Harman Upgrades the Eargle Theater

Harman International in Northridge, Calif., is one of the country’s largest research centers for developing cutting-edge loudspeaker technology. At this massive 44-acre site just north of Los Angeles, Harman manufactures many of the vast array of products across the AKG, Harman/Kardon, Infinity, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, and JBL brands that fall under its corporate umbrella. Also located at this facility is a private theater that Harman uses to showcase its highest-end commercial and home theater product brand, JBL Synthesis (www.jblsynthesis.com).

The group’s latest news is a significant upgrade of the Eargle Theater, named for legendary Harman engineer John M. Eargle, in which the company now demonstrates the latest and greatest JBL Synthesis and other high-end product lines. Here, Harman frequently hosts potential customers, as well as dealers and installers, such as DSI Entertainment Systems (www.dsientertainment.com), one of Southern California’s leading home audio-video integrators. The list of new equipment in the theater includes a trio of JBL Project Everest DD66000 loudspeakers (priced at about $60,000 per pair) for the left, right, and center channels; six JBL S4Ai THX Ultra2 surround-sound speakers; four JBL S1S-EX 18-inch THX Ultra2 subwoofers; and a slew of JBL Synthesis amps and a Mark Levinson surround-sound processor. A Digital Projection International Titan 3D three-chip DLP projector (www.digitalprojection.com) provides video to the 180-inch Screen Research acoustically transparent film screen (www.screenresearch.com), while an automation system from Savant (www.savantsystems.com) ensures all that gear can be seamlessly controlled.

With these upgrades, the system in Harman’s Eargle Theater now even more accurately represents the company’s high level of audio standards—and gives those looking to build or upgrade their home theater something to aspire to. (www.harman.com)

Old-school audio engineering comes alive with this modern wonder of two-channel music reproduction…
Delivering 300 watts per channel, the high-fidelity dual-mono amp can power just about any speaker...
Sony’s latest effort to revitalize its Walkman brand caters to the discerning listener on the go…
But the level of musical nuance they deliver is well worth the investment…
Photo by Luke Milnes
With a carbon-fiber cabinet and an array of 28 drivers, the new speakers look and sound beautiful…
Photo by Jonathan Beer
The camera features wireless technology along with other significant upgrades…
Photo by Malena silva
Among the finest conduits for playing music from an untethered digital device are the KEF X300A...
Photo by VZPhoto
The world’s top hi-fi manufacturers take personal listening to new levels with these small but...
Peter Luehr
Bob Ludwig has perfected recordings by some of the greatest artists of the last 40 years...
Photo by Jeff Dorgay
The speakers’ powerful response belies their diminutive size…