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LONDON, United Kingdom – As an independent charity organization run by volunteers to provide broadcast entertainment services to the group of three hospitals and various clinics known as the London North West Healthcare Trust (LNWH NHS Trust), Radio Northwick Park aims to help create a pleasant atmosphere by sharing all genres of music, book readings and comedy sessions with the patients via its internet radio station. To accommodate its 24/7 broadcasting schedule, the radio station has recently added a second HARMAN’s Studer OnAir 1500 console to its audio system.

Today, Radio Northwick Park is located inside Northwick Park Hospital (part of the LNWH NHS Trust) with over 13,000 online listeners per year. Having previously mixed on a Soundcraft RM105 console, the engineers at Radio Northwick Park transitioned to a Studer OnAir 1500 console, which was first installed in Studio 1 in 2013. By adding an OnAir 1500 to Studio 2 as well, the two rooms now pack identical consoles and peripherals to give the 150 volunteers a consistent user experience.

“We wanted to provide our community with more and better services, so we acquired the Studer OnAir 1500 to expand our operations both in broadcast and online,” said Ben Hart, Technical Officer of Radio Northwick Park. “This console is in a good price bracket for a hospital radio station like ours, and has many of the same features as the larger models. It gives our volunteer presenters a good feel of how the larger consoles operate and allows them to become familiar with the industry standard.”

Soundcraft and Studer consoles are respected in the industry for their ease-of-use designs, while offering flexible digital features. The OnAir 1500 consoles have proven to be the perfect solution for a community-focused organization that is dedicated to broadcasting consistent entertainment.

“Thanks to our previous experience with Soundcraft digital mixers, we know that the Studer OnAirs will have an analog feel to them, and that Studer consoles will be simple enough for our presenters to operate,” said Hart. “Though some presenters like to stick to the basics, we also have the option for advanced tweaking and complex configurations, should they request them. The expansive capabilities of these consoles allow us to future-proof.”

While installed in two different studio rooms, the OnAir 1500 consoles are connected via Studer RELINK, allowing the radio station to share audio source and control data across its own network. Hart not only sources channels between the two studios, but also monitors all the configurations of both desks on one screen, and standardizes them for the presenters.

The team is also taking advantage of Studer VoiceMix, which was released recently with the OnAir Software V6 updates. It allows operators to manage unscripted multi-microphone live events that suffer from microphone spill and background noise, opening only the gates of the microphones that are being talked into.

“I’m really happy with the sound, and really impressed with VoiceMix,” said Hart. “We are not a huge, professional organization, so acoustics are not always perfect. VoiceMix is helping so much that we wouldn’t know what to do without it now. We’re very satisfied with the consoles, and Simon Roome at Studer has been brilliant as usual.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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LOS ANGELES, California – For Sunday’s 57th Annual GRAMMY® Awards, HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers were once again a major part of the live sound and broadcast elements of the event, with ATK Audiotek providing a JBL VERTEC® line array system at the STAPLES Center, and JBL’s brand-new studio monitors used in the Television Committee Room and Audio Post Studio.

Known as Music’s Biggest Night®, the GRAMMY Awards telecast is presented by The Recording Academy® to honor outstanding achievements in the production and performance of recorded music. The GRAMMY Awards were broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network. More than 28 million viewers watched this year’s Awards telecast.

This year’s Awards were hosted by LL Cool J and featured performances by AC/DC, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, John Legend and more. Sam Smith earned Best New Artist, while Smith also won Song of the Year for “Stay With Me.” The Album of the Year was awarded to Beck’s Morning Phase.

ATK Audiotek provided the PA system for the Awards ceremony, which included a total of 72 VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements. The main system included four arrays of 12 VT4889 loudspeakers, with two arrays of six VT4880A subwoofers each. The system also featured three delay arrays of eight VT4889 loudspeakers each and 12 VRX932 Constant Curvature loudspeakers for front fill.

The STAPLES Center also features a permanent JBL VERTEC line array system, which ATK Audiotek also utilized. The STAPLES Center system features eight arrays each containing between 11 and 13 JBL VT4889DP-DA powered line array elements, plus two fill clusters each containing four VT4889DP-DA elements, which are specially positioned to cover the end seating areas. The system also features four subwoofer arrays, each containing six VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers.

In the Audio Post Studio, Josh Morton and Paul Sandweiss designed and mixed the sound for all the video playback packages for the live broadcast at Sound Design Corporation. The studios are all equipped with JBL LSR28P studio monitors and LSR6312SP subwoofers.

In the Television Committee Room, committee members listened to the mix of the show in real time through five JBL LSR708i Master Reference Monitors and two LSR6312SP Powered Studio Subwoofers.

“I was invited to hear JBL’s new 7 Series system late last year and was very impressed with its sonic capabilities along with the system DSP and amplification, and the demo impressed me so much that I recommended the 7 Series monitors be used at the GRAMMY telecast,” said Michael Abbott, Audio Coordinator for the GRAMMY Awards. “The detail and accuracy of these speakers gave Television Committee members a crystal-clear representation of the mix.”

The new 7 Series Master Reference Monitors incorporate the innovative transducer and waveguide technologies of JBL’s flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor to deliver exceptional imaging, extended frequency response and unprecedented dynamic range for music, post and broadcast applications.

For more information on ATK Audiotek, please visit www.atkaudiotek.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® , Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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Gig Harbor, Washington, February 18, 2015 – Hitachi has a proven track record with the Peninsula School District of Gig Harbor, Washington. The Peninsula School District, made up of three high schools, four middle schools and eight elementary schools, has Hitachi CP-TW2503 projectors installed in 43 classrooms throughout the District to help student engagement. Peninsula School District’s goal is a seamless technology experience for teachers in the classroom and Hitachi is able to help achieve that goal.

The District’s Technology Committee evaluated the effect of technology in the classroom and determined that a good computer, connected to a projection system, had the biggest impact on the largest number of students. Based on these findings, the District wanted to deploy the best projectors the market had to offer.

“We have been installing projectors in classrooms for five years,” said Debra Wolfley, Purchasing and Inventory Clerk for Peninsula School District Technical Services. “Hitachi provides an image that is bright and crisp – better than any other brand of projector we’ve used or tested and is perfect for daytime use. Hitachi’s ultra short throw CP-TW2503 is the best option for those classrooms needing a ceiling mounted projector.”

The Peninsula School District did not want to disrupt the learning or teaching process with the installation of the Hitachi projectors. The Hitachi CP-TW2503 projectors have been quietly integrated into the classrooms, which is what the staff wanted to achieve – a seamless transition to high-end technology to further the education of the students.

“Teachers are able to project apps and Internet content via the projector in every classroom in every school,” explained Wolfley. Hitachi has been successful in providing projectors that are clear, bright and easy to use.

For more information on the Peninsula School District visit http://www.psd401.net

For more information on Hitachi projectors, visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, particle beam therapy technologies, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us 

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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DURBAN, South Africa — In another major announcement marking the widespread global popularity of HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 digital console, Black Coffee of Durban, South Africa has recently added a Vi3000 mixing console to its inventory. The events company has been a longtime Soundcraft supporter, still using the company’s Folio mixers for smaller and non-complex applications. However, for larger and more demanding projects, Black Coffee has now upped the ante with the Vi3000.

While Black Coffee has been happy with its other Soundcraft digital consoles (including the Si Compact and Si2+ models), owner Brandon Bunyan and head of sound Brad Ellapen wanted to up their offering with the latest mixing console technology and quality.

“We chose the Vi3000 based on our passion for Soundcraft products, in the reliability and ruggedness of the products on the road, and the compatibility of the Vi3000 not only with their existing stage boxes, but with other Dante-enabled products as well,” Bunyan said.

Black Coffee currently owns 31 mixing consoles with the vast majority being Soundcraft, complementing the company’s range of HARMAN Professional products including Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers and JBL VRX, PRX and SRX Series loudspeakers.

The Soundcraft Vi3000 offers a host of high-end features including a new ergonomic design, 96 channels to mix, new internal SpiderCore 40-bit floating pont DSP, Dante compatibility and much more. The Soundcraft Vi3000 features a control surface with four Vistonics II™ touchscreen interfaces, making it the only console in its class that can be used by two engineers at the same time. The Vi3000 provides extensive connectivity and routing options and offers a host of built-in Lexicon rever-delays, dbx compression and effects.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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NORTHRIDGE, California – At Winter NAMM 2015, HARMAN’S AKG K812 reference headphones earned a prestigious TEC Award for Technical Achievement in the “HEADPHONE/EARPIECE TECHNOLOGY” category. For the 30th year, prizes were awarded by a panel comprised of members of various professional organizations and audio industry websites. This is the second year in a row that AKG has won in this category, having earned last year’s honors for its K712PRO reference headphones.

The AKG K812 offers an oversized 53mm driver for the highest dynamic range ever in an AKG headphone. Its copper-covered aluminum voice coil extends sounds beyond the limits of human hearing, hitting a full spectrum of frequencies. Each K812 is built for comfort with a fast, adjustable headband and extremely soft ear pads to ensure comfort in any application, for extended periods of time. It also features an open-back design optimized for pristine and natural sound.

“The K812 headphones are the result of an intensive research and development program we embarked on to produce the best sounding headphones on the market, and this TEC Award is further testament that we have achieved our goal,” said Philipp Schuster, Product Line Manager, Headphones, AKG. “We are thrilled to win a TEC Award for the second year in a row!”

Presented annually by the NAMM Foundation at the NAMM Show, the TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and other media.

More information on AKG’s products can be found on www.akg.com/pro

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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