JBL Professional to Receive Technical GRAMMY(R) Award From the Recording Academy

Jan 11, 2005, 00:00 ET from Harman International Industries, Incorporated

    NORTHRIDGE, Calif., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Recording
 Academy will present JBL Professional, part of Harman International
 Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:   HAR), with a Technical GRAMMY(R) Award at a
 special ceremony to be held prior to the upcoming 47th annual GRAMMY Awards
 being telecast live on February 13, 2005.
     According to JBL Professional President and Harman Pro Group President
 Mark Terry, JBL Professional will be recognized for making a lasting
 contribution to culture around the world. "All of us at JBL Professional are
 deeply honored to be recognized by The Recording Academy for technical
 achievement. Ever since the company was founded by James B.  Lansing in 1946,
 JBL has dedicated itself to advancing the state-of-the-art in a broad range of
 entertainment technology, including music recording. This award is not only
 for a body of work that spans almost 60 years, it is also for a philosophy
 that continues to guide our efforts today."
     In a news release issued yesterday, The Recording Academy President Neil
 Portnow also announced that a Technical GRAMMY Award will be presented to
 legendary producer Phil Ramone, an early advocate of the CD who has also been
 an audio supervisor for the GRAMMY telecasts.  According to Portnow these
 awards, "recognize music people who have made a lasting contribution to
 culture around the world.  These profoundly inspiring figures are being
 honored as legendary performers and archetypal musicians, cultural ambassadors
 and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for
 their craft have created a timeless legacy that has positively affected
 multiple generations, and will continue to influence generations to come."
     In selecting JBL Professional, The Recording Academy noted that "JBL has
 been preeminent in high-end loudspeaker technology for all facets of
 professional sound since its formation in 1946. As broadcast, recording and
 motion pictures entered the stereo era in the early '50s, JBL was there with
 the world's first four-inch voice coil cone drivers and commercially available
 compression drivers. As the rock movement gathered momentum during the late
 '60s, JBL eventually became the preferred manufacturer for both musical
 instrument loudspeakers as well as music reinforcement activities. In recent
 years, JBL's introduction of VERTEC(TM) line array systems has been heralded
 as the leading edge in array technology and system synthesis, and has been the
 sound reinforcement system of choice for the GRAMMY Awards shows."
     The Technical GRAMMY Award recognizes individuals and organizations that
 have made significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of
 recording.  The Technical GRAMMY was first awarded in 1994.
     About JBL Professional:
     Headquartered in Northridge, California, JBL Professional is the world's
 leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of professional loudspeakers for
 recording and broadcast, musician, cinema, touring sound, commercial sound and
 contracting applications.  JBL Professional is part of the Harman
 International network of professional and consumer audio companies. For
 complete product and company information, go to the JBL Professional website
 at http://www.jblpro.com.
     About the Harman Pro Group:
     Headquartered in Northridge, California, the Harman Pro Group is part of
 Harman International Industries, Incorporated (http://www.harman.com), a
 leading manufacturer of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and
 infotainment systems for the automotive, home and professional markets. The
 Company's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol:
 HAR.  Harman Pro Group companies include AKG Acoustics, BSS Audio, Crown
 International, dbx, DigiTech, JBL Professional, Lexicon, Soundcraft, and

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