|JBL CONTROL® CONTRACTOR SPEAKERS BRAVE THE ELEMENTS AT AUSTRLIA'S DARLING HARBOUR
NORTHRIDGE, California – World-famous Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia recently underwent an upgrade
to its public address system, courtesy of Australia-based systems integration firm Rutledge Engineering. The
new PA system is nothing less than state-of-the-art, featuring more the 300 outdoor speakers from JBL,
distributed over 32 zones and controlled by a screen-selectable system.
Darling Harbour is one of the favorite destinations in Sydney for dining, nightlife and entertainment, offering
more than 40 restaurants, 30 bars, the Sydney Aquarium and numerous theaters and museums. While the
Harbour offers a pleasant atmosphere for visitors, the salty air is much less forgiving towards audio equipment,
where corrosion can compromise signal integrity and system reliability. As such, a conversion from an aging
analog system to a modern digital PA system was in order.
Rutledge Engineering designed and installed a comprehensive system drawing from several Harman brands,
including JBL Control® Contractor loudspeakers, Crown CTs amplifiers, BSS processing and HiQnet™
networking and control. In total, 152 JBL Control 28T-60 and 140 Control 25T surface-mount speakers were
installed, each of which is fitted with a stainless steel Weathermax
grille for protection from the elements. The system was sold through
Jands, JBL’s Australian distributor.
The JBL Control Contractor speakers provided an optimal combination
of output and directivity, as well as a weatherproof design that was
required for this application," said Nick Orsatti of Rutledge
Engineering. "They also feature a simple and effective mounting
solution to deter theft and tampering by the general public."
Rutledge Engineering opted for a BSS Soundweb London system for
all distribution duties. For amplification and monitoring of the system,
Rutledge installed a Crown Audio IQ system, which includes CTs
amplifiers fitted with USP3-CN-PIP cards, which fed CobraNet digital
audio signals directly into the amplifiers, ensuring there was no signal
degradation in the distribution system.
For more information on Rutledge Engineering, please visit www.rutledge.com.au
JBL and Crown are units of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com). Harman
International Industries, Incorporated designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and
infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. Harman International maintains
a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, and employs more than 11,000 people worldwide. The
Harman International family of brands includes AKG®, Audioaccess®, Becker®, BSS®, Crown®, dbx®, DigiTech®,
Pictured, from left: Paul Bauman, JBL; Bryan Olson and Mark Dittmar, Firehouse Productions; and Brian Divine, Crown Audio.
Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson®, Revel®, QNX®, Soundcraft® and Studer®. Harman
International’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "NYSE: HAR."
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