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JBL Signs On As Official Sponsor Of The 2006 Tribeca Film Festival

21 April 2006


— JBL Professional Loudspeakers to Be Installed in Multiple Theaters and Locations in the Tribeca PAC/BMCC and Tribeca Cinemas Complex —

WOODBURY, NY — JBL, celebrating its 60th anniversary as the leading manufacturer of professional and consumer loudspeakers, today announced it has signed on as a sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival, which takes place April 25 — May 7, 2006, in New York. The company will supply an extensive complement of ultrahigh-performance JBL Professional loudspeakers for a theater in the Tribeca PAC/BMCC (Performing Arts Center/Borough of Manhattan Community College), and for two theaters and additional locations in the Tribeca Cinemas complex.

Paul Bente, president of JBL Consumer Products, pointed out: “JBL is extremely proud to support the Tribeca Film Festival. The Festival represents the very best in cinema excellence, from the quality and diversity of the films to the absolutely stunning venues in which the films will be presented — and we are honored that the Tribeca Film Festival chose JBL to provide the ultimate in theater sound.”

Bente continued: “JBL and the cinema have always gone hand in hand, from the first talking pictures to the present day, with JBL loudspeakers installed in the majority of Dolby, DTS and THX movie theaters throughout the world. Reflecting JBL’s ‘Pro Sound Comes Home’ design philosophy, JBL consumer loudspeakers utilize design innovations and technologies directly derived from the company’s professional models — enabling listeners at home and in the car to enjoy the same clear, accurate and dynamic sound that is heard in the cinema.”

The Tribeca Film Festival is one of the premier showcases for American and international films. The Festival was founded in 2002 to foster the economic and cultural revitalization of Lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music and culture, and to promote New York City as a major filmmaking center and help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience.

JBL and the Tribeca Film Festival: Presenting the Finest in Cinema Artistry

The JBL Professional loudspeakers to be installed in the Tribeca PAC/BMCC and the Tribeca Cinemas theaters are state of the art in every respect. All are designed and engineered to deliver a listening experience that conveys all the power and emotion of movies and music with thrilling realism and unmatched sonic accuracy.

The JBL Pro loudspeakers for the Tribeca PAC/BMCC include three 4632-T ScreenArray three-way, tri-amplified main-channel left-, center- and right-front loudspeaker systems; four AM4315/95 and twenty 8340A surround-channel loudspeakers; and four 4642A dual-18-inch subwoofers. The installation also includes the high-performance dbx DriveRack 260 loudspeaker equalization and management system, and Crown CTs Series amplifiers.

Both theater installations in the Tribeca Cinemas complex feature three JBL 3622N ScreenArray two-way loudspeakers for the main front channels; six 8340A loudspeakers for the surround channels; a 4642A subwoofer; and Crown CTs Series amplifiers.

The Academy Award-winning JBL ScreenArray loudspeakers incorporate a number of advanced JBL technologies to deliver exceptional performance in the most critical film-sound-reproduction applications. The loudspeakers include JBL’s exclusive, industry-leading midrange and high-frequency compression drivers and pure-titanium diaphragm tweeters, which deliver maximum clarity and resolution; heavy-duty woofers with extended low-frequency response and massive power-handling capability; controlled-dispersion transducers and JBL’s patented Screen Spreading Compensation (SSC) and Focused Coverage Technology, which deliver smooth and uniform frequency response over a wide seating area.

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The sonic result is nothing less than remarkable, with deep, authoritative bass; a richly detailed midrange with unequalled articulation of dialogue, music and effects; pure, open and extended high frequencies; a vast, immersive soundfield; and remarkable dynamic range. The theaters’ extraordinary audio and video quality will enable attendees to experience the films with all of the realism and emotional impact the directors intended.

In addition, JBL Control Series loudspeakers and subwoofers and dbx and Crown electronics will be installed in a downstairs lounge, a gallery space and a restaurant located in the Tribeca Cinemas complex. JBL’s Control Series loudspeakers offer an ideal combination of compact design, lightweight, installation flexibility; and clear, powerful sound. All of the systems in the Tribeca Cinemas complex will be permanent installations.

JBL is the leading manufacturer of professional and consumer loudspeakers worldwide. The JBL heritage of unexcelled sound quality spans 60 years, and no other company has consistently contributed more than JBL to the evolution of audio reproduction in professional, home, automotive and multimedia applications. JBL’s consumer loudspeakers utilize technologies and engineering that are also employed in the company’s professional models to deliver spectacular movie soundtrack and music reproduction. From compact, high-value home and car speakers to ultrahigh-end custom installations and the largest scale concert touring systems, JBL truly sets the standards in music and cinema sound.

The Harman Consumer Group (HCG) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a wide range of high-fidelity loudspeakers, audio and video components, and multimedia systems for use in homes and automobiles, and with computers. The group’s brands include JBL, Infinity, Harman Kardon, Mark Levinson, Revel, Audioaccess and Lexicon.

HCG is a division of Harman International Industries, Incorporated. Harman International ( is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high-fidelity audio products and electronic systems for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. The company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “HAR.”

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For additional information, contact:
Frank Doris
FM Group Public Relations
631-385-1304 ext. 402

JBL, Harman International, dbx, Crown and Control are registered trademarks, and Pro Sound Comes Home, ScreenArray, Drive Rack, Screen Spreading Compensation and Focused Coverage Technology are trademarks, of Harman International Industries, Incorporated.

Dolby is registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories.

DTS is a registered trademark of DTS, Inc.

THX is a registered trademark of THX Ltd. All rights reserved.

Academy Award is a trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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