Grande Centre Point Hotel Elevates the Luxury Experience With HARMAN Professional Solutions

April 03, 2020

PATTAYA, Thailand—AV integrator Mahajak Development Co., Ltd., recently deployed a wide range of class-leading HARMAN Professional Solutions audio and lighting systems in four of the Grande Centre Point Hotel’s facilities to create immersive audiovisual experiences.

Located in the heart of North Pattaya, the Grande Centre Point Hotel is a 32-story luxury hotel and resort that offers comfort, convenience and fun for the whole family. In addition to 396 lavish rooms and suites, Grande Centre Point also offers a variety of amenities and activities, including the famous Terminal 21 shopping mall, the Sky 32 rooftop lounge, an amphitheater for events and a family waterpark. The hotel also includes the Port Ballroom and its seven adjoining meeting rooms, which are used for formal meetings, conferences, private dinner parties and exquisite banquets. To elevate the entertainment experience, Grande Centre Point hired leading integrators Mahajak Development Co., Ltd. to design and install state-of-the-art audio and lighting solutions in the Port Ballroom, the water park and the Sky 32 Lounge, as well as a mobile AV solution for events. Mahajak selected a wide range of world-class solutions from JBL, Crown, Soundcraft, BSS and Martin.

“The client required various audiovisual and lighting solutions for four of the hotel’s facilities,” said said Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, Director of Project, Mahajak Development Co. Ltd. “They required a versatile audio solution for the meeting room, which consists of seven rooms that can either be combined or separated for events. The family water park required a PA system to make announcements, play background music and more. They required mobile audio, visual and lighting setup for activities such as seminars, concerts and events. Finally, they needed an audio system for the Sky Lounge on the 32nd floor. We decided that JBL audio solutions and Martin lighting systems would be best suited for this multi-faceted project.”

In the Port Ballroom and adjoined meeting rooms, Mahajak deployed JBL Control 14C/T in-ceiling loudspeakers to deliver clear, detailed sound for meetings and events. To power the system, Mahajak selected Crown CDi 2|300 amplifiers for their impressive performance and streamlined functionality. A Soundcraft Si Impact digital mixing console delivers uncompromising sound quality and provides staff with complete control over the system.

Mahajak equipped the water park with a complete HARMAN Professional Solutions networked audio system to enable staff to make announcements and play music throughout the facilities. Compact JBL Control 25-1 indoor/outdoor loudspeakers mounted throughout the park deliver detailed sound with consistent coverage. MTC-25WMG-1 WeatherMax grilles provide the Control 25-1 speakers with greater protection against the environmental damage and extend their service life. The system is powered by Crown CDi 2|300 amplifiers and routed through a BSS BLU100 Signal Processor via BLU link. To enable crystal-clear sound for announcements, Mahajak installed a JBL CSPM-1 microphone system.

Mahajak deployed JBL Control 29AV-1 indoor/outdoor loudspeakers in the Sky 32 Lounge to enhance the ambiance with their sleek design and deliver clear, balanced sound for background music. With rugged construction and a highly weather-resistant design, Control 29AV-1 speakers are well protected against the elements and offer an extended service life.

To provide staff with an easy-to-use mobile production setup for concerts and events, Mahajak deployed a complete HARMAN Professional Solutions audio and lighting rig, including solutions from JBL, Soundcraft and Martin. JBL EON615 and EON612 two-way powered loudspeakers deliver pristine sound in a versatile, easy-to-use system. For powerful low-frequency reinforcement, Mahajak included the lightweight JBL EON618S portable subwoofer. The system is controlled with a Soundcraft Si impact digital mixing console. To create immersive lighting displays, Mahajak equipped the mobile production rig with compact, powerful Martin Rush MH 2 Wash fixtures. The lighting system is routed through a Martin DMX 5.3 Splitter and controlled using the intuitive Martin M-Touch stage lighting control system.

“We required versatile audiovisual and lighting solutions for some of our facilities and attractions,” said a spokesperson of Grande Centre Point. “In addition to the high-quality performance of the systems, reliability was of utmost importance for us. We are delighted with the solutions provided by Mahajak Development Co., Ltd. The sound and lighting solutions have matched up to our expectations.”

"The project at the Grande Centre Point Hotel called for a flexible solution which adhered to the highest standards of performance and dependability," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank our partner Mahajak Development Co., Ltd., for expertly devising and delivering a solution that involved several critical variables and components."

HARMAN Professional Solutions Announces Free HARMAN Pro University Learning Sessions

HARMAN Professional Solutions Announces Free HARMAN Pro University Learning Sessions

March 31, 2020

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced the new Learning Sessions eLearning program offered for free in conjunction with HARMAN Pro University.

The Learning Sessions along with the Live Workshop Series provides a range of free on-demand and instructor-led webinars hosted by leading knowledge experts from around the world. The Industry Expert workshops feature tips and tricks from Front of House Engineers, Lighting Designers, Technicians and other industry experts, while the HARMAN Expert workshops feature in-depth product and solution webinars by HARMAN product specialists.

“We are thrilled to offer these free resources to help professionals in our industry connect and further their skill sets from the comfort of their own homes,” said Steve Mathis, Senior Manager, HARMAN Professional University. “The Live Workshop Series provides people with a way to learn about the latest equipment and techniques directly from the experts.”

Nearly 30 courses will be uploaded in April including six Live Workshop Series courses currently available for registration with topics covering live sound and pro lighting. Many more courses are in production for release in the coming months.

  • April 1—Microphone Applications For Stage And Sound with Chris Pyron
  • April 7—Lighting for Churches: Live and Video with Lucas Jameson and Chris Pyron
  • April 9—Audio Challenges in Esports with Cameron O’Neill
  • April 15—Special Martin Lighting Product Launch with Markus Klüesener
  • April 16—Lighting Programming Workshop with Susan Rose
  • April 23—Performance Manager: Beginner to Expert with Nowell Helms

Courses are added frequently so be sure to visit to learn more and to register early.

Karnaval SCTV Celebrates Lubuklinggau Anniversary with Show-Stopping Performances Powered by JBL Professional

Karnaval SCTV Celebrates Lubuklinggau Anniversary with Show-Stopping Performances Powered by JBL Professional

March 13, 2020

LUBUKLINGGAU, Indonesia—The Voices recently equipped the Karnaval SCTV stage with a JBL by HARMAN audio system to deliver powerful, dynamic sound with balanced coverage for a variety of musical acts.

Karnaval SCTV is a popular variety show on Surya Citra Televisi (SCTV) that is broadcast live from several major cities throughout Indonesia each month. Karnaval SCTV features a star-studded cast of celebrity guest appearances as well as live musical performances, stunning attractions and more. To commemorate the 18th anniversary of the city of Lubuklinggau, Karnaval SCTV broadcasted live from Silampari Sports Park, welcoming a host of celebrities including musicians, television personalities and soap opera stars to the stage. To ensure world-class sound for the 500-person crowd, Karnaval SCTV hired AV integrators The Voices to deploy a state-of-the-art HARMAN audio system with JBL VTX Series loudspeakers.

“The client required a powerful sound system that could reach every member of the audience,” said Liauw Wu Shen, Owner, The Voices, The Voices. “The system had to be dynamic and adaptable to deliver spectacular performance for a variety of music genres and performances. The event commemorated the 18th anniversary of Lubuklinggau city and hosted a variety of eminent celebrities, so reliability was extremely important. After considering these factors, we decided that the versatile JBL VTX series systems would be best suited for the project at Karnaval SCTV.”

The Voices deployed JBL VTX A8 line array loudspeakers to deliver clear, detailed sound for a variety of musical performances. VTX A8 loudspeakers utilize patented VTX Series technology to provide impressive performance, unmatched efficiency and consistent horizontal coverage. Paired with a JBL VTX B18 18-inch subwoofer, the system delivered powerful bass response with improved linearity and increased sensitivity. To power the system, Wu Shen selected a Crown VRack 4x3500HD amplifier rack, which features three Crown 4x3500HD amplifiers and a built-in distribution system for quick and easy set up.

“We required a sound system that catered to three critical criteria,” said Edison, Sound Engineer, Karnaval SCTV, “Firstly, the systems had to be powerful to deliver consistent coverage for every member of the audience. Secondly, the systems had to be dynamic to meet a variety of performance requirements. Finally, the systems had to be dependable, due to the caliber of the event. We are very satisfied with the solutions provided by The Voices; they certainly meet all of our expectations.”

"The project for Karnaval SCTV at Lubuklinggau called for robust audio solutions to create a lasting impression on audiences," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank The Voices and our partner IMS Indonesia for deftly deploying solutions that reproduce audio with excellent quality, making the event more immersive and maximizing the entertainment experience.”

GSJA Bandengan Church Energizes Sermons with HARMAN Professional Solutions

GSJA Bandengan Church Energizes Sermons with HARMAN Professional Solutions

March 10, 2020

JAKARTA, Indonesia—To deliver clear, intelligible sound for sermons and special events, AV integrator IMS Indonesia recently outfitted GSJA Bandengan Church with a class-leading HARMAN Professional Solutions networked audio system.

 Established in 1964 under the auspices of the Church of the Assemblies of God, GSJA Bandengan Church has been bringing people together for more than 50 years. Located in the heart of Jakarta, Bandengan Church hosts a variety of events including musical performances, children’s prayer conferences and special events, attracting worshipers from all age groups. The venue features a sprawling ground floor as well as a balcony with extensive seating capacity. In order to ensure pristine sound with even, balanced coverage, Bandengan Church hired AV integrators IMS Indonesia to upgrade their existing sound system with a cutting-edge networked audio solution featuring JBL loudspeakers, a Soundcraft mixing console and a dbx loudspeaker management system.

“GSJA Bandengan Church required an upgrade for their existing sound setup,” said Christian Prasetya, Brand Manager, IMS Indonesia. “Since the church hall is spread out over a fairly large area, the setup had to provide even sound distribution across the worship space. To energize the church services, they needed excellent vocal clarity, reliability and smooth reproduction of sound across all frequencies. To meet these requirements, we chose the JBL VRX series speakers.”

IMS Indonesia equipped Bandengan Church with JBL VRX932LAP line array loudspeakers to ensure consistent coverage in every seat for both the ground floor and balcony. By utilizing patented JBL technology, VRX932LAP loudspeakers offer extremely wide coverage without the long-throw characteristics of larger line arrays, making them ideal for applications in mid-sized houses of worship. IMS Indonesia selected JBL STX812M loudspeakers as floor monitors for their crystal-clear sound and compact design.

Signals from the stage are fed through a Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32iEU and connected to a Soundcraft Si Impact digital mixing console via standard Cat5 cabling. The Si Impact utilizes Studer-designed preamps to deliver class-leading audio quality, while innovative workflow enhancements make it easier than ever for engineers to dial in the perfect sound. In order to protect the loudspeakers and provide additional control over audio signals, IMS Indonesia installed a DBX VENU360-V-EU loudspeaker management system, which features automatic EQ and feedback suppression technology for quick and easy setup.

“We were seeking a powerful, dynamic audio solution that would allow our sermons and performances to resonate with visitors,” said Jack, Sound Engineer, GSJA Bangengan Church. “Due to the religious significance of the events, reliability was our top priority. IMS Indonesia brought events at the GSJA Bandengan Church to life. We are extremely satisfied with the solutions they chose to install, which met every criterion we put forth.”

“It is an honor to accentuate the audio experience at the GSJA Bangengan Church and elevate experiences of worshippers," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank our partner IMS Indonesia for designing and delivering a world-class solution with such deftness.”

JBL Professional VTX A Series Loudspeakers Achieve Widespread Adoption In the Indian Live Sound Market

March 02, 2020

BANGALORE, India—With redesigned drivers, an all-new rigging system and three flexible models to choose from, JBL Professional VTX A Series line array loudspeakers are quickly becoming a favorite of live sound professionals in the Indian market.

Building on the success of the venerable VTX V Series, VTX A Series loudspeakers feature several new innovations that make them the ultimate choice for touring and installed applications of any size. Next-generation transducers deliver high-output performance with improved low-frequency extension. A redesigned Radiation Boundary Integrator waveguide ensures a smooth transition between mid and high frequencies. An all-new rigging system features auto-locking suspension for faster, safer and more precise deployment than ever, and the speakers’ reduced weight makes transporting them easy and efficient.

“The VTX A-Series is JBL’s next-generation tour sound solution, and we’re glad to see so many industry leaders make the best of legendary JBL sound,” said Aditya Todi, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing, HARMAN Professional Solutions, India and SAARC. “The VTX A12—the flagship offering from JBL Professional’s tour sound inventory—was designed from scratch to address the unique challenges that rental companies, FOH engineers and tour sound production crews face.”

Here’s what some of India’s leading live sound professionals are saying about VTX A Series loudspeakers.

“We like the VTX A12 and A8 as it offers a compact sound system with an amazing design,” said Mahesh Saniddhya of Sound Bulls, a professional live sound company that also specializes in lights, laser systems and trussing. “We have been part of the JBL Professional family for the last 10 years, and it seemed only natural to pick a JBL product for our recent touring requirements. The sound quality is loud and clear. Working with the HARMAN Professional Solutions team was smooth as always.”

“The JBL Professional VTX A12 is very impressive when it comes to horizontal directivity control,” said Jitu More of Sound Mindz, a premier sound rental company in Mumbai. “It’s very sturdy and the rigging and suspension hardware is great.”

JBL Professional VTX V Series Loudspeakers Continue to Drive Adoption In the Indian Live Sound Market

March 02, 2020

BANGALORE, India—Live sound professionals across India continue to rely on JBL Professional VTX V Series line array loudspeakers, more than eight years after their release.

A product of decades of experience in loudspeaker design, the JBL VTX V Series introduced several innovative technologies that have cemented its place on stages worldwide. Patented Differential Drive transducers and D2 compression drivers deliver pure sound with high output, while the Radiation Boundary Integrator (RBI) waveguide ensures precision coverage. The S.A.F.E. suspension system streamlines deployment and ensures secure rigging.

“Of all the achievements JBL has made over the years, the VTX V Series stands tall as a milestone in the practical application of creative engineering because of their high levels of performance, system integration and user-friendliness,” said Aditya Todi, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing, Professional Solutions, India and SAARC. “The VTX V20 features a high power density three-way system complemented by a suspension system that provides efficient transport, fast setup and precise configuration. It has always amazed touring professionals.”

From their astounding power and sound quality to their quick and easy deployment, live sound professionals from all over India have great things to say about VTX V Series loudspeakers.

“We loved the JBL Professional VTX V25,” said Arvind Singh of Devil Truss, one of the leading suppliers of trussing systems in India. “It has helped us deliver the finest sound quality and awesome coverage for high-profile events in big spaces, which is what one would expect from a legendary brand like JBL Professional.”

“The VTX V Series is amazing because of its waveguide and speaker design,” said Gaurav Soni of Indore-based Durgesh Sound. “The VTX V25 in particular, with its 15-inch driver, has helped us serve many large-format shows. We also love the V-20 because of its size, weight and tonal quality. We’ve been doing small and medium-format shows more often, and this product is a great fit for meeting client budget and expectations. Moreover, the product comes highly recommended from many sound engineers and artists, which has ultimately helped us in getting more deals. I appreciate the services offered by the HARMAN Professional Solutions team."

“As vendors, we want to provide the best for our clients’ touring requirements, and what’s better than legendary JBL sound?” said Amit Sanghavi of Echoes India, a rental company providing a complete range of audio and visual equipment for all kinds of events. “We added the JBL Professional VTX V20 to our inventory because it provides efficient transport, quick setup and precise configuration. It delivers linear, transparent sound at high output levels, which is amazing for its size.”

“The JBL professional VTX V20 is quite compact and offers clear, loud sound,” said Arijit Bose of The Sound, a sound rental company based in Kolkata that works with major Bollywood artists and their teams. “It’s almost like a plug-and-play system, making it easy to setup at the venue. So far, all of our customers have been content using the system. Working with HARMAN Professional Solutions was great, as always. A HARMAN engineer was available to guide us through setup, and the team was always available for help.”

Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park Enhances Outdoor Events with HARMAN Professional Solutions

Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park Enhances Outdoor Events with HARMAN Professional Solutions

February 27, 2020

MUNGYEONG, South Korea—TechDataPS and ARNION recently performed a complete overhaul of the outdoor performance venue at Mungyeon Provincial Park, equipping it with an end-to-end HARMAN audio system featuring JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, Soundcraft mixers, AKG microphones and BSS direct boxes.

 Mungyeong Saejae, a mountain pass located 642 meters above sea level on Mount Joryeong, is one of the oldest surviving parts of an ancient road that once connected Seoul and Busan. Three fortified stone gates dating from the Joseon dynasty still stand at the site, making it a culturally significant landmark. Declared an official provincial park in 1981, Mungyeong Saejae is now a major tourist destination featuring hiking trails, a sculpture garden and a stage for open-air performances and other events. With the venue’s sound system in dire need of an upgrade, park officials hired TechDataPS and ARNION to completely overhaul the stage with a state-of-the-art HARMAN Professional Solutions audio system and all-new rigging. To equip the venue for a variety of events, TechDataPS and ARNION selected class-leading JBL line array loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, Soundcraft digital mixers, AKG microphones and BSS direct boxes.

 “The client wanted us to replace the existing sound system, as well as the supporting infrastructure for it,” said Seok Oh, Kang, Sales Representative, TechDataPS Co., Ltd. “First and foremost, a high-quality audio system was required to cover multi-purpose outdoor events and performances. Secondly, the client requested an infrastructure with sufficient inputs and outputs for any situation. To meet these requests, we chose to go with the latest and most dynamic JBL VTX A8 systems, which are highly revered for their performance. The quantity and angle of the speakers were determined in the design stage through acoustical simulation.”

 To deliver exceptional sound reinforcement at Mungyeong Provincial Park, TechDataPS and ARNION designed a state-of-the-art JBL line array system featuring VTX A8 loudspeakers and VTX B18 subwoofers. The A8 offers JBL Professional’s flagship VTX A Series technology in a compact solution for small to mid-size rental and installed applications. With two 8-inch woofers, four 3.5-inch midrange drivers and two 2-inch high-frequency drivers, the A8 delivers world-class sound in a low-profile cabinet. The B18 subwoofers add additional low-frequency support to the line arrays, with powerful 18-inch Differential Drive woofers and patented Slip Stream ports to improve airflow and reduce audible turbulence.

 JBL AM7215/26-WRC two-way loudspeakers provide broad, 90- by 50-degree coverage in front of the stage, and feature weather-resistant construction to survive the elements. JBL Control HST paging loudspeakers were installed to provide extremely broad, hemispherical coverage for communication and all-purpose broadcasting. JBL Line Array Calculator and Performance Manager software allowed the integrators to calculate the ideal speaker placement and angles for the venue.

To power the system, TechDataPS and ARNION selected Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD, I-Tech 9000HD and CDi DriveCore 4|1200 power amplifiers. I-Tech Series amplifiers feature onboard OMNIDRIVE HD processing, including the acclaimed LevelMAX limiter suite and support for linear phase FIR filters as used in the latest JBL V5 loudspeaker tunings. The four-channel CDi DriveCore 4|1200 represents a powerful and cost-effective solution for additional amplification at the park, powering the JBL Control HST paging speakers.

 To capture clear, detailed sound on stage, the venue at Mungyeong Saejae is equipped with a range of AKG microphones. The seven-piece AKG Drum Set Concert 1 professional drum microphone kit includes the D112, D40 and C430 microphones, ideal for capturing drum sets with power and clarity. AKG PZM30D boundary microphones provide additional sound reinforcement, capturing a natural sound without reflections from the walls of the bandshell. BSS AR-133 active DI boxes allow instruments such as guitars and keyboards to be easily amplified with pure tone and clarity.

 To facilitate world-class sound reinforcement and ease of operation, TechDataPS and ARNION outfitted the venue with Soundcraft Vi2000 and Vi1000 digital mixing consoles. With a Soundcraft SpiderCore integrated DSP and I/O engine based on STUDER technology, the Vi2000 and Vi1000 can handle events of any size and complexity. A unique, hands-on Vistonics interface with color-coded Faderglow technology make mixing intuitive and streamlined for any operator. Soundcraft ViSB 64:32 MO-Vi stageboxes provide plenty of microphone inputs on stage for large events.

 “Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park is an admirable cultural hub that truly represents the city,” said Man Jin, Kim / Audio Director, Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park. “As a result, our expectations for the sound system upgrades were set exceptionally high. The new systems had to deliver world-class sound for all events, and the design had to ensure maximum ease of use for the operators. Having said that, we are very happy with the cutting-edge solutions delivered to us by TechDataPS.”

 "The project at Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park was a momentous one, as it involved the first application of the latest JBL systems in an outdoor setting in South Korea," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank our partner TechDataPS for designing and delivering a cutting-edge solution.”

“Tang Dynasty Legend Songzhou • Wengcheng” Transports Audiences to China’s Past with JBL Professional

“Tang Dynasty Legend Songzhou • Wengcheng” Transports Audiences to China’s Past with JBL Professional

February 21, 2020

SONGPAN COUNTY, China—Qinhuangdao Jiayun Electric Appliance Co., Ltd. recently deployed a complete JBL Professional audio system for the theatrical production “Tang Dynasty Legend Songzhou • Wengcheng”, put on by the Songpan County Party Committee and County Government.

Located in the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province, modern-day Songpan County includes the site of the ancient city of Songzhou. According to legend, in the year 632, Tibetan emperor Songtsen Gampo attacked Songzhou after being denied a marriage alliance with the ruling Tang Dynasty of China. Although the Chinese managed to repel the invaders at Songzhou, the Tibetan emperor was eventually allowed to marry princess Wengcheng, in an event often referred to as the “national marriage” of the Han and Tibetan people.

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, the Songpan County Party Committee and County Government staged a large-scale theatrical performance of these events called “Tang Dynasty Legend Songzhou • Wengcheng”. To give the production a sense of immersion with world-class sound reinforcement, HARMAN distributor Qinhuangdao Jiayun Electric Appliance Co., Ltd. chose to deploy state-of-the-art JBL VLA Series loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers.

Qinhuangdao Jiayun Electric Appliance selected JBL VLA-C2100 two-way line array loudspeakers for the show, which deliver full-range sound via dual 10-inch Differential Drive woofers and a trio of 1.5-inch D2415 high-frequency drivers. The speakers’ multi-layer reinforced fiberglass cabinets with zinc-plated, power-coated steel grilles provided the extra durability needed for the outdoor environment, and their integrated rigging system streamlined setup and teardown. To reinforce the main speakers with powerful low-frequency output, JBL VLA-C125S subwoofers were incorporated in the line array.

To amplify the system with as much power and clarity as possible, Qinhuangdao Jiayun Electric Appliance deployed eight Crown CDi Series amplifiers and four Crown XLS 2502 models. Designed and built for installed sound applications, CDi Series amplifiers are rated for 2-, 4- or 8-ohm loads, and 70V and 140V outputs. An intuitive front-panel LCD screen gives easy access to onboard DSP including crossovers, EQ filters, delay and output limiting. The XLS 2502, powered by ultra-efficient DriveCore technology, provides a cost-effective solution for additional amplification, with plenty of DSP power as well.

Shanghai Circus World Brings Performances to Life with Martin By HARMAN

Shanghai Circus World Brings Performances to Life with Martin By HARMAN

February 21, 2020

SHANGHAI, China—To create immersive, spectacular lighting displays for the reopening of the world-famous Shanghai Circus World, Guangzhou Bai MingHui Lighting Technology Co. LTD equipped the venue with class-leading Martin by HARMAN lighting fixtures.

Built in 1999, Shanghai Circus World is China’s premier circus and home to the renowned ‘Era ─ Intersection of Time’ show, which combines traditional Chinese acrobatics with Western entertainment. Located in the heart of Shanghai, Circus World features an ornate 1,638-seat theater with an elaborate architectural design and a distinctive golden dome roof. Over the years, the venue has become a cultural landmark and earned the nickname of the ‘Golden Pineapple.’ In 2018, Shanghai Circus World closed for a series of cosmetic and technical renovations, which included upgrading their aging lighting rig. Shanghai Circus World hired AV integrators Guangzhou Bai MingHui Lighting Technology Co. LTD to install 121 new state-of-the-art Martin lighting fixtures to create a wide range of dynamic, expressive lighting designs.

Guangzhou deployed 53 Martin MAC Axiom hybrid fixtures to provide designers with a versatile, all-in-one fixture capable of creating a variety of looks including tight beams, sharp spots and more. To create soft wash effects with unique and expressive colors, Guangzhou installed 36 Martin MAC Quantum Wash fixtures, which feature the groundbreaking Colorganics™ system for deep, saturated colors. To provide additional coverage, Guangzhou deployed 15 extra-bright Martin MAC Aura XB wash fixtures. In order to create immersive, sensational lighting effects, Guangzhou selected 10 Martin MAC Viper AirFX fixtures with impressive discharge-based aerial effects. To highlight key performers and scenery, Guangzhou equipped Circus World with Martin MAC Quantum Profile fixtures, which combine top-quality white light with a fast, smooth CMY color mixing system and crisp gobo projection.

Decorated in black, gray, and gold, Circus World features a refined atmosphere that can easily be adapted to suit a wide range of events based on the lighting display. Circus World’s new Martin lighting rig makes it easier than ever for lighting designers to control the ambiance of the theater to meet a variety of performance needs.

Circus World officially reopened on October 1 for the last performance season of its famous multimedia spectacular ‘Era — Intersection of Time,’ followed by a run of a large-scale acrobatic multimedia fantasy drama entitled ‘Journey in Time and Space.’ The new Martin lighting fixtures were used to create immersive, sensational lighting displays that brought the performances to life.

AMX by HARMAN Announces New Enova DVX All-In-One Presentation Switchers With 4K60 4:4:4 Video Support

AMX by HARMAN Announces New Enova DVX All-In-One Presentation Switchers With 4K60 4:4:4 Video Support

February 10, 2020

ISE 2020 (Stand #1-F10)HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced two new AMX Enova DVX all-in-one presentation switchers.

The new AMX Enova DVX presentation switchers combine full 4K60 4:4:4 video support with cutting-edge HARMAN Professional technologies like a Crown DriveCore amplifier and BSS Audio signal processing, as well as Dante and AES67 support, enabling universities, corporations and government entities to deliver world-class video and audio experiences in a variety of applications. Both the 8x4+2 DVX-3266-4K and 6x2+1 DVX-2265-4K all-in-one presentation switchers are fully compatible with existing DXLink 4K60 transmitters and receivers, enabling the distribution of full 4K60 4:4:4 over long distances.

“As AV technology continues to evolve rapidly, facility owners need flexible and scalable systems that enable the highest video resolution and audio fidelity,” said Jeff Burch, Director, Video Product Management, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The new DVX all-in-one presentation switchers will dramatically simplify AV control and distribution in medium-sized and large conference rooms, boardrooms, classrooms, lecture halls and auditoriums. With ultra-high resolution 4K60 video, legendary HARMAN audio quality, flexible I/O options and an intuitive user interface, DVX switchers provide more power and flexibility than ever before.”

New DVX all-in-one presentation switchers bring 4K60 4:4:4 capabilities to the DVX family, providing superior video resolution for critical viewing applications where fidelity is crucial. Compatible with DXLink 4K60 transmitters and receivers, new DVX presentation switchers enable 4K60 4:4:4 video distribution up to 100 meters using a standard category cable. With HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 support, users can realize the full potential of their source and display devices, resulting in the highest possible video quality.

Equipped with class-leading HARMAN Professional audio technology, new DVX presentation switchers deliver unparalleled sound quality. With a built-in 120-watt Crown DriveCore amplifier capable of driving 8 Ohm or 70/100 Volt speakers, new DVX presentation switchers deliver exceptional sound quality with plenty of volume. High-quality BSS audio processing and Advanced Feedback Suppression from dbx help prevent common audio problems, providing crystal-clear sound. With Dante and AES67 support, users can seamlessly integrate with other AMX products for additional processing and routing capabilities.

With six microphone inputs and an array of versatile features, new DVX presentation switchers offer flexibility in a variety of applications. New DXLink ports support video, USB 2.0, audio, network, power and control over a single cable, making setup quick and simple. Additionally, DXLink inputs and outputs on the new DVX models are compatible with standard HDBaseT devices such as cameras and projectors allowing direct connections without additional equipment. Featuring technologies developed for the DGX 100-series such as the ICSLan private network, auto-binding DXLink endpoints, and a mobile-friendly HTML5 web interface, the new DVX presentation switchers are easier than ever to install and operate.

Additional Details

We invite you to learn more about the new AMX Enova DVX presentation switchers below. We also invite you to explore what’s possible from HARMAN Professional in the wide variety of applications we support.

  • AMX Enova DVX-3266-4K 8x4+2 4K60 4:4:4 All-In-One Presentation Switcher (4 HDMI Inputs, 4 DXLink-4K60 Inputs)
  • AMX Enova DVX-2265-4K 6x2+1 4K60 4:4:4 All-In-One Presentation Switcher (4 HDMI Inputs, 2 DXLink-4K60 Inputs)

Auckland Zoo’s Old Elephant House Restaurant Delivers Exceptional Sound with HARMAN Professional Solutions

Auckland Zoo’s Old Elephant House Restaurant Delivers Exceptional Sound with HARMAN Professional Solutions

February 10, 2020

AUCKLAND, New Zealand—AV integrator Skopik and HARMAN distributor JPRO recently outfitted the newly-opened Old Elephant House restaurant at the Auckland Zoo with a multi-zone indoor/outdoor audio system featuring JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers.

Opened in 1922 and expanded in 1973, Auckland Zoo occupies a 40-acre lot near Auckland’s Central Business District. The zoo’s former elephant house was recently converted into a unique restaurant and versatile event space called the Old Elephant House. To ensure excellent sound quality and even distribution throughout the indoor and outdoor areas of the restaurant, the Auckland Zoo hired AV integration company Skopik to design and install a multi-zone audio system featuring JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers supplied by HARMAN distributor JPRO.

“The brief was simple,” says Jeff Sundrum, AV Service and Installations Manager, Skopik. “Our client required a high-fidelity audio solution for multiple areas at the Old Elephant House, which could be used by any staff member. We selected the JBL Control Contractor series and all-weather outdoor speakers from JBL’s broad range of products because the audio quality and coverage is pristine. This ensured that the best type of speaker was utilised in each location.”

Skopik selected JBL Control 25-1 wall-mounted loudspeakers and Control 14C/T ceiling speakers to achieve balanced sound quality and broad, consistent coverage in the indoor sections of the Old Elephant House. With a 5-inch woofer and .75-inch tweeter, the compact Control 25-1 delivers pristine sound with a wide, 100-degree coverage pattern. The built-in InvisiBall mounting hardware allows the speakers to be mounted discreetly, with minimum impact to the restaurant’s unique décor. The ceiling-mounted Control 14CT features a 4-inch woofer and .75-inch tweeter in a coaxial configuration with generous 120-degree conical coverage to fill in the gaps. In the outdoor areas, Skopik installed compact JBL AWC62 6.5-inch all-weather coaxial loudspeakers, which feature 110-degree coverage and a sturdy U-bracket for reliable outdoor mounting at any angle.

To power the loudspeakers and provide comprehensive control over multiple audio zones, Skopik selected the Crown CDi DriveCore 4|300 amplifier. Using technology derived from the flagship DriveCore Install series, the CDi DriveCore 4|300 offers streamlined functionality for small-to-medium installations like the Old Elephant House. Powerful onboard DSP includes advanced signal routing, EQ and the acclaimed LevelMAX limiter. Preloaded JBL speaker tunings allowed Skopik to optimize the signal being sent to each different type of speaker for ideal results. The HiQnet Motion Control app for iOS allows staff at the Old Elephant House to remotely control each speaker zone by independently switching sources and adjusting levels with an iPad.

“We simplified the installation process with a four-channel Crown Drivecore CDi 4|300 amplifier, which gave us sufficient zones to work with,” adds Sundrum. “The CDi 4|300 speaker presets and internal DSP for JBL loudspeakers meant that we did not have to rely on any external DSP. Some basic programming on the Motion Control app allowed us to provide staff with a clean and simple-to-use interface to manage audio sources and volume in all four zones. Our client is enormously happy with the outcome.”

“JBL Control Contractor series has a profound heritage and is the industry leader for commercial speakers, offering a massive variety of loudspeakers for any application,” said Eli Murray, AVC Sales Representative,  JPRO. “We are proud to be part of this project. Skopik has provided an amazing solution in this tranquil space.”