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ESCO Communications Enhances Expo Center at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum With HARMAN JBL Loudspeaker System

From serving as a standard convention hall to hosting concerts and events as extreme as midget car races, the Expo Center at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, relied on ESCO Communications to install a sound system to easily accommodate sound requirements for the immense variety of events at the venue. Designed by Kansas-City based Acoustical Design Group (ADG), the system at the 108,000-square-foot Expo Center

features a wealth of JBL VP Series loudspeakers.

Working to design an impactful sound system, ADG had to ensure the entire hall, as well as each individual section, would perform flawlessly. An assortment of 116 JBL VP7215 powered loudspeakers are suspended from the ceiling and fed via a Soundweb London system consisting of BLU-160 and BLU-120 processors.

“We wanted a system that could offer traditional conventions and tradeshows perfect sound and also cater to the unique events the center books throughout the year,� stated Ian Wolfe, Vice President of ADG. “The JBL loudspeakers were the best solution to match our recommendations for the renovations. The price and performance of the powered speaker line, combined with the high-caliber quality of the BSS equipment contributed to a completely successful install and solution.�

The JBL system replaces the entire original speaker system in the halls, utilizing the same locations to blend with the lighting elements. “The loudspeakers allowed us to keep the same visual aspects as before, but offer a completely new and improved system,� continued Wolfe.

While discussing multiple solutions for the Center, passive loudspeaker systems were considered. However, ADG recommended a powered system to provide the best performance for any show or convention in the space. “Not only does the JBL equipment provide great sound for all events, the JBL team was very helpful in ensuring ADG and ESCO finely tuned the system for the perfect fit,� said Wolfe.

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HARMAN ( designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,800 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.5 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2010. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.