September 14, 2009 – For Immediate Release

ELKHART, Indiana – Having used several generations of Crown products over a number of years, German sound company Sirius Showequipment AG has upgraded its fleet of Crown amplifiers with 16 of the new I-Tech 12000 HD’s to drive the company’s monitor system.

Wolfgang Neumann, CEO of the Niederdorfelden-based company, explained that the I-Tech HDs were deployed for the five-month “Machmalauter” tour by Die Toten Hosen, where monitor engineer Dirk Happel has four drive racks supporting the system.

The new HD series raises the bar for tour sound amplification. At its core, I-Tech HD features a new user-inspired DSP engine co-developed with BSS and Linear Phase FIR filters that offer unrivalled performance. Together with Crown’s Class-I amplifier technology; new software that makes I-Tech HD robust and very easy to configure; a choice of input options including CobraNet and the new LevelMax™ limiters (Peak, Thermal and RMS), I-Tech HD is a stunning product of engineering R&D — all pressed into a lightweight (28lbs) package.

Holger Shader, Sirius Showequipment’s Technical Director/Senior Engineer, confirmed that despite his company’s long association with Crown, his team first evaluated the new Crown series against a four-channel amplifier from another industry leader. “But in terms of power and sound quality, nothing came close to the I-Techs,” he said.

“We tested them on a couple of wedge monitors but then with Die Toten Hosen tour coming up, we decided to buy them,” added Shader.

The consistent 2U footprint has enabled a direct swap-out of Sirius Showequipment’s previous I-Tech 4000’s in the existing monitor racks.

The new I-Tech HD series features next generation BSS OmniDriveHD DSP engine technology, built on a new architecture specifically optimized for fast and efficient audio processing. The new FIR filter technology provides significantly improved midrange clarity and dramatically improved off-axis response. The OmniDrive HD reduces latency, safeguards sonic integrity and advances system reliability, with 24- bit, 192 kHz A/D and D/A converters. 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.

“We are well aware of the I-Tech’s processing attributes,” continued Holger. “With this improved spec it was an easy decision to upgrade to the I-Tech HD’s.”

Sirius has a long association with Crown technology extending back more than a decade. In addition to the I-Tech 4000s, it has formerly used Macro-Tech MA-5002VZ and MA5000VZ amplification.

But with the new generation I-Tech HD Sirius Showequipment is future-proofing its inventory. After the current tour the amp racks will embark on another exhausting tour of duty with the band Pur — a band serviced by Sirius for 15 years, back in the days when Holger Schader was the bands FOH sound engineer!


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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