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JBL expands AE Series

Elsewhere in the Harman Professional family, an update has been announced for HiQnet System Architect.

Designed for permanent installation, the AE Series (Application Engineered) now incorporates five further models: the AM7315/64 and AM7315/95 are 3-way full-range models, the AM7200/64 and AM7200/95 are mid/high models, and the AL7115 is a 15-inch low-frequency model. All five models are designed to deliver high output in applications where clear, powerful sound is required over a wide coverage area.

“Our new AE Series models round out the line to give system designers more installation options,” commented Jon Sager, director of market development for installed sound, JBL Professional. “All five models utilise the same JBL transducer technology as the 23 AE Series models introduced over the past 12 months. With the introduction of these five models, it’s easier than ever to create the optimum sound-reinforcement configuration for a greater variety of applications.”

The expanded AE Series was among many new developments highlighted by Harman Professional during PLASA 2010, with other introductions including the latest update to the HiQnet System Architect software. Launched as momentum behind the AVB standards continues to grow, System Architect Version 2.2 incorporates a Kiosk Mode and three new functional panels that can be generated automatically to save programming time and improve effectiveness.

Adam Holladay, senior market manager, Harman Professional System Development & Integration Group, commented: “System Architect version 2.2 is a strong, positive evolution of the design capabilities and user interface introduced in version 2.0 but also a great leap forward in its monitoring and control functionality. Now, with the momentum of AVB, the market readiness for advanced AV networking solutions and the highly developed state of HiQnet System Architect, I believe our Harman customers — tour sound professionals, contractors and consultants — have a distinct competitive advantage in providing their customers with innovation and value.”

In addition to demonstrating a working AVB system with other Harman brands on stand at PLASA, Harman also participated in a multi-brand demo on the Avid stand that featured a Crown CTs amplifier with USP4/AVB receiving AVB audio from an Avid console over a Marvell switch.

“AVB will be a tremendous boon to the live sound industry,” said Holladay. “In addition to the universal aspect that enables more technologies to perform seamlessly together, AVB makes integration and setup simpler, less expensive and more efficient. Harman recognizes the integration-level advantages of a singular (AVB-powered) AV network and we are deeply committed to cross-manufacturer cooperation to help integrators deliver on the promise.”