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RF Venue 4 Zone Antenna Combiner for Wireless Microphones

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The 4 ZONE antenna combiner takes the complexity out of multi-zone wireless microphone projects.  4 ZONE combines together up to four separate pairs of diversity antenna connections for multi-purpose rooms, indoor-outdoor configurations, or main stages with secondary breakout rooms.

For fine tuning RF levels in each coverage area, 4 ZONE provides individual channel RF signal attenuation control down to -31dB in 1 dB steps.  And for active antennas or in-line amplifiers, it features selectable 12V DC power to accommodate long cable runs.

With selectable ON/OFF inputs, 4 ZONE also allows for quick control of coverage zones for roaming microphone transmitters, so you can choose which zones are active as a live event or location sound project progresses, saving setup and breakdown time onsite.

When used in conjunction with up to four Diversity Fin Antennas and one or more DISTRO4 antenna distributors, 4 ZONE completes a turnkey package for any multi-zone wireless microphone project.

Middle Atlantic Simplifies Design, Ordering for Upgraded L5 Series Lectern

Middle Atlantic Products L5 SeriesMiddle Atlantic Products has added the integrator-focused L5 Series Lectern to the solutions available within its design experience at middleatlantic.com. Users can customize the L5 and streamline the ordering process through the website, addressing any system requirements with the products and accessories available for the series—including new storage, shelving, and cable management options. If a simpler solution is needed, customers can choose from a selection of preconfigured lecterns that incorporate current design trends. Read more…

Harman, IBM Watson IoT Partner on Voice-Enabled Cognitive Rooms

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Harman Professional Solutions and IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) have unveiled Voice-Enabled Cognitive Rooms. Using IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence (AI) technology and Harman AKG microphones, JBL speakers, and AMX AV control and switching systems, the companies bring highly connected experiences to medical facilities, corporate offices, hotels, cruise ships, and other hospitality environments.
 
In addition to the current in-market solutions, Harman is part of IBM’s “cognitive collaboratories” based in its $200 million Watson IoT global headquarters in Munich. In this facility, Harman is demonstrating the capabilities of its in-room cognitive concierge in a conference room setting. At the same time, the Harman team is also working with IBM designers, researchers, and others to put IoT into the hands of enterprise customers.

HARMAN Professional Solutions Wins NAB 2017 Best of Show Award for Studer DIOS

 

Innovative I/O automation software for broadcasters receives the NewBay Best of Show Award from TV Technology

Northridge, Calif. —HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced that its new Studer DIOS I/O routing software was awarded the NewBay Best of Show Award from TV Technology at the 2017 NAB Show. NewBay’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. Unveiled at NAB 2017 to widespread acclaim, DIOS is the world’s first I/O routing automation software designed to manage and simplify complex routing matrices within broadcast workflows.

“The response to DIOS at NAB 2017 has been overwhelming, and we’re honored to receive such a prestigious award,” said Katy Templeman-Holmes, Director of Solutions & Marketing for Hospitality and Broadcast, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “By managing and simplifying complex routing processes, DIOS will help broadcasters increase production efficiency, reduce common workflow errors and expand on-air redundancy. We’re excited to partner with industry leaders to ensure DIOS continually evolves to meet the ever-changing requirements of modern broadcast. This award reinforces our belief that we’re off to a great start.”

“The products nominated for the Best of Show program, now in its fourth year, provide an outstanding overview of new technology on the show floor and shine a spotlight on the very best,” said Eric Trabb, Vice President & Group Publisher, NewBay Broadcast & Video Group.

DIOS offers a number of key features that help broadcasters increase production efficiency and reduce workflow errors, including I/O routing management and automation, automated and redundant pathfinding, diagnostic notifications, transportation of baseband and IP data, offline configuration capabilities and more.

DIOS will be available in fall 2017. To learn more, visit our Studer DIOS product page.

HARMAN Professional Solutions Helps the University of Richmond Deliver an Incredible Student Experience

RICHMOND, Va.—The University of Richmond recently installed a complete AV system by HARMAN Professional Solutions in its new Queally Center, a cutting-edge facility that serves as a welcome center for guests and unites the offices of admissions, financial aid and employer relations. In order to create a memorable experience for visitors and meet the needs of students throughout their collegiate journey, the University of Richmond’s Information Services team equipped the building with an integrated HARMAN AV solution made up of AMX control systems, JBL Professional speakers and Crown professional power amplifiers. Today, the university uses the building-wide HARMAN system to provide an immersive experience for prospective students—and help current students pursue professional opportunities.  

 

“We standardized on AMX over ten years ago, and it has been an excellent platform,” said Doug West, Assistant Vice President of Information Services, University of Richmond. “The HARMAN system is incredibly flexible. Professors can walk into any smart classroom on campus, immediately configure the room for their lecture needs, and deliver high quality audio and video presentations. Although the technology capabilities in the Queally Center go far beyond those of our standard classroom spaces, we still wanted to extend that same ease-of-use to the new facility.”   Read more…

 

 

16 Important Questions Every Sound Contractor Should Ask

Whenever you are designing an audio system, there are some important questions you should ask—both of the client and yourself. Being prepared and having the right knowledge from the start can prevent many headaches down the line. That said, here are 16 questions every sound contractor should ask at the start of a new job:

12 Questions for the Contractor to Ask the Client

  1. What is the main use of the facility under development?
    • High energy house of worship or traditional?
    • Live performance or dance/playback club?
    • Restaurant with Sports bar?
  2. Is the project new construction or renovation?
    • Will the existing equipment be used along with new equipment?
  3. Are there CAD plans or paper blueprints available?
    • Can we borrow them to get scanned at Kinko’s?
  4. What is the estimated life expectancy of the room for its designed function?
    • Will the room designed as a main sanctuary/worship space become the youth room in four years?
    • Are you adding video to the Sports bar in a year?
    • Will the Dance area start adding live acts later on?
  5. What are the SPL and/or performance goals for the system?
    • Does the client know what 105 dB sounds like?
    • Will there be extensive amounts of subwoofer energy required?
    • Will touring gospel/religious groups use the system? Will they demand technical equipment rider adherence?
  6. Who will be operating the system?
    • Will operator training be included in the after sale support?
    • Is the required operator skill set of the system at “Broadway Level” and the available in-house skill set at “Community Theater?”
  7. What is the actual audio budget as related to the A/V scope of work?
    • How much of the A/V system budget needs to be allocated for video and lighting?
  8. What is the time line for the construction and installation phase?
    • Is there adequate available time for design and equipment procurement?
    • How long can you ‘lock in’ pricing for? Are raw material or equipment costs on the rise?
    • Are labor and installation personnel costs stable?
  9. What are the rooms working configurations?
    • If a multi-purpose room, is there a set presentation area, or does the presentation focal area shift for different functions?
    • Does the sporting gym/ field house/ arena also function as a convocation center for graduations or assemblies?
  10. Is the new system eliminating live production costs incurred by portable systems brought in for live performance events?
    • Does it make sense for the client to buy a system used three times a year, when live production companies regularly update and maintain their rental stock? Am I shooting myself in the foot asking this?
  11. Is a new sound system being asked to address room acoustic problems?
    • Do the services of an acoustical specialist need to be used prior audio system design?
  12. Is the structural design of the facility ample for a properly placed flown system?
    • Do funds exist for a structural/professional engineering analysis to evaluate the new rigging positions?

4 Questions for the Contractor to Ask Themselves

  1. Is the scope of work beyond my skill set and prior job experience?
    • Can I sub-contract rigging, system tuning and adjustment, and shop drawing requirements and still make a profit? Is it time to set up a level as a contractor?
  2. Can I access all required equipment lines necessary to fulfill the bid list?
    • Can I open up additional lines or two-step what I’ll need to complete the consultants design? How will this affect my bottom line?
  3. Will the scope of work require additional personnel to be hired?
    • Beyond the above mentioned subcontracted specialists, is the company infrastructure ready for the additional work load?
  4. What are the additional associated risks involved in the project?
    • Will additional insurance and/or bonds be required for my companies overall protection?
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Martin by HARMAN Helps Innovative Show Design Create a Stunning Video Display at the College Football Hall of Fame

Martin Lights college football hofLighting Designer Justin Garrone of Innovative Show Design (ISD) recently completed an innovative video display at the College Football Hall of Fame using a massive array of cutting-edge Martin by HARMAN LED video solutions. The installation is the largest deployment of Martin VC-Dot 9 video elements in the country, using more than 17,000 individual dots to create a stunning LED video display that covers the entire façade of the building. The groundbreaking design enables the College Football HOF to create highly customized original content for special events and display eye catching visuals to attract guests.

“The easy route would have been to use video tiles and create one big video surface, but that would have been cost-prohibitive and introduced weight restrictions,” said Garrone. “When I approached Martin about the project, they were excited and very willing to support us with system diagrams, system flow and picking the right version of the dot. They were there to make sure from the start of the project to the day that we left that everything was right and working—and that I as a designer was happy. The Martin VC-Dot 9 allowed us to be as creative as we wanted when we were distributing the dots behind the glass, and create something special and one-of-a-kind. I wanted this to be a centerpiece for downtown Atlanta, and I think we accomplished that.” More…

JBL Debuts 200 Series ScreenArray Speakers

The 200 Series combines JBL’s latest technological advances with a compact footprint and accessible price point, making it easy to upgrade the sonic experience in your small or mid-sized cinema. Featuring patent-pending Dual Dissimilar Arraying and Acoustic Aperture Technology, the JBL 200 series provides remarkably uniform coverage and smooth, accurate sound reproduction for every member of your audience. Models range from 12-14” thin, perfect for small and medium multiplexes with space constraints. And since the 200 Series uses the same driver technology trusted by top movie studios around the world, your audience will enjoy a more captivating, authentic experience from every seat in the house—just like the creators intended. More info…

Middle Atlantic Launches Internal CTS Prep Program

From AV Network – Middle Atlantic Products has launched an internal InfoComm CTS prep course as part of Legrand’s commitment to ensuring exceptional customer service and helping integrators navigate the rapidly changing technology landscape. Led by Joseph Cornwall, CTS-D, CTS-I, and Legrand’s technology evangelist, the first CTS Certified Technology Specialist prep course brought together 30 team members from across Middle Atlantic and Legrand for an intensive three-day program designed to prepare qualified candidates for InfoComm’s challenging CTS certification exam.

Joseph Cornwall, CTS-D, CTS-I, and Legrand’s technology evangelist.
 
“This world-class investment in the AV industry builds upon the great learning opportunities we introduced as part of AV Month,” Cornwall said. “By meeting the requirements for InfoComm’s CTS certification, it ensures that the customer-facing professionals within the Legrand organization are capable of providing the highest level of service to end users and to the industry. This gives the integrator, the distributor, and the corporate client the assurance that they’re talking to someone who can give them solid, actionable, and useful advice that is based on best engineering principles and current scientific understanding.”
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Polar Focus, JBL and the Stone Church

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Robin Johnson of The Stone Church contacted us to find a clean and economical line array installation method in this beautiful church building in Brattleboro, VT. The speakers utilized were 3 JBL Professional VRX 932 per side. Each cluster was aimed using a Polar Focus Blackbird frame with infinite tilt adjustability, with structural extension posts that are also cable raceways. Each cluster had full pan and tilt adjustability with no visible shackles, wire rope, chain or signal cable. Photos courtesy of The Stone Church.

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Harman Launches Dante-Equipped Enova DGX Audio Switching Boards

Harman Pro AudioHarman Professional Solutions has launched Enova DGX Audio Switching Boards with Dante integration that deliver Dante networked audio feeds to and from Enova DGX 100 Series Digital Media Switchers. The new Dante board kits expand Enova DGX enclosures with up to 16 channels of networked audio, enabling flexible audio switching between traditional AV solutions and the industry’s standard networked audio format. More…

Line array trolley system by Polar Focus®

A line array needed to be repositioned to accommodate the addition or subtraction of a stage extension. Polar Focus provided the complete transition between the line array frame and the roof structure, including PE stamped drawings. The JBL Vertec line array speakers were the ‘DP’ version with amplifiers. Polar Focus also provided the cable festooning system for the speaker signal, amplifier power, motor power, and motor control.

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Working with Venues to Create Wireless Audio Project Plans

RF Venue There’s more to managing a successful wireless audio installation than pulling cable and sound checking. Managing the project is a big job itself. Working closely with the venue can be challenging for many people if you aren’t used to dealing with clients. There are some best practices you should follow in order to provide the best service and protect your business. We break everything down in our latest article. Read it here: Working with Venues to Create Wireless Audio Project Plans

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Harman solutions power university’s new Dolby Atmos theatre

Harman Professional SigmetFeb 22, 2017 – Duncan Proctor, Installation Magazine – Belmont University’s Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business has utilised a suite of Harman Professional solutions for the Dolby Atmos system within its 250-seat theatre and mixing stage.

The $87 million, 134,000sqft R. Milton and Denice Johnson Center features facilities for the music business, motion pictures and media studies programmes, with spaces including classrooms, labs, performance spaces, production spaces and research rooms. The theatre and mixing stage is equipped with a Dolby Atmos immersive audio system and utilises Harman’s JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and BSS networked audio.

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Fitch Electronics and JBL CBT speakers at the CP Palm Beach Masters!

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The CP Palm Beach Masters, presented by Sovaro™, is a leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League, which began in August 2016 and spans across seven east and seven west coast venues in three countries: the United States, Mexico and Canada. A total of 14 athletes from the new Longines FEI World Cup™ North American league will qualify for this year’s prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place in Omaha, NE.

When it came to selecting a speaker for the Taylor Harris Club (a 300’ long two story VIP tent) at the CP Palm Beach Masters in Wellington FL, ascetics as well as sound quality lead us to the JBL CBT series. Having used these line array column speakers in church and school installs I knew it was the right choice for this job. The CBT 50 LA 1 in white blended in perfectly with the decor of the tent. We made a custom mounting bracket out of aluminum so we could hang 36 of the speakers from the structure of the tent. Using white speaker cable we were able to hide the wire in the troth of the upright column support of the tent. As we started to install the speakers in the tent we were getting very positive comments from the officials on how good the speakers looked and how well they blended in. and this was before we ever fired them up. This was a 4 day event with the big class on the last day. On the last day we had Johnny Rez from the Voice sing the National Anthem and before the jump off he sang one song. The comments from the audience in the tent were wow that sounded good, followed by where are the speakers? When the speakers were pointed out to them, they asked if the speakers were just added. They were there all week?  Its comments like this that makes our job worthwhile.

We were booked for next year’s event and are already planning on adding more JBL speakers to the outside of the tent. – Bill Fitch – Fitch Electronics Inc.

 

Harman Connected PA

Your success depends on making the right connections. With HARMAN Connected PA™, the first completely integrated live sound system, musicians and performers at any skill level can set up and get professional sound faster and easier than ever.

The HARMAN Connected PA system provides musicians a simple and effective way to set up and operate their entire PA system from one central app, with minimal pro audio skills or previous live sound experience. Now musicians can focus on what matters most—their performance.

HARMAN Connected PA is an industry first, and streamlines the setup process with one state-of-the-art central app for the entire component system, removing the need for multiple apps and GUIs. The app automatically identifies and configures connected equipment, provides setup wizards for quick and easy system configuration, and offers access from a variety of devices, including iOS and Android tablets, Mac OS and Windows.

The Connected PA solution is enabled via ioSYS technology and initially includes equipment from Soundcraft, JBL, dbx and AKG, allowing musicians to create systems that suit their specific needs. Additional HARMAN equipment can be added to increase performance flexibility and meet the demands of future growth. At launch, compatible products include:

• Soundcraft Ui24R multi-track digital mixing and recording system
• JBL PRX800W loudspeakers
• dbx Di1 active direct boxes
• AKG P5i microphones

HARMAN Professional Solutions plans to add many new products to the Connected PA family to provide musicians with greater versatility and adaptable performance.

Harman Supports AES67 Across A/V Landscape

Prosound News Posted on Feb 7, 2017
By Strother Bullins, Technology Editor

Amsterdam, Holland (February 7, 2017)—Harman has announced its support of AES67—the open audio-over-IP (AoIP) standard published by the Audio Engineering Society in September 2013—across its networked audio and video product families.

Harman’s Soundweb London BLU-806DA, BLU-326DA and BLU-DA devices will support both Dante and AES67 natively and will replace the BLU-806, BLU-326 and BLU-DAN devices, respectively; and Harman’s Crown DCi-DA Dante amplifiers will also support AES67 through an upcoming firmware update. (more…)

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Expands JBL All-Weather Speaker Series With Ultra-Compact AWC62 Loudspeaker

jbl outdoor speakerHARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced the JBL AWC62 all-weather 2-way coaxial loudspeaker, the latest addition to the full lineup of JBL AW and AWC Series speakers. Featuring an ultra-compact, highly weather-resistant design, the AWC62 delivers extraordinary clarity for speech and extended frequency response for music, making it an ideal choice for spot-fill applications at stadiums, racetracks, fairgrounds, water parks and other outdoor venues.

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Listen WiFi Quick Tour

ListenWiFi is the pro audio streaming solution ideal for multi-screen, video wall, or multi-video image applications. Scalable to meet the needs of virtually any businesss or venue, ListenWiFi is simple to install and requires no monthly fees or hidden contracts for streaming audio and automatic software updates. ListenWiFi systems can accomodate anywhere from 100 to over 1,000 devices in large areas, with up to 48 channels of quality audio.

ListenWiFi 2.0 expansion is here and shipping!

The ListenWiFi 2.0 expansion is here and shipping! The new release, combined with manufacturing efficiencies, have made it possible for us to lower the pricing – we’ve doubled the channels, increased the number of potential users, and made it substantially more affordable! ListenWiFi enhances any audio video application by easily streaming audio to Smartphones via Wi-Fi. Scalable, easy to install, and simple to use- ListenWiFi delivers crisp, clear audio to the palm of your hand. ListenWiFi is the pro audio streaming solution ideal for multi-screen, video wall, or multi-video image applications. Scalable to meet the needs of virtually any businesss or venue, ListenWiFi is simple to install and requires no monthly fees or hidden contracts for streaming audio and automatic software updates. ListenWiFi systems can accomodate anywhere from 100 to over 1,000 devices in large areas, with up to 48 channels of quality audio. More information

 

Sigmet, CPR Multimedia demo 46′ Absen X5 Video Wall

Sigmet Corporation and CPR Multimedia demonstrated a 46′ diagonal (39′ wide x 24′ high) Absen X5 video wall at the Kennedy Center this past Monday. The wall was provided and set up by CPR Multimedia. As you can see from the pictures the demonstration was a huge success. Contact your Sigmet representative if you would like to know more about Absen video!

Controlled Wall Plate PowerCON® from Middle Atlantic Products

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The Controlled Wall Plate provides electricity and power switching capabilities to devices for simplified control from a convenient location. Ideal for powered loudspeakers, the Controlled Wall Plate delivers exceptional value without the complexity and expense of breaker panels or multiple high/low voltage boxes.  With the unique design of low voltage, integrated contact connections located at the rear, the Controlled Wall Plate offers an aesthetically-pleasing, robust, and secure solution. The internal power supply ensures no reliance on external input voltage. The compact, single gang form factor fits standard wall or floor boxes or within a partitioned, multi-use box. Additionally, at an attractive price point, this solution delivers a simplified way to control lights, displays, projectors and other devices. More info…

*Compliant with 2014 NEC, CA Title 24 – 2013, and ASHRAE 90.1 – 2010, 2013.

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HARMAN Connected PA™ Integrated Audio System

The HARMAN Connected PA is a complete, integrated system of live sound products that allows musicians and performers at any skill level to quickly and easily get professional results. At the center of the system is the groundbreaking new HARMAN Connected PA mobile app, which provides one centralized solution for intuitive setup, configuration and control. The HARMAN Connected PA brings together Soundcraft mixers, AKG microphones, dbx stage boxes and JBL speakers that integrate HARMAN ioSYS technology to offer a flexible and scalable solution that makes great live sound easy.

HARMAN Connected PA is an industry first, and streamlines the setup process with one state-of-the-art central app for the entire component system, removing the need for multiple apps and GUIs. The app automatically identifies and configures connected equipment, provides setup wizards for quick and easy system configuration, and offers access from a variety of devices, including iOS and Android tablets, Mac OS and Windows. More info.

AKG C636 Master Reference Condenser Vocal Microphone

Step on stage with a studio legend. The new AKG C636 is the legendary C535 updated for today’s rigorous live performance requirements. Offering the pure studio sound you’ve grown to love, housed in a worry-free durable housing, you can now focus on your vocal performance—not on the performance of your microphone.

Spend a few minutes with the AKG C636, and you’ll realize you’ve never held a mic like this. Its proprietary double shock suspension system provides unparalleled rejection of handling noise. And the C636 doubles­-down on keeping your performance flawless by incorporating a state-of-the-­art, multi-­layer pop noise rejection system that eliminates plosives and a consistent, cardioid polar pattern that eliminates feedback.

Made with hand-­selected components and manually tuned for a pure transparent tone, the new C636 retains the spirit of the classic AKG C535 condenser microphone, while being updated to meet the demands of today’s top vocal performers. More…

Soundcraft Ui24R

The Soundcraft Ui24R is a complete, rack-mountable, digital mixing and multi-track recording system that delivers flexible I/O, pristine sound quality, intuitive wireless control, and roadworthy reliability—all in a streamlined design. The system can double as a stagebox and can be controlled by up to 10 devices via Ethernet or built-in dual-band Wi-Fi, making it possible to control mixing and multi-track recording wirelessly from anywhere in the venue. Renowned Lexicon, dbx and DigiTech signal processing ensures pristine sound, while 20 Studer-designed microphone preamps deliver more professional inputs than any other mixer in its class. The compact, rack-mounted Ui24R is also compatible with the new HARMAN Connected PA system, and offers unprecedented control, versatility and power at an incredible value. From the stage to the studio, Soundcraft Ui24R is the ultimate system for artists, venues and engineers who need to save space and deliver superior sound. Click for the Soundcraft Ui24 SellSheet.

At NAMM: JBL Reveals 7 Series Monitors

JBL 7 Series MonitorsJBL Professional released its new JBL 7 Series Powered studio monitors at NAMM today.

Carrying over driver and waveguide technologies from the flagship JBL M2 Master Reference Monitor, the new 705P five-inch and 708P eight-inch monitors utilize proprietary drivers. Both models feature the 2409H high-frequency compression driver, which incorporates an low-mass annular diaphragm intended to aid output and provide low distortion, with response beyond 36 kHz.

The 725G five-inch low-frequency transducer used in the 705P model provides 14 mm peak-to-peak excursion, delivering low-frequency output down to 39 Hz. The 728G eight-inch low-frequency transducer inside the 708P leverages JBL Differential Drive technology to provide output and extended, linear low-frequency performance to 35 kHz.

Both the 705P and 708P feature the JBL patent-pending Image Control Waveguide and a built-in dual amplification system optimized for the high-output drivers. A 120W amp powers the 2409H high-frequency transducer, while a 250 W amp is dedicated to the 725G and 728G low-frequency transducers.

Both sport onboard DSP-based room equalization to help compensate for acoustic issues in a room, and both models feature analog and AES/EBU digital inputs allowing connectivity to a broad range of production hardware, including digital audio workstations (DAW), mixing consoles and digital playback hardware with sample rates of up to 192 kHz. Internal sample rate converters can be enabled to allow the monitors to receive digital signals of uncommon sample rates.

Middle Atlantic Illuminates Enclosures With Premium Rackmount LED Work Light

The What: Middle Atlantic Products’s new LT Series Rackmount LED Work Light is a rack light that mounts vertically or horizontally anywhere in the rack, providing illumination wherever needed when working inside racks, furniture, and other enclosures. Available in single-light or a dual-light bar models, the LT Series Rackmount LED Work Light is a simple solution for a faster, more efficient integration experience. 

The What Else: “No longer will integrators have to fumble with flashlights or rely on inadequate room lighting to see inside the rack,” said Paul Dolynchuk, senior product manager, infrastructure, of Middle Atlantic Products. “The LT Series provides integrators with a sleek lighting solution that is not only extremely bright but is also incredibly flexible in terms of mounting and positioning, allowing integrators to position it to shine anywhere in the integrated system without imposing upon their work.”
 
The Bottom Line: The LT Series Rackmount LED Work Light ships with multiple power adapters to meet the lighting needs of international applications. It features an adjustable light bar that can be angled, so its bright-white LEDs illuminate the full height of a rack enclosure. Its low-profile, unobtrusive design ensures it won’t impose on the installation and serviceability of the enclosure. With a simple push of the integrated power button, integrators have full rack visibility.

Cognitive Computing at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital from HARMAN and IBM Watson

During this year’s IBM World of Watson conference HARMAN and IBM announced a new strategic partnership focused on bringing HARMAN’s end-to-end solutions together with IBM Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities. This partnership was announced after the completion of testing a JBL prototype speaker in Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. HARMAN and IBM plan to continue to integrate solutions for multiple industries, pushing IoT to new boundaries

UnderCover’s FS/W speaker covers protect Duke University’s JBL PRX speakers during football weather!

 duke%20fsw%20covers We see some of our FS/W weather protective speaker covers in action at Wallace Wade Stadium, home of the Duke University Blue Devils. The FS/W covers were ordered by Duke University technical services manager Selden Smith,  and were used to keep the Blue Devil Marching Band’s JBL PRX 715S cabinets dry in the worst of fall football weather. Check with your Sigmet representative about UnderCovers custom covers, they cover anything!

Samsung Acquires Harman in $8B Deal

Samsung Electronics has acquired Harman International Industries, Incorporated for $112 per share in cash, or a total equity value of approximately $8 billion, with the agreement expected to close in mid-2017.

The purchase price represents a premium of 28 percent based on Harman’s closing stock price on November 11, 2016 and a 37 percent premium to Harman’s 30-calendar day volume weighted average price ending November 11, 2016. The agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, and Samsung expects to use cash on hand to fund the transaction. The agreement is still subject to approval by Harman shareholders, regulatory approvals, and other customary closing conditions.

The deal will give Samsung a significant presence in the market for connected technologies, automotive electronics in particular, which is a strategic priority for Samsung and expected to grow to more than $100 billion by 2025. Approximately 65 percent of Harman’s $7 billion of reported sales during the 12 months ending September 30, 2016 are automotive-related, and its order backlog for this market as of June 30, 2016 was approximately $24 billion.

With regard to the benefits and opportunities in the audio sector, Harman brands including JBL, Harman Kardon, and AKG will enhance the competitiveness of Samsung’s mobile, display, virtual reality, and wearable products to deliver a differentiated audio and visual experience for customers.

As for the Professional side of Harman, the agreement will expand the combined company’s B2B platform through its ability to deliver integrated, large-scale AV professional solutions at stadiums, concert venues and other performance centers.

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Middle Atlantic Becomes Voting Member of UL Standard Technical Panel

By AV Network Staff

As part of its commitment to meeting the highest standards in product safety and quality, Middle Atlantic Products is now participating in UL’s Standard Technical Panel (STP) for UL 2416. As a voting member of the panel, Middle Atlantic will help to develop future requirements of the standard for audio/video, information, and communication technology featured in cabinet, enclosure, and rack systems.
 
“Middle Atlantic’s history is rooted in designing racks and enclosures that are the foundation for reliable integrated systems,” said Angelo Cacciatore, regulatory compliance and safety professional at Middle Atlantic Products. “We are committed to continuous improvement to meet industry safety standards for our products. Being part of the technical panel for the UL 2416 standard, we are able to apply our expertise in the area of equipment mounting and collaborate with other stakeholders in the standards development process. As a result, integrators will have a safety benchmark for the products they select and install.”
 
For the first time, the AV industry will have a dedicated standard to address the safety of cabinets, racks, and enclosures intended to power, protect, heat, cool, or otherwise support AV, IT, telecommunications, and similar equipment. Currently, these products have been evaluated using UL 1678, the standard for household, commercial, and institutional-use carts, stands, and entertainment centers for use with audio and/or video equipment. Within UL STP 2416, the standards body will develop standards to assess, measure, and validate the safety and performance of infrastructure products. 
 
In addition, Middle Atlantic is presently lending its thought leadership in the development of InfoComm International’s Rack Building for Audiovisual Systems standard (INFOCOMM F502.01:2016). This standard will address industry best practices for building quality AV rack systems. Together, these two standards will provide integrators with the information and confidence to select high-quality, standards-compliant infrastructure systems while addressing industry requirements for AV equipment rack planning/assembly, equipment population/loading, and integration.

Crown CDi DriveCore Amplifiers

Emilian Wojtowycz, HARMAN Professional Solutions Manager, Restaurant and Retail Stores, introduces the Crown CDi DriveCore Series Amplifiers. Emilian shares the key benefits that makes this Series ideal for supporting small/medium installations in houses of worship, restaurants, cruise ships, hotels, museums, theatre, cinema, retail stores, and similar installed sound applications. For complete product details on all of the models in this Series, please visit: http://www.crownaudio.com/product_fam… and for additional support or to contact a Crown representative, please visit: http://www.crownaudio.com/en-US/suppo….

NOW BOOKING ORDERS for JBL CBT 1000!

JBL Professional is pleased to announce that orders are now being taken for our next-generation adjustable coverage column array loudspeaker system – the CBT 1000 (full-range) + CBT 1000E (extender).   There truly is nothing like this speaker system in the marketplace.

Expanding upon JBL’s highly successful Constant Beamwidth Technology™ breakthrough, the CBT 1000 represents the next-generation in pattern control consistency, featuring highly adjustable vertical coverage (without the use of DSP) plus tapered horizontal waveguide to more accurately map to the room geometries of a wide variety of listening spaces.    The asymmetrical settings allow sending of more sound toward far areas of the room, leveling out sound levels from front to back.  The system handles 3000 Watts, features pattern control to below 200 Hz, and is IP-55 rated for outdoor use. 

What Makes the CBT 1000 system an UNBEATABLE Solution?

  • Constant Beamwidth Technology™ with adjustable / asymmetrical vertical coverage and tapered horizontal coverage allows for excellent mapping of the listening space and effective coverage of corner seats.
  • Individually adjustable “pattern up” and “pattern down” coverage settings provide 16 different coverage pattern combinations.   
  • Reduced audio spill into non-audience areas results in clearer music, more intelligible speech, and better direct-to-reverberant ratio.
  • Very high sound levels — up to 131 dB average /137 dB peaks (at 1 m, depending on the settings*).
  • Twelve 6.5-inch high-excursion LF drivers (system) and twenty-four purpose-designed high-power HF tweeters.

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Absen Training for Sigmet Reps

Sigmet representatives and management recently went through two days of training by Absen USA technical staff. This hands-on training allows Sigmet staff to understand how Absen products will best be able to fulfill your video requirements. Allow Sigmet to help you with your next video project, you will not be disappointed! Check the gallery for pictures.

Absen appoints Sigmet as representative.

Sigmet Corporation is pleased to announce our appointment as representative for Absen America. Absen America is the US subsidiary of Absen, a leading LED display manufacturer. With hundreds of installations across the USA, Absen America has quickly become the LED manufacturer of choice for a variety of prestigious projects. Highlights include sporting venues for the NBA, MLS, and NBC; casino installations for MGM Grand and Caesars Palace; premier events including the Ultra Music Festival, Comic-con, and the Emmys; and digital signage in the heart of NYC’s Times Square. Click here to visit their website and learn more about Absen. Contact your Sigmet representative for more information, to find out which Absen product will fit your need, or to obtain a quote.

Littlite Intro

Littlite® has been the leader in professional entertainment technology task lights for over 30 years . Our lights are designed and manufactured in the USA and have a limited lifetime warranty. Littlite is synonymous with high-quality and thru the years we have been refining and improving our task light system to meet the needs of users all over the world.

Absen

Absen is one of the world’s largest LED manufacturers. With a monthly capacity of over 75 million LEDs, this sophisticated factory creates cutting edge products that lead the LED industry in design, performance and efficiency.

 

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Introducing the PRX800W Series Portable PA with Wireless App Control

Introducing the PRX800W Series Portable PA with Wireless App Control

The PRX800W Series next-generation PA with Wi-Fi technology combines legendary JBL sound and durability with complete wireless control. It’s the most advanced portable PA we’ve ever made.

Wi-Fi technology and sophisticated DSP give you complete control over the tuning and performance of your system—from anywhere in the venue—via the free PRX Connect app. An efficient 1500-watt class-D amplifier and patented JBL Differential Drive® technology provide best-in-class power handling while greatly reducing system weight. And the rugged all-wood cabinets feature a redesigned input panel and universal power supply for easy, reliable operation at gigs worldwide.

iDSP Receivers from Listen Technologies

When Listen Technologies first started developing our new receivers we had one goal: to improve the entire assistive listening experience—not just the experience for venues or the experience for end users—the entire experience.

Our revolutionary 72 MHz, 216 MHz, and IR receivers are focused on improving assistive listening for everyone. Join the RECEIVER REVOLUTION or get left behind!

 

 

 

Middle Atlantic Products DC Power Distribution

DC Power Distribution is the only universal DC power solution in the AV industry that removes messy, space consuming, and unreliable wall warts and other power clutter. This space-saving solution is intuitive to install with a color-coded screw terminal connector platform and polarity labeling, and ensures reliability with multi-level protection on both AC input and DC outputs.