AMX Ships Alero Eight-Zone Distributed Audio Power Amplifier

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HARMAN’s AMX announced at CEDIA EXPO 2014 that it’s shipping its Alero 8 Zone Power Amplifier (ALR-AMP-8). Whether listening to music in the living room, the kitchen or outdoors, Alero has multi-room distributed audio with 16 channels using a Class D amplifier technology that, when in standby power, it requires no external cooling sources to […]

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HARMAN’s JBL Intros EON 206P Portable PA System

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the EON 206P Portable PA system and billing it as an all-in-one powered system that’s aimed at small band/solo acts, coffeehouses, clubs, schools, worship events, meetings/seminars, presentations, health clubs and more. The JBL EON 206P features a pair of 6.5 inch passive loudspeakers, each featuring a 6.5-inch woofer and a […]

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AMX Adds NX Series Control Processor to Enova DGX

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HARMAN’s AMX announced that all models of Enova DGX Digital Media Switchers are now integrated with the company’s NetLinx NX Series control processor with no change in pricing. DGX models (DGX 8, 16, and 32) incorporating the new NX control processors began shipping Aug. 11, 2014. NX Series controllers have been shipping in the Enova […]

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HARMAN’s Crown DCi Network Display Amplifiers Claim the World’s First AVnu Alliance Certified AVB Endpoint

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HARMAN’s Crown Audio has announced its DCi Network Display Amplifiers are the first professional audio endpoints to receive AVnu certification for Audio Video Bridging (AVB) interoperability from the AVnu Alliance, the professional audio industry’s organization dedicated to driving open, standards-based AV networking through the certification of AVB products for interoperability. Crown’s flagship DCi Network Series […]

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Weekly Wrap-Up: July 3, 2014

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Did you miss something last week? Well, we have gathered some of the past week’s most important news stories so you can catch up. Each week we post the Weekly Wrap-Up featuring the stories we think you can’t afford to miss. This week we are featuring a post from Mark Coxon about AMX and Harman, […]

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Weekly Wrap-Up: InfoComm 2014

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Well, this year’s InfoComm Show has come and gone. It was an amazing show and the attendance for 2014 broke an all-time attendance record! In case you missed something, we have decided to dedicate this week’s Weekly Wrap-Up to InfoComm 2014. This wrap up only covers a small amount of news that came from the […]

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HARMAN Completes AMX Acquisition

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HARMAN last week announced the successful completion of its acquisition of AMX LLC, from The Duchossois Group, Inc. for $365 million. Richardson, Texas-based AMX is a provider of enterprise control and automation systems as well as audio/video switching and distributing solutions and will be integrated into HARMAN’s professional offerings servicing audio, video and IT pros. […]

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HARMAN’s dbx Debuts Its AFS2 Advanced Feedback Suppression Processor

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HARMAN’s dbx last week announced the introduction of its AFS2 Advanced Feedback Suppression Processor, designed to completely eliminate feedback from a PA system. The AFS2 is aimed at bands, DJs, live sound and fixed installation applications and offers a host of upgraded features including a Wizard auto-setup function, a completely re-designed Advanced Feedback Suppression module, […]

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HARMAN’s BSS Audio Introduces Soundweb Contrio Control And Media Server

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Aimed at large-scale professional audio networking in stadiums, arenas and large fixed installations, HARMAN’s BSS Audio today debuted its Soundweb Contrio system control server at InfoComm 2014. Now, integration professionals have the ability to design network architectures that place advanced system control, system management and media server functionality at a central point of the network […]

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HARMAN’s JBL Commercial Series Amplifiers and Mixers Now Shipping

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HARMAN’s JBL Commercial today announced its six Commercial Series Amplifiers (CSA) and two Commercial Series Mixers (CSM) are now shipping. All CSA products are ENERGY STAR certified. The JBL Commercial power amplifiers and mixers now shipping include the following: CSA2120Z amplifier, 2 channels, 120-watt power output per channel CSA280Z amplifier, 2 channels, 80-watt power output […]

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Adds to Control Contractor 60 Series with Control 60PS/T Pendant Subwoofer

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At InfoComm 2014, HARMAN’s JBL Professional introduced the latest addition to its Control Contractor 60 Series pendant loudspeakers with the new Control 60PS/T pendant subwoofer. This pendant subwoofer features built-in passive crossover for up to four satellite loudspeakers. Featuring 150-watt power handling and low distortion, the long-excursion 8-inch low-frequency driver features butyl rubber surround for […]

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Harman’s AMX Buzz Translates Into Boost for Booth

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Harman’s Eric Tarkiainen, Vice President of Global Marketing, explains to rAVe founder, Gary Kayye, that they’re perfectly positioned to integrate the video-centric AMX product line into the audio-centric HARMAN family of companies. An, although he wouldn’t confirm any more acquisitions for 2014, he made it clear that HARMAN is staking a claim on anything integrators […]

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Adds New Control 45C/T

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Adding to its Control Contractor Series, HARMAN’s JBL Professional has introduced the Control 45C/T coaxial ceiling loudspeaker, a two-way, 5.25-inch loudspeaker that offers what JBL says is “extremely consistent” 120-degree broadband pattern control featuring the company’s Radiation Boundary Integrator (RBI) technology. The Control 45C/T is an in-ceiling professional loudspeaker designed for environments that can benefit […]

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HARMAN’s Crown Debuts Its XLC Series Power Amplifiers Featuring DriveCore Technology at InfoComm 2014

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HARMAN’s Crown Audio today announced the introduction of its XLC Series XLC2800 and XLC2500 Power Amplifiers, two cost-effective, two-channel models that offer a host of useful features for installed sound applications. The new amplifiers incorporate proprietary DriveCore technology for high efficiency with lighter weight. The XLC2800 and XLC2500 can operate into impedances from 8 ohms […]

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HARMAN’s JBL Pro AWC159 and AWC15LF Loudspeakers Deliver Weatherproof Sound

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the AWC159 and AWC15LF compact all-weather loudspeakers. The AWC159 is a compact, 15-inch, two-way coaxial loudspeaker with compression-driver high frequency, wide 90×90-degree coverage and 500 watts power handling. The AWC15LF, with 500 watts power handling, is a 15-inch low-frequency loudspeaker designed for outdoor applications where additional low frequency is required. […]

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HARMAN’s JBL Commercial Series Products Earn ENERGY STAR Label

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HARMAN’s JBL Commercial Series today announced that its amplifiers, and mixer-amplifiers have earned the ENERGY STAR label. The ENERGY STAR program, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provides consumers and businesses with guidance for making purchases that save them money and help protect the climate by increasing energy efficiency. To earn the label, […]

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HARMAN’s JBL Intros High Humidity Grilles for Control 10 Series Ceiling Speaker

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the MTC-14WG and MTC-16WG high-humidity grilles for its Control 10 Series ceiling speakers. These grilles fit JBL’s Control 12C/T, Control 14C/T, and Control 16C/T, as well as Control 26C and 26CT. Made of an aluminum alloy material that does not rust and finished in a durable powder-coat, these grilles can […]

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Acquisition Summer: Some Thoughts on the Latest Goings-on in the World of Commercial AV

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Greetings, friends and followers! My apologies for the various obligations (professional and personal), side-projects, and secret adventures which have kept me away from these pages for the past week. After a weekend off the grid at an undisclosed location I’m refreshed and ready to dive into all of the news in AV-land on this, the […]

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JBL’s CBT 70J-1 Column Loudspeaker, CBT 70JE-1 Extension Box Earn THX Approval

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional announced this week  that its CBT 70J-1 column loudspeaker and CBT 70JE-1 extension box are now THX approved, allowing the inclusion of the CBT 70J-1 loudspeakers in THX-certified theaters. The CBT 70J-1 is a high-power, two-way line array system consisting of 16 high-frequency drivers and four high-power low-frequency drivers, all in a […]

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Weekly Wrap-Up: May 23, 2014

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It’s Friday once again. That means it’s the weekend and also time for the Weekly Wrap-Up. Every week, we give you the top five or so stories from the week that you can’t miss or stories we think deserve a second look. This week’s news includes the Harman acquisition of AMX and a Rants and […]

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Harman Buys AMX

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In a surprise move, today Harman announced that it will acquire control company AMX for $365 million, pending regulatory approvals. AMX was previously owned by The Duchossois Group, a privately held investment firm. HARMAN already owns many well-known AV brands, including JBL, Crown, dbx and others, though most were primarily focused on audio. The purchase […]

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HARMAN’s Crown Intros DCi Network Display Amplifiers With Front Panel Display and AVB

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HARMAN’s Crown Audio is expanding its DriveCore Install (DCi) Series amplifier range with the introduction of its DCi Network Display 8|600ND and 4|1250ND power amplifiers. These amplifiers feature front-panel status displays and AVB (Audio Video Bridging) connectivity. The new eight- and four-channel DCi Network Display amplifiers will actually be the first professional audio amplifier to […]

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Enters Paging Horn Market with CSS-H15 and CSS-H30 Models

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional has launched its new CSS-H15 (15-watt) and CSS-H30 (30-watt) paging horns — the first products from JBL specifically designed for the commercial sound paging horn market. Constructed of ABS with corrosion‐resistant all-stainless-steel mounting bracket and hardware, both models include a built‐in UL registered multi‐tap transformer (15‐watt for the H15, 30‐watt for the […]

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HARMAN’s JBL Unveils VTX F Series for VTX Line Arrays

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The VTX F Series from HARMAN’s JBL group is a line of two-way multi-purpose loudspeakers for JBL’s VTX Series line arrays. The F Series includes three models: the F12 and F15 full-range loudspeakers and the F18S subwoofer. The VTX F12 and F15 loudspeakers feature the large-format JBL D2 dual diaphragm dual driver employed in the […]

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Adds LSR310S Powered Studio Sub With XLF to 3 Series Studio Monitor Line

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HARMAN’s JBL Pro group today introduced the new LSR310S powered studio subwoofer optimized for use with the JBL 3 Series studio monitors, which are the first studio monitors to incorporate JBL’s new Image Control Waveguide technology. Rounding out the 3 Series line, the new LSR310S subwoofer extends the low-frequency response of the system into the […]

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HARMAN’s AKG Launches WMS420 Wireless Microphone System

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HARMAN’s AKG today launched the WMS420 wireless system, a single-channel wireless system designed for smaller venues such as schools, town halls and houses of worship. There are four targeted product packages: Vocal Set with AKG D5 handheld microphone, Head-worn Set with AKG C555L, Lavalier Set with AKG C417 and Instrument Set with AKG MKG L […]

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Crown Ships DriveCore Install Series Amplifiers

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HARMAN’s Crown Audio started shipping four of its DriveCore Install (DCi) Series power amplifiers. Available in both DCi Analog and DCi Network Ethernet-linkable configurations, the 4-channel and 2-channel amplifiers are spec’d at 1,250 watts per channel into 2, 4 or 8 ohms and 70-volt and 100-volt (all channels driven; 2,500 watts in bridged mode), and […]

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HARMAN Professional Introduces JBL HiQnet Performance Manager Version 1.6

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HARMAN Professional today announced the latest update to its live sound system configuration and control application software, JBL HiQnet Performance Manager. Version 1.6 features improved group muting controls and a new library cleanup tool, along with several other updates including the ability to save files with EQ in Line Array Calculator Tapering/Shading mode and open […]

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Introduces 9320 Large-Format Cinema Surround Loudspeaker

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional today announced the introduction of its 9320 Cinema Surround loudspeaker, a large-format loudspeaker designed for high power handling, extended bass response and wide dynamic range in professional cinema applications. The two-way JBL 9320 features a 12-inch MB12-8 low-frequency driver and 2408H-1 high-frequency compression driver. The large JBL Progressive Transition rotatable waveguide ensures […]

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Breaking News: HARMAN International Acquires Duran Audio

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HARMAN today announced the acquisition of privately-held Duran Audio BV. The acquisition provides HARMAN with access to innovative electro-acoustic and software-based directivity control technologies including the successful AXYS Intellivox line of “steerable” columns. The AXYS products and core technologies will become an integrated part of the HARMAN Professional audio product line. “Today’s acquisition of Duran Audio […]

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