June 17, 2009 - For Immediate Release

ORLANDO, Florida -- In one of the most highly anticipated tours of the year, Audio Analysts and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers are now on the road with Bruce Springsteen.  Currently Springsteen and the E-Street Band are in the middle of a 45-show U.S. tour to promote his new album, Working on a Dream. Audio Analysts is one of the first tour sound companies to make use of I-Tech HD amps for a full-scale tour and provide tour sound reinforcement for some of the biggest names in music.

Audio Analysts’ relationship with Crown began almost four decades ago beginning with the classic DC300 amp. While other brands have been tried and tested, Audio Analysts has continuously come back to Crown. 

For the tour, Audio Analysts has deployed 36 I-Tech 5000HD and 18 I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers.  “The new I-Tech HD has a lot of great features that make this the ideal tour amplifier.  It starts with the reliability, which we have always got from Crown since we starting using their amps in the early 1970s.  Plus, with the I-Tech HD the next generation DSP is perfect for more precise algorithms for system EQ and tunings,” stated Albert Leccese, Vice President of Engineering for Audio Analysts.    

“We are proud to say we have been working with Bruce for the last 17 years.  Bruce works very hard to deliver an exciting, high-energy performance and he has the highest expectations for his band and everyone else involved in the show’s production, including his sound company. The Crown I-Tech HD is a testament to this attitude, which validates our continued support for our clients. Audio Analysts strives for innovative technologies that reinforce our efforts to supply our clients with the best equipment at a fair price,” added Leccese.

“Bruce Springsteen’s music has long evoked the passion, challenges, and perseverance of American life.  He has been a true innovator across a range of genres and is a global icon for high-quality music.  At Crown we salute Audio Analysts and we are proud to share in the company’s continuous goal of striving for innovation in our field,” stated Brian Divine, director of marketing for touring and installed sound for Crown.

I-Tech HD features a new user-inspired DSP engine co-developed with BSS called OMNIDRIVEHD. The new processing engine features Linear Phase FIR filters that offer unrivaled crossover performance for sonically pure tunings. The OMNIDRIVEHD processing engine also features an innovative new suite of limiters called LevelMAX™. Harman HiQnet™ System Architect ™ mirrors the typical browser navigation interface to provide tour sound and contracting professionals with a familiar interface to access a host of power configuration and control functions.

The I-Tech HD amplifiers power 64 JBL VerTec VT4889’s large-format line array elements, 32 VT4880 arrayable subwoofers, 56 VT4888 mid-size line array elements and six VT4887 compact line array elements for front fill. “When you’re out on tour, different venues present random and often challenging acoustics.  VerTec is light weight and therefore gives you a lot of rigging options, plus you get great sound,” stated Leccese.

Crown is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com).  Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, and maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, employing more than 11,000 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes AKG®, Audioaccess®, Becker®, BSS®, Crown®, dbx®, DigiTech®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson®, Revel®, QNX®, Soundcraft® and Studer®. Harman International’s stock is traded on the 
New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NYSE: HAR.”

Harman HiQnet™ is the world's first connectivity and control protocol that integrates all product categories in the signal chain for professional audio systems of all types, size, and applications. Harman HiQnet no longer requires the user to manage multiple disparate operating systems or be responsible for programming individual signal processors, speaker controllers, wireless microphone systems, and mixing consoles. HiQnet was developed by engineers from across the Harman Pro Group and is coordinated by the System Development and Integration Group (SDIG), a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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For additional information, contact: 
Philip Weiss 
Griffin Integrated Communications 
(212) 481-3456 Ext. 23 
pweiss@griffinpr.com

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