|Detroit’s EMCEE Audio Production Relies On HARMAN JBL Loudspeakers
Gerald “Curly” Wonch (left) and
Matt Matthews, co-owners of
Detroit, Michigan-based EMCEE
with some of
their JBL speaker inventory.
NORTHRIDGE, California – Founded on a mission to provide local acts and events with professional-grade
equipment and knowledgeable engineers who truly care about providing excellent service, Detroit, Michigan-based
EMCEE Audio Production has relied on HARMAN’s JBL Professional loudspeakers for more than five years. Coowners
Gerald “Curly” Wonch and Matt Matthews have built the company from the ground up, providing high-quality
audio solutions to corporate and festival events as well as concerts, nightclubs and bars.
EMCEE owns a wide range of JBL loudspeakers, including SRX725 2-way portable speakers and SRX728S
subwoofers, SRX712M stage monitors, VRX932LA Constant Curvature speakers and VRX918S subwoofers, and
PRX512M powered stage monitors. EMCEE also relies on Crown XTi 4000 power amplifiers.
Working on a tight start-up budget five years ago with audio systems dealer Dave Short of Short Sound Systems,
Wonch first began by stocking his speaker inventory with JBL’s affordable MPro series to support local bar shows.
Soon enough, word spread about the quality of service EMCEE provided and Curly began supplying audio
reinforcement for live shows in small concert venues. He quickly added to his supply, purchasing JBL’s larger and
more powerful SRX systems.
“We started the business to offer our friends and fellow music lovers great
service, and in doing so, we kept growing at a steady pace,” Wonch noted.
“Then, when the festivals began calling, we knew we were doing something
With the festival demand, Curly invested in JBL’s VRX series to provide the
predictable, precise coverage needed for larger spaces, and if EMCEE
encounters a large venue requiring an even larger setup, the company
always provides JBL VERTEC® line array systems through regional rental-industry
“Our JBL loudspeakers have been put through a wide series of tests in the
field, and have always brought out the best in our clients. We aren’t working
with platinum-selling artists, but all musicians want to put on their best
performance at a gig,” Wonch continued. “With JBL speakers, we just do
our own thing and have fun with our clients. Providing great solutions is our
business and our success is synonymous with the quality equipment that
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HARMAN (www.harman.com) 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 11,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.2 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2010. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.