January 18
2018

January 18, 2018

HARMAN Professional Solutions Helps Hyundai Deliver an Immersive Guest Experience at Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang

TechData Co. enhances exhibitions with JBL Professional and BSS solutions to provide balanced coverage and clarity in a wide range of interior environments

GOYANG, South Korea—TechData Co. recently installed a complete audio system by HARMAN Professional Solutions at the Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang Experience Center.

Based in Ulsan, South Korea, Hyundai Motor Company operates the world’s largest integrated automobile manufacturing facility, with vehicles sold in 193 countries and more than 175,000 employees worldwide. As part of Hyundai’s vision of providing customers with a lifetime of enriched driving experiences, the automaker opened the first Hyundai Motorstudio in Seoul in 2014, followed by locations in Moscow and Hanam, South Korea. In 2017, Hyundai opened Motorstudio Goyang, the largest automobile brand experience center in South Korea. Designed by Austria’s world-renowned architecture firm DMAA, Motorstudio Goyang features cutting-edge architecture and unique exhibitions that showcase Hyundai’s latest technology and unique company culture.

The facility’s exhibition spaces were designed by Atelier Bruckner, and are at the center of the Motorstudio Goyang experience. To ensure an immersive media experience for visitors, Hyundai hired Klangerfinder & Idee und Klang to create a unique sound design for the exhibition space, complemented by media hardware designed by Medienprojekt P2. Audio integrator TechData Co. was hired to bring the audio design to life, and ensure the system could deliver excellent sound quality and properly balanced coverage. In order to meet these requirements, TechData selected a complete HARMAN audio system made up of JBL Professional and BSS solutions. 

“The Hyundai Motorstudio experience center is our way of communicating with our customers, enabling us to engage with them through the various experiences within the facility,” said Yeonhee Lee, Director, Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang. “It is imperative that visitors have a seamless experience that targets all their senses. We are delighted that the HARMAN system has enabled us to achieve our goals, and we are especially pleased with the dedication and strong support of TechData.”

“The challenge was creating a balance between the look and feel of the space, and the technologies that create the experience,” said SJ Rhee, TechData Co. “We collaborated with local architectural sound experts to provide consultation regarding system design. We had to show proof of concept and demonstrate proper playback of Klangerfinder & Idee und Klang’s audio designs to ensure the intended audio experience was achieved. The process started in 2014 and we were awarded the job in October 2015, with the commissioning and installation of the system in April 2017.”

In order to ensure optimum audio coverage and clarity in the facility’s main exhibition space, TechData installed a range of JBL speakers. JBL PD6000, PD500, CBT, AE and AE Compact Series speakers are installed throughout the space to deliver consistent level and high output, with low frequency support provided by ASB6112 and ASB6128V subwoofers. TechData also installed CBT Series column loudspeakers, which utilize analog delay beam-forming and amplitude tapering to accomplish consistent vertical coverage, without the narrow vertical beaming and out-of-coverage lobing that is typical of straight form-factor passive column speakers.

“On our part, the challenge was implementing proper audio coverage at the correct levels, taking into consideration the interior layout and design as well as the overall environment and materials used,” continued SJ Rhee. “The different JBL speaker models in the exhibition space helped us to ensure consistent coverage with the right levels for a pleasing experience.  Having a range of speakers with different configurations and coverage patterns helped us achieve Hyundai’s objectives. We are pleased to say that we managed to successfully design and install the HARMAN system without any compromise in quality.”

In addition to the exhibition space, TechData installed speakers in other areas throughout the facility, including Control 26CT speakers in the restaurant and weather-resistant Control 88M landscape speakers in the fourth floor terrace. The diverse array of solutions in the JBL Control Contractor Series enabled TechData to provide aesthetically matching in-ceiling and surface-mount speakers in the cafeteria, elevator lobby, driving registration and restroom areas. EON600 Series speakers extend the audio experience outside the building and into the parking lot. TechData also installed a BSS Soundweb Contrio EC-4BV for advanced volume control and source selection.

“One of the highlights is the 4D room, where visitors can experience off-road racing in a rally car that makes them feel like they are in an amusement park, with HARMAN audio providing the soundtrack,” said Kyoo Hong Min, Account Manager, TechData

“It is a great privilege to be associated with one of South Korea’s iconic companies at Hyundai Motorstudio in Goyang,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “HARMAN’s JBL and BSS brands elevate the audio experiences of visitors by bringing out the finer sounds from the factory floor to the exhibition floor. We thank TechData for being involved in every step of creating the experience center, showing commitment and dedication to ensure that only the best solution and result was achieved.”

January 10
2018

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January 10, 2018

HARMAN Professional Solutions Helps Guests Explore New Frontiers at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Sky-Skan, Inc. deploys a complete HARMAN solution to create an immersive experience in the museum’s new state-of-the-art fulldome Frost Planetarium

MIAMI—Sky-Skan, Inc. recently installed a complete audio solution by HARMAN Professional Solutions at the newly opened Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. As the world’s leading designer and installer of fulldome planetariums and visualization theaters, Sky-Skan created a design that features an 8K 3D projection system with specialized Christie Digital projectors that deliver 30,000 lumens of brightness, making it one of the brightest projection systems on the planet.

To complement such a remarkable video system, Sky-Skan needed to design a high-fidelity audio solution capable of delivering crisp, powerful and natural-sounding audio. After careful consideration, Sky-Skan designed and installed an integrated HARMAN solution made up of JBL Professional CSX F35 loudspeakers, Crown power amplifiers, BSS Soundweb London signal processors and AKG microphones. The design also features Martin wash lights and Martin system controllers that control both the audio and lighting systems.

“We were confident that the HARMAN solution would cover the museum’s needs and exceed their expectations, without breaking the bank,” said George Barnett, Project Director at Sky-Skan, Inc. “The HARMAN teams have been so good to work with, and the integration between products is really smooth. Because of the communication between HARMAN brands like BSS and Martin, we were able to solve any issues quickly and efficiently. It makes life a lot easier when you have a one-stop shop that can pretty much cover all the bases—especially when you’re trying to integrate a system together with so many different components.” 

The HARMAN audio solution includes 12 JBL CSX F35/90 loudspeakers, 4 JBL 5628 subwoofers, Crown DriveCore Install and I-Tech HD Series amplifiers, and BSS Soundweb London BLU-806, BLU-100, BLU-USB and BLU-120 signal processors. The system is controlled by Martin M-Play, M-Touch and M2PC control surfaces with Martin M-PC controller software. Sky-Skan also created a custom software interface that enables the Martin control surfaces to control audio from the BSS processors and the house Lutron lighting system. AKG WMS470 wireless microphone systems and presenter sets are used by special event hosts and projector operators.

While every component of the system is important, the JBL CSX F35 loudspeakers play a critical role in the planetarium. Before Sky-Skan signed on to the project, the museum’s technical team had initially spec’d another speaker brand for the design, but the cost was extremely prohibitive for the rest of the project. Barnett began looking for a speaker that could deliver the highest quality audio, while remaining within budget. Barnett travelled to JBL Professional’s headquarters in California to test the CSX F35 loudspeakers in person. At that point, he knew he had found the perfect speaker for the Frost Planetarium.

“At the time, there wasn’t much information available on the CSX F35 loudspeakers,” explained Barnett. “Once I stopped by JBL to hear the speakers, I fell in love immediately. There’s a significant improvement with the D2 Dual Driver technology. They’re smooth as silk all the way through the frequencies, including 4K and the high end. We didn’t have to compensate or use additional processing—the EQ curves were nearly flat. They’re pretty amazing.”

“We’re trying to create an illusion in the theater—whether it’s taking you out to the edge of a galaxy or exploring the inside of a cell,” concluded Barnett. “A lot of times, the audio is overlooked in planetarium design—but it’s an important storytelling tool. For example, there’s obviously not any sound in space, but sound designers can use audio to create a feeling of moving through space. The HARMAN audio solution is able to reproduce those sounds as naturally as possible, which makes the audience feel like they’re on a real journey.”

November 02
2017


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HARMAN Professional Solutions Brings Luxury Sound to Fitness First Barangaroo

Compact Monitor Systems selects solutions by JBL Professional, Crown and BSS to create a complete multi-zone audio system at Australia’s first connected gym  

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Compact Monitor Systems recently installed a complete networked audio system by HARMAN Professional Solutions at Fitness First Barangaroo.

With more than 360 locations worldwide, Fitness First is the largest privately owned health club in the world. Fitness First opened Australia’s first “connected gym” in 2017 as part of the renowned Barangaroo urban renewal project. Located in Tower One, the largest office tower in Australia, Fitness First Barangaroo provides a holistic exercise experience with the latest innovations in technology to its members. Covering an area of almost 13,000 square feet, its facilities consist of a weightlifting gym, freestyle gym and group fitness studio. In order to deliver inspiring audio content with exceptional clarity to its members in multiple zones throughout the entire facility, Fitness First hired Compact Monitor Systems to install a complete networked audio system by HARMAN Professional Solutions.

“Music makes or breaks the vibe of any gym,” said Anna Burdekin, Club Manager, Fitness First Barangaroo. “You can have great staff and members, but the vibe will be absolutely lost if you don’t have great audio. Our members come straight from very high-pressure jobs, and a pleasant audio experience helps them switch out of work mode and get in the zone from the moment they arrive. I’ve worked in clubs where audio coverage is uneven in the group fitness areas. Compact Monitor Systems has managed to get highly balanced sound throughout the room—at a good volume. The music is absolutely pumping when we have classes in the group exercise studio. With the way the system is integrated, you don’t even notice the speakers in the studio—it’s brilliant!”

To provide Fitness First Barangaroo’s members with a clear and unobtrusive audio experience, Compact Monitor Systems’ Bill Richardson designed and integrated a multi-zone audio system into the fitness center’s architectural features. The networked HARMAN system installed by Compact Monitor Systems consists of JBL Professional speakers, Crown amplifiers and BSS processors. 

“When people go to the gym, they expect high quality audio—especially in a Titanium Club,” said Bill Richardson, Managing Director, Compact Monitor Systems. “We used JBL Control 24 in-ceiling loudspeakers in spaces like the hallways and bathrooms. In the majority of the gym we used Control 60 subs and Control 67 full-range pendant loudspeakers. We hung the pendants above the light fixtures, so you don’t notice the loudspeakers visually—you simply hear them when you walk into the space.”

JBL Contractor Control Series loudspeakers offer integrators a complete range of solutions for any form factor or requirement. JBL Control 67 P/T full-range speakers and Control 60 subwoofers are suspended above the light fixtures in the three main gyms, providing balanced audio coverage across the large spaces. JBL Control 24C compact in-ceiling loudspeakers deliver full quality sound to the reception area, bathrooms and hallways. The multi-zone system is powered by Crown CDi Series amplifiers and networked via BSS Soundweb London BLU signal processors, enabling intuitive volume control and source selection in each zone.      

“HARMAN Professional Solutions is pleased to deliver a higher and deeper sonic experience at Fitness First Barangaroo,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We look forward to building our relationship with Fitness First, and thank our partners Compact Monitor Systems for providing premium solutions with great customer service.”

October 24
2017

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Supports the Fine Arts at Vietnam National Drama Theatre

Ba Sao Investment selects JBL, Crown, BSS and Soundcraft solutions to provide maximum coverage and intelligibility at the historic Vietnamese dramatic arts theater

HANOI, VIETNAM—Ba Sao Investment recently installed a complete audio system by HARMAN Professional Solutions at the Vietnam National Drama Theatre.

Founded in 1952, the Vietnam National Drama Theatre has hosted dramatic performances in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi for more than half a century. The building was recently redeveloped as a modern dramatic arts center to accommodate the increasing demands of popular international touring productions. In order to complement the recent renovations and ensure world-class audio quality for audiences, the National Drama Theatre hired Ba Sao Investment to upgrade its aging audio system with a complete HARMAN audio solution.

“Vietnam National Drama Theatre asked us to install a modern audio system with perfect coverage at every seat in the house,” said Nguyen Khac Anh, CEO, Ba Sao Investment Co. Ltd. “The new HARMAN system delivers clarity, depth and intelligibility across the entire 620-square-foot theater, with no audible delay. Management is very pleased with the HARMAN solution, especially because it offers the flexibility to easily integrate new components in the future.”   

The audio system in the National Drama Theater consists of JBL VRX900 Series line arrays, JBL PRX700 Series powered speakers, Crown Macro-Tech I Series amplifiers, a BSS Minidrive loudspeaker management system and a Soundcraft Si Expression series digital mixing console.

The JBL VRX928LA compact two-way line array speaker’s amplitude shading feature makes it easy to adjust each speaker’s high-frequency output for a consistent response in the theater. JBL VRX915S bass-reflex subwoofers offer powerful bass frequencies in a compact footprint. PRX712 two-way powered speakers provide perfect front-fill coverage for the first few rows. The system is powered by reliable Crown MA 5000i amplifiers, offering powerful performance and unmatched reliability. The speakers are tuned using a BSS FDS-334T Minidrive loudspeaker management system, which combines limiting, EQ, crossovers and input/output delay in a single comprehensive unit. Finally, a Soundcraft Si Expression 3 digital audio console provides the versatility and complexity needed to mix modern theatrical productions.

“We are proud to see our solutions support the arts in the historic Vietnam National Drama Theatre,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “Thanks to Ba Sao Investment’s expertise and attention to detail, audiences will be thrilled by performances at the National Drama Theatre for many years to come.”

October 23
2017

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October 23, 2017

HARMAN Professional Solutions Helps Terminal 21 Korat Provide a World-Class Shopping Experience

Mahajak Development selects JBL, Crown and BSS solutions to deliver maximum coverage, superb audio quality and controllability

KORAT, THAILAND—Mahajak Development Co., Ltd. recently installed a complete HARMAN audio solution at Terminal 21 Korat, the largest shopping mall in the city of Nahkon Ratchasima.

Terminal 21 Korat features 200 outlet stores, a movie theater, an ice skating rink, an amusement park and more. Each of the building’s seven floors are decorated to make customers feel as if they’re visiting popular cities like Paris, London, Tokyo and San Francisco. In order to provide audio coverage for a wide range of entertainment environments and specialized areas, Terminal 21 Korat hired Mahajak Development to install a complete HARMAN audio solution consisting of JBL Professional speakers, Crown amplifiers and BSS signal processors.

“Terminal 21 Korat offers a truly unique shopping experience, and we’re proud to be involved,” said Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, Project Director, Mahajak Development Co. Ltd. “The owners wanted a state-of-the art audio system that was user friendly, with independent volume control and source selection for different zones in the mall. The integrated HARMAN audio solutions work together seamlessly, providing maximum coverage and sophisticated control.”

The system Mahajak Development installed at Terminal 21 Korat features a variety of JBL solutions, including JBL CBT 70J-1, JBL Control 1 Pro, JBL Control29AV-1 and JBL AC18/95 loudspeakers. The entire system is powered by Crown XTi 4002 and Crown XTi 2002 power amplifiers. Signal processing is handled via BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 and BLU-50 signal processors, and BSS BLU-3 control panels provide easy volume control and source selection for each zone.

“JBL has so many different types of speakers for every imaginable scenario,” added Pongsakorn. “That made it very easy to customize the audio system as needed for each area. The JBL CBT 70J-1 speakers blend in perfectly with the Eiffel Tower replica on the first floor, and JBL Control 29AV-1 speakers provide smooth ambience to the airplane-themed mall entrance. BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 and BLU-50 signal processors ensure the audio coverage in each zone is crisp and clear, and BSS BLU-3 control panels provide easy volume control and source selection for the Terminal 21 Korat staff.”

October 18
2017


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HARMAN Professional Solutions Provides a Luxurious AV Experience at the AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel

Mahajak Development selects an integrated HARMAN AV audio solution for its advanced networking, intuitive operation and premium sound quality  

BANGKOK—Mahajak Development Co., Ltd. recently installed a complete HARMAN networked AV audio solution at AVANI Riverside Bangkok, an award-winning luxury hotel overlooking the Chao Phraya River.

In addition to 245 guest rooms and suites, the hotel features a lobby, grand ballroom, five conference rooms, multiple restaurants and a rooftop swimming pool. In order to provide audio coverage and networked AV for a wide range of specialized areas and environments, hotel owner Minor International hired Mahajak Development to install a complete HARMAN AV audio solution. It consisted of JBL Professional speakers, Crown amplifiers, BSS signal processors, Soundcraft audio mixers and AMX networked AV systems.

“We asked Mahajak Development to provide us with robust AV solutions to accommodate a spectrum of events and functions,” said Pakpoom Worakamolkul, Senior Engineering Manager, Minor International. “Thanks to the variety of speaker types and sizes in the JBL Control Series line, Mahajak was able to customize the solution in each different environment to deliver maximum coverage and intelligibility. The colors and grills of the speakers blend in with their surroundings perfectly. Furthermore, the HARMAN AV systems in our grand ballroom and meeting spaces are very flexible and easily optimized for different types of events.”  

The HARMAN AV system allows the AVANI Riverside Bangkok staff to produce weddings, business conferences, private parties and more. In the grand ballroom, JBL Control Series speakers are complemented by JBL EON Series powered speakers and JBL STX818S subwoofers for enhanced volume and bass response. The entire system is powered by Crown CTs Series, XLi Series and XTi 2 Series amplifiers.

Versatile and compact Soundcraft MFXi audio mixers enable staff and guest DJs to quickly craft professional mixes. BSS Soundweb London devices offer advanced routing and signal processing, while BSS BLU control panels make it easy for non-technical staff members to adjust the sophisticated AV system. AMX IS-SPX-1300 players are used to program digital signage panels located outside each event space, which indicate the current booking. Finally, an AMX ENOVA digital media switcher forms the “backbone” of the networked AV systems in the banquet spaces, enabling seamless audio playback and signal switching.

“AVANI Riverside Bangkok is very happy with the networked HARMAN AV system we installed,” said Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, Project Director, Mahajak Development. “It was a challenge to design a large-scale system that fulfilled all of the technical requirements. Thanks to HARMAN’s never-ending inventory of professional solutions, we were able to provide the hotel with the AV system of their dreams.”   


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