Harman Luxury Upgrades Demo Facility


Northridge, Calif. - Harman's luxury audio group upgraded its A/V demonstration facility here, where Harman also operates its speaker engineering, testing, and listening laboratories.

The Eargle Theater demonstration facility, named after JBL audio engineer John M. Eargle, features a high-end JBL Synthesis Everest multichannel home-theater system based around JBL's Project Everest DD66000 speakers.

Jim Garrett, senior marketing manager for the luxury group, called the demo facility a resource for dealers, systems integrators, other industry professionals and employees "who want to hear and see the ultimate in what today's best audio/video components can deliver."

The demo facility's speakers include three Project Everest DD66000 left, center and right speakers; six S4Ai surround speakers; and four S1S-EX 18-inch THX Ultra2 subwoofers. The electronics include a Mark Levinson No.502 media console/surround processor and seven bridged JBL Synthesis S820 (1x800-watt) amplifiers for the left, center and right speakers and subwoofers. A JBL Synthesis 7x160-watt amp is used to power the S4Ai surround speakers, and a JBL Synthesis SDEC-4500 equalizer features 256 bands of adjustable parametric 24-bit/96kHz digital EQ and up to 12 input and 20 output channels.

Video is handled by a Lumagen Radiance XE-3D video processor, Digital Projection International Titan 3D 3-chip DLP projector, and a Screen Research 180-inch X-Mask screen. Integrated A/V control is provided by a Savant automation system. The room design, seating and acoustical treatment are by Acoustic Innovations.


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