Crown And JBL Introduce The DBC(tm) Network Bridge

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#1 CVice



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Posted 27 October 2004 - 04:05 PM

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - October, 2004 -- What was once shown as a prototype earlier this year at ShoWest is now a reality as Crown International and JBL Professional introduce the heart of the Digital B-Chain system, the DBC Network Bridge. The Crown? DBC Bridge allows you to distribute multiple channels of uncompressed digital audio over standard fast Ethernet hardware for use in traditional 35mm, digital cinema, and e-cinema applications. ?Digital B-Chain is unique in that it enables cinemas to cost-effectively upgrade to digital cinema-readiness ? without the massive cost layout of converting to Digital Cinema ? and yet it immediately delivers quantifiable improvements in sound system performance, efficiency and reliability,? said Stephen Morris, Director of Marketing for Cinema and Touring with Crown International. Morris adds, ?In addition, Digital B-Chain sound systems are eminently versatile, enabling cinema managers to easily re-purpose theaters for alternative applications such as pay-per-view sports and entertainment events, multi-site corporate meetings and even live performances.?

The DBC Bridge accepts standard analog and/or AES digital audio and CobraNet? digital channels from other Cinema processors (Dolby?, DTS?), Cinema Servers, or Alternative Content Media Players; and bridges them to a Crown DBC network for distribution to the Crown amplifiers. The DBC Bridge also provides the necessary system equalization, which is stored and recalled via presets for use in both feature ?lm and alternative content programming.

?Digital B-Chain technology is being applauded by theater-goers and theater managers alike,? noted Chuck Goodsell, Director of Cinema Marketing at JBL Professional. ?When the DBC Bridge is combined with JBL Professional ScreenArray? cinema loudspeakers, the resulting Digital B-Chain system is meeting the challenge in the cinema market today. As we see the number of installed systems growing, it has become evident that DBC has emerged as the system of choice for this market.?

DBC Systems are being installed worldwide with locations in Switzerland, Japan, and the US. An example of this growth is evidenced by the rapid adoption of DBC within the Marcus Theatres chain. Marcus has installed three DBC systems to date in Elgin, IL, Addison, IL and Columbus, OH to compliment their new UltraScreen? locations, and more are on the way. Mark Collins, Manager of Projection Services for Marcus Theaters commented, ?System control is, perhaps, the most important consideration for us. We need to be able to monitor and control every aspect of the system, and Digital B-Chain provides more control than any other product available for this purpose. We are also extremely pleased with how the unbelievable digital audio quality delivered by a DBC system improves the total UltraScreen experience. DBC from Crown and JBL is the total package ? complete system control and unequalled digital audio performance.?

Crown International manufactures amplifiers, microphones, and systems control products for professional audio markets worldwide, with corporate headquarters located in Elkhart, Indiana. For more information, visit Crown online at www.crownaudio.com.

Headquartered in Northridge, California, JBL Professional is the world?s leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of professional loudspeakers for recording and broadcast, musician, cinema, touring sound, commercial sound and contracting applications. For complete product and company information, go to the JBL Professional website at www.jblpro.com.

Crown International and JBL Professional are members of the Harman Professional (HPro) group of Harman International companies. Other HPro audio brands include AKG, AMEK, BSS Audio, dbx Professional, Lexicon Pro, Soundcraft, and Studer. Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR; www.harman.com) is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and electronic systems for the consumer and professional markets.
Chris Vice
PR & Web Coordinator
Crown International