMI Abbey Road Studios and advanced to engineer the legendary Beatles LPs, “Revolver” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” He also recorded much of the Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Abbey Road” and “The White Album.” Emerick continued as an independent producer/engineer on projects with Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Art Garfunkel, America, Badfinger and Jeff Beck. He is the recipient of four GRAMMY Awards.

  • Friday 9/30, 10:30 a.m. – Nathaniel Kunkel

Nathaniel Kunkel’s diverse discography includes projects with The Police, Lyle Lovett, Carole King, James Taylor, Edie Brickell, Steve Martin, Louise Goffin, John Mayer, Bon Jovi, Everclear and many others. Kunkel received GRAMMY Awards for his work with B.B. King and Robin Williams, and an Emmy® Award for “A&E In Concert: Sting: Sacred Love.” Kunkel’s Studio Without Walls is based on a transportable production system that allows him to capture performances wherever the artist feels most comfortable and creative.  

  • Friday 9/30, 1 p.m. – Ed Cherney

With three GRAMMY Award wins and six nominations, producer/engineer Ed Cherney is well known for his work with a wide array of artists. Among them are Iggy Pop, Bob Seger, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna, Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. Cherney is the founding member of the Recording Academy® Producers and Engineers Wing™ and has been honored five times as the Mix Foundation TEC Award Engineer of the Year. Most recently, Cherney has been inducted into the NAMM® Foundation’s TEC Hall of Fame.

  • Friday 9/30, 4 p.m. – George Massenburg

Multi-GRAMMY Award-winning producer/engineer/inventor George Massenburg is world-renowned for his contributions to studio design and signal processing. His career includes legendary projects with Linda Ronstadt, Randy Newman, Lyle Lovett, The Dixie Chicks, Earth Wind and Fire, and more. Massenburg is currently an associate professor at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, is a founding member of the National Preservation Board, Library of Congress, and is an adjunct professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

  • Saturday 10/1, 10:30 a.m. – Chris Lord-Alge

Chris Lord-Alge has won multiple GRAMMY Awards for his work mixing and producing albums for U2, Seal, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Avril Lavigne, Cher, Muse, Celine Dion, Madonna, Green Day, Bon Jovi, Fleetwood Mac, Black Eyed Peas, The Rolling Stones, My Chemical Romance and many more. His legacy now extends into the world of music production products with a signature series of plug-ins.

  • Saturday 10/1, 1 p.m. – Elliot Scheiner

Elliot Scheiner has produced and engineered an eclectic range of artists, including Foo Fighters, Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Faith Hill, Steely Dan, Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac, Sting, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, James Brown, Toto, Aerosmith and Beyoncé. Scheiner has received eight GRAMMY Awards, two Emmy Awards and three TEC Awards. He also holds an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music and was inducted into the TEC Hall of Fame.

  • Saturday 10/1, 4 p.m. – Frank Filipetti

Six-time GRAMMY Award-winning producer Frank Filipetti has worked with James Taylor, Carly Simon, Billy Joel, Luciano Pavarotti, Elton John, Korn, Barbra Streisand, Meatloaf, Foreigner, The Bangles and KISS. His GRAMMY wins include Best Engineered Album and Best Pop Album for James Taylor’s “Hourglass,” and four GRAMMY Awards for Original Broadway Cast Albums, Book of Mormon, Spamalot, Wicked, and Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. Filipetti played a significant role in the development of JBL’s M2 Master Reference Monitor, which set new standards for sonic accuracy and dynamic range in professional monitoring environments.


Based on the technology of JBL’s flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor system, JBL’s new 7 Series Master Reference Monitors were developed from the ground up for next-generation monitoring in music, post production and broadcast facilities. The new speaker line leverages patented technologies to deliver detailed imaging, extended frequency response and exceptional dynamic range. The 708i and 705i models are the heart of an installed system that is centrally amplified and tuned and scalable for any number of channels in any size room.

HARMAN Presents New Technical Contributions at AES 2016

September 21, 2016

Leading engineers and scientists develop in-depth papers and presentations for attendees 

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN is participating in the upcoming 141st Audio Engineering Society (AES) show with a series of technical contributions. Engineers and scientists from HARMAN will present five papers that address different aspects of professional audio, production, tour sound and more. In addition to the papers, members of the HARMAN team will participate in discussions ranging from the evolution of technology to predicting sound quality. The HARMAN presentations begin on Thursday, Sept. 29 and conclude on Sunday, Oct. 2.

“We are excited to be an active part of this year’s AES technical program,” said, Dr. Sean Olive, Acoustic Research Fellow, HARMAN International. “HARMAN is dedicated to conducting extensive research that helps evolve industry standards, and our engineers, scientists and employees are eager to share their insights. With these technical contributions, the entire HARMAN team endeavors to edify the knowledge of current professionals as well as support a new generation of audio industry up-and-comers.”

HARMAN scientists and engineers will present the following papers:

  • P3-1, Power Considerations for Distortion Reduction of Loudspeakers – Ajay Iyer, Douglas J. Button, Russell H. Lambert

Thursday, September 29, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

  • P6-2, Vandermonde Method for Separation of Nonlinear Orders and Measurement of Linear Response – Russell H. Lambert

Thursday, September 29, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • P6-4, Compression Drivers’ Phasing Plugs – Alexander Voishvillo

Thursday, September 29, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • P8-3, Constant Coverage Line Arrays Using Passive Components for Beamforming Douglas J. Button

Friday, September 30, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

  • P18-2, Validation of a Virtual In-Ear Headphone Listening Test Method Todd Welti, Sean Olive, Omid Khonsaripour

Saturday, October 1, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.


Sessions with HARMAN Chairs and Panelists include:

  • P1, AES Los Angeles 2016 Paper Session – Papers chair: Alexander Voishvillo

Thursday, September 29, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

  • Real Industry & AES: LIVE! – Mentor to students: Sean Olive

Thursday, September 29, 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

  • W3, Subjective Versus Objective Measurements in Sound Reproduction: How Accurately Can We Predict Perceived Sound Quality Based on Objective Measurements? – Workshop Chair: Sean Olive, HARMAN | Panelists: Thomas Sporer, Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT and Todd Welti, HARMAN

Thursday, September 29, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • P20, Perception Part 3Papers Chair: Sean Olive

Saturday, October 1, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

  • W7, Critical Listening: Ear Training in Audio Education – Panelist: Sean Olive

Sunday, October 2, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

  • H4, Horns and Waveguides: Evolution of Technology – Presenter: Alexander Voishvillo

Sunday, October 2, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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HARMAN Builds ‘African Safari Adventure’ Playhouse to Support 21st Annual Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses

July 20, 2016

Screened-In Safari Tent on Stilts Comes with Everything You Need to Survive the African Bush Country: Two Bunk Beds, a Writing Desk, Secret Storage Trunk, Battery-Operated Safari Jeep, Full HARMAN Stereo System and More - All to Support Finding Safe Homes for Abused Children

RICHARDSON, Texas – HARMAN’s Texas-based Marketing Creative Services Team debuted their fifth annual entry into Dallas CASA’s 2016 Parade of Playhouses, presented by Crest Cadillac – Crest Infiniti, an annual charitable event being held at Dallas’ NorthPark Center, July 15–31, 2016. Dallas CASA and NorthPark Center are co-hosting the event again this year with the goal of raising even more funds and awareness for Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization of volunteers dedicated to helping abused and neglected children have safe, permanent homes.

This year’s Parade of Playhouses features 15 playhouses, which will be on display for 17 days, during which time visitors will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to support and possibly win the playhouses they are interested in. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and may be purchased at event ticket tables at NorthPark Center or online at One winner per playhouse will be drawn, during the raffle drawing on Sunday, July 31.

Donations to Dallas CASA can also be made on behalf of any of the playhouses by texting dallascasa to 41444, which will take you to a link to pick your favorite playhouse. Each vote costs $5 and the most favorite playhouse will be announced on Facebook and the Dallas CASA website. These votes are not entered into the raffle.

HARMAN’s African Safari Adventure turns any backyard into a game reserve like no other. Kids can go on any number of expeditions of the imagination. Camp out at the edge of the Congo Rainforest to catch an early morning glimpse of gorillas, big cats, and wild birds. Jump in your powered jeep to follow a big game migration across the great plains of Botswana to watch wild populations of buffalo, elephants, camels, and giraffes. Plan a mystery adventure or take an afternoon snooze while listening to some tunes on your included JBL audio system. There’s always an adventure awaiting in the fun-filled playhouse.

“I consider it a privilege to build a playhouse for abused kids that deserve a chance to escape from their everyday problems and just have fun, said Jeff Kindig, ‘Chief Playhouse Architect’ and Director, HARMAN Professional Solutions, Global Marketing Creative Services Group. “And besides that, I’m not sure who ends up having more fun, the marketing team that got a chance to get creative and think outside of the box or the playhouse-winning kids of all ages that will undoubtedly spend countless hours dreaming up new adventures.”

To ensure every playtime expedition is an awakening of sights and sounds, this year’s playhouse is a solid wood structure covered with a weatherproof canvas tent, complete with lots of windows and a must for summer explorers – integrated mosquito screens. Also included are two built-in bunk beds, a writing desk and chair, storage chest, and an integrated JBL stereo sound system, featuring dual 6 ½” JBL polymer-coated aluminum woofer loudspeakers and a 160 watt JBL marine amplifier with a 3.5mm stereo input to support any mobile device. When it’ s time to venture away from the playhouse, an ATV-style jeep 12-volt 4x4 Electric Kids Car by Dynacraft is waiting along with official safari hats, vest, and binoculars.

“The level of creativity and competition in these playhouse designs is pretty astonishing. There really are some amazing houses and in the end it’s good to know everyone is building for a great cause,” added Chris Bruce, Tradeshow Manager, Harman Professional Solutions, Global Marketing Creative Services Group. 

“These playhouses represent our hope for abused and neglected children in Dallas,” said Kathleen M. LaValle, Dallas CASA executive director and president. “Some children dream of having their very own fantasy playhouses, but abused children dream of having safe and permanent homes. Sadly, two out of five abused children in protective care in Dallas County do not have CASA volunteer advocates. We look forward to the day when we have enough volunteers for each child to have an advocate.”

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HARMAN and University Business Crown World’s Leading Universities

June 08, 2016

Best of Best Push Envelope of Innovation in Higher Education Win $25,000 Each and Most Innovative Campus Bragging Rights

LAS VEGAS— At UBTech 2016, HARMAN and University Business, were honored to announce and congratulate five of the world’s most imaginative universities at the HARMAN Innovation Awards. The winning universities were recognized at one of higher education's most prominent technology events held at the Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada and took home $25,000 each in HARMAN Professional Solutions equipment.

The HARMAN Innovation Awards is an exclusive, global program designed to recognize higher education institutions for their innovative use of technology to enhance the way faculty teach and students learn; reduce service and support costs; and facilitate collaboration and increase energy efficiency. Congratulations to this year's SIX Innovation Awards Winners:

  • Active Learning – These projects feature an active learning space and demonstrate how the technology was implemented to make the space work for all learners. Congratulations to these schools and their indicated projects for being named 2016 ‘Active Learning’ Innovation Awards finalists:

Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, California, USA
Loyola Marymount University Life Sciences Building

  • Audio Experience – In all learning spaces clear and effective audio delivery is key to learning. These projects demonstrate how audio technology is used to improve or create an effective learning environment. Congratulations to these schools and their indicated projects for being named 2016 ‘Audio Experience’ Innovation Awards finalists:

Belmont University
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Belmont Large Theater

  • Campus Impact – Projects in this category incorporate AV for an impact beyond a single classroom and even a single building. In one or more ways, these projects touch on the entire campus by improving communication, building community, and increasing prestige. Congratulations to these schools and their indicated projects for being named 2016 ‘Campus Impact’ Innovation Awards finalists:

University of Houston-Downtown
Houston, Texas, USA
Girard Street Welcome Center

  • Classroom Design and Implementation – Projects in this category use AV to improve the dynamics of everyday instruction and learning. These projects go beyond simple technology installations. Finalists have demonstrated how the technology is actually used by instructors and students. Congratulations to these schools and their indicated projects for being named 2016 ‘Classroom Design and Implementation’ Innovation Awards finalists:

Laval University
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Research laboratory in ear training and instrumental didactics, LaRFADI
(Laboratoire de recherche en formation auditive et didactique instrumentale)

  • Video in the Learning Space – In today’s learning spaces clear and effective video delivery is key to learning. These projects demonstrate how video delivery technology is used to improve or create an effective learning environment. Congratulations to these schools and their indicated projects for being named 2016 ‘Video in the Learning Space’ Innovation Awards finalists:

Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona, USA
ASU Decision Theater Network

  • People’s Choice – HARMAN is also excited to be awarding its third annual People’s Choice Award this year. UBTech 2016 attendees were invited to visit the Innovation Awards Pavilion to select their favorite among the 25 Innovation Awards finalists. The most votes determined the winner, which was.

Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
FlexTech Classrooms

The HARMAN Innovation Awards is an exclusive, global program designed to recognize higher education institutions for their innovative use of technology to enhance the way faculty teach and students learn; reduce service and support costs; and facilitate collaboration and increase energy efficiency. HARMAN and University Business invite all UBTech 2015 attendees to visit AMX UBTech Booth #403 for an opportunity to experience firsthand how AMX solutions are defining AV for an IT World for thousands of universities across the world. HARMAN and University Business invite all UBTech 2016 attendees to visit HARMAN in Booth #201 for an opportunity to experience firsthand how HARMAN Professional solutions are CONNECTING with thousands of universities across the world.

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Launches New Training and Certification Program

May 26, 2016

LAS VEGAS—HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced the new HARMAN Professional University, which takes HARMAN learning and certification to the next level. Designed to be a cohesive and relevant training experience for customers, partners and industry professionals, HARMAN Professional University provides a well-designed curriculum that is a roadmap to success for all participants. Certifications are valid for three years from the time of achievement and can be renewed through continuing education.

With a comprehensive range of new online and instructor-led courses, students gain valuable design, commissioning and programing training across a variety of industry disciplines, including audio, video, control and networked AV. Additionally, with the new HARMAN Professional University, management has redefined what it means to be “HARMAN Certified,” bringing a greater depth of instruction, more real-world relevance and a new three-year renewal model for certifications.

“Our entire purpose is to facilitate knowledge transfer that’s focused on empowering our partners to be successful in their deployment of HARMAN solutions,” said Chris Backus, Senior Manager, HARMAN Professional University. “All of our efforts are focused on successful delivery outcomes. Teaching is one thing, but teaching with partner success as the targeted objective is something very different.”

Because employee skillsets and expectations vary greatly, HARMAN Professional University administrators created a certification offering that reflects the different needs of the marketplace. The new HARMAN Professional University Certification program addresses this need by offering multiple certification tiers to better convey an industry professional’s proficiency with HARMAN solutions.

The certification tiers include:

The first tier is a multipart series focused on basic industry knowledge expected of students attending an instructor-led course. The material is broadly applicable to anyone in the AV/IT industry, and this achievement does not expire.

The second tier is the associate level of training. To achieve this level of certification, a student must successfully complete the associate level online assessment, which is designed to demonstrate initial proficiency in the certification subject area. This achievement does not expire.

The third tier is the professional level of training. To achieve this level of certification, a student must successfully achieve a passing score on the Professional Level Certification written and practical exams. These individuals demonstrate their proficiency in the subject matter and should be capable of performing virtually all job-related tasks without assistance. This certification expires three years after achievement and can be renewed through continuing education.

Certification holders who passed legacy AMX courses will be offered a conversion path to the HARMAN Professional University program.