Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.  This year, the Webbys not only celebrated its 20th anniversary but also a record high of almost 13,000 entries from 70 countries worldwide, reflecting the tremendous growth of the Internet.   


HARMAN received a Webby award for its “Distortion of Sound” documentary that was elected the winner of the “Online Video: General Music” category.

HARMAN CMO, Ralph Santana, and Dave Spinato, Director Digital Marketing, accepted the award at the star-studded New York event. It is a great accolade not only for the Distortion of Sound and the team that worked on the documentary video but also for the work all our teams around the globe are putting behind enhancing the way we listen to music and sharing our passion for quality audio.

The Distortion of Sound is a documentary about the current state of sound and how technology has changed the way we listen to music. The film explores the gap between what artists create in the studio and on the stage and how fans consume it on the go. It delves into the development of portable audio equipment and music streaming, which led to digital music compression and a degradation of sound quality as told directly by artists, producers, music lovers and fans. As much as 90% of sound quality can be lost due to compression and inferior audio products. Consumers often don’t know there is a sound problem and this film serves as their wake up call.

The video features comments from renowned artists such as Slash, Snoop Dogg or Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, producer Quincy Jones, composer Hans Zimmer as well as HARMAN experts Chris Ludwig and Dr. Sean Olive.

If you have not seen the video yet, check it out here: http://www.distortionofsound.com/