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HARMAN to Introduce High-Output, 3-Way, Configurable Pattern Surround for Immersive Cinema Experience

UNIVERSAL CITY, California – HARMAN Professional Solutions is pleased to introduce the JBL 9350, a high-output, 3-way, 15-inch configurable pattern surround loudspeaker designed specifically to meet the challenging demands of immersive cinema sound systems.

Cinema surround loudspeakers have gone through a substantial evolution over the past few years with the introduction of immersive audio systems. Immersive cinemas require much higher output and significantly more coverage and control from the surrounds. In most immersive systems, each surround loudspeaker is individually amplified, because the audio content in the speaker is unique. The JBL 9350 is an ideal complement to the main screen channel for sonic character and dynamics.

“The JBL 9350 represents HARMAN’s leadership of continuously improving technology for the cinema industry,” said Daniel Saenz, Business Segment Manager, Cinema, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The 9350’s unique design includes multiple patents for wave and array technology that specifically solve the complex problems that surrounds can have, depending on whether the loudspeaker is located on the side wall or the rear wall of a cinema.”

Surround speaker requirements vary based on the geometry of the theater and whether the speaker is a rear surround or a side surround. The JBL 9350 has setting options for adjusting the surround coverage based on the location of the speaker. With a passive crossover network, patented waveguide technologies and line array techniques, the JBL 9350 coverage pattern can be sculpted depending on settings.

The system’s Acoustic Divider waveguide improves low and mid-frequency performance while providing a smoother frequency transition.  The Bi-pole Wall Decoupling reduces the wall reflection notching typical of surrounds by shaping rear hemisphere energy. The 9350 further enhances coverage by configurable vertical and horizontal coverage angles based on whether the surround is located on the rear or side wall location.

This results in premium performance and left/right balance overall, an accomplishment unheard of in cinema. It means the sonic sweet spot just got a whole lot bigger, and that sculpted, impactful sound now comes from all sides. Ultimately, the audience becomes immersed in an audio experience like no other. Rely on the 9350, the ideal complement to front screen loudspeakers, for superior sonic character and dynamics everywhere. 

JBL 9350 Specifications:

Frequency Range (-10 db): 34Hz – 20kHz

Frequency Range (- 3 db): 40Hz – 18kHz

Power Rating: 350w (100 Hour AES Rating)

Sensitivity (1W/1m) free field: 99db

Crossover Modes: Side/Rear Wall Locations

Measured SPL (Passive): 130 continuous, 133 peak

Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms

Hor. Coverage Angle (-6 dB): up to120

Vert. Coverage Angle (-6 dB): Configurable

Crossover Frequency: 2200Hz

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 $6.4 billion during the 12 months ended September 30, 2015. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.


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