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JBL Professional Introduces FIR Tunings for AE Series Loudspeakers

November 19, 2020

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today introduced JBL Professional FIR (Finite Impulse Response) Tunings for the AE (Application Engineered) Series, providing further enhanced performance for the premium installation loudspeaker line.   

AE Series FIR filters optimize frequency response and phase response to a finer degree of precision than traditionally possible with standard IIR “parameter-based” filters. The result is overall enhanced sonic quality from the loudspeaker, along with improved, more consistent coverage, and improved arrayability.  In addition, built-in LevelMax™ Limiter settings further protect speakers from damage due to overpowering.

To cover the broad spectrum of AE Series models in their various configuration modes (passive and/or bi-amplified), the release contains 70 individual tuning files for use with Crown DCI-N and DCI-DA power amplifiers. In addition to new installations, these tunings can also be retrofitted into existing AE Series installations. The AE Series includes a broad line of permanent installation loudspeaker models of various sizes, coverage patterns, and power levels. 

“AE Series loudspeakers incorporate leading technology drivers, premium performance capabilities, incredible reliability, and a wide selection of models to meet just about any challenge,” said Rick Kamlet, Senior Product Manager for Installation Loudspeakers. “These FIR Tunings do a phenomenal job of enhancing the AE line even further and producing unmatched performance and versatility.”

Additional Details

For more information on the AE Series FIR Tunings, please visit the product pages below. We also invite you to explore our on demand JBL Learning Session: Loudspeakers for Sports Facility Applications, that discusses achieving optimal audio coverage and musical clarity in overcoming crowd noise in stadiums and arenas.

AE Series FIR Tunings Technical Documents

AE Series Products with Applicable FIR Tuning Files:


AKG Announces New CS300 Digital Conference System Series for the China Market

AKG Announces New CS300 Digital Conference System Series for the China Market

November 17, 2020

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.— HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced the new AKG CS300 Digital Conference System Series, offering highly scalable configurations and features to support the unique needs of a variety of customers in the China market.

The AKG CS300 Digital Conference System Series is a hand-in-hand, wired premium digital conference system that is ideal for convention centers, conference centers, hotel meeting rooms, corporate enterprises and government buildings. The system includes three components: the CS300MU Main Control Unit, CS300CU Chairman Unit with Redundancy and CS300DU Delegate Unit with Redundancy.

“Modern conference rooms require state-of-the-art communication systems that deliver rock-solid reliability, pristine audio quality and superior flexibility,” said Daryl Wong, HARMAN Professional Solutions Director, China Product Development. “The CS300 Digital Conference System Series provides a dependable, high-quality communications platform for meetings and conferences at any scale.”

With advanced testing and redundancy features, the AKG CS300 Digital Conference System Series provides maximum reliability for critical communications. Dual redundant microphone outputs on the CS300CU and CS300DU automatically prevent dropped connections. Both units can be connected or disconnected freely, without requiring extra downtime to boot up. And to ensure error-free operation, the entire system features self-testing capability with fault lists and locations of every microphone, speaker, button, screen and LED.  

To capture and distribute crystal clear audio with minimum latency, the CS300 Series employs RISC processing at premium 96 kHz, 24-bit quality. For enhanced clarity at the source, every microphone channel features a built-in noise gate, automatic gain and equalizer. Additionally, interference-resistant body materials protect the CS300MU, CS300CU and CS300DU from mobile phone signals and other noise sources. The system also provides internal MP3 recording with storage for up to 1.500 hours of meetings, interviews, speeches or lectures.

With plenty of connectivity, a flexible, modular design and advanced video tracking capability, the system can adapt and scale to a wide range of applications. The CS300MU Main Control Unit features six channel outputs, each capable of supporting up to 120 individual stations for a total of 4096 stations. Additionally, the CS300MU can be configured as main unit, mirror or expandable unit for larger applications. The system also supports video tracking via RS-422, RS-485 and RS-232, which can be pre-programmed offline for added convenience.


JBL Professional Introduces the EON ONE Compact USB Power Cable for EON ONE Compact Portable PA

JBL Professional Introduces the EON ONE Compact USB Power Cable for EON ONE Compact Portable PA

November 16, 2020

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced the JBL EON ONE USB Power Cable, which expands the versatility of JBL EON ONE Compact battery-powered portable PAs by powering AKG WMS and DMS100 and DMS300 wireless systems and DigiTech and DOD guitar pedals directly from the sound system.

The 1-meter EON ONE USB Power Cable features a USB-A terminal that connects to an EON ONE Compact P.A. and a 5.5mm power terminal that connects to external devices. Two versions are available: A 12V version powers AKG WMS wireless systems; a 9V version powers AKG DMS100 and DMS300 wireless systems as well as DigiTech and DOD effects pedals.

Perfect for musicians, DJs, presenters and entertainers who want freedom of movement, crystal-clear vocals and an easy way to enhance their sound with effects, the EON ONE USB Power Cable lets performers turn any space into a stage. “Battery-powered P.A.s already give performers the freedom to cut the cord,” says Brandon Knudsen, Product Manager – Loudspeaker Professional Solutions at HARMAN. “When you don’t have to rely on a traditional power source to power your wireless system or pedal, now you truly have no limits on where you can perform. Whether you’re busking at the beach or speaking at a corporate event, the EON ONE USB Power Cable lets you bring legendary JBL sound wherever your gigs take you.”


CQUniversity Introduces Unified AV Streaming Experience with Industry-Leading Systems from HARMAN Professional Solutions

CQUniversity Introduces Unified AV Streaming Experience with Industry-Leading Systems from HARMAN Professional Solutions

November 03, 2020

SYDNEY, Australia – To future-proof classroom AV technology at CQUniversity, Videopro, have installed a state-of-the-art HARMAN Professional AV solution that includes AMX SVSI Networked media systems.

With campuses across 25 locations in Australia, CQUniversity offers undergraduate, postgraduate, short courses and certificates in engineering, information technology, business and visual arts, among others. As a pioneer in the field of collaborative learning, many of CQUniversity's campuses are home to multi-pod collaborative classrooms. Integrated with video conferencing facilities that enable high-definition audio and video connectivity, the classrooms allow students to connect with lecturers across CQU’s network of campuses.  CQU engaged Videopro to develop the next-generation AV platform for these critical teaching spaces

"The university's new collaborative learning environment required a robust, integrated, networked AV system for content distribution within the classroom. A primary requirement was that the solution be able to provide application-level visibility, monitoring, and traffic control to the IT team," said Scott Maunsell, Account Manager and Programmer, Videopro. "We chose the AMX SVSi N1000 Series Conference Room Solution with the VLAN tagging feature. VLAN tagging allows for labelling packets of AV data with a specific VLAN number/ID, thereby allowing network administrators to regulate switches to allow or disallow traffic flow from one VLAN to other ports. This resulted in superior content distribution and enterprise-grade remote management of AV data from various VLANs across multiple campuses."

The AMX SVSi N1000 Series encoder/decoders were integrated with NX Controllers and Modero G5 Touch Panels. The N1000 Series provides highly flexible network customization features. It allows video & audio to be packetized into a standard IP format to distribute content via standard network infrastructure. The AMX NX Integrated Controllers provide secure machine-to-machine communication & automation, while the ultra-low-profile Modero G5 Touch Panels provide a fully customized, ultra-simple user interface for the teachers using these complex spaces.

"It was essential for CQUniversity to bring content closer to students, and provide our IT team full visibility, execute remote configuration, track performance and troubleshoot issues remotely. We wanted a simple-to-deploy digital media distribution and switching solution that has the ability to direct any source stream to any display,” said Phil Greig, Teaching Space Technology Coordinator, CQUniversity. "We’ve been able to make significant strides in advancing our efforts to establish a flexible, functional, feature-rich AV system, and are extremely satisfied with the support and commitment from Videopro and HARMAN Professional Solutions."

“We are privileged to be associated with the prestigious CQUniversity,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “The deployment called for a highly progressive solution. We would like to thank Videopro for their tireless efforts in creating impactful learning and teaching experiences through the effective use of AV technologies."


Cutting-Edge Lighting Systems from Martin by HARMAN Deliver Dazzling Displays at Art Aquarium

Cutting-Edge Lighting Systems from Martin by HARMAN Deliver Dazzling Displays at Art Aquarium

October 27, 2020

TOKYO, Japan—Bringing out the beauty and diversity of the underwater world, Art Aquarium hired TSP Taiyo to integrate and install a world-class Martin by HARMAN lighting solution that delivered stunning visuals and a mesmerizing experience for guests.

Since its inception in 2007 and subsequent shows every year after, the Art Aquarium has emerged as a summer tradition in Nihonbashi, Tokyo. However, stretching beyond the base of Nihonbashi, Art Aquarium producer and artist, Hidetomo Kimura, has seen his exhibit on display in countries around the world. The shows take place every year with previous locations including Milan, Italy, Shanghai, China, Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall, Kyoto’s Nijo-jo Castle and the 21st-Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. To enhance the exhibit with dazzling lighting displays, Art Aquarium hired TSP Taiyo to integrate and install a cutting-edge Martin Professional lighting solution that provided unforgettable visuals and an elevated guest experience.

“To enhance the museum in the way the producer visualized it, the client required a powerful yet energy-efficient lighting solution,” said a spokesperson at TSP Taiyo. “Martin ERA 800 Performance is perfect for venues like Art Aquarium due to its compact design, tour-worthy moving head and excellent brightness.”

Producing a bright, crisp beam and gobo projection with a flat field, Hidetomo Kimura selected highly-efficient, super-bright Martin ERA 800 Performance fixtures. In addition to illuminating the exhibit’s artwork, the fixtures offer a variety of effects and features—electronic dimming and strobe, full CMY color mixing and separate color wheel, variable color temperature control, animation wheel, fixed and rotating gobo wheels and much more—that allow Art Aquarium to tailor the lights to fit their needs. Furthermore, the ERA 800 Performance includes a full curtain framing system, which offers a high degree of flexibility to achieve the desired looks.

“Our goal was to create a unique experience for our visitors,” said a spokesperson at Art Aquarium. “Martin lighting fixtures were the ideal choice for our exhibit as they are flexible, compact and efficient, which allowed us to alter the directionality and intensity of the light to get the perfect visuals our art designer required.”

“Hidetomo Kimura is a phenomenal artist and his work at the Art Aquarium is ground-breaking and inspiring,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank our partner TSP Taiyo for creating a unique platform that provides an outlet for artists to express themselves and also provides an important educational experience about the history and culture of Nihonbashi.”


Panyatara Learning Service Center Creates Ideal Learning Environment Using HARMAN Professional’s World-Class Audio-Visual Solutions

Panyatara Learning Service Center Creates Ideal Learning Environment Using HARMAN Professional’s World-Class Audio-Visual Solutions

October 26, 2020

NONTHABURI, Thailand —To offer attendees an engaging training experience, the Panyatara Learning Service Center hired Mahajak Development Co. Ltd., to design and install a HARMAN Professional audio-visual and control solution.

Established by the Charoen Pokphan Group to operate Thailand’s convenience store business under the “7-Eleven” trademark, the Panyatara Learning Service Center—part of the Panyatara Company—offers personalized training courses and seminars. The facility features a training room with 45-90 seats as well as another that accommodates up to 200 attendees. Wanting to provide guests an enhanced learning experience, the center equipped the training rooms with premium audio-visual (AV) and control systems that offer pristine sound as well as simple, intuitive operation.

“The client wanted an audio system that provides clear sound and music to keep trainees alert. For the visual system, they wanted high-definition video signals that could also be recorded,” said Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, Project Director, Mahajak Development Co. Ltd. “We provided and facilitated high-quality AV and control solutions using HARMAN’s industry-leading systems.”

To fill the training rooms with excellent sound, Mahajak installed JBL Control 14C/T two-way ceiling loudspeakers, which are positioned throughout the rooms to deliver smooth, consistent coverage. Mahajak also deployed digital processors, which help manage and configure the systems. The visual solution in the smaller training room consists of 120” and 180” motorized screens that display images from projectors, while digital signage displays, contactless smart cards and CCTV systems were also installed. The larger training room, which can be divided to create two rooms with two separate systems when needed, features an AV network that supports 4K resolution as well as eight 180” motorized screens that can work as a single screen or individual displays.

Further creating an ideal learning environment, two digital displays were installed at the entrance so the teachers could easily show the day’s agenda. While the loudspeakers and displays create an engaging learning solution, Mahajak also equipped both training rooms with world-class control systems that are easy to use and efficient. AMX MKP Series wall ControlPads and Keypads allow trainers to easily adjust volume levels, turn the projector on and off, select sources and much more.

“We selected HARMAN for their versatility and simplicity. Our team trusted Mahajak to provide ingenious products, services and after-sales service, and we’re glad to say that they have gone above and beyond our expectations,” said a spokesperson for Panyatara Learning Service Center.

“Carefully constructed AV systems and reliable service are important for delivering world-class experiences,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank our partner Mahajak for understanding the clients’ needs and for trusting HARMAN solutions to guarantee customer satisfaction.”


‘The ABC's of Awesome Lighting Technology’ and ‘Artist Development, Music Production and Songsmithing with BLAZAR’ Among New HARMAN Live Workshops Scheduled Through November

‘The ABC's of Awesome Lighting Technology’ and ‘Artist Development, Music Production and Songsmithing with BLAZAR’ Among New HARMAN Live Workshops Scheduled Through November

October 26, 2020

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—Further offering impactful online training materials while also providing industry professionals a platform to share their expertise, HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced the addition of ten free Live Workshops available for registration.

From musicians and performers to designers and programmers, upcoming workshops feature audio and lighting experts who have extensive industry knowledge and experience. Collectively, the presenters have worked with various artists including Bob Dylan, Carrie Underwood, Green Day, Janet Jackson, John Mellencamp, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, Lou Reed, Marilyn Manson, Michael Jackson, Natalie Cole, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Styx, The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, U2, Van Halen and many more.

The workshops open for registration include:

  • October 27 — The Art of Perfect Playback in Lighting Design with Michael Keller
  • October 28 — A Brief User’s Manual For A Lighting Career with Benny Kirkham
  • October 29 —The ABC's of Awesome Lighting Technology with Brad Schiller
  • November 4 — Theater to Events: Making Lighting Design Education Work Across Disciplines w/ Wes Richter
  • November 5 — Subwoofer Alignment with Full-Range Systems in the Time Domain with Charlie Hughes
  • November 10 — Artist Development, Music Production and Songsmithing with BLAZAR (Jerad Finck)
  • November 11 — The History of Nightclubs and Architainment with Marsha Stern
  • November 12 — Setting Up and Monitoring Power Distribution for Lighting and Audio with Richard Cadena
  • November 18 — Martin P3 System Controller Software 5.2.0 In Depth Training with Wouter Verlinden
  • November 19 — Doing a Throw and Go Soundcheck with Mike Sutherland


Over 100 Live Workshops have been conducted since the program’s introduction and are now available at HARMAN Professional’s new online training platform. Workshops include ‘Lighting for Houses of Worship: Touring, Multi-Location and Large Campus,’ ‘Deconstructing Brandi Carlile's FOH Mix’ and ‘System Engineer Skills for the Mix Engineer.’ Many more sessions are in production for release in the coming months, so be sure to visit https://pro.harman.com/lp/learning-sessions to learn more and register early.


Playmaker Café Enhances Guest Experience Using World-Class Systems from HARMAN Professional Solutions

Playmaker Café Enhances Guest Experience Using World-Class Systems from HARMAN Professional Solutions

October 22, 2020

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Wanting to upgrade its acoustic system and provide an enhanced guest experience, the Playmaker Café hired our partners, IMS Indonesia, to design and install a cutting-edge HARMAN Professional audio solution featuring JBL Professional loudspeakers.

The Playmaker Café is a trendy dining and entertainment destination in Thamrin, Jakarta. Opened in October 2019 and founded by the famous football presenter Ophan Lamara, Playermaker Café is a popular hangout spot for locals and tourists alike. The establishment consists of a stylish restaurant, meeting rooms for corporate professionals as well as a lounge, which hosts live music events twice a week and includes two mini billiard tables that add a sporty, energetic vibe.

“Playmaker Café required a world-class sound system that would allow customers to further enjoy the ambiance,” said a spokesperson for IMS Indonesia. “The system had to be dynamic and adaptable to produce great performance across a variety of music genres and live acts. After considering the various factors involved, we decided to use premium JBL speakers that perfectly complement Playmaker Café’s fun enviornment.”

IMS Indonesia installed the JBL C50PACK surface-mount subwoofer-satellite loudspeaker system, which provides versatility and high-fidelity sound for restaraunts and other hospitalitiy environements. For pristine vocal performance and speech intelligibility, the system includes an AKG D7 reference dynamic microphone, while a Soundcraft Notepad-12-FX with built-in Lexicon effects helps ensure peak audio quality and allows the café to achieve a professional sound without any additional plug-ins or equipment. To complete and power the system, IMS Indonesia used the reliaible Crown XLi 800 two-channel power amplifier.

“Our lounge prides itself on being a hub for great music for both background music” said a spokesperson for the Playmaker Café. “It was only natural that we wanted a sound system to match the dynamic ambiance of the café and enthrall our guests. IMS Indonesia met all our expectations and we are very satisfied with the solutions they provided.”

"Playmaker Café required audio solutions that enabled customers to resonate with its lively ambiance," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank our partner, IMS Indonesia, for delivering a dynamic solution that accentuates the café’s atmosphere.”


JBL Professional Introduces IRX115S Powered Subwoofer

JBL Professional Introduces IRX115S Powered Subwoofer

October 20, 2020

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today introduced the JBL IRX115S powered subwoofer.

The JBL IRX115S powered subwoofer, the newest member of the JBL IRX Series, draws from JBL’s top professional touring technologies to deliver superior sound without the guesswork, thanks to its custom driver and amplifier designs; tuned, ported enclosure; and built-in crossover and polarity settings. It all adds up to an impressive 128 dB of deep, powerful low-frequency coverage in a rugged, compact cabinet weighing just 65.3 pounds.

“With our IRX Series, we’ve drawn from 70 years of JBL innovation to design a portable P.A. that’s lightweight, powerful and doesn’t take a lot of work to sound great,” says Craig Lambrecht, Director, Portable P.A.s,  HARMAN Professional Solutions. “JBL IRX Series loudspeakers already deliver stunning sound in an incredibly compact footprint. By adding the IRX115S subwoofer, users can enhance their systems with room-shaking bass, without breaking anyone’s budget—or back.”

The IRX115S leverages more than 70 years of JBL speaker innovation to deliver superior fidelity, range and output. Inside, a powerful 15” woofer with 3” voicecoil produces powerful bass coverage from 35 Hz to 147 Hz (-10 dB); a high-efficiency, 1,300-watt amplifier protects components while ensuring top-level acoustic performance. Selectable 80 Hz, 100 Hz and 120 Hz crossover points smooth out system response, especially when used with JBL IRX Series loudspeakers; a tuned port optimizes response and reduces woofer noise.

With the IRX115S, perfect sound is just a button-push away. Simple, intuitive settings adjust crossover and polarity to optimize system response in any space. Pair the IRX115S with the 8-inch IRX108BT and 12-inch IRX112BT powered loudspeakers and access Bluetooth audio streaming, dbx automatic feedback suppression, ducking and EQ presets that’ll have you instantly sounding your best.

The innovations don’t stop at acoustics: A durable MDF enclosure features a tight-gauge, reinforced honeycomb grille that offers rugged protection without compromising acoustic performance. A built-in pole mount expands system configuration options. Transport is easy, thanks to thoughtfully designed ergonomic handles. And, like every JBL product, the IRX115S undergoes JBL’s legendary 100-hour stress test to ensure it’ll perform flawlessly in real-world conditions.

JBL IRX Series powered P.A.s offer legendary JBL fidelity, power and ease of use at a fraction of the price and size of comparable systems. Budget-conscious musicians, DJs, presenters and fitness instructors can count on versatile, full-featured JBL IRX Series portable P.A.s to deliver stunning sound, no audio engineer necessary.

Availability

The JBL IRX115S will be available in Q4 2020. For more information, please visit JBLPro.com.


Good Vibes Winter Festival 2020 Enhances Performances and Fan Experience with JBL Professional’s World-Class VTX Series Loudspeakers

Good Vibes Winter Festival 2020 Enhances Performances and Fan Experience with JBL Professional’s World-Class VTX Series Loudspeakers

October 20, 2020

New Zealand—To treat the audience at the Good Vibes Winter Festival 2020 to pristine sound and provide them an unforgettable experience, NZ Sound Reinforcement deployed a state-of-the-art HARMAN Professional networked audio solution that includes a collection of JBL Professional VTX Series loudspeakers.

Organized by Pato Entertainment and the sister festival of the One Love Festival, the Good Vibes Winter Festival 2020 features an array of local artists, embracing the New Music as international borders were closed and set the scene for summer reggae vibes. To elevate the fan experience, the festival organizers hired New Zealand’s leading event production company, NZ Sound Reinforcement, to design and install a world-class audio system that delivers exceptional sound with consistent coverage.

“We had multiple venues that demanded a specific combination of audio systems, so we used an assortment of JBL VTX loudspeakers. We also had tight SPL restrictions in most venues, whilst keeping the system sounding energetic and full, which we managed to deliver perfectly,” said Juan Soothill of NZ Sound Reinforcement. “We also had very tight load-in times, but with the easy and quick rigging of JBL’s VTX A-Series, we managed to get each system up and running extremely fast.”

The impressive solution features an arsenal of JBL VTX A8 dual 8” compact line array loudspeakers, including a ground-stacked system as well as 12-speaker arrays flown on each side of the stage. With 110º dispersion, high-frequency transducers and JBL’s proprietary woofers and waveguide technology, VTX A8 loudspeakers deliver unmatched sound performance with even distribution across the venue.

With the challenging venue acoustics, NZ Sound Reinforcement  overcome this in their design and deployment of their JBL VTX system, consisting  VTX A12 and VTX A12W dual 12” line array loudspeakers, while sub-arrays consisting of VTX G28 dual 18” and VTX B18 single 18” subwoofers offer authoritative, accurate low-frequency response. Rounding out the sound system, NZ Sound Reinforcement also deployed VTX M22 professional stage monitors, SRX835P loudspeakers and SRX828SP subwoofers. Designed and configured with JBL’s Line Array Calculator 3.5 and Performance Manager 2.7 software, the system is powered by Crown VRack 4x3500HD amplifiers.

“We required a high-fidelity audio solution for the festival, as we were looking to enhance the festival’s sound and provide an immersive atmosphere,” said one of the event’s organizers. “We needed a partner to set up a unique networked audio system with exceptional sound to support some of the world’s biggest artists performing at the festival, and NZ Sound Reinforcement delivered exceptional service.”

“The networked audio solution installed at the Good Vibes Winter Festival is unlike conventional systems. The system had to deliver exciting yet powerful sound with consistent coverage and absolute clarity for an event of this size,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank our partner NZ Sound Reinforcement for creating an amazing atmosphere at the festival with an ingenious design.”


Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel & Spa Equips Luxurious Facilities with Cutting-Edge HARMAN Professional Audio Solution

Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel & Spa Equips Luxurious Facilities with Cutting-Edge HARMAN Professional Audio Solution

October 12, 2020

Hue, Vietnam—Upgrading its immaculate facilities with pristine sound that matches the property’s beautiful aesthetics, Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel & Spa hired Ba Sao Audio to design and install a resort-wide premium HARMAN Professional audio solution.

Overseen by Silk Path Hotels & Resorts, which manages various luxurious hospitality properties including the Silk Path Boutique Hanoi, Silk Path Hotel Hanoi and the first international five-star hotel in Sapa called the Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa Sapa, the Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel & Spa is a lush, world-class travel destination that is also ideal for special events, meetings and conferences. With a location in the heart of the regal capital that offers phenomenal city views, the hotel features a blend of eloquent furnishing and feudal architecture. As a stunning venue for private stays and public events, Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel & Spa added to its allure by upgrading its resort-wide sound system to a HARMAN Professional audio solution that features an array of JBL Professional loudspeakers.

“The client wanted an audio system for clear background sound and a centrally controlled music system that keeps the resort energized and enhances customer delight,” said Nguyen Khac Anh, CEO at Ba Sao Investment Co. Ltd. “They wanted a cutting-edge sound system that covers the lobbies, conference center, restaurants, spa area along with the sites of informal bashes. We selected and deployed superior quality sound systems using HARMAN Professional’s industry-leading equipment.”

To deliver pristine sound across the resort, Ba Sao Audio installed cutting-edge background music systems throughout Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel & Spa’s main and back lobbies, gardens, spas, business centers, restaurants as well as pre-function areas. The system features several speakers across the JBL Professional portfolio, including PRX800 Series, Control 10 Series and Control Contractor Series loudspeakers. Control 14C/T, Control 16C/T and Control 24CT ceiling loudspeakers provide even coverage across the facilities, while Control 25-1 two-way, compact indoor/outdoor speakers feature rich sonic character and weather resistant enclosures and transducers. Ba Sao Audio also installed JBL Control 85M two-way landscape speakers to bring exceptional sound outdoors.

Ensuring peak performance and that guests are treated to excellent audio, the impressive solution includes BSS BLU-100 signal processors with BLU link as well as Soundcraft Si Impact mixing consoles and Soundcraft Mini Stageboxes. To power the system, Ba Sao Audio deployed Crown 135MA power amplifiers as well as JBL Commercial Solutions Series Amplifiers and VMA Series Mixer Amplifiers.

“We chose HARMAN for its reputable functionality and performance. Ba Sao Audio expertly handled the entire setup and moved us right in our decision with their precise delivery,” said a spokesperson for Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel & Spa. “We are delighted with the expert solutions they delivered and for their team going above and beyond our expectations in providing tech-forward products and timely after-sales coordination with the in-house sound managers.”

“Unique spaces like the Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel & Spa demand centrally controlled, premium sound systems to manage sound delivery at multiple parts of the venue while extending immersive sound experiences for guests,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank our partner, official distributor of HARMAN Pro Group in Vietnam, for understanding the client’s needs and completing the project with all the detail and the finishing touches.”