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HARMAN_RascalFlatts copyNASHVILLE, Tennessee — Rascal Flatts keeps riding high – the band’s last eight albums have hit number one on the country music charts and the group continues to pack arenas in support of their new chart-topping album Rewind. Never a band to go short on production, Rascal Flatts along with supporting artists Sheryl Crow and Gloriana and live sound company Sound Image are going all-out this summer and fall with a tour sound system featuring HARMAN JBL’s flagship VTX Series line array loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

For the Rewind shows, Escondido, California-based Sound Image is bringing out a stadium-shaking system that includes 60 JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers and 32 S28 subwoofers as the main system, complemented by six JBL VERTEC® VT4889 fullsize line array loudspeakers and two VERTEC VT4880 arrayable subwoofers used as sidefills. The loudspeakers are driven by no fewer than 72 of Crown’s flagship I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers.

Thirty VTX V25 loudspeakers and 16 S28 subs are flown on either side of the stage with three VT4889 loudspeakers flown on either side and aimed towards the stage as monitors, and two VT4880 subs are placed on the ground of the stage floor, aimed towards the performers.

“Everybody likes the new rigging system used on the VTX arrays,” said Sound Image Systems Tech Jeremy Overall. “Everything goes together pretty easily, which is a huge advantage when you have to set up literally 100 loudspeakers night after night.” VTX’s patented S.A.F.E. suspension system is streamlined for speed and efficiency with improved, integrated hardware for faster setup and greater security. Overall and his crew are also using the new JBL VTX Vertical Transporters, rolling frames that facilitate the transport of VTX line arrays for tour sound applications. “It actually makes moving all these arrays pretty easy.”

Sound Image was one of the first tour sound providers to add the JBL VTX Series to its inventory. “We got the second VTX rig and have been carrying it for about a year and a half,” Overall said. “It’s a significant improvement from anything else we’ve used with a lot more bottom end and good punch. The new D2 dual compression driver and waveguide really smooth out the high end – there’s no harshness to be heard.” Overall points out that with VTX in place, the system requires “just a little EQ but not nearly to the extremes we’d gotten accustomed to in order to make a system sound balanced.”

The Rascal Flatts rig is set up and tuned using JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software. “It’s so user-friendly – everything we need is right there. For example when we need to associate speakers to their amplifiers everything is built-in on a single tab. When we need to configure delay and processing, we just tell the program what speakers we’re setting up and all the control panels come right up.” Overall is also a big fan of the I-Tech HD Series amps, noting that Sound Image has had dozens of the amps working reliably on the road for two years. “I’m not the first person to say this but the amps work really well with the VTX arrays,” thanks to their built-in presets that enable the VTX models to be perfectly optimized for frequency response, crossover points and slopes and other sonic attributes.

“With a production like this you need to pull out all the stops in every respect including the live sound,” said Overall. “The JBL VTX and Crown system is more than a match for what’s happening on stage. The sound is incredibly detailed, punchy and ‘fast’-sounding from the deep low end to the smooth highs. I’m very happy.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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PentecostalChurch copyDEQUINCY, Louisiana –The Pentecostal Church in DeQuincy, Louisiana required an upgrade to its sound system, and with a change from a center cluster long overdue, Pastor Wayne Neyland turned to Sulphur, Louisiana systems integrator Advanced Audio Video Technologies (www.advancedav.biz) and HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays and Crown amplifiers to bring the sanctuary’s sound up to date.

Not that the church rushed to make up for lost time, they contacted Advanced after asking around and getting a referral from another church in town. “Although the sanctuary only seats 700, the church wanted the best, and we were determined to provide it, so I took my time with the design to make sure we got it exactly right,” said Advanced owner Ethan Miller. The pastor and church personnel demoed several different models from various manufacturers and Miller had many conversations with Brad Ricks at HARMAN about recommended speaker selection and placement.

“As soon as the pastor heard the JBL VERTEC VT4886 subcompact line array loudspeaker he said, ‘that’s the speaker,’” noted Miller. Advanced went with 16 VT4886 subcompact line array elements, eight per side flown from the left and right of the pulpit to cover the floor and balcony of the sanctuary. In addition, two JBL PRX418S and two JBL ASB6125 subwoofers were installed and will be moved under the platform on either side during a planned remodelling project. Four Crown I-Tech 9000HD series amplifiers drive the speakers. Completing the system are a Soundcraft Vi1 digital console and Compact Stagebox.

“Even though I know the loudspeakers and amps are designed to work together, I have to say that this was an easy project,” Miller stated. “We worked closely with Ricks and HARMAN from the very beginning in engineering the system, and the extra time we took up front paid big dividends. The Crown amplifiers are very easy to use and the fact that they’re optimized to work with JBL VERTEC line arrays really saved on system setup and tuning.”

In fact, during one point in the process, one of the amplifiers indicated that one of the loudspeakers had a different impedance than it was supposed to have. It turned out that one of the loudspeakers wasn’t connected properly. “The Crown’s built-in monitoring enabled us to figure out the problem and correct it immediately,” Miller said.

In some cases, however, there’s nothing like a person’s experience and ears: “When we first set up the system the loudspeakers were dead-on in covering the seating area, but there was a bit more sound coming off the walls than we liked. All we had to do was turn the loudspeakers in a few degrees and the sound went from good to superb.”

“The VERTECs work beautifully in this space – far from being overkill, the clarity and headroom are outstanding and the system can handle anything without the slightest hint of strain. The overall sound is nothing less than amazing.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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HARMAN_JimmyBuffettESCONDIDO, California — Jimmy Buffett has been extolling the laid-back pleasures of Margaritaville, having a Cheeseburger In Paradise and the fact that it’s Five O’Clock Somewhere since he recorded his first album in 1970. For 2014, San Diego’s Sound Image is celebrating 40 years as Buffett’s live sound provider with a new touring system based around HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers.

“When it comes to connecting with the audience, I think you can safely say that nobody’s better at it than Jimmy Buffett,” said Dave Shadoan, who partnered with Sound Image’s founder and partner, the late Ross Ritto, in 1971. “His fans hang onto every word at his live shows and they deserve nothing less than the best sound we can deliver.”

Buffett’s audience certainly isn’t going to have to strain to hear him sing. The live sound rig consists of 80 Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers driving 52 JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers and 24 S28 cardioid-arrayable subwoofers. “We generally hang 14 V25 loudspeakers per side in the main array, with eight S28 subs next to them and 12 V25 loudspeakers in each of the left and right side hangs,” noted Sound Image front of house engineer Rich Davis. Depending on the venue, Davis will add more S28 subwoofers at the middle of the stage to fill out any void in the low frequencies, plus three S28 subs on each side if necessary. “We were in sheds at the start of the tour and will be outdoors through October.”

Davis noted that the biggest issue Buffett will have with a sound system is keeping the low end from building up on the “deck” that makes up the floor of the stage. “That’s one of the reasons I like to spread out the subwoofers and not use massive ground stacks,” he said.

Davis sets up the system using JBL’s HiQnet Performance Manager™ system control software. “The latest version of Performance Manager saves us a lot of time and simplifies the entire configuration and calibration process,” Davis pointed out. “It enables us to go deeply into the I-Tech HD’s many DSP functions, filters and crossovers and fine-tune the sound. It also gives me automatic control screens for each of the line array columns and if I need to edit, modify, add or delete a hang, it’s actually easy instead of being a time-consuming chore.”

Davis notes that he rarely needs any EQ on the high end and that the system is smooth from top to bottom. “We did a show in Raleigh and I walked up on the lawn, which was about 430 feet from the speaker stacks and there was solid low end all the way in the back of the lawn, which never happened before. This new system is more coherent and the low end really holds up.”

“The PA is super stable,” Davis added. “Jimmy is known for talking between songs and when he talks to the other band members it’s often sideways off the mic. I can ram that fader all the way up so that he can be heard and the system still doesn’t have any problems.”

“It’s been an honor, a privilege and a great time working with Jimmy all these years,” Shadoan concluded. “The only thing missing in this 40th year is my former partner and Jimmy’s former monitor engineer, Ross Ritto. Sound Image has always been about technological innovation and I know Ross would be thrilled to hear what we’re doing with Jimmy on his 2014 This One’s For You tour.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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TheftShroud-Angle45_300dpiTHOUSAND OAKS, California, August 26, 2014— SunBriteTV, manufacturer of the world’s best-selling outdoor television, announces the weatherproof Anti-Theft Shroud Cover Kit (SB-SS47-BL), a secure way to prevent vandalism in heavy traffic areas. Designed as a Digital Signage accessory for commercial installations, the Anti-Theft Shroud Cover Kit is an ideal solution for public venues including stadiums, amusement parks, restaurants, hotels, colleges and resorts.

The Anti-Theft Shroud Cover Kit features custom locking fasteners that can’t be removed without an included specialty wrench to secure SunBriteTV Pro and Marquee series displays (SB-4717HD, DS-4717TSL, DS-4720L and DS-4720TSP). The industrial-grade powder-coated aluminum exterior will never rust and the kit also includes a weatherproof deck pole and mount.

“Installing secure, weatherproof, free-standing digital signage has never been easier or more affordable thanks to the Anti-Theft Shroud Cover Kit,” said Jonathan Johnson, Director of Brand Marketing, SunBriteTV. “Coupled with a SunBriteTV display, this is a turn-key outdoor digital signage solution.”

Available for $1,149 MSRP, the Anti-Theft Shroud is a compact and cost-efficient alternative to standard monument-style kiosks.

“Standard kiosks often create a large footprint that distracts customers and blocks the view of the surrounding environment,” said Jonathan Dry, Senior Mechanical Engineer, SunBriteTV. “The Anti-Theft Shroud is less bulky but doesn’t compromise on security.”

All cables and entry points to the SunBriteTV are safely covered and protected to prevent any unauthorized access or tampering. The Anti-Theft Shroud Cover Kit is available now at http://www.sunbritetv.com/mount-safety-theft-shroud-cover-kit-sb-ss47-bl?utm_source=blog.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.SunBriteTV.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

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About SunBriteTV

SunBriteTV engineers and manufactures award-winning televisions and displays built specifically for outdoor use. SunBriteTV developed the industry’s first all-weather TV in 2004 and its products have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, colleges and airports. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

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The show-concept.ch team (left to right): Florian Jaeger, Project Manager; Cyril Schmuki, Head of Audio; Patrick Frueh, CEO.

ELSAU, Switzerland – Swiss rental and event production company show-concept.ch has recently purchased a HARMAN JBL VTX V20 line array system and additional Crown amplifiers from HARMAN Professional distributors Dr. W.A. Guenther Audio Systems AG with the aim of broadening the range of services they offer. They are the first company in Switzerland to invest in JBL’s new generation, smaller format VTX system. Known for their work in the corporate sector, their aim now is to migrate further into concert touring with their range of sound, lighting and technical services.

After running JBL’s VERTEC® in its inventory, the company has now stepped into the future, placing an order for 16 JBL VTX V20’s and eight each of the new VTX S25 subs and have also added four Crown I-Tech 12000HD and 12 Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers to its existing Crown I-Tech HD inventory.

“The main reason for purchasing a new system was to take a step forward in tour sound—and of course to be up to date,” stated Cyril Schmuki, audio engineer for show-concept.ch —adding that its new front line PA system will be backed-up by other systems, including three completeVERTEC rigs.

VTX V20 features the advanced technology of VTX V25 in a smaller format and the high power density of this 3-way system is complemented by a new ASM suspension system that provides efficient transport, fast setup and precise configuration. Utilizing Differential Drive™ technology and a small format version of the revolutionary D2 dual compression driver, the integrated V5 presets fully realize the processing capability of the Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

“The handling and the rigging system were what we especially liked,” added Schmuki. “This and the new JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software were the main advantages.”

The sale was supported by Dr. W.A. Guenther’s Director of Sales Felix Alpstaeg, and Application & Project Engineer, Jaromir Ott. Already familiar with JBL VERTEC and Performance Manager for system configuration, monitoring and control, the production company is nevertheless planning advanced training in conjunction with Dr. W.A. Guenther for next year’s festival season.

Overall Schumuki couldn’t be more pleased with his new JBL and Crown powered rig, “We are delighted with the VTX V20, it’s a pleasure to work with. I’ve never heard a system which is so precise over the whole frequency range; and what is absolutely astonishing is to stand behind the array, because it’s just so quiet.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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