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HARMAN Professional Solutions Turns Up the Volume for Jimmy Kimmel Live Remote Shows

New JBL VTX line arrays deliver top-notch sound for late night host’s East Coast residency

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK—HARMAN Professional Solutions once again was the audio solution of choice forJimmy Kimmel Live’sannual week of remote shows, which were broadcast in October from the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Kimmel’s hometown of Brooklyn, New York. Guestsincluded Bill Murray, Michael J. Fox and Bradley Cooper, with performances by Misty Copeland, Esperanza Spalding and Public Enemy. 

The lineup of HARMAN Professional Solutions components was selected by Firehouse Productions, a Red Hook, New York based Pro AV company whose credits include the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame ceremony and Kimmel’s remote shows for the past decade. This year’s system featured JBL VTX V25-II loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD HD amplifiers.

With the goal of providing maximum clarity and intelligibility for every seat in the house, the rig for the remote shows included two hangs of 12 JBL VTX V25-II loudspeakers on each side of the stage for the main PA and JBL Vertec VT4880A ground-stacked subwoofers. The system was powered by Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers, and both the JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers were managed by JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.

Mark Dittmar, Lead Design and Integration Engineer for Firehouse Productions, said that the new VTX line arrays made a big impression on theJimmy Kimmel Livestaff. 

“The engineer mixing front of house (FOH) was worried about using lavalier microphones in such close proximity to the arrays,” said Dittmar. “But once he heard the new system, he was blown away by the excellent high frequency control under and around the arrays. There were zero feedback issues.” 

The VTX 25-II features a new waveguide for improved long-throw performance, improved wavefront control and improved power matching with the Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifier. Dittmar said that the decision to upgrade to the new VTX line arrays has paid off tremendously.

“The new VTX V25-II capabilities are a true game changer,” said Dittmar. “The increased high frequency output and projection coupled with the new phase alignment translates to an incredible level of clarity. It’s like the loudspeakers moved 50 percent closer to the audience.”

Dittmar said his company’s longstanding relationship withJimmy Kimmel Livehelped facilitate a smooth transition to a new system. “The shows were a tremendous success and Jimmy’s staff could not stop talking about how great the sound was,” he said. “Since we’ve provided sound for these remote shows for a decade, we were able to keep things running in a smooth fashion while deploying an updated system. This is largely thanks to the straightforward integration of the JBL VTX V25-II with updated loudspeaker presets for our Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers. Needless to say, the show’s staff was pretty happy with the new gear.” 


HARMAN ( designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions and connected services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The Company’s software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 28,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $6.5 billion during the 12 months ended December 31, 2015. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.