Crown Audio CTs Series Amplifiers And IQ Series Network Control Technologies Power Audio Intelligibility At Wukesong Indoor Stadium For 2008 Summer Olympics

ELKHART, Indiana — Demonstrating the performance consistency and system reliability of Crown Audio’s CTs Series amplifiers in concert with the efficient network capability of Crown’s IQ Series network cards, Beijing’s new 18,000-seat Wukesong Indoor Stadium, home to the basketball competitions at the 2008 Summer Olympics, features a complement of three Crown CTs600 amplifiers, two CTs1200 amplifiers, two CTs3000 amplifiers networked via seven Crown IQ3-PIP-Lite cards and Harman’s HiQnet™ system configuration and control protocol. The networked amplifiers drive 22 JBL Professional Control 29AV-1 loudspeakers.

Situated in Western Beijing, the 63,000-square meter facility was completed in January 2008 and after the Olympic basketball preliminaries and finals will become a major cultural, recreational center for the citizens of Beijing, integrating cultural, sporting and commercial facilities with large-scale gardens and green space.

The audio design required engineers to specify and install a system that would sound great despite the resonant surfaces of the large space. Because the system would enjoy a second life after the games reliability, scalability and versatility needed to be balanced carefully with the budgetary limitations.

“The Crown CTs Series is a proven performer for installed sound applications and, together with the JBL Professional loudspeakers, will provide Olympic basketball fans and the citizens of Beijing with quality audio for years to come,” noted Marc Kellom, Vice President of Marketing, Crown Audio. “And because CTs amplifiers are so easily networked using IQ-PIP cards and HiQnet, the system is optimally configured for the games but can be easily configured and controlled for many future applications via the HiQnet™ System Architect™ user interface.”

Crown’s CTs Series amplifiers provide exceptional performance, flexibility and value for installed sound applications. CTs Series amplifiers feature independent selection of high and low impedance operation for a specific channel, plus power levels and features that were carefully chosen to match the requirements of fixed install design. Crown Audio PIP Lite integrates Ethernet-based network control via 100-Mb TCP/IQ protocol for digital control of analog devices with digital signal control for error trapping, proactive response and remote load monitoring. 
The Wukesong Indoor Stadium is one of ten venues for the 2008 Summer Olympics games that feature audio systems by Harman Professional. The Beijing National Aquatics Centre, features JBL Professional loudspeakers, a Soundcraft console, Crown amplifiers and BSS Audio processing. Fengtai Softball Field features Soundcraft consoles, JBL Professional loudspeakers, dbx processing and Crown amplifiers. Many of the same Harman companies are featured in the 10,000-seat Chang Ping Indoor Arena. That audio system features JBL Professional loudspeakers driven by Crown amplifiers, managed by dbx processing and Soundcraft consoles. The Beijing Foreign Language University Stadium sound system comprises BSS processing, Crown amplifiers, dbx patchbays, Lexicon processors and Soundcraft consoles. In Shanghai, the Shanghai Stadium features JBL loudspeakers, BSS Audio and Lexicon signal processing, Crown microphones and Soundcraft consoles. The Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Venue is outfitted with JBL Professional loudspeakers and Soundcraft mixers and the Laoshoan Velodrome features JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, BSS processing and dbx system control. The Olympic Green Convention Centre features Soundcraft consoles, Crown amplifiers, BSS processors and JBL loudspeakers. The Beijing National Stadium is equipped with an awesome array of Crown I-Tech amplifiers.

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.

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.”

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For additional information, contact:
Adam Weissman 
Griffin Integrated Communications
(212) 481-3456 Ext. 17
aweissman@griffinpr.com