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HARMAN’s AKG Earns Prestigious TEC Award for K712PRO Reference Studio Headphones

VIENNA, Austria – At the 2014 Winter NAMM Show, HARMAN’s AKG earned a prestigious TEC Award for “Outstanding Technical Achievement” in the “Headphone/Earpiece Technology” field with its K712PRO reference studio headphones.

For the 29th years, prizes were awarded in 30 categories by a panel that consisted of readers of Mix, Pro Sound News and Pro Audio Review magazines, as well as representatives of NAMM, the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing™, the Game Audio Network Guild and Broadjam.

The AKG K712PRO features pre-selected transducers that provide consistency and accurate localization. Its sophisticated open-back design, 3dB improved low-end performance, and revolutionary flat wire voice coil provide mastering and mixing professionals the performance they need to deliver the best possible results, while its genuine soft leather headband and light weight provide a comfortable fit for hours of fatigue-free work. Included with the headphones are an additional coiled cable and a premium carrying bag.

“We are thrilled and honored to have earned a TEC Award for our K712PRO headphones,” said Philipp Schuster, Product Line Manager, Headphones, AKG. “We designed the K712PRO headphones with durability, clarity and value in mind and they have been widely accepted in the industry as the standard for studio headphone quality. This year’s TEC Award further demonstrates this acceptance!”

For more information on the K712PRO, please visit http://www.akg.com/K712+PRO-827.html?pid=1408

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

Funky Junk helps Ruadhri Cushnan Upgrade His Monitors

Funky Junk, Europe’s leading supplier of new and refurbished professional recording equipment and services, has supplied Award-winning Mix engineer Ruadhri Cushnan with a pair of ATC SM25A studio monitors.

“I knew ATC had a great reputation as a monitor manufacturer and I’d specifically heard a few people talk favourably about the SM25s,” Ruadhri Cushnan says. “When I mentioned to the Funky Junk guys that I needed to improve my monitors they suggested that I try them. I did, and they were amazing, so I decided to buy a pair.”

The monitors have now been installed at Cushnan’s project studio.

“I’ve had my own Mix space since 2007, but recently moved to my current space because it is slightly bigger and gives me more room to accommodate my ever expanding gear racks,”

Cushnan says. “Being near Funky Junk was a happy accident but one that has definitely worked out well. It’s like having a big studio maintenance department right on the doorstep. The guys are very friendly and always happy to help – and they have a good coffee machine.”

Ruadhri Cushnan started his career as an assistant engineer at Metropolis Studios before turning his hand to freelance projects. Having worked as a programmer, writer and re-mixer, Cushnan is now best known as a Mix engineer – an area he has been focusing on since 2007. Recent projects have included album and single mixes for Ed Sheeran, Half Moon Run, The Maccabees, Nina Nesbitt and Foy Vance. He was also responsible for mixing Mumford & Son’s album Babel, for which he received a Grammy in 2013.

Virtually all of Cushnan’s mix projects are carried out at his project studio where he tends to mix ‘in the box’, but with lots of traditional analogue outboard as part of the workflow.

“I occasionally record some vocals and overdubs but 90% of my time is spent mixing,” he explains. “Obviously monitoring is critical and that’s why I needed to upgrade. I’m delighted with the ATC SM25s, which I’ve been using for a little while now. They really do have an incredible amount of detail and are very easy to listen to. I can mix on them at a good level for hours and not get tired out. When I first got them I put on some old favourite vinyls that I thought I knew well and, although it’s a real cliché, it was like hearing them fresh for the first time. They are excellent speakers.”

Cushnan adds that he was very happy with the help and advice Funky Junk’s technical boffins gave him. “They have a great support system and are always very competitive on price,” he says.

The success Ruadhri Cushnan enjoyed in 2012 and 2013 looks set to continue this year as he is already busy working on album projects for Luke Sital Singh (Parlophone) Saint Raymond (Warner/Asylum), King Charles (Universal/Republic), Foy Vance (Glassnote) and Nina Nesbitt.

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About Funky Junk:
Funky Junk is Europe’s leading supplier of new and refurbished professional recording equipment and services. It has offices in London, Paris, Milan and Spain and has been in business for over 20 years. The company is renowned for its high level technical knowledge, backed by extensive workshop facilities. As well as handling sales and repairs, Funky Junk also acts as a distributor to a number of equipment brands and deals with their service and warranty.

For more information please visit www.proaudioeurope.com

“Strictly Come Dancing” Has a Ball with HARMAN’s Studer Consoles

HERTFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom — “Strictly Come Dancing”, one of the BBC’s flagship family entertainment programs, has become the latest to benefit from the comprehensive broadcast production services at the new home of BBC Studios And Post Production – Elstree Film Studios. Facilities include a new audio installation featuring a MADI / fibre-optic infrastructure and flexible routing and mixing framework, with HARMAN’s Studer Vista and OnAir technology at its core.

Only the second show to use the new facility, “Strictly Come Dancing” made full use of the George Lucas 1 sound gallery’s 70-fader Studer Vista 8 console for primary mixing duties. In addition, a Studer OnAir 3000 console was used for grams and as a system routing hub—with control from BBC Studios and Post Production’s Broadcast Network Control System. A Studer Vista 1 console took care of the surround mix and down-mix check for the BBC 1 HD channel feed.
Sound Supervisor Andy Tapley specified the audio system, which is replicated across the other BBC Studios and Post Production stages/studios at Elstree, in order to maintain consistency and cope with some of the UK’s most complex TV productions.

Strictly Come Dancing is especially demanding. “By half past six on a Saturday night we have to be ready to go, whatever,” comments Tapley. “…And that involves the live music as well, which is one of the things that sets Strictly apart from other shows.
“The music is incredibly diverse—it can range from Carmen to classical pieces to heavy rock for the next one. We rely on instant snapshot recall…You can’t rely on the woodwind section just being one type of instrument so you might have to dial in another 15dBs on a mic, plus high pass filtering, just to get a flute through; and it has to happen just like that.”
Studer D21 I/O systems were used to move approximately 150 feeds from the show floor, including the 20-piece band and 60 channels of RF from contestants, presenters, judging panel, and IEM systems. More were employed for the Vision Apparatus Room (VAR) I/O, the grams/OnAir 3000 system, and the reverb/outboard bay.
The Vista 8 was the main show console, configured as a dual operator board for Andy Tapley and Sound Mixer Tony Revell. “The dividing line between operators is constantly re-definable,” comments Tapley. “It doesn’t have to be set before hand… If I need a hand I can drag and drop channels anywhere, as we go.”
On the evening, Tapley takes responsibility for the band mix, while Revel manages all of the microphone feeds, including an extensive audience mic set up. The Vista’s unique cascading control groups make the surround stem provisions much simpler, while for Tapley every spare moment before the show starts is an bonus: “Because of the schedule we’re grabbing every opportunity we can to refine the music mix. The second we get a break we can, at the press of a button, turn our band channels round to their second inputs and have the multitrack replay back though, refine the mix, and then save that as a snapshot.”

The new Studer VistaMix automatic mixing system was used for managing the judges’ and contestants’ microphones—especially effective in the show’s mezzanine area where co-presenter Tess Daily and the contestants gather in close proximity, often contributing ad-hoc comment.
Overall, the facilities and the crew at BBC Studios And Post Production, Elstree have proven themselves worthy of the biggest and most demanding broadcast productions around. The Studer Vista and OnAir systems are an important part of that story.

Photo Caption 1: (Left) Andy Tapley and Tony Revell working on the Studer Vista 8.

About BBC Studios and Post Production
BBC Studios and Post Production is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC, providing world-class studios, post production and digital media services. It works with media companies and broadcasters, making content for a variety of broadcasters including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five and Sky, from Channel 4’s Deal or No Deal and Big Fat Quiz, to EastEnders and Strictly Come Dancing. It’s award-winning digital media services team preserves, re-masters and manages content through its digital archiving, restoration and distribution services, working with content owners like Imperial War Museums to conserve and maximise the value of their material. Credits include Dr Who, David Attenborough’s Life on Earth and Trials of Life, The Sweeney, The Queen’s Coronation and The Trumptonshire Trilogy. Whilst Television Centre is being redeveloped, BBC Studios and Post Production has relocated its London studio business to Elstree, where it offers fully equipped HD TV studios and post production services. Its award-winning Digital Media Services team operates from a new permanent, purpose-built facility at Odyssey Business Park, South Ruislip.

www.bbcstudiosandpostproduction.com

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

Christie Delivers the Intuitive Touch and Affordability in Commercial Grade Full HD Flat Panels

Christie® is debuting its new 65-inch flat panel digital display solutions at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam Feb. 4-6. The affordably priced, LED edge-lit Christie FHD651-T and Christie FHD651-P have a thin profile – just 2.7-inches deep for the touch (T) and 2.1-inches deep for the non-touch (P) version – making for easy installation and complementing any setting with their elegant design. Both commercial-grade LCD flat panels have the reliability and image quality needed for meeting rooms, classrooms and digital signage in corporate spaces, museums, education facilities, houses of worship, theaters, and hospitality and retail environments where conveying the message with bright, brilliant images for long time periods without interruption is essential.

Featuring up to four simultaneous touches, the Christie FHD651-T has high-accuracy infrared touch technology with superior touchscreen performance in a fully integrated package.

“Whether it’s touch or non-touch LCD flat panels, Christie has what end users are looking for: high quality, durable and easy to integrate visual display solutions at a low cost of ownership, backed by Christie’s unbeatable customer service and technical support,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie. “With the Christie commercial-grade 65-inch flat panels, end users can count on professional AV performance with brilliant visuals and greater functionality all at an affordable price tag. They can relax in the knowledge that they have a display designed for long run times each day and years of use with the added assurance of a full commercial warranty. And with their small bezels and super slim profile, the sleek and elegant Christie FHD651-T and Christie FHD651-P easily and seamlessly fit any space, while meeting U.S. ADA requirements.”

Mountable in portrait or landscape mode, both flat panels have built-in speakers, offer a wide range of inputs to easily connect any source and support RS232 commands for ease of automation and control, while displaying up to 1.07 billion colors and 4000:1 contrast ratio for true-to-life images.

Both flat panels seamlessly combine with the Christie Brio multi-site presentation and collaboration solution. With long-lasting LED backlighting, the new flat panels are energy efficient and consume minimal power for maximum sustainability and a reduced environmental footprint.

Christie FHD651-T and Christie FHD651-P Flat Panels Deliver:

− Up to four simultaneous touches for the Christie FHD651-T.
− Commercial-grade LCD with anti-glare coating.
− Landscape or portrait orientation.
− Wide range of inputs including DP, DVI, HDMI.
− Support for RS232 commands.
− Seamless integration with Christie Brio presentation and collaboration solution.
− Built-in 10W speakers.
− HD resolution, 360 nit brightness, 1.07 billion colors, 4000:1 contrast ratio.
− An aesthetically pleasing, small bezel and thin profile design, complementing existing architecture.
− Compliance with U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and barrier-free environment standards in other countries (installed depth of under four inches/100 mm).
− Energy-efficient, long lasting edge-lit LED backlighting.
− Less than 0.5W standby power consumption, meeting the most stringent regulations.

The new Christie FHD651-T and Christie FHD651-P ship in March with a three-year parts and labor warranty.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Draper Introduces New Engineered Screen Technology

(Spiceland, Ind.) – In recent years projectors and projection technology have been advancing quickly. Draper is taking projection screen technology another step into the future at Integrated Systems Europe 2014 with the creation of TecVision Engineered Surface Technology. Available in five exclusive formulations to start, TecVision features white surfaces with gains ranging from 1.3 to 1.9 over remarkably wide viewing cones, and grey surfaces with excellent performance under higher room light levels.

“There are few companies in the world who are experts in designing projection screen surfaces,” according to Draper company president John Pidgeon. “Most screen fabrics are made by firms whose primary business is manufacturing textiles for other purposes. We’ve made a major investment in equipment, expert personnel and research time specifically to offer this line of revolutionary new surfaces unmatched by any other screen manufacturer in the world.”

TecVision also offers a departure from typical screen production, according to Bob Mathes, AV Market Manager for Draper.

“Utilizing technologically advanced manufacturing methods, proprietary scientific formulations and establishing the highest quality standard, we are prepared to meet the rigorous demands of today’s projectors and the environments in which screens are and will be used,” Mathes says. “Rather than using “mass-production” methods in order to minimize costs, TecVision screens are individually produced; each and every screen surface is individually formulated, programmed, and manufactured with multiple checks for quality, consistency and uniformity from start to finish.”

These premium surfaces are not sold online and are only available through qualified Draper dealers. They are being seen for the first time at Integrated Systems Europe.

“We are pretty excited about TechVision,” says Pidgeon. “These five surfaces are just the start. The sky’s the limit as far as surfaces we can create to match whatever specs require.”
To learn more about Draper’s TecVision Engineered Screen Technology screens, visit www.draperinc.com/go/TecVision.htm.

About Draper
Founded in 1902 as a window shade manufacturer, Draper, Inc., is a Spiceland, Ind.-based manufacturer of projection screens and lifts and mounts for projectors and displays, providing AV related equipment for over half a century.

Draper has focused a lot of resources on product design, with innovations like the Access family of motorized screens, improved tab tensioning system and revolutionary modular portable screens.
Two and a half years ago we moved our primary focus to the surfaces themselves, and their optical performance. We built a world class testing lab, and worked with consultants and key suppliers to identify and refine ingredients to improve the optical performance of our surfaces. Since then we have introduced many new surfaces to address specific needs in the marketplace. And we developed the new standard in surface planning tools, the Draper Pro Screen Calculator.

Draper products are sold to dealers and shipped throughout the United States and to more than 100 countries. In addition to its Spiceland, Indiana headquarters, Draper, Inc. has sales offices in Placentia, CA and in Blackwood, Gwent, United Kingdom. Draper also has four wholly owned subsidiaries: Draper Group Ltd., a sales and warehouse facility in Corby, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom, and three manufacturing companies in Sweden: Draper Europe AB, a leading European projection screen manufacturer; SMS Smart Media Solutions AB, a leading European provider of video projector and flat screen mounts; and Evoko Unlimited AB, provider of the Evoko Room Manager. For more information, visit www.draperinc.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Symetrix Partners with Attero Tech & Stewart Audio to Deliver Dante Ease

AMSTERDAM (NL) / ISE 2014 — (February 4 2014): In a significant development for users of Audinate’s Dante media networking technology, Symetrix has announced that the latest version of its popular SymNet Composer software will enable complete configuration of select Dante-enabled Symetrix, Attero Tech and Stewart Audio products.
 
Settings affecting I/O levels, routing and more will be defined with SymNet Composer 2.0, which gives customers the ability to consolidate operations on a single platform where three or more were previously required.
 
“As a result of the release, integrators will no longer need separate software packages for each manufacturer’s product as well as Dante Controller,” comments Trent Wagner, Senior Product Manager at Symetrix. “Supported Dante-enabled products will appear side-by-side with Symetrix SymNet products in the Composer software and can be managed or configured identically to Symetrix products. Professionals who have used our Composer before will have no learning curve.”
 
Stewart Audio has long pursued a focus on making networked AV affordable and practical, and its current range includes innovative Dante end-points. “Our customers desire solutions that prove to be both compatible and complete in addressing their audio challenges. The collaboration between Stewart Audio, Symetrix and Attero Tech represents a major step in that direction,” says Stewart Audio’s Chief Marketing Officer, Brian McCormick.
 
He continues: “By collaborating on solutions we can create the right outcomes for our customers. With all the difficulties consultants and integrators face daily, presenting them with a comprehensive answer to an application is what this partnership is really about.”
 
Mike Sims, Director of Marketing and Sales at Attero Tech – which produces a trio of Dante interfaces – welcomes the partnership as “the next logical step” in the interoperability of Dante networked audio systems. “Our goal has been to make deployment of these systems as seamless as possible, while allowing consultants and integrators to choose best-of-class products from a variety of manufacturers. This is the future of interoperability,” he declares.
 
The initial response from the integrator community is also encouraging. Chuck Mitchell is owner of California-based Technology of the Arts and recently undertook a Dante-centric installation involving Symetrix and Attero Tech products. “Dante is rapidly becoming a default choice for all manner of projects in the installed environment,” he says. “The partnership between Symetrix, Attero Tech and Stewart Audio around the use of Dante-based systems is to be warmly welcomed as it helps to bring every installer’s dream of blanket interoperability that little bit closer to being realised.”

www.symetrix.co

www.atterotech.com

www.stewartaudio.com

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