HARMAN Professional Solutions announces a new lineup of control and room scheduling interfaces from its legendary AMX family of products – the new AMX Modero G5 Touch Panels and AMX Acendo Book Room Scheduling Panels. To better serve its customers, AMX has completely refined its touch panel product lines to create a single, five model lineup that draws on the best features of its award-winning Modero X and Modero S control panels, Acendo Book room scheduling panels, and G5 and G4 processing engines.
The new lineup is designed to support the unique and widely ranging interface needs of corporate, education, government, hospitality, and large venue customers. Five product SKUs cleverly deliver customers their choice of the most popular configurations and screen sizes.
We often get asked what size power amplifier we recommend for a particular passive (i.e., non-powered) loudspeaker model. In general, the recommendation is that you should pick an amplifier that can deliver power equal to twice the speaker’s continuous average power rating. This means that a speaker with a nominal impedance of 8 ohms and a continuous average power rating of 300 watts, for example, would require an amplifier that can produce 600 watts into an 8 ohm load.
Why is it that we recommend a power amp that’s twice as big as the speaker? The short answer is that a quality professional loudspeaker can handle transient peaks in excess of its rated power, if the amplifier can deliver those peaks without distortion. Using an amp with some extra headroom helps assure that only clean, undistorted power get to the loudspeaker.
Sensing Beauty is a multi-sensory art exhibit created by students and faculty of University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The audio component of the exhibit was delivered to attendees via ListenTALK mobile collaboration by Listen Technologies. To learn more, visit listentalk.com.
The What: Harman Professional Solutions is now shipping its AMX by Harman N7142 Networked AV Presentation Switcher. The AMX N7142 combines local matrix switching with low-latency networked AV video distribution. With the ability to switch local AV sources and distribute video over the network in one solution, the N7142 presentation switcher is designed solution for applications like active learning environments and overflow classrooms.
The What Else: The AMX N7142 brings a variety of connectivity options, including 6×2 video switching along with two available networked AV card slots for use with the broad range of AMX encoder and decoder cards. The N7142 Presentation Switcher distributes UHD content from the latest 4K60 sources to most modern displays thanks to support for 4K60 4:4:4 video, HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2. Each of the two discrete video outputs also has a mirrored HDMI port for connecting to an additional display, encoder card or other video distribution equipment. The two available networked AV slots and an integrated gigabit Ethernet switch make distributing classroom presentations to student workstations or overflow seating as easy and immediate as a single LAN connection.
The switcher supports source HDMI audio, two microphone inputs with phantom power, as well as six independent stereo inputs. The N7142 includes a built-in DSP with AEC and a 60W stereo amplifier that can operate in 4/8 ohms, 70V or 100V modes via a user-selectable switch, for integration with existing AV infrastructures.
BLUFFDALE, UTAH – December 6, 2017 – Listen Technologies, a leading provider of assistive listening products for more than 18 years, has acquired the Audio Everywhere brand and products from ExXothermic, Inc. ExXothermic, Inc. is the global technology leader in Wi-Fi streaming technology with four related patents. Audio Everywhere technology has become the go-to solution for affordable, plug and play streaming of wireless audio over existing Wi-Fi networks and is the perfect complement to Listen Technologies’ portfolio of innovative assistive listening products. Audio Everywhere from Listen Technologies products will begin shipping December 11, 2017.
“Listen Technologies has partnered with ExXothermic, Inc., the developer of Audio Everywhere, over the years because Dr. Lance Glasser and his team share our passion for designing technology and solutions that deliver clear sound to everyone, regardless of the setting and acoustics,” said Russ Gentner, CEO, Listen Technologies. “We are taking our partnership to the next level with Listen Technologies’ acquisition of the Audio Everywhere brand and products, and we are proud to continue offering our best-in-class assistive listening systems, now with best-in-class Wi-Fi audio streaming under the Audio Everywhere from Listen Technologies brand.”
Listen Technologies continues to create innovative assistive listening systems that enable people to hear the world around them, even in challenging audio environments. Its products include the new ListenTALK two-way collaboration system, the award-winning ListenIR, ListenRF, and ListenLoop. More…
HANGZHOU, China—Impression Wonders Arts Development Co., Ltd. recently deployed a complete HARMAN Professional Solutions audio system for the public debut of “Most Memorable is Hangzhou.” Staged with Hangzhou’s famous West Lake in the background, “Most Memorable Is Hangzhou” was originally created to welcome visitors to the opening gala of the 2016 G20 Hangzhou Summit. The G20 performance became an international sensation and even received praise from Chinese President Xi Jinping for its innovative visuals, breathtaking stage design and stunning musical performances.
Thanks to strong interest from the public, Impression Wonders Arts Development and director Zhang Yimou created a new version of “Most Memorable is Hangzhou” with enhanced visuals, interactive effects and an updated audio system design by Mr. Jin Shaogang, a legend in the Chinese audio industry.
The production presented several unique challenges. The seating capacity for the public performance increased from 1,200 to 2,000 with the addition of 800 retractable seats. Additionally, the seating was distributed sporadically throughout the venue, making it difficult to achieve consistent audio coverage. Furthermore, the audio system was deployed on the water in two boats, so it needed to withstand the elements.
Shaogang selected JBL VTX Series speakers, JBL AE Series speakers and JBL EON Series speakers to deliver a premium audio experience that would match the show’s stunning visuals. The entire system was powered by Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers, and mixed using Soundcraft Vi Series digital mixing consoles and BSS digital audio processors. HARMAN distributor ACE provided the audio solutions.
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.
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…
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
- 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?
- Is the project new construction or renovation?
- Will the existing equipment be used along with new equipment?
- Are there CAD plans or paper blueprints available?
- Can we borrow them to get scanned at Kinko’s?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?”
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- What are the additional associated risks involved in the project?
- Will additional insurance and/or bonds be required for my companies overall protection?
Lighting 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…
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…
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.
Harman 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…
Feb 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.
HARMAN 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.
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
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!