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Harman delivers conference room audio solution for Thai bank

Mahajak Development installs an advanced multi-room conference audio system with solutions by JBL, Crown, BSS and AMX.

Mahajak Development recently installed a complete networked audio system by Harman Professional Solutions at Kasikornbank’s new headquarters in Bangkok.

Founded in 1945, Kasikornbank is one of the largest commercial banks in Thailand, operating more than 1,100 branch locations throughout the nation. To accommodate its rapid growth, Kasikornbank recently relocated its headquarters to an 11-storey office building in downtown Bangkok.

Kasikornbank hired integrator Mahajak Development to design and install a networked audio system that would provide more than 100 meeting rooms with high-quality audio and intuitive control. In order to ensure professional audio during meetings and conferences at the new facility, Mahajak Development selected a comprehensive Harman networked audio solution consisting of JBL speakers, Crown amplifiers, BSS audio processors and AMX control systems.

“In order to support our tremendous growth and provide our customers with modern services and amenities, we recently completed construction on our new state-of-the-art office building,” said a spokesperson for the bank. “The new facility required a large-scale AV system that would be sophisticated and user-friendly, with a modern and clean design that matches the aesthetics of our new space. The Harman system installed by Mahajak is powerful enough to cater to our large number of meeting spaces, and simple enough for our staff to operate confidently.”

The audio system includes JBL Control Series speakers, which provide strong intelligibility and optimum audio coverage in Kasikornbank’s conference rooms. The Control Series leverages JBL’s exclusive Radiation Boundary Integration technology to provides consistent and wide coverage sound throughout the listening area. The system is powered by Crown CDi Series and ComTech DriveCore amplifiers.

For mixing of sources and zones, Mahajak Development installed eight-channel Crown 28M pre-amplifier/mixers and JBL CSMA1120 four-channel mixer/amplifiers, which feature a sleek and industrial design for commercial sound applications. Throughout the facility, the audio is networked and configured via BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 and BLU-50 signal processors. The BLU-50 offers a fixed configuration option of four inputs and four outputs, configurable signal processing, logic processing and BLU link. The BSS BLU100 offers a fixed configuration of 12 inputs and eight outputs of configurable signal processing and a high bandwidth, fault tolerant digital audio bus. The BLU-100 also features open architecture that is fully configurable through HiQnet London Architect, offering a rich palette of processing and logic objects and a drag and drop method of configuration.

Mahajak built the entire system around the AMX NX-2200 NetLinx NX Integrated Controller, which provides intuitive operation of the sophisticated AV system, while also providing a scalable platform for the future by combining high performance, backward compatible and extensive network security features. Finally, AMX Novara CP-3006 and CP-3008 ControlPads enable local control of the volume levels in each room via a built-in Ethernet port, which can be configured to control volume, input selection, and power for a wide range of AV devices.

“Harman Professional Solutions is proud to be associated with one of the top banks in Thailand,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP and GM, Harman Professional Solutions, APAC. “We’re thrilled to see our brands providing world-class audio technology for meetings and conferences held in Kasikornbank’s new headquarters. We thank our partners Mahajak Development for their strong relationship, technical expertise and customer first approach.”