Quang Ninh, Vietnam (November 5, 2020)—Vietnam’s Van Don International Airport recently installed a large-scale Harman Professional airport sound solution to cover its 2.5 million passengers a year.
Located on the west coast of the province Quảng Ninh, the airport covers 800 acres and has a single runway. In addition to passengers, it also handles 10,000 cargo tons per year, and has four jet bridges, four baggage carousels, eight security gates and 31 check-in counters.
To cover all that, integrators Ba Sao Invest Co., Ltd. and Thien Van Tech Co. designed and installed a system based around JBL Professional loudspeakers, Crown amplification and BSS signal processing
Ba Sao selected JBL 8138 and 8128 ceiling speakers along with Control 23-1 compact speakers. In some spaces, JBL’s CBT 100LA-LS line array column loudspeakers were used ot provide vertical coverage. Allowing airport staff to deliver announcements throughout the facility, Ba Sao selected JBL CSS-H30 paging horns and AKG PZM11 LL WR boundary laundry microphones. For outdoor areas, JBL Control 85M landscape speakers provide 360-degree coverage. All that is powered by Crown DCi 8|300N and CT16S amplifiers; the system is configured and integrated using BSS BLU-806DA signal processors with BLU Link.
“We were pleased to partner with Ba Sao and Harman for the installation of a highly capable and robust audio system for the airport,” said a spokesperson for Van Don International Airport. “With the new system, we will raise the bar in providing an unmatched world-class audio experience to our passengers.”
New York, NY (October 21, 2020)—JBL has introduced its new JBL IRX115S 15-inch powered subwoofer as part of its IRX family of portable PAs.
The 15” IRX115S sports a custom driver and amplifier design; tuned, ported enclosure; and built-in crossover and polarity settings. The sub has a max SPL of 128 dB and a frequency response down to 35 Hz, all housed in a cabinet weighing 65.3 pounds.
The 15” woofer features a 3” voicecoil to generate deep LF response, and there are selectable 80 Hz, 100 Hz and 120 Hz crossover points, optimized for JBL IRX Series loudspeakers. The IRX115S had a power rating of 1,300 W; a variety of I/Ss with two XLR combos and two XLR outs; and a polarity switch to help optimize system response.
The JBLIRX115S ported enclosure cabinetry is MDF with ergonomic handles, a reinforced grille, and a built-in standard pole mount to allow integration with IRX108BT, IRX112BT and other loudspeakers.
The IRX115S will be available worldwide in Q4 2020.
Northridge, CA (August 18, 2020)—Harman Professional Solutions has unveiled its new JBL VTX B28, a dual 18-inch subwoofer designed to complement the company’s flagship VTX sound reinforcement systems.
The VTX B28 houses a new, Integrated rigging system that allows the B28 to be suspended in omnidirectional or cardioid arrays of up to 16 enclosures. The rigging and various accessories make the B28 appropriate in both mobile and installed sound system applications. The B28 integrates with HiQNet Performance Manager and Line Array Calculator (LAC) software, and features the same industrial design as A- and B-Series loudspeakers, giving the entire system a cohesive look.
At the core of the B28 are two JBL Differential Drive 2288H-M 18-inch woofers, said to be engineered for improved linearity, efficiency and extra-long excursion. The combination of the 2288H-M drivers and the large, central, flared port are intended to aid delivering low-frequency output. FEA-optimized integral bracing aims to eliminate inter-cabinet standing waves, and simplify the structural design.
The two-point rigging system uses integrated levers and locks, avoiding traditional quick release pins and retaining cables, and allowing the B28 to be stacked vertically or horizontally, using the independent sets of feet on the bottom and sides. Universal M20 mounts interface with supported VTX accessories for constructing complete groundstacked arrays. NL4 connectors on both the front and rear of the unit enable wiring in standard or cardioid configurations.
“The VTX B28 is our new premium subwoofer, and a perfect addition to VTX Series line array systems,” said HARMAN Professional product manager George Georgallis. “As with the B18 subwoofer, we started by taking the best aspects of the previous-generation S28 and G28 and improving performance. Then we optimized the design for a dual 18-inch system, and the result was the B28. We worked very hard to ensure the B28 could meet the most demanding applications, but also focused on configurability, a full suite of accessories, and software applications to make the B28 a solid investment and an outstanding performer for tour sound providers and rental companies.”
Northridge, CA (July 28, 2020)—JBL has introduced its new JBL 4349 Studio Monitor, bringing together a JBL D2415K dual 1.5-inch driver, a large-format, High-Definition Imaging (HDI) horn and a 12-inch cast-frame, Pure-pulp woofer cone into a monitor intended for both professional and consumer use
JBL’s HDI horn geometry is intended to provide high-frequency detail, directivity for smooth in-room response, a reportedly neutral frequency response on- and off-axis and be able to transition between the high and low frequency drivers.
JBL D2415K compression driver features a pair of lightweight, polymer, annular diaphragms with reduced diaphragm mass. The V-shaped geometry of the annular diaphragm is said to reduce breakup modes, eliminate time smear and reduce distortion, according to JBL.
The 12-inch (300 mm) woofer and the 3-inch (75 mm) long-throw voice coil in conjunction with dual opposing spider dampers are designed for getting loud while reducing distortion. A Pure-pulp cone provides a lightweight, rigid diaphragm in an effort to eliminate breakup modes.
High-frequency and Ultra High-frequency attenuator controls on the new JBL 4349 Studio Monitor allow sound to be tailored to the specific environment and listener preference. The controls manage an crossover network design that features air-core inductors, cast wire-wound resistors and low-ESR metallized film capacitors in a multi-cap configuration.
On the outside, the JBL 4349 Studio Monitor sports a traditional JBL monitor design with a blue baffle and is finished in a choice of walnut or black walnut satin wood veneers. A blue (Walnut) or black (Black Walnut) cloth grille completes the appearance. Dual sets of gold-plated binding posts provide a secure connection and offer a choice of single-ended or bi-wire/bi-amplified connections. The enclosure is braced with 1-inch (25mm) thick walls to provide a solid acoustic foundation and incorporates a bass reflex design with dual front-firing, computer-optimized flared ports.
The JBL 4349 Studio Monitor will hit in early September with retail pricing of $7,500/pair.
Q: What is your new position, and what does it entail?
A: I recently joined Audix as vice president of sales and marketing. The marketing responsibility is global, but my sales focus is on the United States.
Q: How has your background prepared you for this?
A: My first job for an audio manufacturer was at Shure, where I joined as the product line manager for wireless products in 1993. Since leaving Shure in 2003 as vice president of global marketing, I’ve worked in various marketing and product management capacities across the audio chain—from BSS and dbx signal processing at Harman to Electro-Voice loudspeakers at Bosch. Most recently, I was CEO at Community Professional Loudspeakers, where I had the pleasure of helping recapture the mojo of that American brand. Following Biamp’s acquisition of Community last summer, I decided it was time for a new challenge.
Joining Audix is a welcome return to my microphone roots. The microphone is the critical first link in the audio chain, so failure is not an option. I don’t believe you can “fix it in the mix.” For nearly two decades, the tagline at Audix has been “Performance Is Everything.” At face value, this appears to be simply a product performance message, but I also see it as a promise to the user and installer that it’s their performance that we are committed to capturing, faithfully and accurately.
While professional microphones have long been associated with the stage, studio or house of worship, it is exciting to see the same level of attention now being given to the front end of the audio chain in the corporate world. No amount of DSP will make up for a poor microphone choice. This is true whether on a video conference call in the executive board room or on a Zoom call when sheltering at home. Great audio—which all starts with selecting the right microphone—really does make a difference.
Q: What new marketing initiatives are we likely to see from the company?
A: While many know Audix for our iconic OM Series of handheld vocal microphones and D Series drum microphones, we are also a leading provider of installed microphones in the conferencing space with our M Series. We are competing against some of the giants of the industry, so we look for ways to speak directly and intimately to a broad range of customers across multiple product categories and applications. For this reason, online marketing—including social media—will continue to grow in importance in our marketing mix.
A: In the short term, I want to really understand everything that goes into the design and manufacture of an Audix product, what makes it special. I’m inspired by the level of vertical integration and supply chain control in our factory in Wilsonville, OR. Watching an aluminum rod being transformed on one of our state-of-the-art CNC machines into the housing of a D Series drum is something everyone should experience. Check out “Making of the Audix D6 Drum Microphone” on YouTube!
There is an extraordinary willingness at Audix to invest in U.S.-based manufacturing capability. As the leader of sales and marketing, my long-term goal is to demonstrate the wisdom of these investments by generating significant and profitable sales growth in the United States and beyond.
Q: What is the greatest challenge you face?
A: We launched several new products this year at NAMM, including a line of headphones and earphones. While Audix may be best known as a microphone brand, I believe our “Performance Is Everything” message is just as relevant in the listening category. My challenge will be demonstrating this to be the case. I enjoy a good challenge!