Toyota Buzz Elevates Its Showroom Experience with HARMAN Professional Solutions Networked AV System

August 13, 2019

BANGKOK, Thailand—Mahajak Development Co., Ltd. recently outfitted the Toyota Buzz Co., Ltd. headquarters with a HARMAN Professional Solutions networked AV system to deliver world-class audio and video quality in nine locations.

Toyota Buzz Vibhavadi is a state-of-the-art Toyota dealership and headquarters of the Toyota Buzz dealership sales channel. In order to broadcast and distribute AV content throughout the facilities and to eight additional branch locations, Toyota Buzz recruited the help of Mahajak Development, Thailand’s leading pro audio distributor. Mahajak deployed a cutting-edge HARMAN Professional networked AV system in the boardroom, hall, fitness room, sky garden and mobile room to provide advanced audio and video control.

“After thorough consideration, our team designed and installed a HARMAN system that seamlessly delivers high-fidelity audio and video across multiple locations to meet the specific requirements of the client,” said Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, Project Director at Mahajak Development. “The venue is comprised of a board room, hall, fitness room, sky garden and mobile room spread across two buildings and seven floors. Toyota expected nothing less than a superior, easy-to-use and maintain AV system, specifically engineered for long-distance conference calls. They wanted the system to produce exceptional sound clarity without any signal interference and act as a model for showrooms in the future. Our custom-designed HARMAN AV system checked all these boxes.”

In order to ensure professional audio quality during meetings and conferences, Mahajak equipped the boardroom with JBL Control 14C/T full-range ceiling speakers, which provide excellent clarity and extensive coverage. JBL 305P MkII powered studio monitors deliver stunning detail, precise imaging and impressive dynamic range for critical listening. The system powered by Crown CT 475 amplifiers and routed through BSS BLU-101, BIB and BOB1 digital processors for maximum flexibility. The conferencing system also includes a video wall with 55” 3x3 seamless display screens, which are controlled effortlessly via computer.

The Toyota Buzz headquarters features a 1,000-seat hall for internal presentations, performances and activities. Mahajak outfitted the hall with compact JBL AE Series loudspeakers and subwoofers to deliver crisp, clear sound. The system is powered by Crown CTs Series amplifiers, which offer easy integration with HiQnet and CobraNet systems for comprehensive control and networking. A Soundcraft Si Performer Series console allows the staff to control the entire system with a tablet.

Mahajak selected JBL Control 28-1, Control 29AV-1 and Control 30 indoor/outdoor speakers for the fitness room due to their rich sonic character, wide coverage and versatile mounting options. The system is powered with Crown CTS 3000 amplifiers and BSS digital signal processors. Par LED lights were installed for stage lighting, programmed to change colors with different speed levels. A 55” 2x2 video wall was also added to simulate the road during the spinning bike class.

In order to provide flexibility for a wide range of outdoor events held in diverse temperatures and climates, Mahajak outfitted the Sky Garden with JBL Control series outdoor loudspeakers and Crown CTS power amplifiers. The mobile zone is equipped with JBL EON series powered loudspeakers, selected for their stunning sound quality and class-leading portability.

"We wanted to deploy a future-forward showroom space 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.”

“Creating a space to foster conversations and setting a benchmark in the industry, Toyota Buzz Company has carved a niche for itself," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “The project required a sophisticated AV system which would deliver rich sound and stunning visuals for an immersive interactive experience. We thank Mahajak for seamlessly executing the project and catering to the specific needs of the customer.”


The Martin by HARMAN ‘Light a London Landmark’ Competition Invites Students and Professionals to Light Up London’s National Theatre

August 09, 2019

LONDON – HARMAN Professional Solutions launched its Martin by HARMAN Light a London Landmark competition, open to both student and professional UK lighting designers, where six finalists’ custom gobo designs will be revealed on the façade of London’s iconic National Theatre.

With a focus surrounding creative gobo projection, the finalists’ will be chosen by a panel of distinguished industry judges as finalists to light the National Theatre during a Martin industry event on 6th November 2019. Paule Constable, Associate Director of the National Theatre, and Vicki Mortimer, renowned Theatre Designer and winner of accolade awards, will select the overall winner on the event night.

Students and professionals of all levels are encouraged to enter the competition and showcase their lighting design creativity. Everything needed to learn more about the competition, how to enter and even to request a product demo for assistance by the Martin team is available at the Light a London Landmark website: http://www.lightalondonlandmark.com/.

‘’The National Theatre is an iconic and extraordinary building and a canvas for London. I am very excited to see how people imagine transforming the building,” said Paule Constable, Lighting Designer and Associate Director of the National Theatre. “I really look forward to seeing how talented lighting designers bring their creativity to the exterior of the building when so much creativity happens inside; that’s something we’re thrilled to be part of."

Allison Rose, Sales Manager EMEA, Enterprise Lighting, HARMAN Professional Solutions, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for both professional lighting designers and students, to light an iconic building with an extremely powerful and versatile image projector. The brief will challenge designers to be creative, consider the architecture of the National Theatre, and most importantly have a lot of fun with light.”

Additional Details

Demonstrations are being scheduled to support anyone who would benefit from guidance from our Martin lighting experts, all information can be found on our demo request page and for more information please visit Light a London Landmark competition.


HARMAN Professional Solutions Realigns Pro Audio Distribution in Indonesia

July 24, 2019

JAKARTA, Indonesia, July 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced the appointment of IMS Indonesia as the official Indonesia distributor of AKG, BSS, Crown, dbx, Lexicon, JBL Professional and Soundcraft.

"Indonesia is a very important market for HARMAN Professional Solutions in the Asia Pacific region. In line with our focus on growth and strengthening our offering across brands, solutions and verticals to our customers in Retail, Install and Touring markets, we are happy to appoint IMS Indonesia as our audio distribution partner in Indonesia," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP and GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "Indonesia has strong growth potential for professional audio solutions. The new distribution model leverages our brand strengths and IMS Indonesia's strong distribution and install capabilities in providing innovative technology solutions to our Indonesia customers."

IMS Indonesia is a market leader in distributing quality audio brands across Indonesia since 2000. With a nearly two-decade association operating JBL brand stores, retailing and distributing HARMAN's lifestyle brands, they will now expand the portfolio to include HARMAN Professional's Retail, Installation, Touring and Performing Arts audio product suite. All other HARMAN partnerships serving the Indonesia market for Broadcast, Cinema, AMX Video and Controls and Martin Lighting remains unchanged.

"We are known in the Indonesia market for our strong market coverage, retail footprint, technical knowledge and customer service. HARMAN Professional Audio Brands and Solutions are renowned for their world class quality and technological superiority," said James Eric Pribadi, Director - Sales, IMS Indonesia. "We understand our customers' need for world class installation solutions and support. With our hands-on experience and strong coverage in the Indonesia market, we are excited to bring HARMAN Professional Audio products to our customers and elevate their experiences."

Support, warranty and repair of HARMAN Professional products in Indonesia will transition to IMS Indonesia with immediate effect. Warranty terms and inclusions will not be affected.

For information on sales or support of HARMAN Professional Solutions products in Indonesia, contact HARMAN at HPro.APAC@harman.com or harmanpro@imsindo.co.id


AKG Announces the K361 and K371 Professional Studio Headphones

July 10, 2019

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced new AKG K361 and K371 professional studio headphones.

K361 and K371 headphones combine studio-quality sound with a compact, foldable design, enabling creators to produce professional content in the studio or on the go. With class-leading frequency response, unmatched portability and a sleek, modern aesthetic, K361 and K371 headphones bridge the gap between professional and lifestyle headphones for the next generation of content creators.

“Content creation has broken out of the confines of the studio and creators need headphones that allow them to hear every detail of their work wherever they go,” said Chris Hansen, Director Recording & Broadcast, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “AKG K361 and K371 headphones combine professional sound quality with the long-wearing comfort and portability of traditional consumer headphones, giving artists, engineers, podcasters, video editors or content producers the freedom and flexibility to create their best work anywhere.”

K361 and K371 are AKG’s first professional headphones to utilize a new oval earcup shape which simultaneously provides a more comfortable fit and better frequency response by better aligning with the geometry of the human head.  Both models are equipped with class-leading 50 mm drivers and pure oxygen-free copper voice coils for enhanced clarity, detail and the utmost acoustic precision. K361 delivers clear, detailed and balanced lows, mids and highs across their extended 15 Hz to 28 kHz frequency range, while K371 sport titanium coated diaphragms to deliver even more detail, with a stunning 5 Hz to 40 kHz range.

In addition, K371 headphones are meticulously tuned to AKG’s Reference Response curve, an acoustic target refined over nearly a decade of research outlining widespread hearing and listening preferences. The result is the most accurate, neutral sound, no matter what users are listening to or where their mixes were created.

Featuring sleek and sturdy designs, K361 and K371 have passed rigorous stress tests to ensure reliability in the most demanding conditions and K371 features metal-reinforced parts for extra durability. Over-ear, closed-back designs provide superior isolation in noisy environments, with plush slow-retention foam pads for long-wearing comfort and less low frequency leakage, along with and adjustable calibrated headbands that deliver a perfect fit, every time.

Earcups swivel 90 degrees for single-ear monitoring, and their feather-light weight keeps ear fatigue at bay, even on the longest listening sessions. Both models include a protective a carrying pouch and detachable cables for connecting to both professional and consumer equipment.

 

Availability

AKG K371 ($149 U.S. MSRP) and K361 ($99 MSRP) professional studio headphones are now shipping and will be available through retailers worldwide starting in late July, 2018. For more information, please visit akg.com.

 

ABOUT HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

 

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Martin Professional Middle East Helps Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Shine Bright with Martin By HARMAN

July 02, 2019

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—Martin Professional Middle East (MPME) recently outfitted the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque with a cutting-edge Martin by HARMAN exterior lighting solution.

Located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an exceptional and imposing structure with a 262-foot main dome and four minaret towers rising to a height of 351 feet. As the largest mosque in the UAE and the third largest in the world, the 72,000-square-foot Grand Mosque accommodates up to 40,000 visitors. The mosque recently opened a new three-story visitor’s center bookended by two impressive glass dome entrances. Abu Dhabi officials hired MPME to install an exterior lighting solution that would visually emphasize the new visitor’s center and glass domes. In order to overcome the challenge of outfitting the dome’s curved surfaces, MPME installed 2,556 Martin Professional Exterior PixLine 10 fixtures.

“Installing a high number of fixtures on a curved surface is a complex process,” said Bilal Assidi, Sales Manager, MPME. “We selected the Exterior PixLine fixtures because Martin could supply them in customized lengths, which reduced installation time and cost, and also allowed us to perfectly integrate the fixtures into the structure of the domes.”

The Exterior PixLine 10 is a linear LED video fixture for media facades and creative installations, which can be fully customized in terms of length and color to match any specification while the power source is hidden. In addition to illuminating the translucent domes at night, MPME also utilizes the creative LED media façade to display video content to support religious holidays, cultural events and special occasions.

MPME used four Martin P3 System Controllers to fully synchronize the Exterior PixLine 10 fixtures installed on the glass domes with the larger 360-degree exterior installation lighting the mosque itself, which has been lit by Martin fixtures since 2009. Being the Grand Mosque’s official service partner since then, MPME is responsible for making sure that every lighting installation works properly at all times. The P3 System also enables the MPME team to remotely monitor the new media façade and respond quickly in case of errors or fallouts.

“Mapping out video content across such a high number of fixtures on a curved surface is a demanding task which requires a reliable and user-friendly video processor,” continued Assidi. “The P3 system made it simple to set up the PixLine fixtures, and ensures that the installation will look as good as it does now for many years to come without having staff onsite at all times.


HARMAN Professional Solutions Appoints Masterpiece as New Distributor in the Middle East for the GCC Countries

June 25, 2019

LONDON — HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced its new distributor partnership with Masterpiece in the Middle East for the GCC Countries.

The distribution agreement entitles Masterpiece the right to distribute the entire audio product range offered by HARMAN Professional Solutions, including AKG, JBL Professional, Soundcraft and Studer by HARMAN, BSS, Crown, dbx, DigiTech and Lexicon.

“As a HARMAN distributor, we are excited to represent their extensive audio product portfolio while being fully committed to expanding the audio brands that is renowned for advanced engineering and high quality,” said Simon Daniel, General Manager, of Masterpiece. “We are looking forward to facilitating HARMAN’s expansion throughout the entire Middle East GCC region by building a close connection with customers and providing them high-level support.”

“We are delighted to partner with Masterpiece, an organisation comprised of world-class audio experts with whom we entrust with growing the brand across the region,” said Mark Coombes, Regional Director EMEA, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “This distribution agreement signifies greater support of our customers but also demonstrates our continued investment in the Middle Eastern GCC countries.”

The distribution agreement comes into effect immediately. Please contact europeanmarketing@HARMAN.com for any additional questions.

 

ABOUT HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.


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HARMAN Professional Solutions creates dazzling lighting for The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore Ballroom

June 20, 2019

Singapore—Concept Systems Technologies Pte Ltd. recently upgraded The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia, Singapore grand ballroom with a state-of-the-art Martin by HARMAN lighting system for conventions, weddings, celebrations and more.

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia, Singapore is a five-star luxury hotel located in the heart of the Marina Bay. Featuring a luxurious grand ballroom with seating for up to 1,200 guests, Ritz-Carlton, Millenia, Singapore is known for hosting prestigious corporate events and social celebrations. Recently, Ritz-Carlton, Millenia, Singapore decided to update its multi-purpose ballroom with a new LED lighting solution capable of delivering stunning visuals for a wide range of events and performances. To achieve these goals, Ritz-Carlton, Millenia, Singapore hired industry-leading AV integrators Concept Systems Technologies, who recommended the Martin MAC Quantum Profile, MAC Quantum Wash, Rush MH 1 Profile Plus, MAC Aura and the JEM Hazer Pro.

“The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia, Singapore wanted to upgrade their old discharge lamps with dynamic, intelligent LED fixtures to make their events more immersive,” said spokesperson for Concept Systems Technologies Pte Ltd. “Thanks to the wide array of diverse fixtures from Martin, we were able to design a custom lighting solution capable of creating a visually impactful experience for any event.”

Concept Systems outfitted the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia, Singapore ballroom with four MAC Quantum Profile fixtures and four RUSH MH1 Profile Plus fixtures to create crisp, clear beams using minimal power. Four new MAC Quantum Wash fixtures and four MAC Aura fixtures were selected to provide rich, highly saturated color backdrops. Two JEM Compact Hazer Pro units quickly create thick atmospheric smoke effects for added ambience.

“HARMAN Professional Solutions takes great pleasure in collaborating with Ritz-Carlton, Millenia, Singapore,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We thank our country partners, Concept Systems, and acknowledge the trust and confidence Ritz-Carlton, Millenia, Singapore has placed in HARMAN Professional Solutions to deliver lighting solutions and stellar visual experiences.”


Studer by HARMAN Announces Three New Distributors to Boost Broadcast Offering in the Middle East

June 20, 2019

LONDON— Audio Technology, Ertekin Elektronik and Masterpiece have been appointed as distribution partners of Studer by HARMAN, operating across Egypt, Turkey, and the Middle East, respectively.

“Introducing new distribution partners means we can present the latest Studer technology and align the Studer brand with the wider HARMAN Professional ecosystem, providing a greater range of high-quality options for our customers in the region,” said Andrew Smart, Business Development Manager, Broadcast, EMEA.

The agreements see Audio Technology, Ertekin Elektronik and Masterpiece offering pioneering Studer products including Vista control surfaces powered by Infinity processing engines and Glacier Professional Mixing Consoles to their existing and future customers.

“We’re delighted to partner with such highly-motivated distributors who can provide an extremely impressive level of service to our long-standing clients, including state broadcasters such as Turkish Radio and TV (TRT) and Egyptian National Media Authority (ENMA),” said Mark Hosking, Broadcast Global Sales Director at HARMAN International.

Ertekin Elektronik, headquartered in Istanbul, is distributing Harman Professional products for the first time, offering the Turkish market a 360-degree solution with audio, video, lighting and controls. This includes JBL Professional, AMX, Martin, Soundcraft, AKG, Crown, dbx, BSS and Lexicon products, alongside Studer consoles.

“Studer’s pioneering mixing systems have a long-established history in Turkey, so we are delighted to expand our offering to the TV, radio and broadcast markets,” said Yurder Ertekin, Sales and Marketing Manager, Ertekin Elektronik.

Cairo-based Audio Technology has over 25 years of experience installing and integrating innovative audio and lighting. Emad Adly, President, Audio Technology said: “We’re delighted to distribute the innovative range of Studer products. We look forward to helping the Egyptian market reach new levels of excellence when producing programmes, shows and services.”

Masterpiece’s distribution scope not only covers Emirates, but the audio experts will also manage Studer distribution across GCC, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi. Simon Daniel, General Manager, says: “Studer strives for perfection through its innovative design, advanced engineering, inbuilt quality, and close connections with its customers. World-class customer support is therefore vital to Studer’s best-in-class reputation and we are fully committed to expanding this pioneering brand throughout the entire Middle East region.”

“This expansion represents and exciting new phase for Studer as a brand and sets us up for success in the entire Middle East region,” Mark Coombes, Regional Director EMEA, HARMAN Professional, said. “We look forward to working with our partners to support customers in their console purchases for the long-term future and introduce new broadcasters to the Studer range.”

The distribution agreements come into effect immediately. Please contact europeanmarketing@HARMAN.com for any additional questions.


HARMAN Professional Solutions and SoundHound Inc. Partner to Introduce Voice-Enabled Solutions for the Hospitality Industry

June 17, 2019

SANTA CLARA, Calif. & NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, and SoundHound Inc., the leading innovator in voice-enabled AI and conversational intelligence technologies, today announced a partnership to power the voice interface for future JBL Professional-branded solutions for hospitality environments.

Powered by SoundHound Inc.’s Houndify voice AI platform and featuring legendary JBL audio performance, the solutions will provide sophisticated, voice-enabled “smart room” experiences for hotel guests. Beyond providing guests with the “at home” comfort and convenience they are accustomed to through AI-assist technologies, the JBL solution will simultaneously improve the hotel’s bottom line through increased on-property dwell time and revenues, along with reduced customer service expense.

HARMAN is currently running pilot programs of the future solution in hotel locations around the world. In the pilot, HARMAN’s Houndify-powered JBL Professional prototype speakers enable hotel guests to use their natural, conversational voices to seamlessly navigate the hotel’s many offerings and features, and control room settings. Guests can also stream music of their choice through the JBL Professional speaker via Bluetooth.

By providing guests with immediate access to hotel information and services, along with the ability to automate common requests, the JBL solution will enable hotels to reduce their customer service load and times, and improve customer satisfaction. In addition, customizable integration with HARMAN’s Hospitality Cloud AI allows the solution to be tailored to return on-property or affiliated responses to queries such as restaurant, service or entertainment recommendations thereby increasing on-property dwell times and revenue.

Beyond providing its Houndify voice AI platform, SoundHound Inc. worked together with HARMAN to fine-tune applications specific to a hotel environment. To tie everything together, HARMAN Professional enlisted the help of HARMAN Connected Services (HCS), HARMAN’s division that accelerates enterprises’ transformation to the connected world through cloud, mobility and analytics solutions. HCS developed the integration between the Houndify voice AI platform with the JBL and AMX components, and they also developed the solution’s dashboard for device commissioning and management.

“We are thrilled to partner with HARMAN on Houndify’s entrance into the hospitality space,” said Amir Arbabi, VP of Business Development, SoundHound Inc. “By using our Houndify platform to create a delightful and robust voice experience for hotel guests, HARMAN has positioned itself as a leader in voice technology solutions for hotels.”

“HARMAN partnering with SoundHound Inc. and its Houndify platform allows hospitality providers to deliver a simple and pleasurable in-room experience for the guest, whether it’s controlling the room environment or using it for concierge services,” said Brian Divine, Senior Vice President, Products & Customer Solutions, HARMAN Professional Solutions. "As voice-enablement becomes ubiquitous with consumers in their home, having a seamless experience while traveling represents a huge opportunity for the hospitality industry and we’re proud that HARMAN/JBL and SoundHound Inc. are coming together to deliver on that experience.”

SoundHound Inc.’s Houndify voice and conversational AI platform has distinctive advantages including its proprietary Speech-to-Meaning™ and Deep Meaning Understanding™ technologies, which deliver unprecedented speed, accuracy, and intelligence in voice recognition and understanding. To support natural interactions, Houndify understands complicated queries and context, such as previous queries, and compound criteria including exclusion. In addition, SoundHound Inc.’s Collective AI architecture allows partners to control the customization of their user experience and innovate rapidly, while benefiting from Houndify’s growing developer ecosystem. Partners that have registered on the Houndify platform with products integrating Houndify include Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel, Vauxhall, Nvidia, Samsung, Onkyo, Motorola and more. Developers interested in exploring the Houndify platform can visit Houndify.com to learn more and register.

Availability
The Houndify-powered JBL hospitality solution is currently being piloted with a planned product introduction scheduled for 2020.  Register at Pro.harman.com/HotelSolutions to receive more information when available. 

About HARMAN:
HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

About SoundHound Inc.:
SoundHound Inc. turns sound into understanding and actionable meaning. We believe in enabling humans to interact with the things around them in the same way we interact with each other: by speaking naturally to mobile phones, cars, TVs, music speakers, and every other part of the emerging ‘connected’ world. Our consumer product, Hound, leverages our Speech-to-Meaning™ and Deep Meaning Understanding™ technologies to create a groundbreaking smartphone experience, and is the first product to build on the Houndify platform. Our SoundHound product applies our technology to music, enabling people to discover, explore, and share the music around them, and even find the name of that song stuck in their heads by singing or humming. Through the Houndify platform, we aim to bring voice-enabled AI to everyone and enable others to build on top of it. We call this Collective AI. Our Mission: Houndify everything.

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Brings Five-Star Sound to Grand Mercure Yangon Golden Empire Hotel

June 14, 2019

YANGON, Myanmar—Ghin Gar Cherry Trading Co. recently upgraded the Grand Mercure Yangon Golden Empire hotel with a complete HARMAN Professional Solutions audio system.

After its debut in Asia Pacific nearly 20 years ago, Grand Mercure now operates a network of more than 50 upscale hotels and resorts globally under the international chain AccorHotels. The hotel is located in Yangon’s Dagon Industrial Zone and features a panoramic view of the city from its topmost floor. It boasts of its 175 elegantly designed guest rooms and suites with hand-painted ceilings by local artist Pyar Dade. In addition, there are 7 meeting spaces and 2 ballrooms that can host corporate and social gatherings up to 300 guests. The entire facility required a building-wide audio system with full-range sound, energy-efficient amplification and compact, streamlined mixing solutions. To meet the hotel’s requirements, audio contractor Ghin Gar Cherry Trading Co. installed an end-to-end HARMAN audio system consisting of JBL Control Series speakers, Crown DriveCore amplifiers and Soundcraft mixers.

"As a popular destination for tourists and corporate visitors, Grand Mercure requested for a world-class audio system to suit a wide range of events at their Yangon property,” said Ghin Gar, CEO of  Ghin Gar Cherry Trading Co., “We’ve had great success with HARMAN products in the past, so we knew they would be a good fit for this installation. To compliment the hotel’s refined atmosphere with the highest sound quality possible, we designed a complete HARMAN system featuring JBL, Crown and Soundcraft equipment.”

To deliver crystal-clear sound throughout the facility, Ghin Gar Cherry Trading Co. selected JBL Control 12C/T compact ceiling loudspeakers. In addition to providing full-range audio with excellent coverage, the Control 12C/T’s pre-attached blind-mount backcan simplifies the installation process and its low-profile, paintable baffle integrates seamlessly with any décor. Compact and energy-efficient Crown DCi 8|600 amplifiers power the speakers, each providing 600 Watts for ample headroom and eight channels for maximum flexibility. Soundcraft FX16ii mixers provide a powerful yet compact and streamlined solution for mixing sound during events in the ballrooms.

"To create unique and memorable guest experiences, we commissioned top-of-the-line sound system from HARMAN Professional Solutions,” said Vinoth Kumar, General Manager of Grand Mercure Yangon Golden Empire. “Leveraging their state-of-the-art audio technology, we have achieved high-quality sound with remarkably intuitive control. The products were easy to install and their modern, clean design compliments the sophisticated aesthetic of our facility.”

“HARMAN Professional Solutions is a proud to be associated with Grand Mercure Yangon Golden Empire,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank Ghin Gar Cherry Trading Company for the successful implementation of a fully-integrated, maximum-impact audio solution and for their great customer relationship.”


HARMAN Professional Solutions Appoints SYNNEX Corporation as a New Distributor for the U.S.

June 05, 2019

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.  and GREENVILLE, SC — HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced its new U.S. distributor agreement with SYNNEX Corporation, a leading business process services company.

The distribution agreement makes the company part of a select group of preferred HARMAN Professional Solutions distributors in the IT channel through SYNNEX VISUALSolv, which specializes in digital signage, professional AV, physical security, and collaborative communication offerings that unite the industry's top AV, IT and CE technologies.

SYNNEX customers have access to the HARMAN portfolio of brands and products that are required to help grow business in the corporate, government, and commercial contracting business sectors. The agreement significantly strengthens SYNNEX’s audio portfolio and expands Harman’s reach in the AV and IT channels.

“We are excited to partner with SYNNEX Corporation and expand our distribution channels within the U.S.,” said Michael Schoen, Vice President of Retail and Distribution North America, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “We are looking forward to our collaboration with SYNNEX and are confident their experience and in-depth knowledge of the IT and Pro AV markets will help us deliver the most relevant technology solutions to our customers.”

“By working with HARMAN Professional Solutions, we are able to deliver a range of competitive new audio offerings to our customers,” said Sandi Stambaugh, Vice President, Product Management, SYNNEX Corporation. “HARMAN also helps customers meet strategic vertical market needs with one of the industry’s most trusted brands.”

The agreement includes cutting-edge audio products from JBL, AMX, BSS and more. To learn more about HARMAN Professional Solutions through SYNNEX Corporation, email visualsolv@synnex.com.

 

ABOUT HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

About SYNNEX

SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX) is a Fortune 200 corporation and a leading business process services company, providing a comprehensive range of distribution, logistics and integration services for the technology industry and providing outsourced services focused on customer engagement to a broad range of enterprises. SYNNEX distributes a broad range of information technology systems and products, and also provides systems design and integration solutions. Concentrix, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SYNNEX Corporation, offers a portfolio of strategic solutions and end-to-end business services focused on customer engagement, process optimization, technology innovation, front and back-office automation and business transformation to clients in ten identified industry verticals. Founded in 1980, SYNNEX Corporation operates in numerous countries throughout North and South America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.  Additional information about SYNNEX may be found online at www.synnex.com.

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© 2019 HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. All rights reserved. Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are trademarks of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other countries. AKG is a trademark of AKG Acoustics GmbH, registered in the United States and/or other countries. Features, specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.