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PreSonus Delivers No-Hassle Dante Networking for StudioLive AI Loudspeakers

 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, June 2014… With the new SL-Dante-SPK upgrade option,StudioLive™ AI-series Active Integration™ loudspeakers become the first Dante-enabled active loudspeakers on the market. The SL-Dante-SPK card houses one Ethercon connection for Dante™ audio networking and remote control via the free SL Room Control application for StudioLive AI-series loudspeakers.

Dante-enabled StudioLive AI-series 3-way active loudspeakers allow users to create a complete, networked audio system with any Dante-enabled mixer using a standard 1 GB Ethernet switch and Audinate’s Dante digital-media networking technology, which offers no-hassle, self-configuring, true plug-and-play digital audio networking.

Users can also connect non-Dante mixers, such as a first-generation StudioLive, to the analog inputs of a Dante-equipped AI loudspeaker and then broadcast the signal over the Dante network using CAT5 cables. This makes Dante-enabled StudioLive AI an ideal solution for large FOH systems.

The Dante upgrade works with StudioLive 312AI, 315AI, and 328AI loudspeakers and the StudioLive 18sAI subwoofer. It will be available from PreSonus dealers in August 2014 with an expected MAP/street price of $199.

For more information about Audinate and Dante, please visit www.audinate.com. For more about PreSonus StudioLive AI Active Integration loudspeakers, visit www.presonus.com/products/live-sound-reinforcement.

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About PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc. – Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’s software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

 

 

Viewbits HD Cameras Selected for Web Broadcasts of 2014 U.S. Chess Championships

San Diego, California — June 19, 2014 – Viewbits, the industrial cameras division of Computer Modules, Inc., announced that Spectrum Studios chose Viewbits HD cameras for video coverage of the nation’s most prestigious chess tournaments – the 2014 U.S. Championship and 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship, held May 7 through May 20 in St. Louis, Missouri. Sponsored by the United States Chess Federation (USCF) and hosted by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, the championships feature fierce competition and total prize funds of $244,000.

Spectrum Studios utilized eleven miniature GNAT 1080p 60 cameras and two Verio HD Remote-Control PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) cameras for a two week live HD webcast of the tournament — the HD-SDI footage was encoded for the web.

“The GNAT 1080p 60 has a huge number of options for such a small bodied camera – it’s just over 1.64 inches long,” noted Randy Sinquefield, president of Spectrum Studios. “It also has an very easy learning curve — we set up the first one in only 15 to 20 minutes. For overhead shots, we used two Verio HD pan-tilt-zoom cameras with wireless remote control. Everybody on board is thrilled with these cameras. They completely exceeded our expectations.”

“The U.S. Championships are always riveting to many fans who are eager to watch locally and remotely,” stated Joy Bray, General Manager of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, which hosted the event. “The small Viewbits HD cameras delivered stunning video without blocking the view of the live audience. Chess fans around the world viewed the live webcast of the tournaments, and the replays can be seen at www.uschesschamps.com.”

The 2.1 megapixel GNAT 1080p 60 features 3 Gbps HD-SDI Out, AGC (Automatic Gain Control), WDR (Wide Dynamic Range), digital zoom, and defog. It also supports brilliant DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) technologies like DNR, 3D-NR and 2D+3D.

The Verio HD pans, tilts, and zooms on command, via a wireless remote control or an optional keyboard-joystick. The output can be HD-SDI at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, HDMI, YPbPr, or CVBS (composite video). The 8.5 inches wide camera pans and tilts at a speed of half a degree per second to 80 degrees per second, and features a built-in 10x zoom lens.

“We’re proud that our cameras were selected to document the U.S. Chess Championships,” noted Patrick Palensky, Sales Engineer for Viewbits. “The GNAT 1080p 60 is one of our best-selling cameras, and the Verio HD is a long-time customer favorite.”

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features — GNAT 1080p 60

  • 2.1 Megapixels
  • Powerful DSP chip based
  • 1/3” Progressive Scan CMOS Sensor
  • Output: 3G-SDI/HD-SDI (NTSC, PAL) with 292M
  • 42.1 x 29 x 29 millimeters – just over 1.65 inches long
  • Maximum 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
  • Maximum 60 fps @ 1,920 x 1,080
  • C/CS mount
  • Cased version ships with tripod adapter, universal power supply, and control cable
  • AGC, AWB, AE, D-WDR, Sens-Up
  • 2D/3D Noise Reduction, Digital Zoom
  • Defog
  • 1080/720@30p/60p/60i selectable
  • WDR (Wide Dynamic Range): Allows a camera to filter the intense back light surrounding a subject and thus enhances the ability to distinguish features and shapes on the subject.
  • DNR (Digital Noise Reduction, 2D/3D-NR): Provides outstanding clear images by reducing noise. DNR technology has excellent disk-saving effect.
  • AGC (Automatic Gain Control): Automatically adjusts the incoming signal to proper level for display or recording and the sensitivity of pick-up object to render the most pleasing images. Improves performance in low light conditions.
  • Dynamic Motion Detection (8 zones, up to 1980 blocks)
  • Privacy Zone Masking (8 zones)
  • Built-in OSD (On Screen Displays) Joystick
  • DC12V ~ 24V
  • Ships with Universal PS, tripod adapter, and control cable

Features — Verio HD

  • Remote-control HD studio camera with pan, tilt, and zoom
  • Output: HD-SDI at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, HDMI, YPbPr, or CVBS (Composite video)
  • Control from a distance of up to 2,000 feet (610 meters) via RS-232 Serial interface
  • Wireless remote control
  • Optional keyboard with joystick
  • 2.1 Megapixel HD CMOS sensor
  • Built-in lens
  • Pans and tilts at up to 80 degrees per second
  • Compact size — only 8-1/2 inches wide (216 mm)
  • Automatic or manual white balance and focus
  • Optional keyboard/joystick lets you preset up to ten configurations

Suggested Retail Prices:
GNAT 1080p 60 with power supply: $495 U.S.
Verio HD: $3,495 U.S.
Verio HD with optional keyboard/joystick: $3,895 U.S.

Viewbits, GNAT 1080p 60, and Verio HD are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

About The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. It is the mission of the club, an educational organization, to maintain a formal program of instruction to teach the game of chess and to promote and support its educational program through community outreach and local and national partnerships to increase the awareness of the educational value of chess.

Chess teaches valuable lessons for developing students like problem solving, critical thinking, spatial awareness and goal setting.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis provides a formal program of chess instruction that consists of classroom instruction and applied instruction. For more information, visit http://www.saintlouischessclub.org.

About Spectrum Studios
Spectrum Studios shoots television commercials, programming, music videos, short films, feature films, documentaries, educational and training programs, news, and sports for clients around the world.

Located in Columbia, Missouri, Spectrum Studios is a 6,000-square-foot facility, offering film/video production space and post production services, as well as equipment rentals and green screen technology. For more information, please visit http://gospectrumstudios.com/.

About CMI and Viewbits
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. Viewbits, the Industrial Cameras division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells HD, USB-2, CMOS, and X-Ray cameras to companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and Viewbits, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@computermodules.com. To download Viewbits press releases and product images, visit the news section at http://www.viewbits.com.

Viewbits, 11409 West Bernardo Ct. San Diego, CA, 92127
Web: www.viewbits.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

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.

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

Las Vegas, Nevada, June 18, 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.

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

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About Hitachi America, Ltd.
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 information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 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 materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

SunBriteTV Sets New Performance Standards for Outdoor Digital Signage, Adds Improved Marquee Series to SunBriteDS Family

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, June 19, 2014 — SunBriteTV’s new division of commercial outdoor digital signage products, SunBriteDS, today announced newly upgraded Marquee Series models. The new Marquee Series models boast 2,000 NIT and higher LED LCD panels, setting new standards in direct sunlight performance.

Available in 47” and 55” sizes, black and silver colors, and portrait and landscape orientations, Marquee Series models will also feature Ambient Light Sensors, which automatically adjust brightness based on surrounding lighting conditions. SunBriteTV’s high temperature Extended Solar Tolerance technology fully prevents isotropic blackout in direct sunlight while delivering an incredibly bright viewing experience.

Like all SunBriteDS’s outdoor commercial displays, the Marquee Series models are fully weatherproof, protected from rain, dust, insects, humidity, grease and salty air due to a rugged exterior and watertight Cable Entry System. The Marquee Series functions in temperatures as low as -40° and as high as 122° Fahrenheit.

“The new Marquee Series is the most advanced offering in the world of outdoor digital signage,” said Cameron Hill, CEO, SunBriteTV. “Between 2,000 NIT panels, flexible connectivity options, EST and Ambient Light Sensors, venue operators at amusement parks, stadiums, resorts, and hotels now have an affordable true outdoor digital signage display that can be confidently placed in any climate or lighting condition and perform flawlessly.”

The SunBriteDS Marquee 47” (SB-4720L) will be on display at SunBriteTV’s booth (#C5835) at InfoComm 2014.

First released in 2004, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions incorporate over 10 years of research, design and weatherproof technology, resulting in the world’s first and only time-tested true outdoor TVs.

Designed for permanent installation outdoors, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions are superior to indoor televisions when it comes to both safety and performance. Specialized gaskets and insulated electronics keep all wiring safe from every kind of natural element from moisture to insects. The bright, anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright HD images outdoors, day or night.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

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About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV engineers and manufactures award-winning televisions and displays built specifically for outdoor use. SunBriteTV developed the industry’s first all-weather TV in 2004 and its products have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, and airports. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Integrates Award-Winning UAD Plug-Ins From Universal Audio With Vi Series Consoles

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – At InfoComm 2014, HARMAN’s Soundcraft is demonstrating the new Soundcraft® Realtime Rack–a library of over 70 award-winning UAD plug-ins from Universal Audio compatible with all Soundcraft Vi Series digital consoles. The Realtime Rack is a 1U (one rack unit) enclosure capable of processing up to 16 channels of a MADI stream, while additional units can be added for 32, 48 or 64 channels.

There are two versions of the Soundcraft® Realtime Rack: the Core comes preloaded with 14 classic HARMAN and UAD plug-ins, while the Ultimate comes fully loaded with 72 plug-ins including emulations of legendary analog hardware from industry-leading brands such as Studer, Lexicon, dbx, Neve, Manley and more.

The Realtime Rack software runs on a Mac computer providing all the control needed to insert UAD plug-ins on individual channels, auxiliary channels, and master busses as easily as real hardware. A comprehensive snapshot system allows total recall of all plug-ins and their settings. Tight network integration with Vi Series consoles ensures that all settings of the plug-ins are stored inside a Soundcraft Vi console. One Realtime Rack can run 16 channel strips each with up to eight plug-ins inserted. Realtime Racks can also be daisy-chained to up to four units processing 64 channels simultaneously.

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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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Racks up Another Winner with New Si Performer 1 Digital Console

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – HARMAN’s Soundcraft is showing the Si Performer 1—the most compact Si Performer console to date and can now control BSS Soundweb London preamps. The Si Performer features two option card slots available for ViSi Connect expansion and network cards, 80 inputs to mix, Soundcraft’s patented FaderGlow™ and illuminated channel displays for instant mix status, plus the DMX interface and control (which allows simultaneous control of light and sound all from the console’s control surface)…and all available in a single 19-inch rackmount console.

The Si Performer’s two card slots offer unprecedented flexibility, enabling users to connect stageboxes, while providing the ability to connect to audio networks like Dante, CobraNet and BSS BLU Link, which provides easy connectivity with the dbx PMC Personal Monitor Controller via BLU Link.

The Si Performer 1 now comes with the V1.6 software update, offering several new features and improvements to Soundcraft Si Series consoles, including BSS Soundweb London preamp control, external clocking via option cards, selectable input solo modes, Select follow solo, pre-dynamics global bus send, knob bubble pin, and momentary on.

With the V1.6 software update, the Si Performer 1 has powerful new features specifically geared to improve performance for networked audio and monitoring applications. The V1.6 software update can be accessed from the Si Performer 1 page on the Soundcraft website.

The Si Performer has an input capacity of 80 audio inputs to mix on all models, while featuring the same mix power as the Performer 2 and 3 consoles but with 16 mic pres and 16 faders. It is a feature-packed audio console with fully parametric 4-band EQ as standard on all input channels, and as usual on Soundcraft’s digital range, BSS graphic EQs on all bus outputs. This is in addition to the already standard filters, gates, compressors and delays on all inputs and compressors and delays on all outputs, which when calculated delivers the equivalent of over 448 1u rack units of processing in a tiny footprint. Unlike many other digital consoles at this price point, all this processing is fully available all of the time, there are no compromises on the amount of DSP in use.

In addition, the Si Performer offers Soundcraft® FaderGlow, which enables faders to be color-coded via an LED strip alongside the fader to indicate its function or channel identification. The Si Performer 1 also features eight VCA groups and eight mute groups for easier control over its 80 inputs and 35 busses. Each channel on the surface features a custom LCD screen to show channel name, assignments, graphic EQ frequencies and DMX data, plus signal metering. The Si Performer and Si Expression ranges of Soundcraft consoles are also remotely controllable via the ViSi Remote iPad app. Lastly, the unique integration of a DMX512 port offers core lighting control, ideal for single (audio + lighting) operator application.

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 JBL Professional VTX V20 Line Array Loudspeakers Gain Momentum

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Since its introduction earlier this year, HARMAN’s JBL Professional VTX V20 line array loudspeaker has been tremendously successful, as it has been adopted by some of the world’s most respected sound companies for some of the most widely-attended festivals, concerts and tours.

Billing itself as the Ultimate Celebration, the 3-day BottleRock Napa Valley Festival offered the best in music, wine, beer and gourmet food, accompanied by stellar sound courtesy of HARMAN Professional audio systems featuring JBL’s V20 line array loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers. Camarillo, California-based full-service event production company Delicate Productions provided sound, light and video for the event

“The VTX line arrays, subwoofers and loudspeakers proved to be exactly what was needed for the application,” said Delicate Productions’ President Jason Alt. “The VTX’s acoustic energy was focused in the right direction, with the correct directivity being delivered forward to the audience and with very little spill to the surrounding neighborhood.”

In addition, Crosby, Stills and Nash’s live sound company Sound Image has upped the performance of its tour sound rig this year, using a combination of JBL V20 line array elements and S25 suspendable, cardioid-arrayable subwoofers

“Typical CSN concert venues vary between sheds in the summer and theaters with a balcony,” notes Gary Sanguinet of Sound Image’s touring division. “Based on the size of the theater, on each side of the stage we’ll hang a split array of six V20 loudspeakers, one or two S25 subs, and six more V20 boxes on the bottom of each hang, and then place anywhere from six to eight additional S25 subs on the ground for additional low-frequency reinforcement.”

Sound contractor CTS Audio was one of the first adopters of JBL’s VTX Series line arrays and it’s safe to say they’ve liked what they heard—the company just purchased more than 100 more of them. CTS Audio added a total of 108 V20 line array loudspeakers to its inventory, plus another eight V25 loudspeakers and a bevy of VTX F Series F12 loudspeakers. While Franklin, Tennessee-based CTS Audio had used the V25 arrays at a number of high-profile events in the past year, the company put the V20 to the test for the first time at the recent 2014 K-Love Fan Awards, held at Nashville’s Opry Hotel and featuring the biggest names in Christian music including Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Scott Stapp, Sidewalk Prophets and more than 40 other artists.

“Based on our experience with the VTX Series V25 and S28 subwoofers, we didn’t think we were going out on too much of a limb with the V20’s, which we were interested in for their smaller size and which would give us a more flexible loudspeaker inventory that would be adaptable to a wider variety of venues,” said Mike Taylor, Vice President at CTS Audio.

The VTX V20 loudspeaker features a true 3-way system design with proprietary D2 Dual Diaphragm Dual Voice Coil compression driver and Differential Drive™ low frequency transducer technology along with patent-pending ultra-linear motor technology employed for midrange components. In keeping with the philosophy of the VTX Series, the VTX V20 has extremely high power density with each line array element featuring two 2261H 10-inch Differential Drive™ woofers, four 2164H 4-inch ultra-linear midrange transducers and three of the new small-format D2415K Dual Drivers.

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 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 JBL Professional Delivers More Ceiling Speaker Options to Systems Integration Community with New Control 45C/T

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Adding to its incredibly successful Control® Contractor 40 Series, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the Control 45C/T coaxial ceiling loudspeaker. Along with providing high fidelity and smooth, wide bandwidth sound, this 2-way, 5.25-inch loudspeaker offers extremely consistent 120-degree broadband pattern control featuring JBL’s exclusive conical Radiation Boundary Integrator (RBI™) technology.

“The JBL Control Contractor 40 Series has been popular with systems integrators around the world, thanks to its combination of outstanding pattern control and exceptional sonic performance,” said Rick Kamlet, Senior Manager, Commercial Sound, JBL Professional. “The Control 45C/T loudspeaker shares these same qualities makes available for our customers a smaller full-range Control 40 Series model for their projects. We see it as an ideal solution for a wide variety of applications where a smaller size, smooth response and even coverage are desired.”

The Control 45C/T is a premium in-ceiling professional loudspeaker designed for environments that can benefit from extremely wide bandwidth and very consistent coverage from a speaker with a small footprint. Thanks to JBL’s RBI technology, the tweeter sound is well-controlled by a large waveguide, while the low-frequency sound projects through specially designed apertures in the RBI. This design allows for a seamless integration of coverage over a wide bandwidth from coaxially- mounted drivers. The result is that the sound character is extremely consistent throughout the listening space with little variation from location to location. In addition to providing better coverage of the listening area, the constant directivity coverage allows for the use of fewer loudspeakers compared to speakers that have less consistent coverage control.

The large backcan on the Control 45C/T, along with the low-frequency driver design, provides extended bass response for a warm full-bodied tone. The system’s 5.25-inch woofer features a polypropylene cone and pure butyl- rubber surround for long life. The coaxially mounted 0.75-inch soft dome features ferro-fluid cooling for enhanced power handling and reduced power compression.
Ideal for small and large projects alike, the Control 45C/T is switchable for use as either an 8-ohm low-impedance speaker, or as part of a 70V/100V distributed loudspeaker system.

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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