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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Adds to Legendary PD Series Loudspeakers with PD6000 Series

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – At ISE 2014, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is announcing a cost-effective addition to its hugely popular Precision Directivity Series product line. The PD6000 Series is designed for midsize to large venues requiring excellent pattern control, high output capability, configurable either individually or in array applications. The PD6000 models complement the larger PD700 mid-high systems with more compact size and greater affordability, while the PD6000’s higher SPL capability and larger waveguides supplement the midsize and compact AE Series systems. The PD6000 Series is ideal for stadiums, arenas, performing arts facilities, live theaters, auditoriums, houses of worship, and dance clubs.

The PD6000 Series consists of 14 models, which include four 3-way full-range systems, four 12-inch 2-way systems, four 2-way mid-high systems and two low-frequency models. Coverage patterns include the original 40 x 30, 60 x 40, and 90 x 50. With the introduction of the PD6000 Series, an additional coverage pattern of 60 x 60 is now available. New to the PD Series are injection-molded rotatable waveguides which allowed JBL to provide a more cost-effective loudspeaker lineup. The mid-frequency 24 x 24-inch PT™ (Progressive Transition) waveguides provide excellent pattern control along with low distortion and extremely natural sound character. This is also the case with the 12 x 12-inch high-frequency PT waveguides. These rotatable waveguides provide the system designer the flexibility to utilize PD6000 models in either horizontal or vertical orientations.

In addition to the injection-molded waveguides and the new 60 x 60 coverage pattern, all compression drivers were upgraded to include JBL’s newest driver technologies, including the 2432H and 2453H. The PD6000 Series utilizes the CMCD-82H Cone Midrange Compression Driver (CMCD™). The CMCD-82H features JBL’s patented Differential Drive™ technology. All low-frequency drivers feature JBL VGC™ Vented Gap Cooling technology.

“These changes have provided JBL the opportunity to bring the PD6000 Series loudspeakers to market at a more competitive price point,” said Jon Sager, Senior Manager, Installed Sound, JBL Professional. “We are extremely sensitive to the needs of our customers and are pleased be able to provide system designers with new technologies, additional coverage pattern, at a more affordable cost.”

All of these high-power, compact PD6000 systems are voiced similarly to JBL’s PD700 and AE Series loudspeakers for commonality of sound character throughout an installation. All models are available in white (-WH) as well as WRC and WRX weather-resistant versions for installation in moderate to extreme outdoor environments. More information on the PD6000 Series can be found on the JBL Professional website: www.jbpro.com.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Biamp Systems Makes AVB Connectivity Smarter and Available to Applications of All Sizes

Tesira(R) 2.0 delivers preconfigured products for greater simplicity and increased flexibility for everyday and enterprise-level audio

AMSTERDAM, ISE 2014 — Feb. 4, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced the launch of Tesira(R) 2.0, the latest version of the company’s flagship family of digital signal processor (DSP)-based media systems. The centerpiece of Tesira 2.0 is TesiraFORTÉ, an all-new series of audio processors that extend Audio Video Bridging (AVB) to application-specific settings. TesiraFORTÉ consists of eight preconfigured models (four AVB models and four non-AVB models) designed to bring greater simplicity and more options to today’s conferencing, telephony, and VoIP environments.

Also shipping with Tesira 2.0 is Biamp’s new Dante(TM)-enabled DAN-1 digital server networking card, which, like its current CobraNet(R) card, functions as a gateway interface to support 64×64 channels of Dante networked audio. The DAN-1 card provides system integrators with a Dante digital transport within Tesira media systems. While the Tesira platform operates over AVB, with the addition of the DAN-1 card, customers will have the flexibility of integrating with different system types. The DAN-1 can also be used alongside AVB and/or CobraNet in the same Tesira SERVER or SERVER-IO.

In addition, Tesira 2.0 includes new firmware and software that enable two Tesira SERVERs to act as a redundant pair — with the secondary Tesira SERVER providing a mirrored backup to prevent any interruption in service in case of failure in the primary SERVER.

“As an enterprise-level platform, our Tesira family has been widely applauded since its initial release,” said Justin O’Connor, Audio Product Manager, Biamp Systems. “And now, with TesiraFORTÉ, we’re extending that sophisticated technology to application-specific and value-conscious designs — bringing exceptional AVB audio solutions to everyday applications. And the new DAN-1 server card is the latest in our series of interfaces designed to bring the power of the Tesira platform to a greater number of audio systems.”

Ideal for corporate, government, and higher education settings, TesiraFORTÉ leverages a customer’s existing cabling infrastructure to enable cost-effective installations wherever there is a need for networked audio. The Tesira network can be set up and managed centrally or remotely, with the ability to incorporate additional Tesira products quickly and easily as needed. Class-leading audio technologies including Sona(TM) AEC technology, SpeechSense(TM), and AmbientSense(TM) provide clear, echo-free audio communication within any conference room, auditorium, or training space. Each TesiraFORTÉ solution is equipped with 12 mic/line inputs, 8 mic/line outputs, 4-pin GPIO, and 128×128 channels of AVB.

The four new models of TesiraFORTÉ include both AVB and non-AVB versions:
- TesiraFORTÉ AI provides a basic audio interface for high-quality audio in small- to medium-sized spaces.
- TesiraFORTÉ CI includes Sona AEC technology for conferencing applications.
- TesiraFORTÉ TI provides specialized conferencing over a standard telephone service and includes Sona AEC technology.
- TesiraFORTÉ VI is a VoIP conferencing solution with Sona AEC technology.

Each model can be used as a stand-alone system (non-AVB) or within an AVB-networked solution to deliver the specific features and connections needed for each application. Each device also offers eight-channel USB audio support to interface directly with third-party technology, supporting a variety of conferencing, recording, and background music requirements.

With the launch of Tesira 2.0, Biamp(R) is expanding its world-renowned certification training by offering the company’s first-ever online certification course. This online course is focused on TesiraFORTÉ, providing an alternative to the in-person certification training offered around the globe for those who desire TesiraFORTÉ certification only.

TesiraFORTÉ will begin shipping on April 7, 2014 and is backed by Biamp’s five-year warranty. More information on Biamp’s full line of solutions is available at www.biamp.com.

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About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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Harvard University Builds New Sports Broadcast Workflow Around ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K

Fremont, CA – February 4, 2014 – Blackmagic Design today announced that Harvard University installed six ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K switchers as part of a new production workflow supporting the broadcast of Harvard athletics to the Ivy League Digital Network. These switchers join other Blackmagic Design products at Harvard, including the Compact Videohub, Micro Videohub, ATEM Television Studio and several Mini Converters.

Initially, the new workflow is being used to broadcast and stream the Harvard tennis season, with an ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K installed at each of the six indoor tennis courts located at Harvard. Each match is streamed directly to the Ivy League Digital Network, a new nine channel network that includes live and on demand content from a variety of sports across all eight United States Ivy League schools.

Imry Halevi, Harvard’s Director of Multimedia and Production for the Department of Athletics, built and maintains the broadcast workflow. “The tennis coach approached me about streaming matches online, and while I knew we could do it, I did a lot of research to figure out the best way to go about it,” said Imry. “I needed something with a DVE channel, something that added audio, and I needed it to be affordable. The ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K was by far the best solution for us.”

Each of the six tennis courts has a camera at one end for a wide angle shot, which is fed into an ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K. Audio input for the commentators’ feed is fed into the switchers, as well as a second video input for a shot of the scoreboard, which is then used in the wide angle shot for the DVE effect.

Imry is even able to link the ATEMs to share scoreboard shots. The tennis center houses two scoreboards, one scoreboard for each set of three tennis courts, and during matches, scoreboard feeds are input into an ATEM switcher, then connected to the other switchers via an auxiliary output. HDMI feeds from the switchers are outputted to a Teradek VidiU online streaming box for streaming directly to the web. Imry controls everything remotely with the ATEM Software Control Panel.

“The ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K does everything I need it to do at such an affordable price,” said Imry. “We’ve done a few test runs with this setup for scrimmages, and everything has worked great. The switcher has been very easy to use and reliable.

“It is also very powerful and has a lot of scalability,” Imry continued. “It will even prepare us to stream in 4K down the line, which I am very happy about. I’m excited to expand on what we are doing now as the seasons go on.”

Imry plans to implement the same setup for Harvard’s six outdoor tennis courts to continue streaming matches after they move outdoors in the warmer months.

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About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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Platinum Tools® Appoints Blake Tally Regional Sales Manager

CAMARILLO, Calif., Feb. 4, 2014 – Platinum Tools(R) (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, termination, and testing of network wire and cabling, announced Blake Tally, with experience in sales, marketing and business management, has joined the company to support its growing portfolio of regional and national accounts.

“Blake’s diverse entrepreneurial background gives him a unique perspective on the sales cycle, and an appreciation for the importance of proactive customer service and sales support,” said Lee Sachs, Platinum Tools, Inc. president and general manager. “He will add additional support for our growing list of Platinum Tools distributors.”

Sachs continued, saying that Tally’s experience, integrity, and knowledge will make him a key addition to the Platinum Tools sales and support team. “We view his appointment as another indicator of our commitment to being a leading company in the security, datacom, telecom, and electrical wiring markets. I’m confident Blake will play a key role in our continued growth.”

Added Tally, “I am excited and look forward to working with their great team to further develop Platinum Tools’ large distribution network. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on top quality products and service.”

For more information, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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Biamp Systems Repositions Nexia to Support a More Robust DSP Product Family

Nexia’s repositioning complements the new TesiraFORTÉ products and overall DSP product offering

AMSTERDAM, ISE 2014 — Feb. 4, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced the repositioning of Nexia(R), its award-winning distance conferencing system. This repositioning, effective today, is done in conjunction with the launch of TesiraFORTÉ — the latest in the company’s family of digital signal processor (DSP)-based media systems — and provides a well-rounded, powerful DSP product offering for the industry.

Designed for everyday audio solutions, Biamp’s Nexia products are engineered to satisfy users’ simple, routine requirements with professional AV solutions at an affordable price. Designed for reliable DSP delivery, Nexia provides the power needed for single-room provision of video- and teleconferencing, speaker processing, and multimedia presentations. In addition to the Nexia repositioning, the AudiaSOLO discontinuation (announced October 1, 2013) is on target for April 1, 2014. The AudiaSOLO product is the only device that will be discontinued in the Audia(R) line.

“This is a very exciting time for Biamp, and we are taking steps to ensure that even more customers have access to the most innovative commercial audio products available, regardless of the size of their need,” said Ron Camden, Vice President of Global Sales, Biamp Systems. “Our recent launch of TesiraFORTÉ provides us with the perfect opportunity to reposition our range of Nexia products, reinforcing their position as an easy entry to an incredibly robust DSP family of products.”

The repositioning of Nexia is effective starting today. More information on Biamp Systems’ full line of audio solutions is available at www.biamp.com.

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Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL IMPLEMENTS CLEAR-COM’S TEMPEST900 WIRELESS INTERCOM

NEW YORK ─ Clear-Com® has revamped the wireless setup at New York City’s prestigious Juilliard School. The school installed three Tempest®900 digital wireless intercoms in its production department and one additional system in its recording department. The two-channel Tempest systems provide coverage within each of the facility’s three performances spaces, operating independently of one another without signal interference. more

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HARMAN Professional President, Blake Augsburger Named To NAMM Board Of Directors

NORTHRIDGE, California —Underscoring its commitment to provide the music products industry with the highest levels of partnership, HARMAN Professional today announced that Blake Augsburger, President, HARMAN Professional, Executive Vice President of HARMAN International and Country Manager, Americas, HARMAN International, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Naional Association of Music Merchants. Mr. Augsburger is joined by seven other new board members elected from the United States and international music products community, including leaders from the retail and commercial domains. The NAMM Board of Directors guides and leads NAMM and the NAMM Foundation and offers counsel to the music products industry.

“I am very pleased to join the board of this dynamic and forward-looking organization,” Augsburger said today. “NAMM’s impact on the music products industry is both positive and far-reaching and I look forward to working with Chairman Larry Morton, Chief Executive Joe Lamond and my colleagues on the NAMM board to advance the organization’s mission and to strengthen our industry’s development.”

Commenting on the new board appointments, Chairman Larry Morton noted “We are extremely fortunate to welcome a diverse and accomplished group of new Board members, representing both retail and commercial members, from a wide range of music industry segments,” Morton said. “This talented group of Directors also reflects NAMM’s desire for inclusiveness of professional men and women from small and large companies, both here in the United States and around the world.”

Blake Augsburger leads HARMAN’s global professional audio, musician and lighting technologies businesses. As Executive Vice President and Country Manager for the Americas at HARMAN International, he also plays a leading role in the company’s consumer and automotive businesses. Blake holds a B.S. and M.S., in electrical engineering, from Texas Tech University and has been honored as a Distinguished Engineer by the Whitacre College of Engineering at Texas Tech University. HARMAN is a long-standing and active member of the NAMM organization. Blake Augsburger’s appointment to the board, however, is the first instance of a HARMAN executive taking a senior leadership role with NAMM and reflects his determination to support the organization as comprehensively as possible.

About NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies located in more than 87 countries. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit www.namm.org, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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Atlona Now Shipping New AT-HD-M2C Audio Converter

Mixed Audio Conversion Now Available for Display Installations and Legacy Devices

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Feb. 4, 2014 — Atlona(R), a leading AV distribution solutions provider, today announced that the company is now shipping its new AT-HD-M2C multichannel audio converter. Designed to simplify mixed audio installations, the AT-HD-M2C accepts Dolby(R) and DTS multichannel audio before converting signals into a two-channel audio format. This enables the reception of multichannel audio content, conversion into two channels, and playback on endpoints that normally cannot accept multichannel sources — delivering full compatibility with both displays and legacy devices such as audio receivers.

“When used with an Atlona HDMI matrix switcher, our new AT-HD-M2C delivers unparalleled audio experiences for both home and office settings,” said Steve Heintz, senior product manager, Atlona. “This seamless integration between devices enables sources such as Blu-ray players, game consoles, and set-top boxes to distribute the same content easily within multizone environments — ensuring that signals are received and properly processed in applications such as multichannel home theaters and two-channel bedrooms.”

To convert optimized audio signals reliably from source to display, the AT-HD-M2C uses EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) to provide plug-and-play simplicity — eliminating the need for complex programming, which results in automatic signal detection and delivery. Taking the guesswork out of managing audio, discreet status lights for PCM, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS Digital Surround”, and DTS-HD Master Audio allow users to determine the incoming audio signal at a glance.

For amplifiers and legacy audio receivers, a variety of output ports such as L/R analog audio, coaxial, and TOSLINK digital audio enable pass-through even without HDMI support, while retaining the ability to distribute both audio and video to HDMI displays.

More information about Atlona’s full line of products is available at www.atlona.com.

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About Atlona(R)
Atlona(R) is a leading provider of innovative, reliable AV and IT distribution and connectivity solutions. Since 2003, the company has been designing and engineering award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial AV and IT markets, including education, business, government, entertainment, and healthcare.

Atlona’s products and services enable system designers, integrators, consultants, and installers to simplify installation, minimize maintenance, and maximize the versatility of premier automated control solutions. Atlona’s vision is simple: deliver customer-driven products designed and developed with the features, performance, and reliability that industry leaders demand; and deliver the best value in the industry.

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HARMAN’s BSS Audio introduces a cost effective addition to the Soundweb™ London Processor Line

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – HARMAN’s BSS Audio today announced the addition of a cost-effective signal processor to its acclaimed Soundweb™ London family of digital signal processors. The new Soundweb London BLU-50 represents a premium, open-architecture solution in the form of a highly flexible, cost-effective and scalable package.

The BLU-50 is a half-rack width processor that offers a fixed configuration of four inputs and four outputs, configurable signal processing, logic processing and BLU link. The device can be powered with the included 12VDC power supply but can accept 12-48VDC via a terminal block connector. The BLU-50 can also be powered with PoE+ via the Ethernet port, allowing the device to be powered, configured, controlled and monitored using a single Cat 5e cable.

The analog inputs of the BLU-50 provide software configurable gain in 6dB steps up to +48dB per channel and software selectable Phantom Power per channel. Phantom Power, Signal Present and Clip information per channel is easily accessible, without the requirement for a PC, from clear front panel LED indication.

The BLU-50 features BLU link, a low latency, fault tolerant digital audio bus of 48 channels, which uses standard Category 5e cabling giving a distance of 100m between compatible devices. Fiber media converters can be used to increase the distance between devices to over 10km (6.2 miles) using single mode fiber.

The BLU-50 is configured, controlled and monitored from HiQnet Audio Architect™ or HiQnet London Architect™ and is compatible with other members of the Soundweb London family. Its 48 channel BLU link bus represents channels 1-48 of the larger 256 channel BLU link bus when integrated with the BLU-800, BLU-320, BLU-160, BLU-120, BLU-BIB and BLU-BOB devices. Up to 60 BLU link compatible devices can share channels on a single bus.

As with other Soundweb London devices, 12 Control Inputs, six Logic Outputs and an RS-232 port allow the BLU-50 to be integrated with other compatible devices.

“With so much capability packed into such a small device, combined with its powering and mounting flexibility, the BLU-50 is the most versatile and affordable open-architecture processor we’ve created to date. The BLU-50 further extends the scalability of the Soundweb London platform and represents a major milestone in the broader applicability of open-architecture solutions,” stated, Iain Gregory, Market Manager for installed sound, HARMAN Signal Processing.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

HARMAN’s JBL Commercial Introduces High-Value, High-Performance Amplifiers and Mixers at ISE 2014

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – At Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2014, HARMAN’s JBL Commercial is introducing six Commercial Series Amplifiers (CSA) and two Commercial Series Mixers (CSM) that combine outstanding value and performance.

The JBL Commercial power amplifiers and mixers making their ISE 2014 debut include the following:

• CSA2120Z amplifier, 2 channels, 120-watt power output per channel
• CSA280Z amplifier, 2 channels, 80-watt power output per channel
• CSA240Z amplifier, 2 channels, 40-watt power output per channel
• CSA1120Z amplifier, 1 channel, 120-watt power output
• CSA180Z amplifier, 1 channel, 80-watt power output
• CSA140Z amplifier, 1 channel, 40-watt power output
• CSM-28 mixer, 8 inputs, 2 outputs
• CSM-14 mixer, 4 inputs, 1 output

“Our new JBL Commercial CSA and CSM amplifiers and mixers fulfill the need for small, affordable, easy to use sound reinforcement components in places like restaurants, coffee shops, fitness facilities, bars and other spaces where an elaborate A/V installation isn’t required,” said Craig Lambrecht, Business Segment Manager, Amplifier Business Unit. “They’re designed and engineered to deliver plenty of power and flexibility along with exceptional sound and reliability.”

The CSA amplifiers incorporate HARMAN’s proprietary DriveCore amplifier IC, which combines what would be hundreds of conventional parts into a single chip smaller than a dime. DriveCore offers significantly reduced power consumption, size and weight while delivering outstanding sound quality. All CSA amps are just 1U rack space high and a half-rack wide. All models can operate into 8 ohm and 4 ohm loads and can be used with 70V and 100V distributed audio systems without the need for a separate transformer. A single amp channel (or 1 channel amplifier) can easily drive multiple speakers without the need for complex wiring and the amplifiers’ distributed audio capability simplifies adding volume controls to single- or multiple- speaker zones. All feature a universal power supply for international use and accept an Ethernet control cable for use with the JBL CSR-V wall-mount volume control.

JBL Commercial’s CSM mixers are perfect for background music, paging, security and other uses. Like the CSA amplifiers, the CSM models are simple to set up and use, with a minimum of front panel controls and illuminated rings around the knobs for easy visibility. All the mixers provide channel, master volume and independent bass and treble controls. The rear panel offers RCA inputs and Euro-block-type mic/line input and output connectors. All models feature priority muting, VOX ducking and mic phantom power and can be used with JBL’s CSR-V wall controller.

JBL Commercial components are manufactured under HARMAN JBL’s GreenEdge initiative, for increased energy efficiency and lighter weight while delivering top-quality performance. CSA amps and CSM mixers conform to lead-free RoHS standards, use recycled copper, aluminum and steel from factory processes and benefit from additional environmentally conscious manufacturing procedures.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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