JBL Professional Announces Fixintogetmixin Masterclasses at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

January 22, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced that Brad ‘fixintogetmixin’ Divens will present two exclusive masterclasses at The REACH campus at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on February 12, 2020. The program is sponsored by JBL Professional and Soundcraft in cooperation with the Kennedy Center.

Guests are invited to register and attend a series of masterclasses with Brad ‘fixintogetmixin’ Divens. In addition to currently working as front of house engineer for Enrique Iglesias, Divens has also engineered for Linkin Park, Garbage, Cyndi Lauper, HIM, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Mötley Crüe, Jane's Addiction and more.

Divens will speak at two exclusive Masterclass events. Both events will take place on Wednesday, February 12 in Studio K at The REACH inside the Kennedy Center, and will be hosted by Soundcraft’s Live Sound Product Specialist, Tom Der. Studio K is multi-purpose performance space, equipped a state-of-the-art JBL VTX A8 rig to deliver Divens’ mixes with pristine sound with unparalleled clarity.

During his ‘Building the Mix’ Masterclass, Divens will discuss and demonstrate his approach to putting together a live mix, including technical topics such as the basics of input gain, EQ, compression, plugins and routing, as well as creative concepts regarding the audience and the artist. During ‘The Music’ Masterclass, Divens will deconstruct live mixes from three different artists and discuss his approach to achieving a polished final mix.

To sign up for fixintogetmixin with Brad Divens: Building The Mix or fixintogetmixin with Brad Divens: The Music, please register at https://pro.harman.com/lp/fixintogetmixin.

HARMAN Presents Exclusive On-Stage  Interview with Woodstock Engineer and ‘Father of Festival Sound’ Bill Hanley at the NAMM Show 2020

HARMAN Presents Exclusive On-Stage Interview with Woodstock Engineer and ‘Father of Festival Sound’ Bill Hanley at the NAMM Show 2020

January 15, 2020

NAMM (Booth #14508) – ANAHEIM, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced it will host an exclusive interview with legendary sound engineer Bill Hanley at the 2020 NAMM Show.

Often regarded as the ‘Father of Festival Sound,’ Bill Hanley is an iconic audio pioneer whose integral role in Woodstock paved the way for generations of future festivals. From his early work with the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, to the Beatles’ final tour and Dylan’s infamous ‘electric set,’ Hanley’s contributions to the development of event production are unrivaled. Visit the HARMAN booth in the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday, January 18 at from 11:00AM – 12:00PM to hear Hanley discuss fascinating behind-the-scenes details, including the planning and execution of Woodstock, a watershed moment in the history of rock and roll and festival performances.  

“Woodstock wouldn’t have happened without JBL,” said Hanley. “The JBL D Series drivers were a key component to our custom speaker designs. Without those, we wouldn't have had enough depth and power in the low-end to carry all the way to the back of the crowd. That was the beginning of a life-long relationship. I’m very proud to have partnered with JBL for the iconic festival, and I’m excited to share the story of how we made it happen with guests at the NAMM show.”

With an unprecedented 500,000 people in attendance, Woodstock was the largest festival ever held at the time. And with live concert sound still in its infancy, there were no loudspeakers on the market powerful enough to produce sufficient sound for the massive crowd. As the leading expert on large outdoor PA systems, Hanley was hired to build and operate a one-of-a-kind PA for the event.

To deliver powerful, intelligible sound for the event, Hanley custom-designed a new loudspeaker model called the HSI 410, which featured four 15-inch JBL D-130 drivers and four 15-inch JBL D-140 drivers. These colossal loudspeakers stood nearly seven feet tall and weighed more than half a ton. To ensure balanced coverage, Hanley constructed two multi-level towers to raise the loudspeakers up to 70 feet in the air. After assembling the monumental system, Hanley and his team mixed the shows from platform of plywood and scaffolding erected in the center of the crowd.

Hanley’s innovative practices and speaker designs laid the groundwork for festival and concert production for decades to come. To learn more about Hanley’s accomplishments over the years, including his involvement with Woodstock, check out the upcoming documentary and accompanying book by John Kane, The Last Seat in the House: The Story of Hanley Sound later this year from The University Press of Mississippi. To learn more or preorder your copy of the book in advance, please visit http://www.thelastseatinthehouse.com/.

Hanley will be joined on stage with Ken Lopez, a consultant on The Last Seat in the House: The Story of Hanley Sound and former vice president of JBL Professional. The program will be hosted by broadcast journalist, Nic Harcourt.

HARMAN Professional Solutions Appoints MadisonAV as Authorized Distributor for AMX and Install Audio Solutions in Australia.

HARMAN Professional Solutions Appoints MadisonAV as Authorized Distributor for AMX and Install Audio Solutions in Australia.

January 10, 2020

Brisbane, Australia—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced it has realigned distribution of AMX, SVSI, and install ranges of AKG, BSS, Crown and JBL Professional in Australia with the appointment of MadisonAV, part of the Madison Technologies group.

Distribution in Australia for HARMAN’s retail, cinema, touring, performing arts, broadcast, and Martin lighting solutions remains unchanged.

With a long and successful legacy of representing leading brands in the Australian market, MadisonAV is known for deep technical expertise, in-depth product knowledge, strong sales and service networks, and excellent customer service catering to a wide range of customers. MadisonAV will expand its portfolio to include the complete range of AMX video control solutions, and HARMAN Professional install and integration audio product suite. This will offer customers a single interface across HARMAN’s wide range of video controls and install audio solutions.

“We are excited to partner with MadisonAV and expand our distribution reach in Australia. This is aimed at enhancing access to HARMAN products and solutions across verticals, focusing on solutions-driven approach and elevating customer experience,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP and GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “MadisonAV brings 28 years of experience serving the Australian market and we look forward to our collaboration with MadisonAV and are confident their experience and in-depth knowledge will help us deliver the latest and most relevant technology solutions to our customers.”

Recognising the unique maturity of the Australian AV market, HARMAN Professional Solutions will be increasing its local presence in 2020. Consisting of seasoned industry professionals, the Australian Professional Solutions team will manage relationships with key systems integrators, consultants and end users, coordinating and combining the significant capability of MadisonAV.

“We are known in the Australian market for our strong market coverage, technical knowledge and customer service. HARMAN Professional Brands and Solutions are renowned for their world class quality and technological superiority," said Ken Kyle, CEO, MadisonAV. "We understand our customers' need for world class products and solutions along with reliable after sales service support. With our hands-on experience and coverage in the Australian market, we are excited to bring HARMAN Professional Video, Install Audio and Integrated Solutions to our customers and elevate their experiences."

For further information contact MadisonAV on 1800 436 378 or at connect@MadisonAV.com.au and HARMAN at HPro.APAC@harman.com.

Staten Island Mall Elevates Audio Experience with State-of-the-Art HARMAN Professional Solutions PA System

Staten Island Mall Elevates Audio Experience with State-of-the-Art HARMAN Professional Solutions PA System

January 09, 2020

NEW YORK— Dara AV (Formerly JD Systems) recently deployed an expansive HARMAN Professional Solutions PA system at Staten Island Mall to provide crystal-clear audio for music, announcements and more.

With over 1.2 million square feet of retail floor space, Staten Island Mall is one of the largest shopping centers in New York. In order to provide a more pleasant experience for guests, Staten Island Mall recently hired local installation experts Dara AV to update their existing PA system from the 1970s with a state-of-the-art HARMAN Professional Solutions PA system. After surveying the location, Dara AV designed a cutting-edge sound solution using JBL Control Series speakers, Crown DCI amplifiers, and BSS signal processors.

“Staten Island Mall asked us to update their outdated PA system with a controllable, scalable solution,” said Jak Daragjati, President Dara AV. “They were originally considering a Bose system, but after hearing how great HARMAN products sound they quickly changed their minds. The biggest challenge was providing adequate coverage without impacting the aesthetics of the mall. The JBL Control series speakers were exactly what we needed—they provide plenty of volume and offer versatile mounting options.”

Over 300 loudspeakers are installed throughout the facility to provide clear, consistent sound for music and announcements. JBL Control 14ct full-range ceiling speakers deliver extended coverage coverage in an aesthetically pleasing package. JBL Control 64pt full-range pendant speakers provide superb sound reproduction for sections of the mall with open architecture ceilings. JBL Control 25-1 wall-mount speakers offer consistent dispersion and a contemporary weather-resistant design ideal for indoor or outdoor use.

Crown DCi 4|600 amplifiers were selected to power the system for their consistent power and rock-solid reliability. A BSS BLU-103 Conferencing Processor offers flexible signal routing, advanced AEC processing, and a built-in voice over IP (VoIP) interface for announcements. A BSS Contrio EC-8bv Ethernet wall controller is used for quickly and easily controlling volumes across eight different zones.

AKG Announces New K361-BT and K371-BT Professional Studio Headphones with Bluetooth at the 2020 NAMM and CES Shows

January 07, 2020

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced new AKG K361-BT and K371-BT professional studio headphones featuring Bluetooth connectivity at the 2020 NAMM show in Anaheim, California and the 2020 CES shows in Las Vegas, Nevada. At NAMM, visitors can experience K361-BT and K371-BT at booth 14508 in the ACC North Hall. At CES, guests can experience K361-BT and K371-BT at the Artist Hall in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

AKG K361-BT and K371-BT headphones are ideal for mobile artists, engineers, podcasters and beatmakers who want the flexibility of wired or wireless connectivity combined with studio-quality sound. The K361-BT and K371-BT feature an over-ear, closed-back design that is precision-engineered to reproduce natural, balanced audio in exceptional detail, so users can make more confident decisions when mixing and editing. With a stunning frequency response—15 Hz to 28 kHz in the K361-BT and 5 Hz to 40 kHz in the K371-BT—they deliver the deepest bass and highest highs in their class. Both models offer the convenience of switchable Bluetooth wireless and wired connectivity, with a built-in microphone for two-way Bluetooth communication. Plush, ergonomic earcups cradle the listener’s ears to provide hours of uninterrupted, comfortable enjoyment.

“Today’s artists and content creators are creating in more locations than ever before, and they need uncompromising audio performance at home, in the studio and on the road,” said Chris Hansen, Director Recording and Content Creation, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “With class-leading frequency responses, Bluetooth connectivity and ergonomic, foldable design, K361-BT and K371-BT headphones are the perfect reference headphones for today’s mobile creative lifestyles. We’re excited for customers to experience the superior sound quality and lasting comfort of K361-BT and K371-BT at the 2020 NAMM and CES shows.”

K361-BT and K371-BT professional headphones feature high-sensitivity, largest-in-class 50mm drivers and pure oxygen-free copper voice coils to deliver clear, detailed and balanced lows, mids and highs. And with the latest generation Bluetooth 5.0 technology, users will enjoy up to 40 hours of wire-free listening between charges. The hybrid wired/Bluetooth design allows users to reference their mixes in a variety of listening scenarios, while an integrated microphone enables hands-free phone calls.

The K361-BT and K371-BT have been engineered and rigorously tested to ensure reliability in the most demanding conditions. An over-ear, closed-back design provides superior isolation in noisy environments while minimizing low-end leakage. Additionally, the headphones are intentionally styled with ergonomic plush, slow-retention foam pads for long-wearing comfort, with adjustable calibrated headbands that deliver a perfect fit, every time. For vocalists who prefer single-ear monitoring while recording, the earcups swivel 90 degrees, and with a weight of less than 8 ounces, the K361-BT and K371-BT keep ear fatigue at bay, even on the longest sessions.

Accessories for the K361-BT and K371-BT include a carrying pouch and versatile detachable cables; 3m (9.8') and 1.2m (3.9’) straight audio cables, a 1M (3.3’) USB charging cable, and a 3.5mm (1/8”) to 6.5mm (1/4”) adapter.


The AKG K361-BT ($161.25 U.S. MSRP) and AKG K371-BT ($223.75 U.S. MSRP) will be available in January 2020. For more information, please visit www.akg.com

AKG Announces New Podcaster Essentials Bundle at the 2020 NAMM and CES Shows

January 07, 2020

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced the new AKG Podcaster Essentials bundle at the 2020 NAMM show in Anaheim, California and the 2020 CES shows in Las Vegas, Nevada. At NAMM, visitors can see the new Podcaster Essentials bundle at booth 14508 in the ACC North Hall. At CES, guests can see the Podcaster Essentials bundle at the Artist Hall in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Designed to give podcasters, video producers and content creators a professional edge, the AKG Podcaster Essentials bundle includes the new AKG Lyra USB microphone, AKG K371 headphones, Ableton Live 10 Lite recording software, a four-part Berklee Online recording class, and a full set of audio cables including a headphone splitter. The AKG Lyra is an ultra-HD, multi-mode USB microphone that delivers pristine 24-bit, 192 kHz audio quality, with four versatile capture modes suited to a wide range of recording applications. AKG K371 headphones provide clear, detailed sound with largest-in-class 50mm drivers and a closed-back design for superb sound isolation. Ableton Live 10 Lite is a streamlined audio production platform that allows users to quickly and easily record and edit professional podcasts.

“Today’s podcasters and content creators need versatile, powerful audio solutions that enable them to create the highest quality productions that stand apart from the crowd,” said Chris Hansen, Director of Recording and Content Creation, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The AKG Podcaster Essentials bundle provides everything creators need to transform their computer into a professional-quality podcasting studio. We’re excited for our customers at the 2020 NAMM and CES shows to see how easy it can be to put together a professional podcast in any setting with the AKG Podcaster Essentials bundle.”

The AKG Lyra delivers the highest audio quality in its class, with acoustically transparent, 4K-compatible, Ultra HD-grade 24-bit/192kHz audio resolution. Lyra features the innovative AKG Adaptive Capsule Array, which provides four optimized capture modes that makes it easy to deliver professional sound for any application. An internal self-adjusting shock mount minimizes contact noise, while a built-in sound diffuser and AKG’s proprietary Internal Element Overload Prevention automatically reduces noise, eliminates pops and improves signal levels. Plug-and-play simplicity enables creators to set up and start recording quickly, regardless of experience level.

AKG K371 professional studio headphones combine performance, accuracy and supreme comfort in a compact, folding design that’s ideal for production in the studio or on location. High-sensitivity titanium-coated 50mm drivers reproduce every detail from the deepest lows to the most sparkling highs for excellent acoustic precision. An over-ear, closed-back design provides superior isolation in noisy environments and prevents sound bleed into the AKG Lyra. Plush, slow-retention foam pads and an adjustable calibrated headband ensure a perfect fit and the earcups swivel 90 degrees for single-ear monitoring. The feather-light weight of the K371 keeps ear fatigue at bay, even on the longest sessions.

Ableton Live 10 Lite is a fast, flexible, lightweight version of Ableton’s flagship Live 10 audio production software. With robust, intuitive features for editing together takes, sweetening vocal recordings, adding sound effects and even creating custom theme and background music, Live 10 Lite gives podcasters everything they need to quickly and easily produce professional podcasts.

The four-part Berklee Online course provides a broad introduction to audio production, from microphones to multitracking including recording gear and techniques, working with digital audio, critical listening, polishing your mixes and much more.


The AKG Podcaster Essentials bundle (U.S. MSRP $350) will be available for the US market in January, 2020. For more information, please visit www.akg.com.

JBL Professional Announces New Entertainment IRX Series Portable PA Loudspeakers at the 2020 NAMM Show

January 07, 2020

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced new JBL IRX Series portable PA loudspeakers at the 2020 NAMM show in Anaheim, California. At NAMM, visitors can experience IRX Series loudspeakers at booth 14508 in the ACC North Hall.

JBL IRX Series portable PA loudspeakers provide musicians, performers and presenters with iconic JBL sound in a highly portable, feature-rich package. With class-leading volume and clarity, IRX Series speakers deliver detailed, intelligible sound for vocals and music. A durable, lightweight design makes IRX Series speakers easy to transport, ensuring professional sound quality in any environment. Versatile features like Bluetooth audio streaming, custom application-based presets and automatic signal processors make it easy to dial in great sound for a wide range of applications. The IRX Series of portable PA loudspeakers includes the IRX108BT, which features an 8-inch woofer, and the IRX112BT, which features a 12-inch woofer.

“Today’s performers need a portable, easy-to-use PA system that delivers professional results at an affordable price,” said Brandon, Knudsen, Loudspeaker Product Manager, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “We’re excited to showcase our new IRX Series loudspeakers at the 2020 NAMM and CES shows, which combine impressive volume output and detail with an assortment of versatile features like Bluetooth audio streaming in a compact, lightweight design. Best of all, the IRX112BT and IRX108BT are the most affordable powered speakers JBL has ever offered.”

IRX Series loudspeakers draw from seven decades of legendary JBL engineering to deliver class-leading frequency response, with SPL, wattage and performance ratings equivalent to much larger loudspeakers. Equipped with a highly efficient 1,300-Watt amplifier, IRX Series speakers deliver clear, detailed sound with minimal distortion, even at high levels.

IRX Series speakers were designed to take the guesswork out of getting a great sound, with no experience necessary. Four custom EQ presets optimized for common performance scenarios help simplify setup with push button ease. Built-in dbx Automatic Feedback Suppression makes your performance or presentation sound polished and protects IRX Series speakers by stopping feedback before it starts. One-touch ducking automatically lowers music volume when speech input is detected, ensuring every word is heard loud and clear.                   

With an ultra-lightweight cabinet and ergonomic handles, IRX Series can be easily transported and lifted, providing maximum portability. A custom, road-ready grille features a tight-gauge, reinforced honeycomb pattern with a specially designed bevel for added durability without compromising acoustic performance. Like every JBL loudspeaker product, IRX Series speakers undergo 100 hours of stress testing to ensure they perform flawlessly in real-world conditions.

Featuring two combination XLR/TRS inputs with professional-grade preamps, IRX Series speakers provide crystal-clear sound for microphones, playback devices and mixing consoles. One-button Bluetooth connectivity makes it easy to stream audio from mobile devices or link two speakers to provide additional coverage and create a true stereo image.

The IRX Series consists of two speaker models, ideal for a variety of applications. The IRX112BT features a 12-inch woofer for an extended frequency range down to 53 Hz and a maximum SPL of 129 dB, while the IRX108BT features an 8-inch woofer with an extended frequency response down to 54 Hz and a maximum SPL of 127 dB. Both models feature an integrated pole mount to elevate the speakers for improved performance in PA applications.


The JBL IRX108BT ($299) and the IRX112BT ($349) are available now. For more information, please visit JBLPro.com.

Penguin Cafe Delivers Electrifying Tour Lighting with Martin by HARMAN

Penguin Cafe Delivers Electrifying Tour Lighting with Martin by HARMAN

December 13, 2019

LONDON—Ben M Rogers, Lighting Designer for Penguin Cafe, recently deployed Martin MAC Allure Profile and VDO Atomic Dot lighting fixtures on the band’s 2019 U.K. tour to deliver sensational lighting designs that compliment their eclectic style.   

Penguin Cafe is an English chamber jazz ensemble known for blending elements of exuberant folk music, minimalism and electronica to create new and unique genre-defying music. Penguin Cafe was founded by Arthur Jeffes in 2009, bringing together a talented and disparate group of musicians from the likes of Suede, Gorillaz and Razorlight to perform his father Simon Jeffes’ legacy of world-renowned Penguin Cafe Orchestra music. In 2019, the band released their latest album of original music, Handfuls of Night—a collaboration with Greenpeace to help raise awareness for the endangered Antarctic seas.

Penguin Cafe recently set out on a U.K. tour from September 28 through October 7, performing songs from their new album along with classic hits from both Penguin Cafe and the original Penguin Cafe Orchestra. To compliment each performance with immersive visual experience, Penguin Cafe hired Lighting Designer Ben M Rogers to design a practical touring solution suitable for small to mid-sized concert halls and theaters. Rogers selected Martin MAC Allure Profile and VDO Atomic Dot lighting fixtures for their class-leading color mixing, versatile effects and compact design.

“We decided early on to only bring a floor package on tour and use in-house key lights from the venues in order to allow for a practical solution across the variety of locations of the tour,” said Ben M Rogers, Lighting Designer for Penguin Cafe. “As the music evolves, shifts and develops with a cinematic flair, I wanted to construct a lighting scheme that offered layers of lighting using a small number of fixtures.”

For the tour, Rogers deployed four vertical trusses or totems, each rigged with three Martin MAC Allure Profile fixtures, with additional units placed on the floor. MAC Allure Profile fixtures feature a cutting-edge RGBW light engine with unique seven-segmented beam control for an array of versatile looks. Combined with instant color control, the MAC Allure Profile enables dynamic projection and mid-air effects that are impossible to achieve with other fixtures.

Rogers also created a pattern on the front of the trusses using VDO Atomic Dot CLD and WRM fixtures. Combining a video-controlled Aura backlight and a bright strobe/blinder dot in one fixture, VDO Atomic Dot fixtures give lighting designers the power to create eye-catching, one-of-a-kind lighting displays.

“Whilst the overall rig has some symmetry to it, I wanted to create a visual pattern that had some diversity, so I reimagined the word PENGUIN in Morse code to create a reference of dots and dashes,” said Rogers. “These were then laid out across the totems using the WRM units as ‘dots’ and pairs of the CLD units as ‘dashes.’ I also had a set of units on the floor to create a low backlight through the instruments. With the Atomic Dots, I use the Aura effect for color chases, animation and glow, and the central blinder chip to punch through for contrast and accent as needed.”

Martin MAC Allure Profile and VDO Atomic Dot fixtures can be driven via Martin’s P3 controller or, in the case of the Penguin Cafe tour, via DMX.

“It was easy to dismiss the first presentation of these units as a gimmick until I my got hands on them and realized what potential they offer for dynamic and textured effects,” said Rogers. “By layering the rotating gobos, prism and then adding multi-part splits of color or color animations across the beam, I was able to achieve a shifting textural landscape of color and animation that was and ideal match to the musical textures of the show. With a great punchy output and an exceptional zoom, I was able to fill the stage and auditorium with light using a relatively small number of units.”

“The option to pixel map the output of a spot moving head quickly proved itself as an elegant and dynamic textural addition to the functionality of this compact, quiet and efficient fixture,” added Rogers. “The artists and audiences where thrilled with the show’s dynamic shift, and the venues and touring team were equally impressed with the compact size, low noise and high output of this fixture—a real pleasure to use.”

JBL Professional Announces New DSi 2.0 Series Cinema Amplifiers

JBL Professional Announces New DSi 2.0 Series Cinema Amplifiers

December 10, 2019

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—JBL Professional today announced new JBL DSi 2.0 Series cinema amplifiers, offering class-leading power output, state-of-the-art DSP and advanced networking capabilities for the entire range of JBL cinema loudspeakers

The first ever JBL branded cinema amplifiers, DSi 2.0 Series builds on the legacy of Crown DSi Series amplifiers to combine the class-leading DSP of Crown’s CDi DriveCore Series amps with a new high-power design to deliver superior efficiency, reliability and audio fidelity. The DSi 2.0 Series includes three power configurations—350W, 700W and 1,200W—available in analog and analog-plus-digital versions with Dante/AES67 and SNMP connectivity.

“As cinema audio systems continue to grow larger and more complex with 5.1, 7.1 and immersive audio formats, venue owners require more efficient ways of powering, controlling and managing networked audio systems,” said Karam Kaul, Vice President of Audio, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The JBL DSi 2.0 Series combines cutting-edge technology from Crown DSi and CDi Series amps with a new high-output design for superior sound quality. Cinema managers and integrators looking to maximize their power investment and future-proof their systems can count on the DSi 2.0 Series to deliver robust, reliable performance in a compact and cost-efficient package.”

DSi 2.0 Series amplfiers provide four channels of clean, efficient amplification with bridgeable outputs in a compact 2RU footprint, and are efficiently PowerMatched for JBL Cinema loudspeakers to deliver greater power density in the same rack space. DSi 2.0 Series amps can power up to four JBL surround speakers with a single channel in high-power-density 2Ω mode, which both speeds deployment and makes DSi 2.0 a cost-efficient solution since less amps are required to power a cinema audio system.

With class-leading 96 kHz/32-bit floating-point DSP, DSi 2.0 Series amplifiers offer an array of versatile signal processors, including parametric EQ, FIR processing, LevelMAX™ limiting and more. Crown’s proprietary DriveCore technology eliminates hundreds of components within each DSi Series amplifier, reducing the variability of component values to deliver greater efficiency, reliability and performance. Built-in presets for JBL cinema speaker tunings manage voltage levels, crossover settings and more, maximizing system efficiency and optimizing audio fidelity.

Analog-plus-digital DSi 2.0 Series amplifiers offer AES67 connectivity, which enables networked audio distribution from any AES67 or DANTE-compatible device and direct interfacing with Dolby ATMOS Connect without the need for additional processing hardware, further simplifying system configuration while also presenting significant cost efficiencies.

Dual network audio ports allow for primary and secondary networks configured as switched (daisy chain) or redundant (star) topologies. Analog-plus-digital DSi 2.0 Series amps also feature SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) connectivity for interfacing with third-party theater-management systems and Cinema Control (NOC) systems for remote status and fault monitoring. A HiQnet port provides access to HARMAN Audio Architect software, for controlling, configuring and monitoring amplifier operation through a standard TCP/IQ network.

The DSi 2.0 Series consists of six amplifier models, ideal for cinemas, theaters and premium large-format rooms.  The LA4 and LA4-D deliver 1,200 Watts at 8 Ohms, the MA4 and MA4-D deliver 700 Watts at 8 Ohms, and the SA4 and SA4-D deliver 350 Watts at 8 Ohms.


The JBL DSi 2.0 LA4-D ($3,749), LA4 ($3,399), MA4-D ($3,349), MA4 ($2,999), SA4-D ($2,349) and SA4 ($1,999) are available now. For more information, please visit https://www.jblpro.com/www/products/Cinema-Market.


JBL Professional Announces One Series 104-BT Desktop Reference Monitors with Bluetooth

JBL Professional Announces One Series 104-BT Desktop Reference Monitors with Bluetooth

December 04, 2019

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced new JBL Professional One Series 104-BT and 104-BTW desktop reference monitors with Bluetooth.

JBL One Series 104-BT reference monitors enable content creators and audio professionals to stream accurate, studio-quality audio via Bluetooth or play back audio using a standard wired connection. Drawing from more than seven decades of JBL Professional engineering, JBL One Series 104-BT monitors deliver clear, detailed sound while mixing and editing. With an array of easily accessible input options, smart features and a sleek, compact design, JBL 104-BT monitors provide great sound in every listening scenario, with the added flexibility of wireless streaming. Black (104-BT) and white (104-BTW) finish options are available.

“Music production has evolved beyond the recording studio, and today’s creative professionals and music lovers need reference monitors that deliver neutral, accurate sound to create mixes that translate well in a variety of listening environments,” said Chris Hansen, Director, Recording and Content Creation, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “With class-leading sound quality, impressive output and high-bandwidth Bluetooth 5.0 streaming capabilities, JBL 104-BT monitors provide an accurate, reliable sonic reference and a truly enjoyable listening experience. They’re perfect for musicians, producers, podcasters and professional audio engineers who want a compact reference monitor with the added benefit of Bluetooth at an accessible price.”

The JBL 104-BT reference monitor features a cutting-edge coaxial driver that pairs a contoured low-frequency woofer with a soft-dome tweeter, for accurate frequency response, superior imaging, crisp detail, and a wide sweet spot. The cabinet’s low-frequency port works with the driver to deliver impressive low frequency performance down to 60Hz. A powerful 60-watt Class D power amplifier distributes 30 watts per speaker for clear, undistorted, loudest-in-class output. And One Series’ innovative acoustic design, optimized for desktop use ensures accuracy without the need for additional EQ.

High-bandwidth Bluetooth 5.0 streaming, beyond offering the convenience of audio playback from mobile devices, provides audio professionals the ability to reference mixes over Bluetooth using a professional monitor, rather than a consumer portable device. This ensures that your audio will sound its best, no matter what the playback environment.  

JBL 104-BT reference monitors integrate smoothly into any production workspace, thanks to smart features like a front-panel input control that selects Bluetooth, Aux, RCA, TRS or combines all inputs. Front-panel volume control allows convenient level adjustments without straying from the sweet spot, and a front-panel headphone jack conveniently mutes the speakers when you switch to headphones. Dual 1/4-inch balanced, dual RCA and single 1/8-inch inputs, along with Bluetooth accommodate a wide range of signal sources.

JBL One Series reference monitors were created with the modern production lifestyle in mind. With a sleek, elegant look and a compact form factor, creators can get legendary JBL sound while conserving valuable workspace. An optional protective carrying case will also be available for production on the go. Both the black 104-BT and white 104-BTW make stunning statements in any studio.


The JBL Professional One Series 104-BT ($179) and 104-BTW ($179) will be available first quarter 2020. For more information, please visit JBLPro.com/One-Series.

World-Class Lighting Solutions from Martin Professional Transform ABA Bank, Illuminating the Skyline of Phnom Penh

World-Class Lighting Solutions from Martin Professional Transform ABA Bank, Illuminating the Skyline of Phnom Penh

November 26, 2019

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - ABA Bank Head Office recently acquired state-of-the-art Martin lighting equipment from HARMAN Professional Solutions, in collaboration with Bright & Eternity Co., Ltd., to skillfully achieve maximum visibility and enhance the architectural features of the building.

Located in the center of the capital city, Phnom Penh, along one of the busiest roads – Preah Sihanouk Boulevard, ABA Bank’s head office witnesses thousands of people pass through every day. The bank and the head office building has overseen a major phase of growth and development, comprising of several rented buildings, a mix of back and front-line offices, and exclusive executive spaces for the top-management. Also, contributing to the landscape of the city is the bank’s contemporary façade made of a mixture of vertical louvers and corrugated box panels.

“The challenge at the ABA Bank’s head office was to highlight and maintain the visibility associated with the main facade, which was perfectly visible during the daytime but was less visible at night. To understand the requirements, we conducted a site walkthrough together with Martin’s team to determine any possible cable route, access, controller and installation points. One of the concerns that we faced was to minimize disturbance to their day-to-day operations and complete the installation within a given timeframe. After due consideration of the requirements, we decided that the Martin Linear Quad Graze series would be the perfect solution,” said from Mr. Kep Kem (Director) for Bright & Eternity Co., Ltd.

Both Martin Exterior Linear Quad Graze 310 & 1210 RGBW Series and Martin RDM 5.5 Splitter were chosen for this integration.

The Martin Exterior Linear Quad Graze series LED outdoor fixtures were selected for their high output, robust outdoor performances and the ability to illuminate the corrugated box panels effectively.

“After the installation of the façade, we realized that it looked prominent during the daytime but was less visible at night. We wanted to bring more attention to it and make it a distinguishable part of the landscape after sunset. To find a suitable lighting solution that could do just that, we had to look outside the country, as the market of lighting solutions in Cambodia is at its infant stage. Keeping in mind the professionalism of Alvin from Martin Professional (Singapore) who had approached us several years ago, we decided to follow up on the case. Alvin and his team know their product range well and could advise on the type and amount of fixtures we needed for our project. We felt confident with their proposal and chose to go ahead with Martin. We would also like to mention that we’re extremely satisfied with the high-quality skills and execution that Bright and Eternity Co., Ltd., displayed to complete the project,” said by Mr. Igor Zimarev, Head of Marketing at ABA Bank.

"The project at ABA Bank called for lighting solutions that were executed with a high level of expertise and dexterity at the same time," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We'd like to thank our partner Bright and Eternity Co., Ltd. for delivering and designing an expertly executed solution, one that will certainly make the ABA Bank’s head office a dazzling fixture of Phnom Penh’s skyline.”