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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.

Christie Unveils First Laser Phosphor Series of 1-Chip DLP Projectors at InfoComm 2014

The new Christie® GS Series of laser phosphor projectors debut at InfoComm 2014 this week. Using laser phosphor illumination, the Christie GS Series provides an astounding 20,000 hours of operation and eliminates the need for lamp and filter replacements.

The Christie GS Series of Laser Phosphor Projectors

The solid state illumination, high-resolution, 1-chip DLP® laser-diode projectors come in WXGA, HD and WUXGA resolutions and provide a cost-effective solution with outstanding color matching and optional blending and warping for curved surfaces. Christie GS Series is perfect for fixed installation applications including boardrooms and conference rooms, government facilities, higher education, houses of worship and selected location-based entertainment venues such as casinos and live event theaters.

With features including wireless connectivity and a suite of optional lenses for greater installation flexibility, the Christie GS Series delivers the needed requirements for today’s demanding visual display projects and is suitable for 24/7 environments without a loss of image quality. Easy to install and use with input options such as Display Port, HDMI, DVI and HDBaseT, Christie GS Series provides clean, radiant images with up to 5400 ANSI lumens with Picture-in-Picture functionality.

“The move to laser phosphor technology with Christie 1-chip GS Series means a better combination of brilliant images, high performance and durability, while improving on a low cost of ownership,” said Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Christie. “The new Christie GS Series has the image quality and innovation that only Christie can deliver.”

Benefits of using Christie GS Series

-SSI-based laser phosphor for longer illumination life.

-Long life DLP® technology for greater reliability and more lifelike colors.

-Up to 1200:1 contrast ratio.

-Optional blending, warping for curved surfaces, and color matching for multiple projectors setups.

-24/7 capability for monitoring and signage applications.

-HD, WUXGA and WXGA resolution available.

-Wireless connectivity for less clutter and no cable management.

-Suite of lenses and portrait or landscape setup.

-With a choice of black or white shell, Christie GS Series easily blends into background.

The Christie DWU555-GS, Christie DHD555-GS and Christie DWX555-GS ship in August 2014 with a three-year parts and labor warranty.

SunBriteTV Debuts SunBriteDS: New Line of High-Performance Outdoor Digital Signage Displays

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, June 18, 2014 — SunBriteTV today announced the launch of SunBriteDS, a dedicated division of commercial digital signage displays designed for permanent outdoor installation. SunBriteTV’s high pedigree for innovation and consistency will be evident in SunBriteDS through its comprehensive offering of digital signage solutions for integrators, venue operators and dealers.

Eliminating any fear of isotropic blackout, SunBriteDS models will boast 700-NIT panels for reliably bright image quality in any climate or lighting. The SunBriteDS family will also include touchscreen models, portrait orientation displays, and sizes ranging from 32” to 55” as well as new ultra-high-performance Marquee Series models.

“We’re launching SunBriteDS to give venue operators unprecedented options with outdoor signage,” said Cameron Hill, CEO, SunBriteTV. “Between 11 models available in a variety of size, color, touchscreen and orientation options, SunBriteDS will boast 39 SKUs, making it the most comprehensive only time-tested line of outdoor digital signage displays in the world.”

All SunBriteDS outdoor commercial displays are fully weatherproof, protected from rain, dust, insects, humidity, grease and salty air due to a rugged exterior and watertight Cable Entry System. All SunBriteDS models function in temperatures as low as -40° and as high as 122° Fahrenheit.

Flagship SunBriteDS models will be on display at SunBriteTV’s booth (#C5835) at InfoComm 2014. More information on the upgraded Marquee Series will be announced soon.

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 Martin Professional MAC Quantum Wash & MAC Quantum Profile Redefine Lighting Expectations

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — HARMAN’s Martin Professional today introduced the MAC Quantum Wash and MAC Quantum Profile, the latest solution to provide brighter and more compact LED lights.

The MAC Quantum Wash features tight beams, beautiful wash fields, a market-leading color palette and uniform mixing that combines to accommodate the most demanding applications with brightness and perfection. Combining an impressive 750-watt of RGBW LED power with Martin’s market-leading optical system ensures Quantum’s 1:5 zoom operates with maximum output and superior performance.

“By combining the lens shift possibilities first seen in the MAC Viper Quadray with the MAC Aura’s ground-breaking optical system, MAC Quantum Wash sets new standards for light and color morphing effects from a wash light,” says Markus Klüsener, Product Manager for Stage Lighting, Martin Professional. “Putting together the new beam twister, patented Aura effect and wash capabilities of Quantum sets new standards for what is possible with effects in a wash light.”

The MAC Quantum Profile is a fully featured LED profile that sets new standards for combined performance, weight and size, and represents the latest in LED technology which in combination with Martin’s proprietary optical design delivers a crisp and bright output.

Any concerns about lamp aging, shifts in color temperatures, green color points, misaligned lamps and declining output are eliminated, as consistent LED technology guarantees that the last show on the tour looks as good as the first. The MAC Quantum Profile is the first real alternative to a 700 watt HID fixture, with super high-speed movements and effects for a flat field, crisp image and high contrast.

With its compact form factor, easy handling, high-speed movements, low noise cooling and rugged construction, the MAC Quantum Series does not compromise on any aspect lighting designers expect from a wash light. Designed for demanding applications, the MAC Quantum will be the new workhorse in a professional lighting rig.

Martin’s combination of technologies animates expressive projection and aerial looks. The synthetic look of LED lights is removed from Quantum and the organic, analogue effect puts a beautiful “face” on the product, looking great in person or on camera.

“Throughout the development of the MAC Quantum, it was important for us to ensure it would be both the brightest and best LED wash light in the category. Therefore, I was extremely pleased to see our R&D team working to animate the fixture and deliver beautiful and subtle looks without compromising the core part of the product,” continued Klüsener, “We’ve had a fantastic market response and are already receiving an impressive number of order inquiries for the MAC Quantum.”

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 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.

Christie Introduces “Christie Velvet” High Resolution LED Tiles

Christie®, the trusted global leader in high quality visual and audio solutions, is expanding its line of high brightness tiled displays with the introduction of the Christie Velvet line of built-to-order, high resolution indoor LED panels. Seamless to integrate and available in various pixel pitches, Christie’s LED tiles display stunning content that help businesses creatively connect their brand message to their audiences. Debuting at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas June 18-20, the brilliant LEDs are well-suited to various indoor applications such as retail, casinos, museums, corporate lobbies and control room environments, where 24/7/365 reliability is required.

Christie Velvet LED flat panel

“LED video walls have become a viable technology for many indoor applications,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie. “With their reliable 24/7 operation, fine pixels, and long life, many businesses are turning to LEDs, however, obtaining them to customer specifications has been a challenge for integrators and end users. Christie Velvet LED displays are manufactured to the highest quality standards, and are backed by the excellent pre-and post-service and support that Christie is known for around the world.”

Depending on customers’ needs, Christie Velvet LED displays can be mounted in a variety of orientations, including curved, suspended from ceilings and structures or connected to each other to create a seamless array.

Christie Velvet Features:

•Solutions configured according to needs

•Quick budgetary design and quote

•Trusted pre/post sales service and support

•Certified solid state illumination LEDs available in 1.875 mm, 2.5 mm, 3 mm and 4 mm pixel pitches

•1200Hz refresh rate, 1000 nits brightness

•Front serviceable design (3mm and 4mm models)

•Wide-viewing angles (160⁰), darker blacks, and exceptional high color fidelity

•Ability for end-user to create large seamless digital canvases

•High performance and 24/7/365 reliability

•Turnkey solution with Christie’s image processing and content management software

Christie’s family of tiled display solutions includes LCD flat panels, the Christie Entero rear projection cubes, the award-winning Christie® MicroTiles® and now the new LED Christie Velvet line. As a single source provider, Christie’s wide selection of display solutions can be bundled with options such as Christie Brio integrated collaboration system, Christie Interactivity Kit, Christie Jumpstart content management for multi-touch interactivity, powerful Christie Vista Spyder image processors, Christie Phoenix™ open content management and network streaming solution, as well as enhanced service plans and on-site support.

The Christie Velvet LED line, with two-year warranty, is available now.

HARMAN’s JBL Commercial Series Products Earn ENERGY STAR® Label

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – HARMAN’s JBL Commercial Series today announced that its amplifiers, and mixer-amplifiers have earned the ENERGY STAR® label. The ENERGY STAR program, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provides consumers and businesses with guidance for making purchases that save them money and help protect the climate by increasing energy efficiency. To earn the label, the JBL Commercial Series components had to be third-party certified in EPA-recognized laboratories and demonstrate that the features and performance of the products meet consumer demand and that they are able to increase energy efficiency. To retain the ENERGY STAR label, the products will be subject to “off-the-shelf” verification testing each year, to ensure that changes or variations do not undermine the components’ adherence to ENERGY STAR requirements.

The JBL Commercial series, known for both superior performance and affordability, is comprised of components that are the result of years of precision sound reproduction and technical innovation by JBL, Crown and other HARMAN brands. The Commercial Series Mixer-Amplifiers (CSMA) drive 8 ohm and 4 ohm loads (70V and 100V). They include Euro- block mic/line inputs, unbalanced RCA inputs and an RJ45 port for remote volume control. The JBL Commercial products are backed by the combined technological prowess of multiple HARMAN brands. They can be easily configured to accommodate a range of applications, such as background music, security and paging, making them an ideal component for a variety of venues, ranging from schools and hospitals to restaurants and fitness facilities. JBL Commercial Series Amplifiers (CSA) continue to exceed expectations as they set new standards in commercial amp technology with easy configuration, increased reliability and unrivaled performance.

“The ENERGY STAR label reflects our commitment to delivering top-notch audio components that have been developed from the very beginning with environmental stewardship in mind,” stated Craig Lambrecht, business segment manager, Amplifier Business Unit, HARMAN Professional. “These components are manufactured with recycled materials whenever possible, they’re designed to use less power and generate less heat and their relatively low weight results in less freight and lower emissions. Energy efficiency is important to our customers and, as the JBL Commercial line demonstrates, it’s important to us as well.”

Energy efficiency is built into the components with technology and environmentally conscious manufacturing guidelines. As a result the products quickly pay for themselves in energy savings. JBL Commercial’s amplifiers and mixer-amplifiers utilize HARMAN’s DriveCore™ technology, which compresses hundreds of parts into a chip that’s smaller than a dime, increasing efficiency and reliability by using fewer parts and significantly reducing power consumption. And GreenEdge™ by HARMAN is an initiative under which the components are built to conform to lead-free RoHS standards, use recycled copper, aluminum and steel from factory processes and include a low-energy powder coat that uses 33 percent less energy.

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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