When it comes to providing high-quality sound throughout large facilities, ceiling-mounted loudspeakers offer the best combination of sound quality and convenience. Hotels, corporate offices, schools and houses of worship are just some of the institutions that require seamless distributed audio systems for broadcasting everything from important announcements to background music. But in addition to providing high-quality sound coverage, it’s also vital that loudspeakers don’t draw attention to themselves or distract from the architecture around them.
JBL Control Series loudspeakers are designed to address the needs of modern installed sound applications, providing crystal-clear audio while blending into their surroundings. With coaxially-mounted drivers using proprietary JBL technology, Control Series in-ceiling speakers deliver high-fidelity sound with up to 130 degrees of conical coverage. Convenient blind-mount backcans offer easy installation, and flush-mounted, paintable baffles allow the speakers to compliment any décor. Combined with HARMAN networked AV solutions from Crown, BSS and AMX, JBL Control Series loudspeakers can be configured in complex, multi-zone systems with a high degree of flexibility.
Read on to see how diverse institutions, from a Chinese resort on a tropical island to a forward-thinking New Zealand high school, are using JBL Control Series loudspeakers to deliver world-class audio in a variety of installation scenarios.
The Office at Singha Complex, Thailand
The Office is a massive office tower located in Bangkok’s renowned Singha Complex, housing major corporate tenants including Thailand’s famous Boon Rawd Brewery in over 1,000,000 square feet of workspace. To create a flexible, state-of-the-art office environment, Mahajak Development combined JBL Control Series loudspeakers with advanced networked audio and control solutions from Crown, BSS and AMX to create a seamless collaboration environment.
“In order to provide our clients with state-of-the-art services and amenities, we needed a large-scale AV system that was sophisticated and user-friendly, with a modern, clean design that matches the aesthetics of our new space,” said a spokesperson at The Office. “The HARMAN system installed by Mahajak not only caters to our large number of workspaces including meeting rooms, board rooms and town hall spaces, but is also simple enough for our staff to operate confidently.” Learn more.
Toyota Buzz Vibhavadi Headquarters, Thailand
Thailand’s leading Toyota dealership sales channel recently hired Mahajak Development to implement an extensive networked AV solution throughout their two-building Vibhavadi headquarters and eight additional branch locations. Mahajak deployed a wide range of HARMAN networked AV solutions, including JBL Control 14C/T in-ceiling speakers in the main boardroom, which integrate seamlessly with the facility’s easy-to-use video conferencing system to enhance collaboration.
“We wanted to deploy a future-forward solution that supports collaboration and video conferencing across multiple locations,” said a spokesperson from Toyota Buzz Company Limited. “With this overall goal in mind, we hired Mahajak to create a unique workspace with a simplistic user experience tailored to our specific needs. The versatile HARMAN system installed by Mahajak caters to our multiple meeting spaces and is easy enough for our staff to operate confidently.” Learn more.
Wakatipu High School, New Zealand
To comply with guidelines from the New Zealand Ministry of Education regarding quality learning spaces, and to embrace Innovative Learning Environment principles from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Wakatipu High School required a required a modern networked audio system throughout the facility. AV integrator Strawberry Sound and HARMAN distributor JPRO collaborated to outfit the newly-built school with JBL Control Contractor and Commercial Series in-ceiling loudspeakers, among other HARMAN AV solutions, creating an optimal environment for effective teaching and learning.
“To embrace technology from an educational perspective, schools require high-quality AV equipment and loudspeakers,” said Nicholas van Dyk, Specialist at JPRO. “The high efficiency of JBL speakers yields better coverage using fewer speakers at lower volumes. As a result, teachers and pupils benefit from not becoming mentally or aurally fatigued due to poor sound quality and acoustics.” Learn more.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
To provide a world-class educational experience in their new $50 million Hospitality Hall facility, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) required a cutting-edge audio solution for classes, lectures and presentations. JBL Control 26C/T ceiling speakers are installed throughout the building, while Control 47C/T extended-range models and 40CS/T in-ceiling subwoofers provide superior sound quality in the auditorium. UNLV also made excellent use of the new JBL LCT 81C/T lay-in ceiling tile speakers in classrooms with limited space where larger in-ceiling speakers would not have fit.
“This was the first time we used the new JBL LCT 81C/T speakers and we were extremely impressed with the level of sound quality in such a compact design,” said Frank D. Alaimo, AV Systems Specialist, UNLV. “The LCT 81C/T’s are compact and convenient—they enabled us to fit speakers in these really tight spaces with no problems, and they aesthetically blend in with the ceiling perfectly. As a result, the ceiling speakers allow students in the back of the room to hear every detail as well as students in the front.” Learn more.
Atlantis Sanya Resort, China
One of several Atlantis-themed resorts operated by Kerzner International, Atlantis Sanya on China’s Hainan Island features a 52-story hotel with over 1,300 guest rooms and an expansive 2,000,000 square-foot Aquaventure waterpark. Over 1,500 JBL loudspeakers distribute audio throughout the hotel, restaurants, meeting rooms and outdoor areas, including in-wall surround sound systems for entertainment centers in some of the premium suites.
“Atlantis Sanya aims to provide an unforgettable aquatic experience for guests,” said Project Leader at CCW, Atlantis Resorts Consultants. “To accomplish this goal, we needed high-fidelity audio and advanced multimedia systems throughout the facility, as well as the latest control systems to operate it seamlessly. HARMAN Professional’s world-class, scalable audio-visual systems empower the Resorts to create a unique and immersive experience.” Learn more.
Linh Pong Spiritual Dharma Complex, Vietnam
Covering an area of 155 acres and featuring a 220-foot tall Buddha statue, the Linh Pong Spiritual Dharma Complex in the mountains of Vietnam attracts thousands of worshippers yearly. To provide clear, intelligible sound for sermons and meetings in the main building without distracting from the ornate architecture and serene environment, Ba Sao Investment installed JBL Control 12C/T loudspeakers in the 50-foot high ceiling. The speakers are powered and controlled by a complete HARMAN networked audio system including solutions from Crown, Soundcraft, BSS and AMX.
“We’re honored to have designed the sound system for one of Vietnam’s most famous ancient spiritual resorts,” said Huu Tuan, Sales Manager, Ba Sao Investment. “The challenge was to deliver excellent sound quality, clarity and coverage to a huge area with speakers distributed along the 50-foot high ceiling. The seamless integration and reliable performance of HARMAN products enabled us to produce quality results at Linh Phong Spiritual Dharma complex.” Learn more.