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Welcome to DESIGN THE ULTIMATE SHOW: HARMAN’s Martin Professional Young Lighting Designer Contest, 2014

AARHUS, Denmark — HARMAN’s Martin is very pleased to offer global lighting designers a place in the race to become the hottest up-and-coming young Lighting Designer. To enter, captivated LD’s can program their ultimate show to a music track of their choice and submit a recording to the Martin Facebook contest page. 



The prize 


Apart from instant stardom, the winner will be awarded two prizes: a trip to Prolight+Sound 2014 in Frankfurt and the Martin M2GO™ controller. 
A second place winner receives the M2PC™. Third place wins the Martin USB Duo DMX Interface. 



Contest outline 


During the contest friends, colleagues and other Facebook users can vote for their favorite shows. When the contest ends, the three shows with the most votes enter the final stage of the contest. A panel of judges, made up of last year’s winner, Brad Helzer and Martin employees with field experience, Theis Wermuth and Paul Pelletier, will deliberate and pick the final winner. The winner will be announced March 3rd.

The contest is now open and the last entries will be received on March 2nd – all videos must be submitted to the Facebook contest page no later than 12 AM CET. 



Who can enter? 


In order to compete, contestants must be a young, amateur lighting designer who aspires to become a great light designer. Contestants must be between the age of 18 and 30 to enter. 
Please note, that in order to participate, contestants must be available to travel to Frankfurt, March 12-15 2014. 


For full instructions including terms and conditions, click here. 
 


As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.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.

Hitachi Raises the Bar with Four New Ultra Short-Throw Projectors

Chula Vista, California, February 5, 2014 – Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group today introduced its CP-AX2503, CP-AX3503, CP-AW2503 and CP-AW3003 Ultra Short Throw projectors – four high-performance models that are ideally suited for delivering large images in limited spaces. The new 3LCD projectors offer improved image quality, flexible connectivity including powered focus, and wireless networking plus a host of useful convenience features.

The CP-AX2503 and CP-AW2503 deliver 2,700 color and white light ouput with XGA and WXGA resolution, respectively, while the CP-AX3503 and CP-AW3003 offer 3,300 and 3,600 color and white light output with XGA and WXGA resolution, respectively. All four projectors include Hitachi’s High Dynamic Contrast Range feature that provides a unique ability to alter contrast when ambient light is present and yet preserve the integrity of the image. Additionally, Hitachi’s exclusive Accentualizer technology enhances sharpness, gloss and shadow detail for more realistic image quality while providing greater depth of field.

All four models can be used in tabletop mode, or wall mounted. All provide a full complement of inputs including two HDMI inputs, two computer HD-15 inputs, three USB inputs for use with a USB memory stick, wireless adapter or mouse plus component, composite video, audio and mic A/V jacks. All the projectors have computer monitor and audio outputs. In addition, all four models have RS-232C and RJ-45 Ethernet ports. An optional wireless adapter lets users connect their computer to the projectors via a wireless network. The projectors’ PC-less presentation feature enables users to project images directly from a USB thumb drive, eliminating the need to connect a computer.

All four models will be available in the spring of 2014.

For more information on Hitachi projectors visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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About Hitachi
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For more information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com/.

HARMAN’s Martin Dynamic Digital Media Façade Renews Confederation of Danish Industry in the Heart of Copenhagen

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands — HARMAN’s Martin Professional, Kollision and Transform Architects have completely refurbished the exterior of the Confederation of Danish Industry building in Copenhagen, which now boasts a beautiful façade, highlighted by an ever-changing LED media surface for a more engaging and emotional presence.

The location of the building was the main reason for a media façade solution, as it sits in Copenhagen at Rådhuspladsen, where outdoor advertising has been an integral part of the area for more than 100 years.

Transform architect Lars Bendrup said, “This LED media façade was the next logical step. It’s an entirely new way of communicating through the language of light. Confederation of Danish Industry is showing a new face – one that reflects dynamism and change.”

The media façade incorporates 4,000 meters of Martin Professional’s VC-Strip in a customized outdoor solution, forming a harlequin pattern across the entire building on which a variety of graphic designs can be displayed. The LED strips are full-color RGB LED battens with each LED (over 90,000 in total) individually controllable in terms of color, brightness and intensity.

Content for the façade was created by Danish design firm Kollision, in cooperation with Transform and allows the Confederation of Danish Industry to use the lighting fixtures as a dynamic interface between its brand, the building and the urban setting. The system gives the client’s internal communication department the freedom to transmit any look or expression they wish onto the facade. The player-system also includes an integrated weather service app controlling the brightness of the façade and be controlled and adjusted through a custom iPad app.

“We cooperated with Martin on a solution from the start, even before we decided on the LED strip solution. It was tremendously good to work with Martin as they had the knowledge needed to integrate our LED lighting needs into this project,” Bendrup continued. “This is perhaps the most ambitious media façade integration in Scandinavia and signals a change in the architectural landscape.”

Other areas of the Confederation of Danish Industry building have also been outfitted with new Martin Professional lighting systems, including the conference room, with 60 Martin moving head luminaires and Martin LED strips; the reception area with strings of LED dots; and five elevators at the main entrance, where each floor interactively sets its own light level and color temperature – a complete Martin reference, both inside and out.

The main contractor on the Confederation of Danish Industry renovation project was E. Pihl & Søn.

For a video describing the installation, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-MHAISEjw4

Martin Equipment:
50x MAC 101 CT™
4x MAC Aura™
1x MAC 350 Entour™
4x MAC TW1™
480m VC-Strip™
4000m VC-Strip™ (customized outdoor version)
360 x VC-Dot 9™
11x VC-Feeder™
49x P3 PowerPort 1500™
5x P3-200 System Controller™
1x M-PC V3™
1x M2GO™ (bkup to M-PC / event controller)
1x iOS MAXRemote
1x Martin USB Duo DMX Interface
1x Martin ShowDesigner™
3x Ether2DMX8™
8x Martin RDM 5.5 Splitter™

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

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 about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

HARMAN’s Martin LEDs Enhance Customer Experience at Iconic BMW World

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands — As one of Munich’s most popular attractions, BMW World is a unique and extremely important showcase for the premium automaker. Whether visiting BMW World as a tourist or there to pick up a brand new car, BMW World offers an extra-ordinary brand experience to customers. Today, BMW World features an eye-catching HARMAN Martin color illumination on the outside of the building – a dynamic lighting scheme that has now been extended indoors as a daylight solution.

As one of the world’s great luxury automakers, the atmosphere surrounding presentations of the various car models must be perfect, avoiding both shape and color distortion. Therefore, especially high demands are put on the lighting environment. An extremely even daylight illumination is required – a uniform level of light that must be guaranteed no matter the ambient conditions, time of day or time of year.

“The Martin LED fixtures required the ability to show shape and color in the correct way,” stated Florian Felsch, General Manager, Livebau Solutions. “With this LED solution, we have calibrated 5,600-Calvin- color temperature, which is perfect for product presentation. We’ve also lowered the maintenance cost by 90 percent and the return of investment is only 1.5 years on the lighting setup.”

Martin Professional LED-based Exterior 430 luminaires have been installed and produce optimal results, meeting the highest standards and requirements of luminosity and color rendering at BMW World.

For more, view a video of the BMW World illumination here.

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional Extends the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Loudspeaker Lineup with Integration of Duran Audio Products

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – In an announcement that merges the legendary HARMAN’s JBL Professional loudspeaker lineup with Duran Audio’s world-class array of loudspeakers for unique installed sound technology applications, JBL Professional is incorporating Duran Audio’s products into the JBL Professional brand. The move further strengthens JBL Professional’s standing as the optimal resource for installed audio loudspeakers of all varieties. The new products will be sold as the JBL Intellivox and JBL AXYS product series.

“We are excited to add these wonderful, leading-edge products to the JBL lineup,” said Rick Kamlet, Senior Market Manager for Intellivox Products, JBL Professional. “Intellivox is a name that is already synonymous with beam steering and speech intelligibility. The products are highly respected by consultants, installers and end-users throughout the world. What Duran Audio has developed in recent years goes way beyond beam steering and their digital directivity technologies also include advanced Beam Shaping techniques—an important and extremely valuable capability that is unique in the industry.”

“The synergy of JBL Professional and Duran Audio is a thrilling development and we strongly feel that distributing our products through JBL Professional’s extensive sales and distribution organization will open doors to many more customers around the globe utilizing our products,” said Nick Screen, Sales Director, Duran Audio B.V.

Intellivox loudspeakers are known for delivering unmatched fidelity in some of the most challenging and prestigious venues around the world, where speech intelligibility is a paramount requirement. The addition of Duran Audio to HARMAN’s portfolio of commercial audio and lighting technology companies underscores HARMAN’s strategy to complement continued growth through targeted acquisitions in adjacent technology and product areas across all geographic and vertical markets.

JBL Intellivox products will be on show at the HARMAN stand at ISE 2014.

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 Professional AW Series All-Weather Loudspeakers Receive EN54-24 Certification for Fire Detection and Alarm Systems

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – HARMAN’s JBL Professional today announced that five of its AW Series all-weather loudspeakers have received EN54-24 certification. EN54-24 is the EU standard for loudspeakers intended for use in fire detection and fire alarm systems.

JBL’s EN54-24-certified AW Series models include the AW295, AW266, AW526, AW595, and AW566. All five lightweight, high-power 2-way loudspeakers are designed to deliver full-range sound with consistent pattern control and high intelligibility in a wide range of all-weather environments.

“JBL’s AW EN54-24-certified speakers are ideal for use in critical life safety applications or anywhere clear, powerful high-quality audio is needed,” said Rick Kamlet, Senior Manager, Commercial Installed Sound, JBL Professional. “Because of their all-weather construction, EN54-24 models are suitable for use in any fire detection and fire alarm system, whether used indoors or under the most extreme outdoor conditions.”

All JBL AW Series EN54-24-certified loudspeakers employ JBL’s exclusive Differential Drive™ dual voice coil, dual magnetic gap 12” and 15” woofers, and a 2432H 1.5-inch exit, 3” diaphragm high-frequency compression driver. The loudspeakers’ large-format Progressive Transition™ waveguide provides exceptional high-frequency coverage over a wide area, and the waveguide can be rotated to enable the loudspeakers to be used in either horizontal or vertical orientation.

All models utilize rugged multilayer glass composite enclosures and are heavily braced to maximize low-frequency performance. All feature a 14-gauge stainless steel grille backed with open-cell foam and a stainless steel mesh that provided durable protection in even the harshest outdoor environments. All AW Series EN 54-24 loudspeakers are equipped with a 400W 70/100V transformer for use in distributed audio systems and are supplied with a heavy-duty stainless steel U-type mounting bracket.

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 Professional Introduces CBT 50LA-LS Line Array Column Loudspeaker with EN54-24 Certification

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – HARMAN’s JBL Professional today introduced its new CBT 50LA-LS line array column loudspeaker that comes with full EN54-24 certification. EN54-24 is the EU standard for loudspeakers intended for use in voice announce and fire alarm systems. The CBT 50LA-LS is an addition to the popular CBT Series (Constant Beamwidth Technology™) that has been developed exclusively for the European installation market.

The CBT 50LA-LS is a very compact 50 cm high column that utilizes a straight line of eight 2-inch drivers. It contains low-saturation transformers, so it can be used on 70V/100V distributed speaker lines or as low impedance speakers.

JBL’s CBT Series column loudspeakers were the first loudspeakers to incorporate JBL’s newly introduced and patented Constant Beamwidth Technology, using passive beam-forming components to deliver a narrow vertical beamwidth and constant directivity coverage from a passive column, resulting in high intelligibility in difficult acoustical venues and consistent frequency response at every listener location.

In addition, the CBT speakers provide Dynamic SonicGuard overload protection circuitry, which reduces distortion at high drive levels, along with user variable voicing which allows for selecting a flat frequency response or a midrange presence peak for especially clear speech intelligibility.

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 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.

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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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.

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