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April 16, 2015

Crown Ships XLi Series, Setting New Standard for Affordable Power Amplifiers

FRANKFURT, Germany — HARMAN’s Crown announced it is now shipping its XLi Series, four models that set a new standard for entry-level professional grade amplifiers. The new XLi3500, XLi2500, XLi1500 and XLi800 are powerful, rugged and reliable and are well suited for a wide variety of live and installed sound applications.

The Crown XLi3500, XLi2500, XLi1500 and XLi800 deliver 1,000, 500, 330 and 200 watts per channel respectively (into 8 ohms; 2,700, 1,500, 900 and 600 watts in bridged mode into 8 ohms). All models feature user-selectable input sensitivity to accommodate a variety of program sources that have low output signals and include balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs. XLi can be operated in stereo, parallel or bridged-mono mode and provides binding post and speakON output connectors to facilitate use with virtually any type of passive PA speakers.

All four amplifiers feature front panel level controls, signal presence, and clip and fault LED indicators. Like all Crown power amps, XLi Series models provide comprehensive protection against shorts, no-load conditions, and power on/off thumps. The amplifiers are also shielded against radio frequency interference to keep the sound quality pure, even in situations with a great deal of wireless activity.

“Our XLi Series power amps bring the exceptional sound quality and bulletproof construction Crown is known for to more attractive price points,” said Craig Lambrecht, Business Segment Manager, Crown Audio. “They’re ideal for musicians, bands, DJs, dance clubs, bars, houses of worship and other situations where affordability is important, without compromising on performance or reliability.”

All Crown XLi amplifiers feature a one-year, no-fault, fully transferable warranty.

April 15
2015

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April 15, 2015

Crown Introduces XLS DriveCore™ 2 Amplifiers With Upgraded Features and Flexibility

FRANKFURT, Germany — HARMAN’s Crown Audio today announced the introduction of the XLS DriveCore™ 2 Series two-channel power amplifiers, offering a host of upgraded features including more flexible DSP band pass filtering, selectable input sensitivity, remote power trigger operation and sleek new styling.

Four new XLS DriveCore 2 models are available including the XLS 2502, XLS 2002, XLS 1502 and XLS 1002, with power ratings from 350 to 775 watts per channel at 4 ohms and 1100 to 2400 watts at 4 ohms bridged. Setting new performance and value benchmarks at their respective price points, Crown’s XLS DriveCore 2 Series amplifiers feature HARMAN’s exclusive DriveCore amplifier circuitry that combines high power output with exceptional energy efficiency, all under 11 lbs (5 kg).

“The XLS Series has been a true industry workhorse and with the introduction of the XLS DriveCore 2 models, the amplifiers are even better suited for a wider range of live, portable PA and installed sound applications,” said Craig Lambrecht, Business Segment Manager, Crown Audio.

Crown XLS DriveCore 2 amplifiers now offer a bandpass filter on each channel in addition to the previous low and high pass filters, enabling more precise DSP crossover tuning, loudspeaker matching and system EQ capability. All models allow the front-panel LED indicators (except the clip and thermal indicators) to be turned off if desired, reducing distraction in dark venues. All the amplifiers have selectable input sensitivity of either 1.4 Vrms or .775 Vrms, facilitating their use in a wider variety of applications and enabling the amplifiers to be driven at full power.

XLS DriveCore 2 amplifiers now offer a remote power trigger function, to turn the amp on and off from a distance. The amplifiers also feature a display sleep mode that turns the display lighting off after a specified time. All models provide a security setting that disables the front-panel menu buttons; the menu is locked and unlocked by entering a simple button combination. In addition, a system reset function enables all factory settings to be restored.

Power ratings of the XLS DriveCore 2 models (per channel into 4 ohms) are as follows: XLS 2502, 775W; XLS 2002, 650W; XLS 1502, 525W; XLS 1002, 350W. All incorporate Crown’s proprietary DriveCore Class D amplifier design, which is the size of a postage stamp yet combines the amplifier driver stage into the power output stage along with additional audio-signal functions to provide remarkably efficient, cool-running operation that conforms to HARMAN International’s GreenEdge™ environmental initiative. All the amps are just 2U rack spaces high.

Crown XLS DriveCore 2 amplifiers can power 8- 4- or 2-ohm loads and can be bridged for 8- or 4-ohm mono operation. Additional features include Peakx™ limiters that deliver maximum output while protecting the speakers; balanced XLR, 1/4-inch and RCA inputs; touchproof binding post and Speakon® outputs and more. All Crown XLS DriveCore 2 amps are covered by a three-year, no-fault fully transferrable warranty.

Crown XLS DriveCore 2 Series amplifiers will be available in June 2015 at prices ranging from $299 to $599.

Learn more at www.crownaudio.com and join the conversation on social media with #BeHeardXLS.

February 10
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February 10, 2015

Crown Expands DCi Network Series Amplifier Lineup With Two New Models

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands — HARMAN’s Crown Audio today announced it has added two models to the DriveCore™ Install (DCi) Network Series amplifier lineup with the introduction of its DCi 4|2400N, DCi 2|2400N and DCi 2|1250N power amplifiers. The new amplifiers incorporate HARMAN’s exclusive DriveCore technology to deliver high power output from a compact, energy-efficient form factor and offer extensive networked system control capabilities.

“The high-power amplifiers fill out our DCi Network Series amplifier line with channel configurations and power ratings that were unavailable before, including 2-channel and 4-channel models with 2400 watts per channel,” said Dan Saenz, Business Segment Manager, Crown Audio. “With the introduction of the new amps, Crown is now able to offer a complete range of DCi Network amplifiers for every networked installedsound requirement, from smaller house of worship, restaurant, bar or retail installations to large-scale applications requiring multiple channels of high power.”

Both the DCi 4|2400N and DCi 2|2400N deliver 1900 watts into 8 ohms, 2400 watts into 4 ohms and 2100 watts into 2 ohms. All power outputs are minimum guaranteed power ratings – Crown DCi amplifiers are guaranteed to deliver at least their rated power over a longer period of time than any competing amplifier. In addition, the ampifiers offer direct drive “constant voltage” capabilities for 70Vrms and 100Vrms amplification without the need for a step up transformer, yielding higher audio quality and delivering their full rated power output in distributed audio applications.

Crown DCi Network Series amplifiers offer comprehensive networked monitoring and control capabilities via their primary and secondary Ethernet ports. The ampifiers are compatible with HARMAN’s HiQnet Audio Architect™ system setup and control software and utilize TCP/IP-based protocol in HiQnet for network monitoring and control. All the amps offer BLU.ink compatibility with a low-latency, fault-tolerant digital audio bus, capable of routing 256 channels using standard Cat5e cable over a distance of up to more than 300 feet between devices.

Like all Crown DCi Series amplifiers, the DCi 2|2400N and DCi 4|2400N incorporate HARMAN’s proprietary DriveCore amplifier chip for powerful, highly efficient operation from a lighter-weight, installation-friendly 2RU form factor. The ultra-compact Class D PWM DriveCore circuitry combines the amplifier driver stage into the power output stage along with additional audio-signal functions.

Both amplifiers provide networking and control features to ensure reliable operation, including continuous load monitoring, comprehensive error reporting, pilot tone monitoring and programmable general purpose input/output (GPIO) ports. The amplifiers also offer DSP features including LevelMAX™ limiters for the inputs and outputs with thermal limiting, an input compressor, input and output delay, input and output EQ, built-in crossovers and a built-in signal generator.

The amplifiers incorporate an exclusive Power Factor Corrected (PFC) universal power supply that is designed to deliver maximum power and the most efficient operation in any country, and their universal AC input accepts voltages from 100 – 240 VAC, 50/60Hz (+/- 10%). The amplifiers’ cooling system focuses the airflow on where it’s needed most, minimizing heat and noise. Crown DCi Network Series amplifiers are built for the most demanding conditions of professional use and carry a 3-year, no-fault fully transferrable warranty.

February 06
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February 06, 2015

Beijing Poly Theatre Equips International Artistic Venue With HARMAN Professional

BEIJING, China – Hosting domestic and international artistic events since 1991, the Beijing Poly Theatre is one of the main Chinese hubs for cultural arts exchange. Promoting everything from Russian ballets to Singapore Orchestras, it is designed to bring audiences the most refined art performances from around the world. During its most recent upgrade, local HARMAN distributor ACE supplied a new audio system for the auditorium that features HARMAN’s Soundcraft consoles, Crown amplifiers and BSS signal processors.

The auditorium seats 1,428 people and features world-class audiovisual equipment to cater to the various needs of different international acts. ACE provided an audio system that is perfect for operas, symphonic concerts, ballets, musicals and many other productions.

Soundcraft Vi6 and Vi4 digital mixing consoles were installed in the control room, where they share a Stagebox so the signals can be routed into both consoles. The Vi6 is the main console used for front of house. The Vi4 is used as a backup console, but can also be configured for monitors.

“The two Soundcraft consoles form a complete mixing system that is extremely versatile,” said Lina Han, Vice President of Engineering at ACE. “They have added a huge amount of digital mixing capacity to the control room, and by just switching a few cables around, they can be configured for any purpose.”

The system is powered with Crown Macro-Tech i Series amplifiers and supported with BSS BLU-160 signal processors, which offer configurable signal processing at a high bandwidth.

“By converting the existing analog infrastructure into newer digital systems, we have transformed the control room of the theater,” said Han. “The biggest challenge for this project is that we only had 15 business days until completion, which meant that we pre-configured all the equipment in-house. The customer was very satisfied, as we provided reliable maintenance and support during the integration process.”

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Worth the Wait: LA’s Regent Theater Is Reborn With HARMAN Professional Audio System

LOS ANGELES, California — All things come to those who wait, as Mitchell Frank can attest. Owner of the newly revived Regent Theater in downtown Los Angeles, it took Frank almost 10 years of dreaming about it, acquiring a long-term lease for it in February 2012, then waiting through 19 months of construction before the Regent finally reopened last November as a premier venue in LA’s reemerging downtown music scene. Originally built in the 1920s, the 1,100-capacity venue has been renovated with an eclectic combination of preserved historic architectural details and up to the minute furnishings and amenities – including a HARMAN Professional audio system based around JBL VTX Series line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers.

Frank took an unusually hands-on approach in the sound system upgrade – in fact, the system install was done in-house, without the services of an outside contractor. Frank relied on the help of JBL’s Paul Bauman, but already had a clear vision of what he wanted for the Regent, having worked for many years as, among other things, a concert and event producer and currently owner of Spaceland Productions. “I’ve always been a fan of the VERTEC® line arrays. When I first learned about the top of the line JBL VTX Series I knew we wanted to be first in line to have the rig installed here.”

The Regent Theater’s VTX complement includes six V20 line array elements and four STX 828S dual-18-inch subwoofers on each side of the stage, augmented by four JBL AC26 2-way compact speakers for front fill, two PRX735 3-way full-range speakers used as side fills and an even dozen VRX915M 2-way 15-inch stage monitors. Six Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers power the main left/right line arrays, three Crown I-Tech 12000HD amps drive the subwoofers and four I-Tech 4x3500HD amps handle the stage monitors.

The Regent has a main floor that slopes to the stage and a newly built second-floor mezzanine level and Frank finds the VTX arrays deliver wide, even, controlled coverage to both levels. “The VTX line arrays are relatively compact, but really powerful and clean and it’s amazing how much space they can cover, and do it so well. We did not have to install separate speakers for the mezzanine.” Frank notes the Regent hosts an eclectic variety of music and the speakers, subs and amps can go from pounding yet completely undistorted deep bass on the venue’s dance music nights a to delicate, nuanced and sonically layered ‘high-fidelity’ presentation for acoustic-based acts.

The Crown amplifiers also helped to simplify the system design. “The I-Tech 4x3500HD is incredible. The amplifier’s built-in processing and ability to be matched to the VTX arrays and the stage monitors saved us space because the loudspeaker management technology is all in the amps. We didn’t have to add outboard hardware for this functionality and JBL HiQnet Performance ManagerTM software provides a great control and monitoring interface.”

Frank is doing some final fine-tuning of the venue with acoustic treatment. “We’re dampening up the room just a bit and just kind of tightening it up, but it’s been pretty much ready to go. We’ve had 10 shows already and everything sounds great.”

Paul Bauman noted, “The advantages of the HARMAN JBL VTX and I-Tech HD system really shine in applications like the Regent Theater. Until the advent of these products it would have been impossible to implement a sound system in this kind of venue that was this streamlined in configuration, yet could be so precisely fine tuned. The performance of the VTX/I-Tech HD system has immediately taken the Regent to being one of the premier music venues in LA.”

“The combination of VTX and I-Tech HD is like a one-two sonic punch,” Frank added. “It’s so clear, and each frequency range is nicely slotted and defined. With this JBL and Crown system, I finally feel like I’m in the 21st Century!”

January 22
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January 22, 2015

Crown Ships XLi Series, Setting New Standard for Affordable Power Amplifiers

ANAHEIM, California — At NAMM 2015, HARMAN’s Crown announced it is now shipping its XLi Series, four models that set a new standard for entry-level professional grade amplifiers. The new XLi3500, XLi2500, XLi1500 and XLi800 are powerful, rugged and reliable and are well suited for a wide variety of live and installed sound applications.

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All four amplifiers feature front panel level controls, signal presence, and clip and fault LED indicators. Like all Crown power amps, XLi Series models provide comprehensive protection against shorts, no-load conditions, and power on/off thumps. The amplifiers are also shielded against radio frequency interference to keep the sound quality pure, even in situations with a great deal of wireless activity.

“Our XLi Series power amps bring the exceptional sound quality and bulletproof construction Crown is known for to more attractive price points,” said Craig Lambrecht, Business Segment Manager, Crown Audio. “They’re ideal for musicians, bands, DJs, dance clubs, bars, houses of worship and other situations where affordability is important, without compromising on performance or reliability.”

All Crown XLi amplifiers feature a one-year, no-fault, fully transferable warranty.

Crown XLi Series amplifiers have MAP pricing as follows: XLi3500, $649; XLi2500, $399; XLi1500, $299; XLi800, $229.


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