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Crown by HARMAN Introduces Dante-Enabled DriveCore Install DA Series Amplifiers

Crown DCi-DA Series brings Dante networked audio options to the industry-leading DriveCore Install amplifier family

LAS VEGAS—Building off of the highly successful Crown DriveCore Install family of amplifiers, Crown by HARMAN today introduced the DCi-DA Series amplifiers that feature Dante networked audio transport. For applications that require Dante networked audio, the Crown DCi-DA Series provides a balanced combination of output power, channel count and speaker load flexibility.

The Crown DCi-DA Series consists of five amplifiers with the most-popular combination of channel count and output power. 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 as the inclusion of a high-level DSP with JBL tunings, network control/monitoring, highly efficient design, and the ability to drive 2/4/8 ohm, 70V and 100V speaker loads out of each channel without the need for an external transformer.

“The introduction of the DCi-DA Series to the Crown DriveCore Install family of amplifiers gives our customers even more flexibility to choose the right amplifier for the right job,” said Tom Lureman, Large Venue Electronics Solutions Manager at HARMAN Professional Solutions. “With the DCi-DA Series, HARMAN Professional Solutions now offers a more traditional alternative in addition to our innovative BLU link approach to a Dante solution.”

Dante is the most popular networked audio transport in the industry, supported by more than 250 manufacturers, including HARMAN. The Crown DCi-DA Series is fully compatible with HARMAN’s HiQnet Audio Architect™ software application and will launch in 8|300, 8|600 and 4|1250 configurations in November 2016.

The DriveCore Install family is a complete family of high performance installation amplifiers based on HARMAN’s proprietary DriveCore technology. The DCi-DA Series joins the Analog, Network and Network Display Series to offer 25 different combinations of channel count, output power and feature set. The DCi family of amplifiers is designed, engineered and manufactured to the industry’s highest quality standards, and provides system integrators with the advanced features and flexibility required for the most challenging applications.

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Crown by HARMAN’s New CDi DriveCore™ Series Brings Low Priced Amplification with Advanced DSP

New Amplifier Line Brings Flagship Features Targeted for Small- and Medium-Sized Installations

LAS VEGAS—Crown by HARMAN is continuing its commitment to deliver stellar performance at an affordable price by introducing new Crown CDi DriveCore Series amplifiers. The new CDi DriveCore Series leverages HARMAN’s innovative, multi-patented DriveCore™ technology to offer a balance of robust functionality and reasonable cost. The amplifiers offer the power and capabilities of Crown’s popular DriveCore Install (DCi) Series amplifiers with a streamlined set of options targeted to deliver optimal value to small and medium-sized installations.

“The Crown DCi Series permanently changed the expectations of high performance installation amplifiers,” says Emilian Wojtowycz, Restaurant and Retail Solutions Manager at HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The CDi DriveCore™ Series streamlines the functionality of the DCi Series and builds upon its innovation to offer premium performance without a premium price tag.” Like the flagship DCi Series amplifiers, the new CDi DriveCore amplifiers offer cutting-edge DriveCore™ technology for energy-efficient power handling. The amplifiers are available in two or four channel versions at 300W or 600W per channel. They provide the capability for low impedance (4/8 Ohms) amplification as well as constant voltage amplification with no transformers required, with both 70V and 100V options for installations worldwide. Each model is also available in a version with BLU link, HARMAN’s proprietary high-bandwidth, low-latency and fault tolerant digital audio bus.

For optimal sound, the CDi DriveCore Series includes Digital Signal Processing (DSP) to achieve precise speaker tuning. Commercial integrators and technicians can configure amplifier inputs/outputs, modify DSP settings and recall created settings from the built-in front panel, offering the ability for fast and simple configuration without a PC. As well, users wanting comprehensive configuration of the CDi DriveCore as well as other HARMAN audio products can use HARMAN’s Audio Architect software.

The option of using digital audio with BLU link simplifies pairing with other HARMAN products, such as a BSS Soundweb London BLU-50. This simplifies audio wiring when used with the large variety of HARMAN products that employ BLU link while optimizing audio fidelity. “The Crown CDi DriveCore Series is the next step in our continuous improvement of our contracting products,” says Wojtowycz. “These new amps pair with other HARMAN devices and offer contractors a feature-rich product family that is low in cost but high in advanced features and reliability.”

The Crown CDi DriveCore Series amplifiers are expected to ship in August 2016.

Additional Details

HARMAN is showing the Crown CDi DriveCore Series in Booth #N805 at InfoComm 2016. For further details, we invite you to visit: http://www.crownaudio.com/en-US/product_families/cdi-drivecore-series-amps

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Huge 14-Cluster JBL by HARMAN VTX Line Array System Deployed In-the-Round for George Strait at T-Mobile Arena

By combining the T-Mobile arena sound system with the traveling production system, engineers were able to create an amazing experience for an unforgettable concert

LAS VEGAS––In preparing for a series of iconic, in-the-round performances by George Strait at T-Mobile Arena, in-house engineers worked with production engineers from VER to design a massive, 14-cluster JBL by HARMAN VTX line array system to provide a remarkable level of coverage, fidelity and intelligibility.

A large, six-cluster JBL by HARMAN VTX line array system serves as the permanent centerpiece for delivering concert-quality sound performance at the new T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas. In order to provide the arena with the best sound reinforcement coverage and intelligibility possible, ATK Audiotek installed a HARMAN Professional Solutions system consisting of 72 JBL VTX V25-II elements and 36 JBL VTX S28 subwoofers, powered by 18 Crown V-Racks.

“The George Strait production crew of Paul Rogers and Stacey LaBarbera knew there was a nice JBL VTX system at T-Mobile already, and because we have the same system, they asked if we could marry our systems to create something very special,” said Joe Casanova, National Audio Sales Manager, VER. “So that's exactly what we did. We came up with a massive, 14-cluster, double in-the-round VTX rig that worked astoundingly well. Paul Bauman (Associate Director, Global Tour Sound Business Development, HARMAN Professional Solutions) was very helpful in so many ways. He’s a smart man, and it’s always a pleasure to work with him on projects like this.”

The JBL by HARMAN VTX V25-II is a full-size, 3-way, high-directivity line array element that includes a new 4th generation waveguide, which improves long-throw performance and wavefront control. Patented rigging, Crown I-Tech HD amplification with BSS® OmniDriveHD V5 Processing, and JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ configuration and control software complete the system package.

“With today’s connectivity, a system of this size can come together pretty quickly. We connected our system to the house system via Dante,” said Casanova. “Basically, the house system’s six clusters took care of the upper bowl area, and the eight additional arrays we brought in took care of the lower bowl and floor area. We had a total of 152 V25–II elements and 48 VTX S28 subs in use. It sounded amazing.”

JBL VTX S28 dual 18-inch subwoofers provide extremely high peak-to peak excursion capabilities to deliver extended very low frequency performance. They can be suspended or ground-stacked and are cardioid-arrayable in either configuration for improved rear rejection. Compatible with VTX V25-ll suspension, S28 can be suspended at the top of V25-II arrays to extend the effective low frequency line length and provide improved vertical pattern control.

“The house guys were very accommodating—they let us have full access to the house system,” said Casanova. “Our system engineers Kevin Valind and Eddie Harbin did a superb job of tuning the system. They were able to bring the house arrays in a little, turned some elements off, and really tailored the sound for the arena and to the ear of George Strait’s FOH Engineer George Olsen. Everything was powered by Crown. Both our systems have the same amps, so we used Performance Manager 2.0 for efficient and precise control of this large-scale system.”

Designed for optimum performance and setup simplicity, the Crown VRack Complete Amplification System provides a customized, turnkey amplification package. With Crown-engineered components already built in and no assembly required, it’s an easy-to-configure, all-in-one amplifier solution that eliminates the time-consuming process of building amp racks.

“What really stood out is the accuracy of the VTX system,” said Casanova. “The intelligibility was stellar, and you could understand every word. The vocals were out front, and you could hear every note of every instrument. Every seat in the house got the same crystal-clear experience. This was just the first of several George Strait events at T-Mobile Arena, and everything went exceedingly well. The audience really got their money’s worth.”

Pictured in the accompanying image, from left to right: Frank Faricy, George Olsen, Joe Casanova, Kevin Valind, Eddie Harbin, Micah Bellman and Paul Bauman.

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Connect with HARMAN Professional Solutions at InfoComm 2016

Visit the world’s most comprehensive provider of professional AV solutions at Booth N805

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—The industry’s largest AV manufacturer, HARMAN Professional Solutions, will showcase an unmatched range of technologies at InfoComm 2016. The leading professional audio, lighting, video and control products and systems company will bring a powerful conglomeration of enterprise and entertainment brands together at booth N805, including AKG, AMX, BSS, Crown, JBL Professional, Lexicon, Martin and Soundcraft. Visitors are invited to discover how HARMAN is leveraging the power of these iconic brands to deliver audio, video, lighting, and control solutions for every market.

Featuring a number of real-world scenarios commonly found within enterprise and entertainment environments, HARMAN’s impressive interactive booth will give attendees the opportunity to explore the technological solutions available to them in a fully immersive way. The company’s range of traditional and networked audio/video distribution and switching solutions will be highlighted, including the latest AMX SVSI Networked AV solution. This game-changing technology streams high resolution video, using standard IP network infrastructure. Attendees are invited to discover the advantages of using AMX SVSI for compressed 4K video and see it in action with an amazing real-time, side-by-side demonstration of visually lossless 4K over 1Gb solution – the future of AV isn’t coming, it’s already here, and it will be demonstrated live at booth N805!

Find out how the multi-award-winning AMX Enova DGX Digital Media Switcher, with its powerful new web interface, successfully resolves AV issues for digital video distribution. It enables users to centrally monitor, manage and control connected devices over an IT infrastructure, all while offering a robust dashboard for single view setup and real-time monitoring of a system.  Touch panels that have consistently led the industry, including the AMX Modero X Series G5 Retractable, will also be on display. The latest example in a long line of ingenuity, these hideaway panels rise and retract on their precision-glide, motorized mount, with the press of a button. In addition, find out how the innovative AMX RoomBook Scheduling Panels leverage the style and cost efficiency of the Modero S series range to deliver what is arguably the world's easiest-to-use dedicated room scheduling device, purposefully designed to get rooms online and scheduling in minutes.

Attendees can see how BSS has a signal processing solution for every requirement and, thanks to the inclusion of BLU link capabilities, its Soundweb London processors effortlessly pair up to any Crown DriveCore Install (DCi) Network Series amplifier. Visitors can also find out how the JBL Professional Control 80, CBT 1000 Series and Contractor Series span the complete range of surface-mount (on-wall), in-ceiling and in-wall models to offer mastery of any architectural, aesthetic or system performance requirement. Last, but certainly not least, find out how Soundcraft’s Vi7000 digital mixing console delivers the best Vi sound ever, bringing optional 96kHz processing, upgraded channel counts and even more reliable hardware to live sound's most popular mix interface.

Attendees can expect all this plus all the new product announcements and innovations the industry has come to expect from the world’s most comprehensive provider of professional AV solutions.


For more information, visit the HARMAN Professional Solutions InfoComm 2016 Event Page.

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Historic Hotel Upgrades Rooftop Lounge with HARMAN Professional Solutions Sound & Lighting System

Monaco Philadelphia’s Stratus rooftop lounge installs an all-HARMAN sound and lighting system featuring JBL, Crown, BSS and Martin components

PHILADELPHIA—HARMAN Professional Solutions recently provided a significant sound and lighting upgrade to the Stratus rooftop lounge. The technology overhaul included JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, BSS controllers and Martin fixtures.

In the heart of Philadelphia's Historic District near Independence Hall sits the equally historic Lafayette Building, home of the prestigious Monaco Philadelphia boutique hotel. And sitting atop the hotel, floating 11 stories above the country’s most historic square mile, is the newly renovated Stratus rooftop lounge.

“Essentially, we had to upgrade and rework everything,” said Ian Hoffer, President of Aurora Sound and Light. “In order to optimize and provide separate control for the spaces, we designed and installed four sound system zones—interior lounge, exterior lounge, pavilion #1 and pavilion #2—all built with JBL loudspeakers and subwoofers, and Crown amplifiers. We networked and manage the zones with BSS Contrio controllers.”

According to Hoffer, when the Monaco Philadelphia Hotel opened three years ago, the Stratus lounge and its outdoor pavilions were equipped with just basic sound and lighting system support, based on a simple 70-volt, in-ceiling system that needed replacing. The system covered announcements and background music, but offered no zone or room-to-room control, and no entertainment lighting.

Management’s plan was to get the hotel launched, and then through a second phase, come back and focus on the sound and lighting system needs of the lounge, with the goal of turning the Stratus into an entertainment attraction.

“The Stratus lounge has always been a cool space. It’s lush and comfortable and offers a really good mix of indoor and outdoor environments,” explained Hoffer. “But the hotel wanted to create something exciting. They specifically wanted to bring in professional, entertainment-level sound and lighting systems, and be able to use the lounge and its pavilions for a wide range of up-scale events. I’m happy to say that from corporate meetings to weddings, to an impressive nightclub and dance venue, the Stratus now has plenty of headroom and is ready to perform.”


With available space at a premium and aesthetics a prime concern, Hoffer and his team installed a mix of JBL AC-28 and AC-16 loudspeakers within the interior spaces, supported by a set of JBL ASB6115 and JBL ASB-6112 subwoofers. The large exterior space utilized the JBL AM-7212 loudspeakers and JBL ASB-6115 WRX subwoofers.

“For the pavilions, we wanted to go as large as possible but not be too obtrusive. Luckily, we had some architectural elements we could work with. We used a mix of black cabinets and white cabinets to blend in to the décor, and we were very careful with horn placement. We wanted the space to be exciting and sharp, but comfortable,” explained Hoffer. “The compact loudspeakers and subwoofers look good and sound even better.”

Because of the close proximity to rooms and other less party-focused guest areas, hotel management had a concern about bleed-over vibration. Aurora Sound and Light took an innovative approach to the solution by mounting the exterior subwoofers on a spring system, similar to what might be found with AC units. The subwoofers ride on springs, isolating them from the building, providing a pleasant aural experience for all guests.


For nightclubs and entertainment spaces, lighting is a prime component for creating the right atmosphere. Across the four spaces, Hoffer and his team placed more than 30 Martin Exterior 50 LED lights. These super rugged, compact, indoor/outdoor fixtures were a perfect lighting solution for the lounge and its pavilions.

“The Martin compact LEDs are easy to place and work with, and are really nice in creating a mood and setting a tone for the spaces. We used the Martins for up lighting, down lighting, and for creating some impressive focal points,” added Hoffer. “For the outdoor areas especially, we needed small, weatherproof LED systems. The light quality, and color and control capabilities of these fixtures are very impressive. All built into a rock-solid, easy to install unit.”

Similar to the sound system, the lighting system has been completely updated and modernized and is now based on nicely organized zones, with digital controllers and room scene presets in place, all under password protection.

Hoffer noted that the most challenging part of the lighting system was to get updated wiring and control in place for the Martin 50 LED systems. In many spots, there may have been power, but no data. Hoffer and his team pulled Cat5 where they could, made use of some existing cabling, and even went wireless for a key focal point within an outdoor pavilion.

“One of the outdoor pavilions has this huge, ornate flowerpot. It anchors and sets the space, but it had no lighting. An attractive piece, but we knew if it was properly lit, it would be really impressive. So we used a set of Martin outdoor LEDs and installed a wireless DMX unit to feed data to the lights,” said Hoffer. “It’s now a really impressive focal point, and we can change the colors and control the lights any time, even remotely.”


Hoffer explained that BSS BLU link Soundweb and Crown DriveCore Network amplifiers provided critical capabilities needed for the project.

“The BLU link and Crown amps greatly simplified the installation. Ultimately, we were able to run three Cat5e cables to network the system, rather than 30 analog cables. This not only saves a huge amount of time and money during the installation, but adds a high level of flexibility and scalability for future changes or additions,” said Hoffer.

Hoffer noted that the synchronicity between HARMAN Professional Solutions products is a big reason he so frequently relies on a comprehensive HARMAN audio system.

“Installation after installation, I keep coming back to JBL, Crown, Martin and BSS. The systems work great together. The integration capabilities are so impressive. Factory support is excellent. I’m really glad we were able to deploy these solutions and technologies at Stratus.”

In mid-October 2015, the Stratus Lounge hosted a grand re-opening party with a popular DJ and a great deal of fanfare and positive reviews. With the ability to host about 300 people across all four venues, the Stratus Lounge is now fast on its way to re-branding itself as an exciting, private event and destination nightspot.

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Provides Elite Sound for High-End New Zealand Hotel

JBL, Crown and dbx deliver premium sound quality and powerful zone control for the upscale Novotel New Plymouth Hobson

NEW PLYMOUTH, New Zealand—The choice of a HARMAN Professional Solutions integrated system­—featuring JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and dbx signal processing—­is proving to be the perfect match for the stylish, 4.5-star Novotel New Plymouth Hobson hotel in New Zealand’s Taranaki region. The hotel required an elegant audio system to provide premium sound quality, coverage and control of its many areas. Local integrator TSH Audio & Video worked closely with Jands, the New Zealand HARMAN Distributor, on the audio design of the project.

TSH Audio & Video (formerly Taranaki Sound Hire) has been installing innovative AV systems and supplying technical hire services to the Taranaki community for more than 40 years. Established in 1988, Jands is a specialized distributor of world-leading audio brands in New Zealand.

The hotel’s distributed sound system is controlled with a dbx by HARMAN ZonePRO 1261m digital zone processor. The ZonePRO family of fixed architecture audio processors offers a high-quality, cost-effective solution for commercial audio applications. The system is managed by several ZonePRO Ethernet controllers throughout the venue.

“ZonePRO is a rock solid platform and is really easy to program,” said Daniel Evans, Senior Technician at TSH Audio & Video. “Working with the ethernet controllers makes it so easy to install and manage.” 

An array of JBL loudspeakers was selected for this installation, including the new JBL Control 31 loudspeakers installed in the conference room. Part of the JBL Control Contractor Series, they feature extremely smooth frequency response and extended bandwidth for high quality sound. JBL Control 24CT-M ceiling loudspeakers with wide 150-degree coverage were installed throughout the venue for background music, including inside the gymnasium. In addition, JBL Control 25T loudspeakers were installed to provide music for the outdoor deck/dining area.

The audio system at Novotel New Plymouth Hobson is powered by Crown DCi 2|300 and Crown DCi 4|300 multichannel amplifiers. Crown DCi high-performance amplifiers are designed, engineered and manufactured with the highest quality standards and provide system integrators with a versatile, compact and highly energy-efficient amplifier.

“TSH was very pleased to be involved with the construction of this iconic New Plymouth project and to be working with Jands to specify a high quality audio system,” said Evans. “Jands provided us with quick turnaround on design changes and the HARMAN vast toolbox of products came in handy when we had to come in under budget."

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