JBL Professional Announces One Series 104-BT Desktop Reference Monitors with Bluetooth

December 04, 2019

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced new JBL Professional One Series 104-BT and 104-BTW desktop reference monitors with Bluetooth.

JBL One Series 104-BT reference monitors enable content creators and audio professionals to stream accurate, studio-quality audio via Bluetooth or play back audio using a standard wired connection. Drawing from more than seven decades of JBL Professional engineering, JBL One Series 104-BT monitors deliver clear, detailed sound while mixing and editing. With an array of easily accessible input options, smart features and a sleek, compact design, JBL 104-BT monitors provide great sound in every listening scenario, with the added flexibility of wireless streaming. Black (104-BT) and white (104-BTW) finish options are available.

“Music production has evolved beyond the recording studio, and today’s creative professionals and music lovers need reference monitors that deliver neutral, accurate sound to create mixes that translate well in a variety of listening environments,” said Chris Hansen, Director, Recording and Content Creation, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “With class-leading sound quality, impressive output and high-bandwidth Bluetooth 5.0 streaming capabilities, JBL 104-BT monitors provide an accurate, reliable sonic reference and a truly enjoyable listening experience. They’re perfect for musicians, producers, podcasters and professional audio engineers who want a compact reference monitor with the added benefit of Bluetooth at an accessible price.”

The JBL 104-BT reference monitor features a cutting-edge coaxial driver that pairs a contoured low-frequency woofer with a soft-dome tweeter, for accurate frequency response, superior imaging, crisp detail, and a wide sweet spot. The cabinet’s low-frequency port works with the driver to deliver impressive low frequency performance down to 60Hz. A powerful 60-watt Class D power amplifier distributes 30 watts per speaker for clear, undistorted, loudest-in-class output. And One Series’ innovative acoustic design, optimized for desktop use ensures accuracy without the need for additional EQ.

High-bandwidth Bluetooth 5.0 streaming, beyond offering the convenience of audio playback from mobile devices, provides audio professionals the ability to reference mixes over Bluetooth using a professional monitor, rather than a consumer portable device. This ensures that your audio will sound its best, no matter what the playback environment.  

JBL 104-BT reference monitors integrate smoothly into any production workspace, thanks to smart features like a front-panel input control that selects Bluetooth, Aux, RCA, TRS or combines all inputs. Front-panel volume control allows convenient level adjustments without straying from the sweet spot, and a front-panel headphone jack conveniently mutes the speakers when you switch to headphones. Dual 1/4-inch balanced, dual RCA and single 1/8-inch inputs, along with Bluetooth accommodate a wide range of signal sources.

JBL One Series reference monitors were created with the modern production lifestyle in mind. With a sleek, elegant look and a compact form factor, creators can get legendary JBL sound while conserving valuable workspace. An optional protective carrying case will also be available for production on the go. Both the black 104-BT and white 104-BTW make stunning statements in any studio.

Availability

The JBL Professional One Series 104-BT ($179) and 104-BTW ($179) will be available first quarter 2020. For more information, please visit JBLPro.com/One-Series.


World-Class Lighting Solutions from Martin Professional Transform ABA Bank, Illuminating the Skyline of Phnom Penh

November 26, 2019

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - ABA Bank Head Office recently acquired state-of-the-art Martin lighting equipment from HARMAN Professional Solutions, in collaboration with Bright & Eternity Co., Ltd., to skillfully achieve maximum visibility and enhance the architectural features of the building.

Located in the center of the capital city, Phnom Penh, along one of the busiest roads – Preah Sihanouk Boulevard, ABA Bank’s head office witnesses thousands of people pass through every day. The bank and the head office building has overseen a major phase of growth and development, comprising of several rented buildings, a mix of back and front-line offices, and exclusive executive spaces for the top-management. Also, contributing to the landscape of the city is the bank’s contemporary façade made of a mixture of vertical louvers and corrugated box panels.

“The challenge at the ABA Bank’s head office was to highlight and maintain the visibility associated with the main facade, which was perfectly visible during the daytime but was less visible at night. To understand the requirements, we conducted a site walkthrough together with Martin’s team to determine any possible cable route, access, controller and installation points. One of the concerns that we faced was to minimize disturbance to their day-to-day operations and complete the installation within a given timeframe. After due consideration of the requirements, we decided that the Martin Linear Quad Graze series would be the perfect solution,” said from Mr. Kep Kem (Director) for Bright & Eternity Co., Ltd.

Both Martin Exterior Linear Quad Graze 310 & 1210 RGBW Series and Martin RDM 5.5 Splitter were chosen for this integration.

The Martin Exterior Linear Quad Graze series LED outdoor fixtures were selected for their high output, robust outdoor performances and the ability to illuminate the corrugated box panels effectively.

“After the installation of the façade, we realized that it looked prominent during the daytime but was less visible at night. We wanted to bring more attention to it and make it a distinguishable part of the landscape after sunset. To find a suitable lighting solution that could do just that, we had to look outside the country, as the market of lighting solutions in Cambodia is at its infant stage. Keeping in mind the professionalism of Alvin from Martin Professional (Singapore) who had approached us several years ago, we decided to follow up on the case. Alvin and his team know their product range well and could advise on the type and amount of fixtures we needed for our project. We felt confident with their proposal and chose to go ahead with Martin. We would also like to mention that we’re extremely satisfied with the high-quality skills and execution that Bright and Eternity Co., Ltd., displayed to complete the project,” said by Mr. Igor Zimarev, Head of Marketing at ABA Bank.

"The project at ABA Bank called for lighting solutions that were executed with a high level of expertise and dexterity at the same time," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We'd like to thank our partner Bright and Eternity Co., Ltd. for delivering and designing an expertly executed solution, one that will certainly make the ABA Bank’s head office a dazzling fixture of Phnom Penh’s skyline.”


HARMAN Professional Solutions Announces New JBL Entertainment KP G2 Series Karaoke Loudspeakers and Subwoofer

November 18, 2019

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced new JBL KP G2 Series karaoke loudspeakers for the China and APAC markets.

Expanding on the KP6000, KP4000 and KP2000 Series, KP G2 Series loudspeakers provide karaoke venues with class-leading sound quality, rock-solid reliability and a reimagined design with a sleek, modern aesthetic. Specially tuned for karaoke, KP G2 Series loudspeakers provide exceptional clarity for vocals and extended bass response for music. With a contemporary design and an illuminated JBL Entertainment logo, KP G2 speakers provide a stylish look that will elevate any KTV venue. The KP G2 Series includes eleven models of passive loudspeakers with woofers ranging from 10 to 15 inches, as well as a matched passive subwoofer.

“In the highly competitive world of KTV, venue owners have to continuously improve the karaoke experience for their customers,” said Karam Kaul, VP, Audio, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “While the original KP Series propelled JBL to the industry-leading karaoke-speaker brand, the KP G2 Series continues that legacy by providing the legendary JBL karaoke sound customers know and love in a reimagined and stylish design that can easily upgrade the aesthetics of any KTV room.”

Continuing JBL’s iconic heritage in karaoke speakers and audio performance, the KP G2 Series delivers premium sound quality specifically tailored to KTV applications. With custom-tuned woofers ranging from 10 to 15 inches, KP G2 speakers deliver deep, rich bass with low distortion and excellent power handling. High-efficiency tweeters produce clear, detailed highs for outstanding vocal intelligibility. The KP6018SG2 subwoofer is equipped with a long-excursion cone driver for extended bass response, making it the ideal solution for extending the low-frequency response of existing KP Series systems.

A striking, modern design gives the KP G2 Series a stylish aesthetic, well suited for a wide range of KTV venues. All KP G2 speakers (with the exception of the KP6018SG2 subwoofer) feature a highly recognizable illuminated JBL Entertainment logo, allowing venue owners to showcase the quality of their sound system. Constructed using durable materials and quality components, KP G2 Series speakers are built to last, ensuring years of reliable performance.

The KP G2 Series consists of eleven speaker models plus a passive subwoofer, providing enough flexibility to suit karaoke venues of all sizes. The KP8055, KP2015G2, KP6015G2 and KP4015G2 loudspeakers feature 15-inch woofers, the KP8052, KP2012G2, KP6012G2 and KP4012G2 loudspeakers feature 12-inch woofers, the KP2010G2, KP6010G2 and KP4010G2 loudspeakers feature 10-inch woofers and the KP6018SG2 subwoofer features an 18-inch woofer.

Availability

The JBL KP8055 ($1,285), KP8052 ($1172.50), KP6015G2 ($1,020), KP6012G2 ($920), KP6010G2 ($720) and KP6018SG2 subwoofer ($1,020) are available now. The JBL KP4015G2 ($872.50), KP4012G2 ($757.50), KP4010G2 ($652.50), KP2015G2 ($700), KP2012G2 ($607.50) and KP2010G2 ($517.50) will be available in 2020. For more information, please visit JBLPro.com.


Quảng Ngãi International Education City Creates A State-of-the-Art Learning Environment with HARMAN Professional Solutions

November 18, 2019

QUẢNG NGÃI CITY, Vietnam—To achieve clear, high-fidelity sound for lectures, events and more, Ba Sao Investment recently equipped the newly-built Quảng Ngãi International Education City with a variety of HARMAN audio solutions, including JBL loudspeakers and Soundcraft mixers.

Built by Nguyen Hoang Group (NGH), Quảng Ngãi International Education City (IEC) is the first of several planned all-ages educational campuses with a focus on international studies for all ages. The 100,000 square-meter complex consists of four schools covering kindergarten through secondary education, including Saigon Academy International Kindergarten, iSchool International Integrated School, UK Academy Bilingual School and the School of North America. The $43 million complex also features a 6,000 square-meter outdoor sports facility at its center, as well as an indoor stadium and a large library and bookstore. Seeking an audio solution with maximum clarity for lectures, outdoor events and more, Quảng Ngãi IEC hired Ba Sao Investment to install a range of JBL loudspeaker systems supplemented by Soundcraft mixers and stage boxes.

“For the speaker's voice to reach the entire audience clearly, the setup demanded as little distortion as possible from echoes and background noise," said Nguyen Khac Anh, CEO at Ba Sao Investment Co. Ltd. "After consulting with IEC leadership, we decided to install an integrated HARMAN audio solution. We then surveyed the venue and determined the specifications required to achieve the institution's goals. The HARMAN system we installed met all those specifications while staying within their budget.”

To ensure crystal-clear, intelligible audio for classes, lectures and presentations, Ba Sao Investment outfitted Quảng Ngãi IEC’s lecture halls with JBL CBT70J-1 line-array column loudspeakers. Featuring Constant Beamwidth Technology with asymmetrical vertical coverage, the CBT70J-1 achieves consistent front-to-back levels by sending more sound toward the rear of the room. For outdoor events and mobile sound reinforcement needs, Ba Sao Investment equipped Quảng Ngãi IEC with JBL EON612 self-powered loudspeakers and portable JBL618S subwoofers. Additionally, JBL EON ONE all-in-one PA systems provide an ultra-portable option for small speaking events, musical performances and more, with a convenient onboard mixer, effects and Bluetooth connectivity.

To achieve world-class sound with maximum versatility and ease of use, Ba Sao Investment outfitted Quảng Ngãi IEC with Soundcraft Si Impact digital mixing consoles. With 40 inputs and plenty DSP power on tap, the Si Impact can handle anything from everyday lectures and presentations to massive sporting events that require complex mixes. An intuitive, hands-on interface with features like Faderglow technology makes it easy for IEC staff to achieve professional sound quickly and consistently. Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 16i compact digital stageboxes connect to the mixers via Ethernet, providing 16 microphone inputs with remote-controllable preamps.

“IEC is a collaborative, student-centered space, and we required advanced audio systems that fit within our budget,” said Ms Minh Tâm, Facility Manager at International Education City. “It was essential for us to have a transparent loudspeaker system that provided accurate, clear sound. HARMAN checked all these boxes for us, and provided all the necessary tools to achieve excellent sound quality coverage in the lecture halls.”

"HARMAN Professional Solutions is privileged to have been able to provide world-renowned audio equipment for an institution that supports new methods for sharing knowledge," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We thank Ba Sao Investment for supporting IEC in future-proofing their lecture halls and for delivering world-class, enterprise-level solutions.”


Collarts Delivers World-Class Audio Education with JBL by HARMAN Audio Systems

November 18, 2019

MELBOURNE, Australia—The Australian College of the Arts Pty Ltd recently outfitted their new flagship campus with state-of-the-art JBL by HARMAN audio systems to deliver class-leading sound quality for their audio and music production programs.

The Australian College of the Arts Pty Ltd (Collarts) is an independent tertiary college specializing in degrees and diplomas in the creative industries, including audio engineering and music production. With four campuses throughout Melbourne, Collarts teaches their students the fundamentals of studio recording, live production, and sound for film. When the college moved its main campus from South Melbourne to Collingwood, they used the opportunity to equip their recording, mastering and post-production studios with class-leading JBL by HARMAN audio systems, including Studio One, Critical Listening and an immersive Dolby Atmos Room.

Collarts equipped their primary recording space, Studio One, with soffit-mounted JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors, powered by a Crown amplifier. The Critical Listening Room, which doubles as a mastering suite, is also equipped with a pair of M2 Reference Monitors driven by a Crown amplifier. Three smaller recording spaces utilize with JBL 305P MKII powered studio monitors, which provide stunning detail, precise imaging and impressive dynamic range.

The Atmos Room, primarily used for creating Dolby Atmos mixes to video, is outfitted with 20 JBL loudspeakers, including three JBL 708P monitors in L/C/R configuration, 10 705P monitors around the walls, six Control 2P monitors on the ceiling and a JBL S2SEX 15-inch subwoofer powered by a Crown amplifier. The system is controlled using a JBL Intonato 24 Monitor Management and Tuning System, which provides EQ, delay, and format switching between Atmos, 7.5, 5.1 and stereo.

Collart’s new JBL audio system provides consistent tone, coverage and accuracy, even when moving from studio to studio. Even in the Atmos Room, which features different designs and driver sizes, each speaker works together with coherent phase response to deliver even, balanced sound.

“The new waveguide that JBL designed for the M2s is a big part of that consistency,” said Chris Hansen, Director of Recording and Content Creation for Harman Professional Solutions. “It was designed to work with the new D2 Compression Driver, also designed for the M2. Because of the new high frequency driver and the waveguide, the M2’s have a much wider sound-stage than other monitors. Listeners can move up to 60 degrees off axis and still get the same frequency response as center. This technology has filtered down the range, and is a big part of the reason for the sonic consistency.”

“The D2 Compression Driver JBL have engineered for the M2 is astonishingly good,” said Dr. Paul Doornbusch, Associate Dean of Collart. “We’re all hearing better mid-range and more transparency in the high-end. To my ear, the M2s sound just as good as my personal reference, the legendary Quad ESL electrostatic loudspeakers. JBL have solved problems at the source by developing new drivers instead of retrofitting an existing design or using DSP; it’s a fundamentally better solution. The R&D that JBL have put into those loudspeakers is underreported and underappreciated. It’s a fresh approach, with smart engineering, and the results are sensational.”

JBL’s design goals for the M2 Master Reference Monitors were driven by changes in the recording and production industry that have seen audio mixing moving from purpose-built facilities into renovated and adapted spaces. The M2’s two way-design and optimized high-frequency driver were designed to deliver a ‘big monitor’ sound in compact, affordable package. The demand for mixing in new and smaller spaces is even more pronounced with video and post-production projects. As content companies like Netflix require all submissions to be in Dolby Atmos, more and more environments are being fitted with immersive mixing systems.

“This trend is driving the design flowing from the M2 Master Reference Monitors into the LSR 7 Series studio monitors,” said Hansen. “The engineers need high output to hit the Dolby SPL spec at the mix position, with even frequency response and ultra-low distortion. The waveguide design matched with new compression driver and two new woofer models used in the LSR monitors have achieved this. The woofer in the LSR708P is capable of 18 millimeters of excursion, which is why it can reproduce frequencies down to 30 Hz, delivering 85 dB SPL at five meters with 20 dB of headroom.”

Dr. Doornbusch sees the Atmos Room at Collarts as essential for preparing their students for the immediate future of the industry.

“I see a world where there will be convergence of gaming, cinema and VR,” said Dr. Doornbusch. “The audio industry should be moving towards a ‘produce once and deliver’ workflow where we mix to a standard such as Dolby Atmos which then renders at playback to suit the equipment it’s being reproduced on, whether that’s Atmos, 7.1, 5.1, stereo, or Ambisonics. I think VR and gaming are definitely moving that way.”

Collarts selected a mix of 708P, 705P, and Control 2P loudspeakers in The Atmos to satisfy a Dolby Atmos specification.

“A lot of studios are mixing with the Dolby minimum recommendation of nine loudspeakers,” said Dr. Doornbusch. “But we wanted to go for something more impressive. The consistency of phase and voicing across the different models used in the Atmos Room is impressive and as good as I’ve ever heard. The 708Ps and 705Ps are highly comparable, with a little more bottom detectable in the 8s, but remarkably, not a big difference in the mid-range.”

With a range of high-performance studio monitors available on the marketplace, Collarts chose JBL monitors for their performance and price.                            

“The decision was partially financial, and partially on the results,” said Dr. Doornbusch. “Other monitoring solutions were similarly priced, or more expensive, and the JBL range simply gave better audio performance across the applications.”

“Collarts students now have access to studios, a mastering suite and an Atmos room with a quality of sound reproduction they can’t get anywhere else,” said Dr. Doornbusch. “Even if they have decent monitors at home, you just can’t get the low-end, the lower distortion, surround sound speakers or treated rooms without spending the money. Our students are now receiving a premium audio education, and that gives them every reason to come and work on campus. It also establishes a benchmark for them, so when they graduate and are working in the industry, and are in a position to specify equipment, they can specify something that sounds just as good.”


Styx FOH Engineer Chris “Cookie” Hoff Relies Deploys JBL 7 Series Monitors to Deliver Stunning Live Sound

November 13, 2019

SUGAR LAND, Texas—Chris Hoff, Front of House Engineer for the legendary rock band Styx, relies on JBL 7 Series Master Reference Monitors to help him dial in studio-quality sound during live performances.

Styx is one of the most popular classic rock bands of all time, best known for chart-topping hits like “Renegade,” “Come Sail Away” and “Lady.” In 2017, Styx released The Mission, their 16th studio album and first original release in over 10 years. When the band began touring to support the new record, they enlisted the help of Front of House Engineer Chris Hoff to ensure world-class sound for every performance. In order to deliver consistent sound in a wide range of venues, including some with less-than-desirable mix positions, Hoff relies on JBL 7 Series Monitors to make sure his live mixes stack up to Styx’s studio recordings.

“We multi-track every show and I needed a way to compare the live mix I’m doing to the albums,” said Hoff. “The only way to really replicate what's going to be coming out of a PA is to have reference monitors in front of you. It makes it easier for me to bounce back and forth between the album and my multi-tracks to try to match up effects, balances and panning. The 7 Series monitors give me a great reference to what I'm actually sending to the PA. When I'm in a really bad mix position, I'm basically mixing off of these and trusting that what I’m feeding to the speakers is translating to the audience.”

JBL 7 Series Master Reference Monitors are equipped with state-of-the-art driver technology to deliver unparalleled output with greater dynamic range and extended frequency response. Custom transducers utilize patented JBL Differential Drive technology for hyper-linear low-end performance. Hoff relies on the impressive bass response of JBL 7 Series monitors to help him create balanced mixes with plenty of low-end.

“The phase response on the 708 monitors is awesome, they don't hide anything,” said Hoff. “The transient response is exactly what I need out of reference monitors—and the low-end is definitely there. I can make accurate judgments on what I'm doing on the bottom-end of my mix.”

Each JBL 7 Series monitor is equipped with a proprietary JBL 2409H high-frequency compression driver to provide extraordinary output with a wide dynamic range. Unlike traditional dome tweeters which use limiting circuitry, 7 Series monitors’ innovative compression design produces very low distortion even at high SPLs. Thanks to the silky-smooth response of the 7 Series monitors, Hoff is able to translate every detail of a performance through the PA system.

“I felt that what I was doing on the 708 monitors translated better through a full field PA than the other models did—especially with JBL technology like the VTX Series and the A Series,” said Hoff. “The clarity, the low distortion and the transients all translated well from the 708 monitors to the PA. You don't realize how loud it is until you pull out a meter and go, 'oh okay, yeah got it.' The distortion is so low that you don't have that perception of the SPL. The 7 Series have no problems pushing over the top of the flown PA level when I need it to.”

Before each show, Hoff uses the previous night’s multi-track recording to tune the PA system. JBL 7 Series monitors provide him with the clear, detailed sound he needs to accurately identify and react to the subtle acoustical challenges of each venue—and according to the fans, Styx has never sounded better.

“One of the blessings, and possible curses, of a live performance is that the audience will in no uncertain terms let you know how you are doing,” said Hoff. “They either comment at front of house on their way out of the venue or speak to the band after the show. Fortunately, I have received overwhelmingly positive responses from the concertgoers. Much of this I have to attribute to the band being exceptional performers. As long as I can get my process done and get out of their way, the band shines through.”

Styx is starting the next leg of their US tour in Sugar Land, Texas on October 3rd before ending in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 19th. Tickets are available now at styxworld.com.


AKG Honors Legend Quincy Jones with Lifetime Achievement Award

November 13, 2019

HOLYWOOD, Calif.—  The evening was electric as top producers, musicians, DJs and music industry professionals came together Tuesday night at the iconic Capitol Studios in Hollywood to honor legendary producer Quincy Jones with an AKG Lifetime Achievement Award.

Held in Capitol’s historic A and B studios, guests were treated to a performance by Quincy Jones protégé and multi-Grammy award winner, Jacob Collier, along with a variety of immersive experiences that celebrated the microphone and headphone brand’s iconic past while showcasing its rich future. The evening culminated with host and broadcast journalist Nic Harcourt presenting Quincy Jones the AKG Lifetime Achievement Award, for Quincy’s contribution to music since the early 1950s.

“For almost seven decades in this business as a musician, composer, arranger, conductor and producer, I have always gone for the music that gives me goosebumps. And whether it was Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra and the Count Basie Orchestra, the Brothers Johnson, Michael Jackson, the artists who contributed to the recordings of We Are The World, right up until today, without fail that music was delivered through AKG audio products,” said Quincy Jones. “As you celebrate your 70th anniversary, I have no doubt in my mind that AKG will continue to be an essential part of the music recording and listening experience for many, many more decades to come.”

“Throughout his legendary career, Quincy Jones has created some of the most iconic records in the history of the recording industry and we are honored to present him with a Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Erik Tarkiainen, Vice President of Global Marketing, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “For 70 years, AKG has been creating headphones and microphones that empower the spirit of creativity and innovation, and no one embodies that spirit more than Quincy.”

In Studio A, DJ Kita Klane helped set a classic vibe in the studio by mixing old-school classics from the 1950s through the 1980s, while in the Control Room, Nic Harcourt hosted discussion with renowned acoustics expert Dr. Sean Olive about the art of listening.

In Studio B, guests were transported into the future of music and creativity with a set by DJ Austin Millz. In the Control Room, a mixing station allowed guests to plug in AKG K371 studio headphones to mixers and hear the classic Quincy hit “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson. They listened to individual instrument and vocal tracks, or created their own unique mixes of the song, live. Guests were also able to use a range of AKG studio headphones to listen to a variety of classic Quincy songs from multiple decades in the very same ISO booths that many of those songs, samples and sounds were recorded.

The evening culminated with the removal of a dividing wall between Studios A and B for a special performance by Jacob Collier. The London-based, Grammy-winning English musician/multi-instrumentalist celebrated Quincy Jones by performing three of the producer’s biggest hits, including “Human Nature” by Michael Jackson, “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra, and “Give Me the Night” by George Benson.


Jeju National University Elevates Live Performances at Ara Muse Hall with HARMAN Professional Solutions

November 11, 2019

JEJU-SI, South Korea—To deliver clear, powerful sound at Jeju National University’s Ara Muse Hall, TechData Co., Ltd. and Daegwang Media recently teamed up to deploy a state-of-the-art HARMAN Professional Solutions sound system with class-leading solutions from JBL, Crown and Soundcraft.

Ara Muse Hall is a world-class concert hall located on South Korea’s Jeju National University campus. Known for hosting a wide variety of events including concerts, musicals, plays and dance performances, Jeju National University recently hired leading AV integrators TechData Co., Ltd. and Daegwang Media to upgrade the existing sound system in the 450-seat theater. Together, they designed and installed a HARMAN Professional Solutions sound system capable of delivering pristine sound throughout the venue.

“The Jeju National University required an audio solution that could provide breathtaking sound output and clarity for a variety of events,” said Hyun Su Park, Sales Representative, Tech Data Co., Ltd. “However, there were budget constraints involved in the project and the entire system could not be replaced. Therefore the overall solution had to be designed and installed in consideration of existing products, which consisted of the front fill, center fill and subwoofer among other equipment. We decided that the JBL VTX system would be the best solution, as it would be compatible with the existing setup and would deliver extensive coverage to cover most of the seats.”

TechData and Daegwang Media selected state-of-the-art JBL VTX V20 line array loudspeakers for their class-leading output, balanced frequency response and impressive coverage. VTX Series loudspeakers are equipped with cutting-edge Differential Drive technology, which dramatically reduces driver weight for improved heat dissipation, lower power compression and higher dynamic range. V20 loudspeakers also utilize JBL’s patented Radiation Boundary Integrator, which combines the high frequency and mid-range sections for improved horizontal coverage. To provide powerful low-end throughout the venue, TechData and Daegwang Media also installed a JBL S25 subwoofer, which utilizes dual 15-inch drivers to extend its low frequency output down to 26 Hz.

To power the system, TechData and Daegwang Media selected Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers for their impressive power output and versatile onboard digital signal processing. The system is controlled using a Soundcraft Vi2000 digital mixing console, which combines the ergonomic workflow of Vistonics-based control surfaces with powerful SpiderCore DSP and flexible STUDER I/O technology in a compact, affordable package.

“Established on Jeju Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Jeju National University welcomes visitors and artists from all around the globe,” said Seung Won Song, Audio Engineer, Jeju National University. “For this reason, we desired a sound system that could provide world-class performance, as well as be adaptable to a plethora of different events. The solutions we received from HARMAN and Tech Data Co. Ltd., surpassed our expectations and we are very thankful for their exemplary execution of the project.”

“The project at the Jeju National University called for audio systems that could deliver incredible performance and versatility,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “It was a pleasure to collaborate with Tech Data Co. Ltd., and Daegwang Media on a project that required a prudent and practical solution, especially keeping in mind the technical factors at hand, and we would like to thank the team for delivering a splendid solution.”


Yangpyeong Stadium Delivers a Dynamic Fan Experience During All Seasons with HARMAN Professional Solutions

November 11, 2019

YANGPYEONG, South Korea—TechData Co., Ltd. and HARMAN Professional Solutions recently teamed up to outfit the Yangpyeong Stadium with dynamic all-weather JBL sound systems.

Yangpyeong Stadium is a comprehensive athletic facility located in the Dogok-ri neighborhood of Yangpyeong, South Korea. In addition to serving as the home stadium for Yangpyeong Football Club, a professional soccer team that plays in the K3 League, the facility also consists of an auxiliary stadium, a bowling alley, an inline skating rink, a foot-volleyball court and a public park with artificial waterfalls and rock gardens. In order to ensure excellent audio quality for spectators and participants alike while withstanding the dangers of wind, rain and a humid winter climate, stadium owners hired AV integrator TechData Co., Ltd. to install an all-weather stadium audio solution. TechData selected highly weather-resistant JBL loudspeaker systems to deliver reliable outdoor audio performance through all four seasons.   

“We required an outdoor sound system that could provide an excellent audio experience while defending against the environmental risks faced by outdoor installations,” said Audio Engineer, Yangpyeong Stadium. “Our previous outdoor systems accumulated mold and dust, directly leading to a degradation of sound quality and impractical maintenance costs. We had immense confidence in the capabilities of TechData and HARMAN before the project and we are extremely satisfied with the JBL solutions they provided.”

To address the stadium’s need for a highly weather-resistant sound system, TechData selected JBL WRX-treated PD6322 Series loudspeakers for their durability and heavy-duty protection against dust, wind and heavy rain. The speakers have a high IP rating and ensure high performance through all seasons, making them a perfect match for the high humidity conditions in South Korea. Additionally, TechData installed JBL AWC129 All-Weather Compact loudspeakers, which are ideal for stadiums, racetracks, fairgrounds and other outdoor facilities where high speech intelligibility is required. The installation team provided Crown DriveCore Install Series amplifiers to deliver clean and reliable power to the stadium speaker systems. TechData also included a Soundcraft Vi1 Series mixing console and JBL LSR308 studio monitors to enable operators to create and confidently monitor professional stadium-ready mixes.

“The environmental conditions at Yangpyeong were challenging because the region is very windy and humid,” said Jonathan Choi, Technical Manager, TechData Co., Ltd. “Special considerations had to be made for the winter season, when there is a lot of moisture in the air. The client’s requirements called for powerful, robust all-weather sound systems to be installed in the facility’s exterior. The JBL WRX and AWC speakers stood up to the challenges perfectly.”

“Yangpyeong Stadium needed audio solutions that could withstand the wear-and-tear factors associated with harsh climate conditions while delivering the coverage and clarity required in a professional sports facility,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We would like to thank our partner TechData Co., Ltd. for designing and delivering a practical solution that successfully met the challenge. The new HARMAN audio system will enhance the incredible sports experiences hosted by the stadium.”


AKG CBL Series Boundary Layer Microphones Win SCN 2019 Product of the Year Award

November 07, 2019

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced that AKG CBL series boundary layer microphones earned the 2019 Systems Contractor News (SCN) Award in the Product of the Year category.

The 2019 SCN InfoComm Installation Product Awards honors the most innovative commercial AV products of 2018, and were presented at InfoComm 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Leveraging AKG’s vast portfolio of innovation, AKG CBL Series boundary layer microphones are available in multiple form factors and mic coverage patterns to accommodate critical applications, including conference rooms and meeting spaces.

“We are honored to receive the prestigious 2019 SCN InfoComm Installation Product Award for Product of the Year,” said Erik Tarkiainen, Vice President of Global Marketing, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “CBL series microphones represent a breakthrough in conferencing technology, combining professional audio quality with class-leading ease-of-use. This award demonstrates our commitment to creating innovative, high-quality products for both the professional and consumer markets.”

AKG CBL series boundary layer microphones are easy to install, easy to use, easy on the eyes and make meetings sound great. Featuring an ultra-low profile design, CBL microphones ensure minimal disruption while sitting on a table or desk. The CBL301 is equipped with a triple element cardioid capsule configurable from 270° - 360°, while the CBL201 utilizes a dual element cardioid capsule fixed at 180°.

With a built-in mute switch, users can toggle CBL microphones from talk to mute with the press of a button, while the onboard RGB LED ring indicates the current talk or mute state. With built-in RF interference suppression, CBL microphones prevent interference from mobile phones and laptops. Onboard screw terminals greatly simplify the installation process, while the CBL series’ elegant design complements any room interior.

Learn more about the SCN 2019 Products of the Year here: https://www.avnetwork.com/features/scn-2019-products-of-the-year.


Indeogwon Catholic Church Enhances the Worship Experience with HARMAN Professional Solutions

November 07, 2019

ANYANG, South Korea—To deliver clear, powerful sound for sermons, musical performances and more, Indeogwon Catholic Church recently worked with TechData Co., Ltd. and BADAANT to install a state-of-the-art HARMAN Professional Solutions audio system.

The Indeogwon Catholic Church belongs to the Suwon Diocese and is located at 466 Gwanak-daero, Anyang, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. The church was established on February 14, 1997, and was dedicated to the temple on October 18, 1998. The church recently decided to upgrade their existing sound system with a modern solution capable of delivering crystal-clear sound throughout the entire venue. With the help of leading distributor TechData Co., Ltd. and integration company BADAANT, Indeogwon Catholic Church installed a cutting-edge HARMAN audio system featuring class-leading solutions from JBL, Crown, Soundcraft, AKG and dbx.

“The priest at the Indeogwon Catholic Church requested a sound system that was distinctive yet powerful,” said Brad Park, Sales Representative, TechData Co., Ltd. “Since the main hall is fairly large, the setup had to provide even sound distribution to the back of the room, while ensuring that the priest’s voice is brought forth with exemplary levels of clarity. Also, it was a matter of great pride for us that two of the units, the JBL Intellivox HP-DS370 and AXY-710121 AXYS B-121 subwoofer, were the first of their kind to be installed in South Korea.”

In order to deliver clear, balanced sound throughout the venue, TechData and BADAANT equipped the church with a wide range of JBL loudspeakers, including Intellivox HP-DS370 column loudspeaker arrays and AXYS B-121 G2 subwoofers, which use beam-shaping technology for unparalleled speech intelligibility. To proide additional coverage, TechData and BADAANT selected AC28/95 loudspeakers for their impressive output. TechData and BADAANT installed a pair of CBT 70J-1 line array columns with Constant Beamwidth Technology™ and asymmetrical vertical coverage to ensure sound can be heard clearly at the back of the church. Control 16C/T ceiling speakers and Control 25-1 indoor/outdoor loudspeakers were installed throughout the church to provide pristine sound in additional areas. TechData and BADAANT deployed a pair of LSR305 studio monitors at the front of house mix position to provide engineers with a reliable reference monitor that accurately translates to the PA speakers. The system is powered using Crown CDi 1000, CDi 2000 and XLI2500 amplifiers.

To capture crisp, clear sound for sermons and performances, TechData and BADAANT equipped the church with class-leading AKG microphones, including the CGN521 STS professional tabletop microphone set, C214 condenser microphone and D5 S handheld vocal microphones. To control signals from a variety of sources, TechData and BADAANT equipped the church with a Soundcraft SI-Impact digital mixing console and an EPM6 six-channel mixer for their unrivalled sound quality and versatile effects. A dbx DriveRack VENU360 loudspeaker management processor provides an array of powerful signal processors for fine-tuning the response of the system.

“We were seeking a comprehensive audio solution that would allow every visitor in the church be able to hear our priests’ words clearly and distinctly,” said Audio Engineer, Indeogwon Catholic Church. “Due to the high ceilings of the church, it was also necessary for the system to provide equal sound distribution throughout the building. On the whole, we are extremely satisfied with the solutions provided by TechData Co., Ltd., and BADAANT.”

"The project at the Indeogwon Catholic church called for a dynamic audio system that provided great sound distribution and reliability," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We'd like to thank our partner TechData Co., Ltd. for not only executing a solution which such expertise, but also for setting up the first-ever JBL Intellivox and AXYS loudspeakers in South Korea.”