Los Angeles (July 28, 2004)–A new, state-of-the-art sound system has been installed at the board room of the Los Angeles headquarters of the Recording Academy. The room is the brainchild of Phil Ramone, who corralled a team of audio experts including Peter Chaikin of Harman Pro Group; John Eargle; George Augspurger; and Leslie Lewis, director of The Academy’s P&E Wing.
The 5.1 surround sound system consists of soffit-mounted JBL Professional LSR6332 3-way 12″ studio monitors. The low end is comprised of two, LSR6312SP subwoofers with JBL RMC Room Mode Correction. The system includes a trio of Crown Reference 1 Power Amplifiers. Surround processing is via a Lexicon MC12, and a JBL Synthesis system serves as the Graphic Room EQ. When the installation was complete and the room was tuned to the desired specifications, the committee gathered to listen as the final test.
“The sound quality is better than ever,” said Recording Academy president Neil Portnow. “We are grateful to our wonderful partners at the Harman Pro Group for bestowing upon us a state-of-the-art sound system worthy of our organization, and for their invaluable expertise and support.”
“The room sounds superb,” Chaikin said. “Given the high profile of the Grammy Awards and the supreme level of talent that would be listening to music in the room, we viewed the system as a reference test for our professional and consumer components. It’s very reassuring to get the vote from such an esteemed, talented group.”
Harman Pro Group