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Furman’s PS-PRO II and AC-215 Keep the Thrill Alive at B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center

PETALUMA, Calif. — Oct. 27, 2009 — At any museum, the last thing visitors want to see is an “out of order” sign on a multimedia exhibit. At the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Miss., the disappointment would be enough to make you sing the blues. That’s why the exhibit technology team at Bowen Technovation chose Furman’s PS-PRO II power conditioner/sequencers and AC-215 power conditioners. The units protect sensitive components in the museum’s multimedia exhibits, while at the same time enhancing audio and video performance for an optimal visitor experience.

Opened in September 2008, the 20,000-square-foot museum traces B.B. King’s roots in the Mississippi Delta to international fame as the King of Blues. It blends traditional artifacts from his 60-year career with graphics and interactive media to celebrate his unique legacy and the rich musical history of the Delta.

“For its exhibits, the B.B. King Museum incorporates a large number of audio and video servers, interactive computers, a sophisticated master show control system, and audio amplifiers,” said Jeff Norris, project manager for Bowen Technovation, an Indianapolis-based provider of A/V, lighting, control, and production solutions. “To protect these sensitive components and ensure maximum performance, it was essential that the supplied power be filtered and corrected, and that all equipment be turned on and off in the correct order. To meet this need, we chose Furman’s PS-PRO II. Seven of the power conditioner/sequencers are wired to one central keyswitch, which automates the power up and power down daily,” said Norris.

The 20-A PS-PRO II contains six sequenced rear panel outlets to power up a rack full of equipment in a three-step delayed sequence and power equipment down by reversing the sequence. Five PS-PRO II units are located in the museum’s main equipment room, with one in the secondary equipment room and another in the theater’s roll-around cart, which is used by presenters and musical groups.

In addition, Furman’s AC-215 power conditioner is being utilized in the Guitar Studio interactive exhibit, which features Gibson guitars fitted with LED lights, allowing visitors to play along with B.B. while wearing headphones. The AC-215 comes in a compact 1.75″ x 5″ x 8.5″ design and weighs only three pounds. The unit’s low-profile design makes it ideal for mounting to the back of a flat-screen television, or anywhere that discretely located remote power protection, and purification are needed.

The PS-PRO II and AC-215 both offer Furman’s proprietary Series Multi-Stage Protection (SMP) for comprehensive, non-sacrificial surge/spike protection; Extreme Voltage Shutdown (EVS) to protect equipment from dangerous extreme voltage conditions; and Linear Filtering Technology (LiFT) to reduce AC line noise.

“Since the opening of the museum, the Furman equipment has performed flawlessly; there have been no failures at all. Furthermore, the PS-PRO II and AC-215 have protected connected components from some major power-related damage,” added Norris.

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About B.B. King Museum
The B. B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center is located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta on US Highway 82 between Greenwood and Greenville, not far from the famous Crossroads at Clarksdale. Opened in mid-September 2008 and built to honor the life and music of one of the most accomplished musicians of our time, the museum serves as a vital resource to the state of Mississippi and the city of Indianola. The museum’s exhibits and educational programs serve to build bridges between the community and the world while preserving the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Mississippi Delta. More information is available at www.bbkingmuseum.org.

About Furman
Bowen Technovation was founded in 1985 as one of the nation’s first producers of high-end computer-assisted sound design and music scores for TV, radio, corporate, and lots of documentary/educational work. Through the late ’80′s and at the request of clients, they became a leading-edge designer and installer of high-end audio, video, control, and lighting systems for museums, science centers, planetariums, and IMAX theaters. Bowen Technovation is highly respected internationally by manufacturers, architects, exhibit designers, facilities managers, and CEOs. More information is available at www.bowentechnovation.com.

About Furman
Furman has been an international leader in developing award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 35 years. Their products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. As part of Panamax Inc., Furman address all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and video, the music industry, broadcasting, audio/video recording, and office equipment. The company is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at www.furmansound.com.

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