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2016 Tony Awards Include JBL by Harman System

Firehouse Productions selects JBL VT4886 for its power, control and ability to provide exceptional sound quality with a compact footprint.

Firehouse Productions deployed a JBL by Harman VT4886 system for live sound at the 2016 Tony Awards, held on June 12. The 70th annual Tony Awards were broadcast live from the historic Beacon Theatre in New York City.

“The JBL VT4886 offers an incredible amount of power and control in a very small package, and I’ve had excellent results with it on numerous live shows,” says Mark Dittmar, Firehouse Productions’ Lead Design and Integration Engineer. “At the Beacon Theatre, which is an extremely small venue, size and taking up less space are very important. JBL VT4886 is a spectacular-sounding speaker in a very small package, which is a great combination for a show like the Tony Awards.” 

The 2016 Tony Awards ceremony featured energetic performances from the hottest shows on Broadway, including Hamilton, School of Rock, She Loves Me and more. With up to 30 lavalier mics on the stage at once, it was important to manage gain before feedback and make sure the live sound stayed out of the on-air mix. It was equally important to deliver excellent dialog intelligibility. Finally, it was important for the arrays to take up minimal space and be hidden from the camera sightlines during the broadcast.

“On a television show, we have to keep the P.A. hidden, but we also need great intelligibility,” says Dittmar. “The VT4886 arrays worked really well and allowed us to place the P.A. in a space that other arrays wouldn’t fit.”

The subcompact JBL VT4886 features a true 3-way system designed to offer exceptional sound quality and the highest SPL output in its class. The VT4886 also features a low-frequency diffraction absorber that eliminates cavity resonance and cabinet edge diffraction effects, which provided Firehouse with extra control over feedback.  

The VT4886 is designed to deliver high-quality reinforcement of music and speech in a wide variety of applications, including concert audio and corporate A/V presentations of all types.

Find more information about the JBL by Harman VT4886 Subcompact Passive Three-Way High Directivity Line Array Element.

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