HARMAN’s Mark Levinson № 519 Audio Player Firmware Update Adds Roon Ready & MQA Certification

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HARMAN’s Mark Levinson this week announced a major firmware update for its № 519 Audio Player. The № 519 is now Roon Ready. Roon is a way to browse, organize and listen to music. Artist photos, credits, bios, reviews, lyrics, tour dates and composers are located automatically, then interconnected by links to build a surfable […]

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Amazon Targets Harman With New AWS-Based Connected Car Solution

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Amazon is putting Harman’s in-car entertainment and network business on notice with the launch of its new AWS Connected Vehicle Solution. According to Amazon, Amazon Web Services (AWS) enables automotive manufacturers and suppliers to build serverless IoT applications that gather, process, analyze and act on connected vehicle data without having to manage any infrastructure (the […]

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Global Home Audio Market Breaks the $13 Billion Barrier

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The global home audio market continues to climb, with hardware shipments increasing by 23 percent in 2017, according to a comprehensive new report from Futuresource Consulting However, you guessed it, consumer product companies are stealing away the high-end audio market. “It’s not just shipments that are performing well,” says Rasika D’Souza, senior market analyst at […]

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HARMAN Pro Ships JBL Professional 7 Series Powered Monitors

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HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced JBL Professional 7 Series Powered studio monitors are now shipping. The new JBL 705P and 708P self-powered models deliver superb imaging and neutral response in any room. The 7 Series Powered studio monitors feature newly developed JBL high- and low-frequency transducers driven by dual 250-watt power amplifiers to deliver what JBL says is two-to-three […]

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Harman Professional Eliminates 650 Jobs

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Yesterday, Harman Professional gave notice to approximately 650 people that they were restructuring and they will be laid off over the next year. The positions are in the U.S. and Europe and a Harman spokesperson told rAVe today that the result of the restructuring will include facility closures over the next nine months to a year, including Elkhart, […]

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HARMAN Introduces Sonique Far Field Voice Input Technology for HomeAV and ProAV Applications

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HARMAN International, as you know, a subsidiary of Samsung, today announced a new Far Field Voice Input Technology, called Sonique. This technology is intended for the fast-growing market of devices in the Consumer Electronics, Enterprise, and Robotics spaces that utilize voice commands, rather than traditional physical inputs via buttons, keyboard inputs, or mouse clicks. Translation: Harman (with Samsung) […]

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Harman JBL Intros EON ONE PRO Rechargeable Portable PA

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HARMAN Professional Solutions today unveiled the JBL EON ONE PRO rechargeable portable personal linear-array PA. The EON ONE Pro combines the sound quality of a professional system with the convenience and portability of a self-contained, battery-powered solution. Featuring Bluetooth audio, a seven-channel mixer and a rechargeable lithium battery that lasts six hours, EON ONE Pro is designed for portable and rental applications […]

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Samsung Electronics Completes Acquisition of HARMAN — And Now, Even Harman President Only References the Automotive Connection

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Samsung Electronics Friday announced it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Harman International. Under the terms of the merger agreement, HARMAN stockholders will receive $112.00 per share in cash. The completion follows the satisfaction of all conditions to the closing of the transaction, including approval of the transaction by HARMAN stockholders and receipt of […]

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AV on Four Wheels

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At the various auto shows that have already taken place this year, all the talk is about autonomous vehicles. Just a few short years ago the thought of autonomous vehicles was a dream. It would be years before such a thing existed.  We had some cars that would park themselves with driver intervention, how could […]

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AMX Says Their Rapid Project Maker v3.0 Simplifies AV Configuration

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HARMAN Pro today announced AMX Rapid Project Maker v3.0 has new features including a redesigned HTML5 interface and a new enhanced and intuitive touch panel UI, RPM v3.0. AMX Rapid Project Maker configuration software is designed to simplify the deployment of AV room systems for thousands of customers worldwide. As the Industry’s first cloud-based configuration tool for simplified configuration […]

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AMX Debuts Enova DGX Audio Switching Boards With Dante Networked Audio Technology

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HARMAN Professional Solutions’ AMX today introduced 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 […]

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AMX Debuts N7142 AV-Over-IP Presentation Switcher

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HARMAN Pro today unveiled the AMX N7142 Presentation Switcher, an all-in-one presentation switcher that incorporates low-latency Networked AV video distribution. It’s aimed at classrooms and conference rooms. The N7142 Presentation Switcher distributes up to 4K UHD (3840×2160) content from 4K sources (4K @60Hz 4:2:0) HDMI 2.0 and two VGA inputs that can be independently switched […]

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AMX Debuts Acendo Vibe Conferencing Sound Bars

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HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced AMX Acendo Vibe, a new line of premium conferencing sound bars. The line includes JBL speakers with far-field microphones and they are integrated with a wide-angle camera. Featuring an interesting industrial design, Acendo Vibe is designed to work in small meeting spaces or huddle rooms and it’s an all-in-one solution […]

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HARMAN Professional Adds AES67 Support Across Audio and Video Product Lines

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HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced support of AES67 across networked audio and video product families. AES67 is a standard to enable high-performance audio-over-IP streaming interoperability between various IP-based audio networks. New 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. […]

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HARMAN Pro’s AMX Upgrades Acendo Book Scheduling Touch Panels

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HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced new firmware for AMX RoomBook scheduling touch panels, making them part of the new Acendo product family. Acendo Book scheduling touch panels are standalone scheduling panels that integrate directly with popular room scheduling software like Microsoft Exchange, Office 365 and Google Calendar without additional system software or hardware requirements. The […]

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HARMAN Pro’s AMX Intros Acendo Core Room Collaboration System

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HARMAN Professional Solutions today introduced the AMX Acendo Core presentation solution for huddle spaces and small meeting environments. One unique feature is that Acendo Core features direct integration with Microsoft Exchange scheduling, Skype for Business integration, native document viewers and email document sharing. Built-in document viewers and rendering allow users to present content without bringing […]

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AKG Debuts New AKG HC644 and LC617 Hands-Free Microphones

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HARMAN Professional Solutions today introduced the AKG HC644 head-worn and LC617 lavalier microphones for presentation and speech applications. The new microphones are directly compatible with all AKG body-pack wireless transmitters and are adaptable to most popular wireless systems, making them ideal for presentations in classrooms, lecture halls and multiuse event facilities of any size. AKG […]

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HARMAN Pro’s JBL Brand Debuts All-Weather Speaker Series With Ultra-Compact AWC62 Loudspeaker

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HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced the JBL AWC62 all-weather two-way coaxial loudspeaker, the latest addition to the JBL AW and AWC Series speakers. Like all AWC speakers, the AWC62 incorporates a coaxial driver and the AWC62 offers a consistent 110° coverage with high output in a cabinet that measures just 10.2 x 10.2 x 10.1 […]

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AKG by HARMAN Debuts the P5i Microphone

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AKG by HARMAN today announced the new AKG P5i high-performance dynamic vocal microphone. AKG P5i is the first microphone designed to automatically configure with the new HARMAN Connected PA ecosystem (also announced today), providing what HARMAN says is effortless set up, instant recall of performer and presets and great sound for musicians of all skill […]

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HARMAN Introduces Interesting HARMAN Connected PA Ecosystem

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HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced the HARMAN Connected PA — a complete ecosystem of live sound products that HARMAN says allows performers at any skill level to get professional results. At the center of the Connected PA ecosystem is the groundbreaking new HARMAN Connected PA mobile app, which provides one centralized solution for intuitive setup, […]

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Intros the JBL Intonato 24 Studio Monitor Management Tuning System

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HARMAN today announced the new JBL Intonato 24 Monitor Management Tuning System, a comprehensive solution for easy set up, automated calibration and complete control of monitoring systems in stereo, surround and immersive audio production rooms. Housed in a 2U rack-mount enclosure and shipping with more included I/O than any monitoring control solution available today, Intonato […]

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AKG by HARMAN Unveils The C636 Master Reference Handheld Condenser Microphone

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AKG by HARMAN today announced the new AKG C636 master reference handheld condenser microphone. In addition to a custom-tuned capsule with hand-selected components, the C636 is engineered to reject feedback, handling noise and pop noise so vocalists can fully focus on their performance. The AKG C636 features three proprietary technologies that are designed to address […]

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Soundcraft by HARMAN Introduces the Ui24R Digital Mixing and Multi-track Recording System

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Soundcraft by HARMAN today announced the new Ui24R, a complete digital mixing and multitrack recording system that delivers flexible I/O and  wireless control in a streamlined design. The system can be controlled by up to 10 devices via Ethernet or built-in dual-band Wi-Fi, making it possible to control mixing and multitrack recording wirelessly. Renowned Lexicon, […]

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HARMAN Shareholders Sue to Stop Samsung Sale

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Earlier this week, a class action putative lawsuit was filed by major HARMAN shareholders in an attempt to block the sale to Samsung. The suit was filed in Delaware Chancery Court against the company’s directors and claims that the directors sold HARMAN for too little money when they agreed on the $8 Billion price tag. […]

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Footprint

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All the biggest stories of 2016 in the AV integration space had to do with acquisition.  The latest round of which relayed that Samsung bought Harman Group, AVI-SPL bought Anderson AV, and Compass Group bought Waveguide. Well the AV prognosticators are already out in force predicting the future and they see more of this consolidation […]

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Harman Debuts Six New Products In December

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Here are the six newest Harman family of products launched in December:   Crown DriveCore Install DA Series Amplifiers: A new line of amplifiers that feature Dante networked audio transport. In addition to being able to send and receive Dante audio, the DCi-DA Series includes many of the same features as the DCi-Network Series, such […]

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The BIG Samsung Acquisition

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Monday morning we woke up to some major news in the AV industry. Samsung had purchased Harman. When I say we, I mean us AV PEOPLE. To the rest of the world, Samsung (a South Korean chaebol) purchased a “U.S. automotive technology manufacturer,” as reported by the Wall Street Journal. Many of us in the AV […]

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Samsung Acquires HARMAN, Including AMX, JBL, Crown and AKG

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Click here to see Gary Kayye’s thoughts about this acquisition. Samsung Electronics and Harman International today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Samsung will acquire HARMAN for $112.00 per share in cash, or total equity value of approximately $8.0 billion.  Upon closing, the transaction will immediately give Samsung a significant […]

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