AKG Supports Annual Life Ball Charity Event for the 10th Consecutive Year

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On May 16, 2015, Vienna’s City Hall Square was transformed into a gold-drenched fantasy world as it hosted Life Ball, Europe’s biggest AIDS charity event. As thousands of celebrities, musicians and revelers came together to raise awareness for the cause, AKG provided world-class audio to complement the stunning visuals.

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Gold – Ver Sacrum was the theme of this year’s event, where the décor and outfits glittered like never before. Celebrity participants included Mary J Blige, actors Sean Penn and Charlize Theron, and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst. The night also included a fashion show featuring French icon Jean-Paul Gaultier.

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Behind all the glitz and glamour was a supporting cast of AKG microphones and monitoring gear, including 100 channels of AKG wireless systems and a variety of cabled mics and headphones. For world-class sound on 10 individual stages, the event staff turned to the WMS4500 analog reference wireless mic system and the DMS700 V2 digital wireless system*. Both were chosen for their outstanding audio quality, reliability and ability to simultaneously handle multiple channels – up to 70 for the WMS4500 and up to 40 for the DMS700 V2. Monitoring for speakers and performers was handled by the AKG IVM4500 wireless in-ear monitoring system that’s renowned for its reliability and clarity.

AKG DMS800 WMS4500

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“Ever since 2006, we have been the proud partner and sponsor of the annual Life Ball in Vienna,” said Walter Rührig of AKG Artist and Key Customers Relations. “Finding the right equipment for 10 different stages with differing acoustics was challenging, but thanks to the flexibility of AKG microphones, the input and pickup patterns perfectly complemented the wide variety of presenters and performers.”

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HARMAN designs and engineers connected products and solutions for consumers, automakers, and enterprises worldwide, including audio, visual and infotainment systems; enterprise automation solutions; and software 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. HARMAN also is a technology and integration services leader for the Automotive, Mobile, Telecommunications and Enterprise markets. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. The Company’s software solutions power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated, personalized, adaptive and secure across all platforms, from the work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 25,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended March 31, 2015.

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