When thousands of athletes and millions of excited spectators from around the world converge on Beijing this August for the 2008 Summer Olympics, Harman Professional audio products will be there to deliver the action. Our BSS®, Crown®, dbx®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Soundcraft® brands are an integral component of this historic event, contributing amplifiers, public-address systems, loudspeaker arrays, mixing consoles and other audio equipment to enhance the spirit of the sporting competitions.
Harman products are being installed at more than a dozen Olympic venues in the bustling capital city of Beijing and further south in Shanghai and Hong Kong. The National Stadium, National Aquatics Center, and Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium, as well as various fencing, softball and equestrian sports facilities, will all boast Harman sound systems.
Seating capacity across these venues exceeds a quarter million people, a logistical challenge that was met head-on by Harman and audio installation contractor ACE, who have been working diligently together on this project for more than five years. An estimated 1 million amplification watts will drive about 800 Harman speakers, including backup systems and emergency announcement units. More than 100 miles (160km) of cable will connect the components across indoor and outdoor sites. The Olympic venues join Harman-installed sound projects around the world in thousands of world-class sports, entertainment, dining, retail, recording and transportation facilities.
The 2008 Summer Olympic Games will host more than 10,000 athletes competing in more than 300 medal events. Approximately 70,000 volunteers will join 4,000 full-time staff to manage the Games, with a budget exceeding $28 billion.