|Firehouse Productions Uses HARMAN’s JBL CBT Series Loudspeakers For High-
Quality, Visually Discreet Monitor Use on Survivor and Celebrity Apprentice
NORTHRIDGE, California – Looking to provide contestants with professional-quality monitor coverage while
maintaining a low visual profile on the sets of CBS’ Survivor and NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice reality television
programs, Red Hook, New York-based Firehouse Productions relies on HARMAN’s JBL CBT Series column
Both television programs needed a loudspeaker option that could provide tight vertical coverage patterns while
being easily hidden amongst the design of their sets. To do so, Firehouse Productions provided JBL’s CBT 50LA—
a compact, 50-centimeter-high column that utilizes a straight line of eight 2-inch drivers.
Dan Gerhard, mixer for both shows, stated, “The CBT 50LA is perfect for a set
where unobtrusive monitoring of dialogue is required.” Gerhard was able to
keep the speakers visually unobtrusive on both sets by attaching them to the
palm trees on the set of Survivor, and attaching them to a vertical window
frame on Celebrity Apprentice. At just three inches wide by 21 inches high,
they provided the perfect low-profile solution with plenty of power.
“The tightly controlled pattern is ideal in reducing unwanted reflections from
nearby scenery, but also throws intelligibility for some distance,” Gerhard
added. “By placing the columns at head level, the speakers project the highquality
sound that we were looking for.”
“Other solutions do not have the pattern control that the CBT’s do,” said Mark
Dittmar, Lead Design and Integration Engineer at Firehouse Productions.
“They also help with feedback and eliminate any problems we’ve had in the
past. It really is a spectacular solution and a unique way to use the CBT’s.”
Being used even with a lapel microphone, “there is concise phase coherence
at low levels, making them perfect for television studio purposes,” Gerhard
“It’s great that the CBT’s can be used for this application and really shows their
versatility and ability to provide direct, accurate and high-quality sound,”
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