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HARMAN’s Martin Professional Announces The Immediate Availability of the ShowDesigner 6™

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — HARMAN’s Martin Professional and Lighthouse Holland are proud to officially launch Martin ShowDesigner 6™ (MSD), the best real-time 3D visualizer on the market with a newly designed 3D engine to provide photorealistic rendering in real-time using the latest DirectX technology.

The MSD 6’s user-friendly timeline control allows users create complex presentations including lighting, video, animated scenery, camera motion and animated smoke effects. The user interface has been completely redesigned with a modern look, offering a rapid workflow to quickly drag and drop fixtures, objects and textures as well as instant access to any object’s properties.

MSD 6 is Vectorworks-friendly and through a Windows-based plug-in, Vectorworks files can be exported and imported into MSD 6. The intelligent system learns from previous conversions to choose the right MSD fixture type to replace Vectorworks fixtures.

MSD 6 also comes with its own 3D modeling app to quickly build objects and materials or import DXF and native SketchUp formats along with all textures and UV maps.

MSD 6 is available in two versions: MSD 6 Pro™ and MSD 6 Lite™. Whilst the Pro version has every possible feature to pre-visualize lighting and video in 3D, integrate moving scenery, create video animation and paper presentation, the MSD 6 Lite version offers essential features to do 3D pre-visualization.

MSD 6 Pro and MSD Lite are available as a one-year plan and a five-year plan with a 20% savings. Please refer to your local Martin dealer and the Lighthouse shop for details: www.lighthouse.nl.shop

Current MSD 5 users with a One-Key and active membership are eligible for upgrade to MSD 6 with no extra charge. Visit martinshowdesigner.com for more information.

See videos and screenshots of MSD 6 at: http://www.lighthouse.nl/msd.php?viewSub=media

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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

HARMAN’s BSS Audio Introduces Soundweb™ Contrio Platform, Developed to Deliver Game-Changing System Control Capabilities for Networked Audio Applications

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — In a move that redefines what’s possible with networked audio processing capabilities, HARMAN’s BSS Audio today introduced the Soundweb™ Contrio networked control and audio distribution platform at InfoComm 2014. The Soundweb Contrio platform and its two initial products, the Contrio server and Contrio wall controller range, are the first within the Soundweb Contrio family that will ultimately provide enhanced system control capability and audio routing flexibility for a variety of applications. Significantly, these and all future Soundweb Contrio products will be backward compatible with existing BSS Audio Soundweb London devices, providing the widest and most comprehensive choice of audio processing, distribution and control devices available in a single system solution today.

At just 1U rack space, the Soundweb Contrio server is powered by an embedded iteration of HARMAN’s HiQnet™ software. It provides advanced system control, system management and media server functionality at a central point of the network. It offers a comprehensive logic and scripting environment, enables system self-healing and error management, networked audio message playback and system-wide preset and media scheduling.

The Contrio wall controller lineup features four models that, in addition to advanced multiple zone control, can easily be employed in a room-combining and splitting environment. The controllers are available in white or black, US and EU form factors and provide visual feedback for end-users to easily manage and adjust audio operation in a specific environment.

“We developed these products to allow integrators to continue deploying the complete lineup of BSS Audio Soundweb London devices and HARMAN HiQnet Software they have come to depend upon for installed systems, while also leveraging the capability of enhanced control and system monitoring through the first set of our powerful Contrio products,” stated Iain Gregory, market manager, installed sound at HARMAN Signal Processing.

The Soundweb Contrio platform continues the expansion of HARMAN’s Architectural Media Systems, the premier installed sound solution which also features components from Crown amplifiers and is powered by HARMAN HiQnet Audio Architect software.

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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

Symetrix Radius 12×8 Dante™ Network DSPs Help Revitalize St. Peter Catholic Church

OMAHA, NEBRASKA – JUNE 2014: The Diocese of Omaha erected St. Peter Catholic Church in Omaha, Nebraska in 1926, and the church enjoyed many decades at the heart of Omaha’s Catholic community. However, times changed, demographics shifted, and the church didn’t have the funds to keep up with needed maintenance. It fell into disrepair. However, a recent resurgence in attendance inspired by the leadership of Fr. Damien Cook motivated the diocese to fund a major external and internal renovation at St. Peter Catholic Church. Now complete, the renovation, designed and coordinated by Conrad Schmitt Studios of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has won awards and features a new sound reinforcement system anchored by a Symetrix Radius 12×8 Dante network audio DSP system with Symetrix ARC wall panel remote.

“It was a complete overhaul, from the roof to the floors, from the walls to the ceiling, everything is renovated and revitalized,” said Tim Burkhart, senior systems designer with Omaha-based Midwest Sound & Lighting, the firm that installed St. Peter’s new sound reinforcement system. “It’s really stunning. In the process, they knew they would radically alter the room’s acoustics. They wanted to ensure that the new sound system would give them musical impact and intelligibility.”

Milwaukee-based DSH Audio Visions designed the sound system and partnered with Scott Riedel Associates of Milwaukee for acoustic design. David Hosbach, DSH president and principal design consultant concurred with Burkhart, and added, “Father Cook and Music Director Zachary Turner understand that while the music portion of Mass is really important, if worshipers can’t hear the Word clearly the rest of it – the majestic music, the ornate worship space – really doesn’t matter. I take my hat off to them and the St. Peter congregation for allowing the sound design, the room acoustics and the architectural beauty to work together in harmony, so to speak.”

Two Symetrix Radius 12×8 DSPs form the heart of the system. One unit is located at the front of the room, the second unit is located at the back of the room, and they connect via the Dante network. That way, each unit is near to a collection of inputs and appropriate outputs, and because the system integrates completely via Dante, any of those inputs can be sent to any of those outputs. Redundant Dante connections provide a failsafe in case one of the networks goes down – the other network will pick up seamlessly. The Radius units provide sophisticated processing for Crown amplifiers and a Tannoy QFlex 64 steerable line array.

The Radius units are located in a wall rack at the back of the loft and at the main equipment rack in the sacristy at the front of the room. Two remote sets provide user control, with one mounted in the main rack, and the other in the loft in a custom portable box at the organ console. All told, two Symetrix ARC-K1e, five Symetrix ARC-EX4e, and three Symetrix ARC-SW4e wall panel remote control units provide comprehensive, yet intuitive, control of the system. They primarily select active inputs and allow volume adjustment and configuration preset changes. “We use a lot of Symetrix equipment, and we love the hardware, the software, and its bullet-proof reliability,” said Burkhart. “The sound quality is always top-notch, and the Symetrix open-architecture processing is capable of anything we ask of it. Considering how frequently we use Symetrix products, the failure rate is remarkably low. And if something does go wrong, Symetrix makes it right immediately.”

Hosbach commented, “I like the Symetrix SymNet DSPs for the same reasons as Tim. And I’ll add that they are really easy to program, the site files are fast and convenient to move around in and modify on the fly during setup, and the tuning filters are extremely accurate.”

Burkhart concluded, “St. Peter Catholic Church is very happy with the new sound reinforcement system. They are delighted with its sound quality and with its ease of operation.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

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Christie Introduces Ruggedized Roadie 4K25 and 4K35 3-Chip DLP at InfoComm 2014

Christie® welcomes the Roadie 4K25 and Roadie 4K35 to its powerful solutions line-up at InfoComm 2014. Ruggedized and designed for rental staging, the Roadie 4K25 and Roadie 4K35 3-chip DLP® projectors deliver 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution at 60Hz – with optional 120Hz capability – and 25,000 and 35,000 lumens respectively.

Christie Roadie 4K Projector

For rental/staging applications including amusement parks, concerts, live event theaters, casinos, sporting events, large sales meetings, conventions, and more, the Roadie 4K25 and Roadie 4K35 are equipped with Christie TruLife™ proprietary 1.2 Gigapixel per second processing and built-in image warping and blending to deliver the high brightness, high-resolution videos and graphics that make presentations comes alive.

Utilizing the optional robust rigging and stacking frame, the Christie Roadie 4K25 and 4K35 are powerful projectors and perfect for large-format visual spectacles such as location-based entertainment and projection mapping. Providing detailed images with smooth motion transitions, both Roadies deliver what rental stagers demand for a more vibrant and appealing visual experience.

“Bright, brilliant images in 4K with 120Hz capability – all in a rugged and versatile solution – is exactly what the Christie Roadie 4K25 and Roadie 4K35 deliver to rental staging applications and fixed installations,” said Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Christie. “Images look clean and beautiful on almost any surface thanks to the built-in twist and warp capabilities, and the rigging and stacking frame means a fast, worry-free installation in a variety of settings.”

Christie Roadie 4K25 and 4K35 Deliver:
-4K Native Resolution at 60 Hz and upgradable to 120Hz.
-Built in Twist and Warp allows pixels to be mapped onto any projection surface.
-Full Connectivity with Standard Display Port and 3G-SDI input modules.
-Stacking and Rigging frame.
-Christie TruLife processing for excellent color reproduction.
-Rental Staging ruggedness; specifically built for the rigors of the road.
-Xenon illumination.
-Multi-inputs with standard 3GSDI, display port, and optional DVI and HDMI.

The Christie Roadie 4K Series comes with a three-year parts and labor warranty and ships in November 2014.

HARMAN’s JBL Commercial Series Amplifiers and Mixers Now Shipping

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – HARMAN’s JBL Commercial today announced its six Commercial Series Amplifiers (CSA) and two Commercial Series Mixers (CSM) are now shipping. The CSA and CSM line-up combines outstanding value and performance and fulfills the need for small, affordable, easy to use sound reinforcement for applications such as restaurants, coffee ships, fitness facilities, bars and other spaces where an elaborate A/V installation isn’t required. All CSA products are ENERGY STAR® certified.

The JBL Commercial power amplifiers and mixers now shipping 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

“The JBL Commercial CSA and CSM amplifiers and mixers provide just the right mix of performance, value and functionality for a broad array of fixed install applications,” said Craig Lambrecht, Business Segment Manager, Amplifier Business Unit. “These products continue to further the mission of the JBL Commercial line of products to provide high quality audio systems for venues that would never have had access to such technology in the past because of budget, space or technology constraints.”

The CSA amplifiers incorporate Crown’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.

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. 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 (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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

HARMAN’s BSS Audio Introduces Soundweb™ Contrio Wall Controllers Providing Enhanced System Functionality for End-Users in Variety of Applications

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — HARMAN’s BSS Audio today introduced its Soundweb Contrio family of wall controllers, designed to provide greater system control and flexibility for a variety of fixed install applications. The Soundweb Contrio wall controller lineup features four models that, in addition to advanced multiple zone control, can easily be employed in a room-combining and splitting environment. The Soundweb Contrio platform and its two initial products, the Contrio wall controller range and Contrio Server, are the first within the Soundweb Contrio family that will ultimately provide enhanced system control capability and audio routing flexibility for a variety of applications.

All Soundweb Contrio products will be backward compatible with existing BSS Audio Soundweb London devices, providing the widest and most comprehensive choice of audio processing, distribution and control devices available in a single system solution today.

Contrio wall controllers are powered via PoE (Power over Ethernet) and are compatible with HARMAN HiQnet™ products. Simple controls and multi-colored visual feedback and displays make the controllers approachable and straightforward for non-technical users. Multiple modes of operation allow system integrators to tailor the functionality of the controller to the requirements of the application and its users.

“The Soundweb Contrio Wall Controllers are designed to provide a simplistic, yet powerful interface that allows for greater control of audio for a variety of applications and venues. These controllers along with the other members of the Contrio family are designed to provide integrators and end-users alike with better control, management and ultimately, performance, of their audio systems,” stated Iain Gregory, Market Manager, Installed Sound at HARMAN Signal Processing.

Soundweb Contrio controllers are scheduled to be available in September 2014 in white or back finish and EU or US form factors.

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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

Egypt’s CBC Boosts Flexibility of HD Signal Transport With Riedel MediorNet Real-Time Network

WUPPERTAL, Germany — June 17, 2014 – Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that leading Egyptian TV channel Capital Broadcast Center (CBC) has upgraded its Cairo facilities and operations with the installation of a MediorNet real-time media network. Riedel MediorNet frames enable flexible transport of 10 HD video signals between two CBC buildings within the Egyptian Media Production City.

“Riedel’s MediorNet solution is an ideal fit for our operations not only because of its flexibility and intuitive operation, but also because of the rich feature set it provides,” said Mohamed Hammad, playout manager for CBC. “In deploying MediorNet for HD signal distribution, we’ve realized much greater freedom in establishing point-to-point and point-to-multipoint signal transport with valuable cost-saving benefits including reliable synchronization.”

Enabling CBC to move beyond simple point-to-point links, Riedel’s MediorNet network allows the broadcaster to send any incoming signal to any output or even to multiple outputs. Because routing is managed through a straightforward user interface, CBC can change its signal-routing configuration without the need for re-wiring or physical patching. MediorNet also helps to eliminate the need for external devices through integrated broadcast-quality processing and conversion features such as frame store/frame synchronizers and embedders/de-embedders at any input/output.

Going forward, CBC can connect additional sites easily and increase the signal load by adding MediorNet frames to the network. The broadcaster has plans to augment the installation with a Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom system as well, which will allow for the connection of a talk-back panel linking production staff across CBC facilities.

“One of the reasons for CBC’s leadership in Egypt’s broadcast market is its willingness to use new technologies to overcome operational obstacles and limitations,” said Ahmed Magd El Din, general manager, Middle East and Turkey, Riedel Communications. “We look forward to building on the success of this installation, which provides CBC with even broader signal transport and communications capabilities.”

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-CBCEgyptLogo.jpg

HARMAN’s Crown Debuts Its XLC Series Power Amplifiers Featuring DriveCore™ Technology at InfoComm 2014

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — HARMAN’s Crown Audio today announced the introduction of its XLC Series XLC2800 and XLC2500 Power Amplifiers, two cost-effective 2-channel models that offer a host of useful features for installed sound applications. The new amplifiers incorporate proprietary DriveCore™ technology for high efficiency with lighter weight and are on exhibit at InfoComm 2014.

The XLC2800 and XLC2500 can operate into impedances from 8 ohms to 2 ohms using stereo, parallel or bridged mono outputs. Although extremely powerful at 775W and 500W per channel respectively (at 4 ohms; 2400W and 1550W into 4 ohms in bridged mode), both amplifiers are lightweight and measure only 2U rack spaces high.

Both models feature HARMAN’s proprietary DriveCore amplifier IC chip, which combines the amplifier driver stage into the power output stage along with additional audio-signal functions – yet is about the size of a postage stamp. DriveCore and other exclusive Crown Class D amplifier topologies significantly reduce the amplifiers’ size/weight and power consumption requirements while yielding much more energy-efficient operation.

“Our new XLC Series amplifiers provide a cost-effective solution for restaurants, bars, stores, businesses and other establishments that don’t require the high power output and networking connectivity of our other amplifier lines, yet still need a top-quality amplifier that’s totally reliable and delivers outstanding sound quality,” said Daniel Sanez, Business Segment Manager, Crown Audio.

Designed for easy installation, the XLC2800 and XLC2500 feature Power, Signal, Clip and Fault indicators and limited front panel control. The XLC series is contractor friendly with input/output connectors, and supports parallel connections to multiple speakers, an advantage in applications where available amplifier channels are limited. XLC Series amplifiers also feature rear-panel volume controls for each channel.

Like all Crown products, the XLC2800 and XLC2500 are engineered for unshakable reliability even under the most demanding conditions of continuous long-term use and carry Crown’s three-year, no-fault fully transferrable warranty.

The Crown XLC Series XLC2800 and XLC2500 Power Amplifiers are available immediately.

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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

HARMAN’s Crown DCi Network Display Amplifiers: The World’s First AVnu Alliance® Certified AVB Endpoint

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – HARMAN’s Crown Audio today announced its DCi Network Display Amplifiers are the first professional audio endpoints to receive AVnu certification for Audio Video Bridging (AVB) interoperability from the AVnu Alliance, the professional audio industry’s only organization dedicated to driving open, standards-based AV networking through the certification of AVB products for interoperability.

“This certification underscores our long term commitment to AVB and HARMAN Professional’s support for the AVnu Alliance and its mission to promote interoperability amongst audio manufacturers,” said Dan Saenz, Business Segment Manager, Crown Audio. “Crown’s history of leadership in professional amplifier technology is well documented and today’s announcement is the latest in a long list of industry-first achievements.”

Crown’s flagship DCi Network Series amplifiers set a new standard for power and flexibility in large-scale installed sound applications. The eight-channel DCi 8|600ND delivers 600W into eight ohms (300, 600 and 300W into 16, four and two ohms) and the four-channel DCi 4|1250ND provides 1250W into eight, four or two ohms (625W into 16 ohms). Both amplifiers offer direct drive “constant voltage” capabilities for 70Vrms and 100Vrms amplification without the need for a step-up transformer, yielding higher audio quality in distributed audio applications with power outputs of 1250W and 600W respectively.

Like all Crown DCi Series amplifiers, the DCi 8|600ND and DCi 4|1250ND take advantage of HARMAN’s proprietary DriveCore amplifier IC chip for powerful, highly efficient operation from a compact form factor measuring just two RU high. The DriveCore chip combines the amplifier driver stage into the power output stage along with additional audio-signal functions, yet is about the size of a postage stamp. The DriveCore-based Class D, next-generation PWM design dramatically reduces size and power consumption and yields a much more energy-efficient operation.

Crown DCi Network Display Amplifiers passed the testing procedures at an AVnu-appointed test house. AVnu Alliance funds the development of certification testing and its members are responsible for ensuring AVNu Alliance’s IEEE AVB compliance program meets demanding performance benchmarks. This is the first and only independent AV networking certification test program.

Certification, which is available to any member, is based on testing that takes place at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL), which serves as AVnu’s independent testing facility. “AVnu Certification provides in-depth validation of member products against established standards enabling a healthy multi-source ecosystem,” said UNH-IOL’s Bob Noseworthy.

About AVnu Alliance
The AVnu Alliance is dedicated to the advancement of streaming audio video by promoting the adoption of IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over the network infrastructure. The organization strives to create an open path to AVB standards, define AVB compliance test procedures, and an AVnu certification program that ensures AVB interoperability of networked A/V devices to provide the highest quality streaming experience in professional A/V, automotive, and consumer applications to deliver a compelling end user experience.

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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

HARMAN’s dbx Debuts Its AFS2 Advanced Feedback Suppression™ Processor

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – HARMAN’s dbx today announced the introduction of its AFS2 Advanced Feedback Suppression Processor, designed to completely eliminate feedback from a PA system. The AFS2 is ideal for bands, DJs, live sound and fixed installation applications and offers a host of upgraded features including a Wizard auto-setup function, a completely re-designed Advanced Feedback Suppression module, and a large LCD display.

Successor to the popular AFS224, the AFS2 provides state-of-the-art feedback elimination, yet is simple to use, thanks to its one-button Wizard function that automates key setup parameters and walks the user through the configuration process. The AFS2 offers a full LCD display and 24 LED meters per channel for setup and monitoring. The AFS2 can be added to a system in minutes, thanks to its easy rear-panel connectivity and its optimized front panel .

The AFS2’s all-new DSP module takes dbx Advanced Feedback Suppression (AFS™) to an entirely new level. This new module provides for faster and more focused filter sets in both fixed and live mode. While 10- and 12-filter feedback-elimination processors are commonplace, the dedicated processor in the AFS2 provides up to 24 programmable filters per channel with filter Qs up to 1/80 of an octave. This level of extreme precision, previously available only in high-end processors, enables the AFS2 to zero in on the exact frequencies needed to attenuate feedback. The AFS2 offers application-specific filter types including Speech and Music Low, Medium and High.

The AFS2 offers selectable Live and Fixed (installed sound) filter modes, selectable filter lift times, live filter lift and more, all of which are available via the intuitive front panel user interface. The AFS2 can be used in either stereo or dual independent channel mode. It includes XLR and TRS inputs and outputs and a USB jack to enable firmware updates when they become available.
“Getting rid of feedback can be one of the most difficult and insidious things to deal with when setting up a PA system, especially for bands and performers who have to carry their own PA and may be musicians first and sound engineers second,” said Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA and Recording & Broadcast at HARMAN Signal Processing. “The AFS2 is simple to use, yet powerful and flexible enough for elaborate large-scale live sound systems and fixed installations.”

The dbx AFS2 Advanced Feedback Suppression Processor will be available in July 2014 at a suggested retail price of $499.

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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

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