October 01

October 01, 2018

HARMAN Professional Solution Extends Audio Distribution Rights to Fairlight in Benelux

New agreement expands Fairlight’s distribution of HARMAN brands to support customer demand for audio and lighting touring solutions

LONDON—Harman Professional Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, today announced it is extending its partnership with Dutch distributor Fairlight to include tour audio solutions in the Benelux region.

This agreement is an expansion of Fairlight’s existing HARMAN distribution rights, which previously focused on Martin by HARMAN, renowned throughout the industry for its dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural and commercial markets. The expanded agreement applies to the full range of tour audio products offered by HARMAN brands JBL, Crown, Soundcraft, dbx and BSS, providing a 360-degree solution to customers requiring both audio and lighting solutions in the touring market.

“We are delighted to extend Fairlight’s distribution rights to HARMAN audio brands,” said Scott Aslett, Regional Director, HARMAN Professional Solutions, Northwest Europe. “We already have a strong established partnership with Fairlight, and given their prominence in the touring industry, this expansion of our partnership will support the great demand for HARMAN solutions and yield improved service to our customers in the Benelux region. Our world-class audio solutions work seamlessly with our innovative lighting solutions, and Fairlight’s industry-leading experience positions them to provide complete HARMAN audio and lighting solutions as an expansion of their previously-existing distribution rights.”

“We are excited about this extension of our HARMAN distribution rights,” said Michael Arntz, General Manager, Fairlight. “The inclusion of renowned HARMAN audio brands means we are now able to offer a complete package, which is something our customers in the touring market have previously asked us to supply. We understand our customers’ needs and we’re happy to offer an all-in-one solution. We are completely aligned with HARMAN’s mission to provide innovative products and engaging customer support. We’ve experienced a great deal of success in distributing Martin by HARMAN lighting solutions, and we look forward to extending that passion to iconic brands like JBL, Crown, Soundcraft, dbx and BSS, satisfying the increasing demand for HARMAN lighting and audio solutions across Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands.”

Fairlight has over 30 years of experience providing lighting and audio solutions and is well-known for offering a broad scope of professional services within the industry. The distribution agreement comes into effect immediately. Please contact europeanmarketing@harman.com for any additional questions.

August 31

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August 31, 2018

British School Jakarta Elevates the Experience for Student Athletes with HARMAN Professional Solutions

CSA Indonesia brings powerful, clear audio to a range of world-class sports facilities at British School Jakarta with HARMAN Professional audio solutions

JAKARTA, Indonesia—CSA Indonesia recently outfitted British School Jakarta’s massive multi-use Sports Centre with end-to-end HARMAN Professional Solutions audio systems.

British School Jakarta is a world-renowned institution serving over 1,400 students aged three to 18 from Indonesia, the United Kingdom, and around the world. BSJ’s Sports Center is one of the best-equipped in Indonesia, with three multi-use basketball courts, a fitness center, dance studio, a rock climbing wall, five tennis courts, extensive outdoor playing fields and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The school needed a comprehensive audio solution to provide sound reinforcement for a variety of matches, tournaments and classes across the different facilities. BSJ hired CSA Indonesia to outfit the complex with an end-to-end HARMAN Professional audio solution comprised of JBL Professional speakers, Crown amplifiers, Soundcraft mixers, dbx signal processors and AKG wireless microphone systems.

“To foster a lively environment for the students of the British School Jakarta, the school management decided to implement an end-to-end audio solution for the contemporary Sports Center in the facility,” said Setiawan Winarto, CEO, CSA Indonesia. “HARMAN is the technology leader in audio equipment, and their market-leading solutions were perfectly suitable for the requirements of the project, based on the type of venue and budget. However, the major challenge was the size of the Sports Center and the customer’s unique requirement of the design and installment process. It was important to create a consolidated design that would provide the richness and depth of audio during announcements and performances. HARMAN’s scalable audio solutions made it possible to deliver the desired results.”

Due to the multitude of different sports and facilities at BSJ, each field, court and gym required a different system configuration. CSA deployed versatile SRX812 loudspeakers and 818S subwoofers in the multi-use basketball courts. The outdoor football and rugby fields needed a durable weatherproof audio solution, which the JBL AWC 129 all-weather loudspeakers were perfectly suited for. The fitness center called for high-fidelity speakers without a large footprint, so CSA installed compact JBL Control 25AV speakers andSB2210 subwoofers. In the yoga/aerobics facility, JBL 8128 in-ceiling speakers provide high-fidelity audio in a cost-effective package.

CSA installed Crown XTi and XLS Series amplifiers to power the different speaker systems throughout the complex. All facilities feature Soundcraft mixers, including the intuitive Si Expression 1, the reliable and cost-effective EPM 8, and the remote-controlled UI12 which allows staff to mix from mobile devices. dbx Driverack PA2 loudspeaker management systems optimize audio and help protect the equipment with features like dbx limiting, AutoEQ, and Advanced Feedback Suppression (AFS). CSA selected AKG wireless microphone systems with SR470 receivers for all facilities. Referees and instructors use hands-free C544 L headsets with PT470 body-pack transmitters, while D5 microphones provide greater clarity for announcers and commentators.

“As a leading international institution with world-class sports facilities, and we needed nothing less than best-in-class audio equipment,” said Daniel Silman – Head of Marketing and Admissions, British School Jakarta. “Our facilities required clear amplification of speech and music with consistent coverage for a variety of sporting events in different venues. We also needed a solution that was modern, efficient, and straightforward to operate. With HARMAN’s state-of-the-art equipment, CSA was able to deliver several comprehensive audio systems that went above and beyond our expectations.”

“We are privileged to be the brand of choice for the prestigious British School Jakarta,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. Elevating sporting experiences with high-end audio solutions enhances performance among the students and elevates the experience for spectators. Delivering a customized audio solution in a sporting arena is always a unique challenge, and CSA Indonesia’s team executed the project flawlessly with their in-depth knowledge, close coordination with the school and support from HARMAN Professional Solutions.”

August 29

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Brings Iconic Sound To Bopea Pub & Studios

Nano Tech selects solutions by JBL, Crown, dbx, Soundcraft and AKG for their industry-leading sound quality, versatility and intuitive operation

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia—Nano Tech recently installed a state-of-the-art audio system by HARMAN Professional Solutions at Bopea Pub & Studios.

One of Phnom Penh’s hottest entertainment clubs, Bopea Pub & Studios offers great live music, pleasant ambience and excellent customer service. The venue strives to provide the perfect atmosphere for guests to gather with friends and enjoy performances by Cambodia’s top DJs and live bands. In order to ensure a world-class audio experience for audiences and performers alike, Bopea Pub & Studios recently hired integrators Nano Tech to install a complete HARMAN live sound solution. 

“Bopea Pub & Studio asked us to install a top-of-the-line sound system in the live venue that works for performances by DJs and bands alike,” said Sang Nor, CEO, Nano Tech. “The versatility and sonic quality of HARMAN audio solutions allowed us to build a powerful system that meets their strict requirements—and sounds great. We’re pleased to know that the world-class audio quality provided by HARMAN enables the venue to book more popular acts, which is great for business.”

The HARMAN system installed in Bopea Pub & Studios includes solutions by JBL, Crown, AKG, dbx and Soundcraft.

JBL PRX415M two-way powered speakers serve as the house mains and stage monitors, providing distortion-free high SPL reinforcement. JBL PRX418S subwoofers deliver powerful bass frequencies in the venue’s front-of-house system, while SRX828 subwoofers provide low end monitoring on-stage for DJs and bands. Crown XTi Series amplifiers supply reliable power to the whole system.

Nano Tech also installed a dbx DriveRack VENU360 loudspeaker management system to optimize the HARMAN system’s performance and protect the JBL speakers from extreme usage. Onstage, AKG D5 dynamic microphones ensure an excellent vocal sound that cuts through the mix. For mixing, a Soundcraft Expression 3 digital audio mixer allows the venue’s technical team to easily dial in top-notch mixes using its intuitive interface and iconic Lexicon effects.

“We’re very pleased to see our solutions elevating the quality of entertainment at Bopea Pub & Studios,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with them based on product reliability and customer satisfaction. We thank Nano Tech for their client-focused approach and consistent faith in our products.”

June 15

June 15, 2018

ARTOTEL Group Refines the Art of Hospitality with HARMAN Professional Solutions

CSA Indonesia selects JBL, Crown, AKG, Soundcraft, BSS and dbx solutions to deliver high-quality audio across multiple hotels and clubs

BALI, Indonesia—CSA Indonesia recently equipped several ARTOTEL Group properties across Indonesia with complete audio solutions from HARMAN Professional Solutions.

Founded in 2010, ARTOTEL Group operates a brand of art-inspired hotels and beach clubs in many Indonesian cities, including Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya and more. To create unique and immersive atmospheres for its guests, each ARTOTEL features a specially-curated collection of artwork by local artists. In order to provide guests with premium audio quality for a wide range of areas, activities and events, ARTOTEL Group hired CSA Indonesia to outfit all of their properties with state-of-the-art sound systems. To ensure consistently superb audio experiences across all ARTOTEL Group properties, CSA Indonesia selected end-to-end HARMAN networked audio systems consisting of solutions by JBL, Crown, AKG, dbx, Soundcraft and BSS.

“We asked CSA Indonesia to supply our hotels and beach clubs with robust state-of-the-art audio solutions,” said Eduard Rudolf Pangkerego, COO, ARTOTEL Group. “We love the HARMAN systems, which provide exceptional sound quality, coverage and versatility for a wide range of events and functions. With many new hotels under construction now, we look forward to continuing to work with CSA Indonesia and HARMAN, which is critical to ensuring consistently top-tier audio experiences across all properties.”  

CSA Indonesia installed an array of JBL Professional loudspeakers to deliver optimized clarity and coverage in the wide range of environments throughout ARTOTEL Group’s properties. To ensure powerful and intelligible sound for musical performances and events, CSA Indonesia outfitted the convention spaces with JBL EON Series speakers and SRX Series subwoofers, while JRX 212 speakers provide accurate stage monitoring. Versatile JBL AWC All-Weather Series speakers and subwoofers provide high quality audio for indoor and outdoor events. CSA Indonesia installed JBL Control 25AV compact indoor/outdoor speakers, Control SB2210 compact subwoofers and JBL 8128 in-ceiling speakers to provide elegant ambience in the hotel’s lobby, restaurant, bar and exterior areas.

All speakers are powered by Crown CDi Series and XTi 2 Series amplifiers, with multi-zone control supplied by dbx ZonePro 1260 digital zone processors. For networking of the convention and meeting spaces, CSA Indonesia installed BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 audio processors and EC-8BV wall controllers to enable easy volume control and source selection locally in each space.

“Hotels and beach clubs require reliable and versatile audio solutions to ensure excellent sound quality for many kinds of events, moods and spaces,” said Setiawan Winarto, CEO, CSA Indonesia. “ARTOTEL is very satisfied with the quality provided by the HARMAN systems, and their seamless integration allowed us to better serve each unique space. We chose to use HARMAN systems because they consistently deliver the best complete audio solutions for any environment, and for a complex multi-property project like this, you can’t beat HARMAN’s reliability.”   

Events at ARTOTEL hotels and beach clubs benefit from the excellent wireless performance and sound quality of AKG WMS420 wireless microphone sets. For high-energy music performances, CSA Indonesia included AKG D5 dynamic vocal microphones, which delivers incredible gain before feedback to make vocals cut through any band mix. Finally, to ensure top-notch mixes at a wide range of large events and small functions, CSA Indonesia installed Soundcraft Expression Series digital consoles and EPM Series analog mixers.

“We feel honored to be associated with ARTOTEL Group properties, and appreciate the amount of confidence they have placed in our solutions,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “An installation project of this scale requires meticulous planning, technical knowledge and attention to detail. We commend CSA Indonesia for their innovative support and customer-first approach, and we thank them for their continued faith in HARMAN solutions.”

April 06

April 06, 2018

HARMAN Professional Solutions Opens New Experience Center, EMEA Headquarters in London

New location expands HARMAN Professional’s global network of experience centers; Multi-functional facility will serve as new headquarters for EMEA region and showcase cutting-edge technology offerings

(NORTHRIDGE, Calif. & LONDON) —HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced the grand opening of the HARMAN Experience Center – London. The new facility expands the growing global network of HARMAN Professional Solutions Experience Centers, including locations in Los Angeles, Singapore and Shanghai, and will serve as the new headquarters for the EMEA region.

Designed to showcase how HARMAN solutions uniquely address customer needs across a variety of entertainment and enterprise market applications, the 25,800-square-foot (2,400-square-meter), multi-functional facility including EMEA headquarter offices, demonstrates the integration of brands including JBL Professional®, AKG Acoustics®, AMX®, BSS Audio®, Crown International®, dbx Professional®, DigiTech®, Lexicon Pro®, Martin®, Soundcraft® and Studer®.

“The opening of the experience center in London represents a major investment in the EMEA region, enabling us to deepen relationships with our customers and greatly expand our presence across critical markets,” said Chris Smith, Vice President, EMEA, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “Not only will the facility offer customers the opportunity to experience HARMAN innovation firsthand, it provides our staff with a state-of-the-art headquarters that will allow us to pursue new opportunities with greater speed and efficiency.”

The HARMAN Experience Center—London is comprised of several dedicated spaces along with the EMEA office space and meeting rooms.The Product Showroom is filled with HARMAN solutions including HARMAN’s Connected Retail Experience, Huddle Space, Connected Hotel Room, Home Recording, Networked AVoIP, and much more. The Foyer, Boardroom and Auditorium are not only practical-use spaces, but also areas that demonstrate HARMAN solutions for restaurant, corporate, education, corporate, and theatre environments.

“By opening this HARMAN Experience Center in London, we expanding our robust global network of experience centers and enabling our customers around the world to experience the One HARMAN Solution proposition firsthand,” said Mohit Parasher, Executive Vice President and President, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “From JBL Professional sound and Martin lighting to AMX controllers and Samsung displays, the entire facility is a brilliant demonstration of what HARMAN products can do when deployed seamlessly together in enterprise and entertainment environments.”

The HARMAN Experience Center—London is open by appointment only to HARMAN and Samsung customers, employees, distributors, sales representatives, dealers, artists and other industry professionals for meetings, performances, productions, hospitality events, and more.

The HARMAN offices and Experience Center is located at Westside, London Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9TD. For more information, contact European.Marketing@Harman.com.

March 28

March 28, 2018

HARMAN Professional Solutions Achieves High Marks at Vietnam National University

Ba Sao Investment installs solutions by JBL, Crown, Soundcraft and dbx in Nguyen Van Dao Hall to optimize coverage and clarity for lectures and on-campus events

HANOI, VIETNAM—Ba Sao Investment recently installed a complete HARMAN Professional Solutions audio system in Vietnam National University’s Nguyen Van Dao Hall.

Founded in 1945, the state-owned academic institution currently offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in 131 Master programs, 126 Bachelor programs and 107 PhD programs in fields such as natural sciences, multi-industry technologies, social sciences and humanities, economics, education, foreign languages and more. In order to provide world-class audio for lectures, student activities and on-campus events, university leaders hired Ba Sao Investment to upgrade Nguyen Van Dao Hall’s aging sound system with a comprehensive HARMAN audio solution.

“Vietnam National University is one of the most prestigious schools in Vietnam,” said Nguyen Khac Anh, CEO, Ba Sao Investment. “VNU officials asked us to design a sound system that would enhance the clarity and coverage in the hall, while minimizing early reflections and unwanted reverberation. We surveyed the venue and determined the specifications required to achieve the university’s goals. The HARMAN system we installed met all those specifications, while staying within their budget.”

The HARMAN system installed in Nguyen Van Dao hall includes a main hang of JBL VRX932LA-1 line array speakers, supplemented by VRX918S subwoofers. VRX915M two-way speakers provide lecturers and performers with accurate, low-profile stage monitoring. The entire system is powered by Crown MA9000i tour-grade amplifiers, while a Soundcraft GB4-32 analog console ensures a clean, professional-sounding mix at each event.

One of Ba Sao Investment’s biggest challenges was designing a system that would deliver proper coverage and clarity, despite the hall’s traditional architecture and high ceilings. Ba Sao Investment relied on a dbx VENU360 loudspeaker management system to tune and optimize each speaker’s performance in the room. Additionally, a dbx AFS224 processor delivers advanced feedback suppression to eliminate microphone feedback during lectures and events. 

“The biggest obstacle we faced was working within the acoustic constraints of the existing architecture of the hall,” continued Mr. Khac Anh. “Fortunately, HARMAN Professional Solutions provided all the necessary tools and processing power to achieve proper sound coverage in the hall, and all of the equipment worked together seamlessly—making it that much easier to optimize the system.”

“We are proud to see our solutions being used by Vietnam National University,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We believe the students and faculty will now enjoy a world-class audio experience in Nguyen Van Dao Hall. We thank Ba Sao Investment for their confidence in HARMAN’s products and their dedication to customer satisfaction.”

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