JBL by HARMAN Pumps Up the Energy at the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards

Firehouse Productions deploys new JBL VTX line array elements to bring superior sound to every seat in the house

ATLANTA, GEORGIA—HARMAN Professional Solutions’ JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers were once again selected to provide superior sound and coverage at the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards at the Atlanta Civic Center. Hosted by Snoop Dogg, this year’s award winners included Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West. 

Firehouse Productions, a Red Hook, New York based Pro AV company with credits including the iHeartRadio Music Festival and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, has been the longtime provider for the BET Hip Hop Awards. For this year’s show, Firehouse Productions provided excellent sound quality and coverage featuring JBL VTX V25-II loudspeakers powered by an impressive set of Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers.

To best showcase the event’s musical performances, the Firehouse Productions team aimed for nothing less than maximum clarity and intelligibility in all directions. The rig for the show included six flown JBL VT4880A loudspeakers, two ground-stacked VT4880A subwoofers, 11 VTX V25-II loudspeakers per side and eight JBL VT4886 loudspeakers for front fill. Mark Dittmar, Lead Design & Integration Engineer at Firehouse Productions, said the switch to the new VTX V25-II line array provided substantial benefits, particularly for a hip-hop show.

“The VTX V25-IIs were a great choice for this show,” said Dittmar. “You get so much more on the low end, which is great, because we didn't have much room for subwoofers. Being a hip-hop show, the boost on the low end made a huge difference.”

Dittmar has been using HARMAN Professional Solutions products since Davie Bowie asked Firehouse to supply JBL VT4889 loudspeakers for his tour more than 15 years ago. He said he’s marveled ever since at the evolution of new JBL products, which have continued to set the standard for innovation and quality.

“It’s been amazing to see the steady progression of HARMAN Professional Solutions,” said Dittmar. “We actually thought the new VTX V25-IIs might not be markedly different from what came before, but we were dead wrong. The front-of-house (FOH) engineers for the BET Hip-Hop Awards were blown away by the sound quality of the VTX V-25-IIs. Of course, it’s hard not to be impressed. It’s yet another in a long line of ‘wow’ moments courtesy of HARMAN Professional Solutions, which is why we continue to use their products.”

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions and connected services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The Company's software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 28,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $6.5 billion during the 12 months ended December 31, 2015. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

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