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I NS TA L L E D AUD IO N E WS

S U MM E R 2013

New JBL CWT128 offers full 160 coverage


A typical challenge of many sound reinforcement applications is to provide high quality, full bandwidth sound evenly dispersed across a coverage area greater than 100 degrees. This is often addressed by mounting two speaker systems splayed to achieve wider horizontal coverage. This approach produces interference where the coverage patterns overlap (see box), resulting in uneven sound fields and compromised intelligibility. JBL engineers created an innovative solution to this problem: the CWT128 Dual 8 2-Way Loudspeaker System featuring CWT Crossfired Waveguide Technology. The CWTs compact size and footprint takes up about a third of the footprint of two speakers arranged side by side. Because one speaker can be used in-

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Two speakers splayed for wide-angle coverage. Note the severe lobing and interference.

The measured response of the CWT128 is even throughout the frequency spectrum.

JBL Professional is shipping its CWT Crossfired Waveguide Technology loudspeaker, an all-new design that delivers a full 160 degree wide-angle coverage pattern.

stead of two, installation costs can be lowered by reducing the number of cabinets, cabling, man hours and other costs. The CWT128 is specifically designed to work in a variety of performance spaces including performing arts fa-

cilities, houses of worship, auditoriums, lecture halls, and conference facilities. For larger, public spaces, applications include transportation facilities, theme parks and sports facilities.

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HiQNet Audio Architect receives strong reception from integration leaders

JBL AWC Series debuts at Prestons Deepdale Stadium

HARMAN Professional has revealed that downloads of the newly-launched HiQnet Audio Architect version 1.0 has generated an unprecedented rate of downloads from registered audio professionals. Audio Architect forms the third pillar of the new Architectural Media

Systems installed sound solution, linking and combining processing and amplification from BSS Audio and Crown and merges System Architect and BSS London Architect into a single application.

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The first deployment of JBLs new all-weather AWC stadium speakers has taken place at one of the oldest professional football clubs in the UK. TG Baker installed the loudspeakers as part of an upgrade of the 8,100-capacity Sir Tom Finney stand at Preston North Ends ground.

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JBL Commercial Debuts DriveCore Powered Mixer/Amplifiers


Providing even more comprehensive and cost-effective audio solutions HARMANs JBL Commercial is expanding its lineup with the introduction of five mixer/amplifiers that incorporate Crowns exclusive DriveCore amplifier technology for improved performance, lower cost, reduced size and weight and efficient operation. The DriveCore chip combines the amplifier driver stage into the power output stage along with additional audio-signal functions, yet is about the size of a postage stamp. It enables significantly reduced size and weight all mixer/amps are just 1U rack space high and most models are only a half-rack wide. All models can drive 8 ohm and 4 ohm loads and can be used with 70V and 100V distributed audio systems without the need for a separate transformer. The CSMA mixer/amps offer unmatched ease of use, with a clean, front panel featuring only volume controls for each channel, master volume adjustment, adjustable bass and treble controls and a power switch. All the volume controls are surrounded by an illuminated ring, making them easy to see and operate in darkened environments. In addition to balanced mic/line inputs, unbalanced RCA inputs and speaker connections, all units include RJ45 connectors for use with JBL CSR-V inwall volume controls.

BSS BLU-Link card for Si platform


The range of option cards for the Si Series consoles has expanded with the release of new options cards from Soundcraft, BSS Audio and Riedel. BSS Audios BLU-Si Blu link card enables Soundcraft Si Expression, Si Performer and Si Compact consoles to connect to other HARMAN BLU-Link compatible devices, including the dbx PMC16 Personal Monitor Controller, BSSs Soundweb London platform, and various Crown amplifier models.

The BLU-Si card provides a 32 x 32-channel interface over a standard Cat 5e cable.

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Crown DriveCore Install amplifiers ship the new standard for installed sound
Crown Audios new DriveCore Install (DCi) Series power amplifiers are shipping in the UK. Successor to the companys acclaimed CTs Series, the new DCi stereo and multichannel amplifiers incorporate a host of improvements including HARMANs exclusive DriveCore technology to set new standards in reliability, sound quality, flexibility and efficiency. At the heart of the DCi Series is the proprietary DriveCore amplifier IC chip, which combines the amplifier driver stage into the power output stage along with additional audio-signal functions, yet is about the size of a postage stamp, dramatically reducing size and power consumption requirements. The DCi Series comprises of twelve models ranging from 300 watts to 600 watts (into 4 and 8 ohms and 70Vrms and 100Vrms) with 2, 4 or 8 channels per amplifier. The DCi Network models include network monitoring and control over Ethernet, BLU-Link digital audio transport, GPIO and digital signal processing. DCi Analogue amplifiers integrate into control and monitoring systems over ethernet.

Soundcraft has added the Multi Digital and Dante Cards to its offering. The Multi Digital Card has USB and FireWire interfaces for connection to a Mac or Windows computer for recording and playback, as well as ADAT optical connections and is capable of 32x inputs and 32 outputs simultaneously. The Dante Card provides Primary and Secondary ports for Audinates protocol. Riedel manufacture an interface card for connecting an Si console to their RockNet audio distribution platform. The new cards join CobraNet, Aviom, AES and MADI options already available from Soundcraft.

More information: > http://bit.ly/X1XYv6 DCi Series downloads: > http://bit.ly/12FFdVj

Multi Digital Card information > http://bit.ly/19N9V2C BLU-Si Card information: > http://bit.ly/14xXOFC

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JBL Professional expands in-ceiling loudspeaker lineup


JBL Professional has introduced the new Control 10 Series, three new in-ceiling loudspeakers that combine installationfriendly features with superior sound quality and value. The Control 16C/T, Control 14C/T and Control 12C/T are designed for applications where lower- to medium-volume music playback and paging is appropriate. All three models can be used in 70/100V distributed audio systems or with low-impedance direct operation and are available in either white or black. Each speaker has a blind-mount backcan for quick, easy installation and includes dual conduit/cable strain-relief clamps and removable locking speaker terminal connectors with screw terminals and loopthrough terminals.

Soundcraft ship most affordable stageboxes to date


Soundcraft are shipping the Mini Stagebox, announced earlier this year. The Mini Stagebox is available in two configurations; the MSB32 with 32 mic/line inputs, 8 analogue and 8 AES/ EBU outputs, and the MSB16 with 16 mic/line inputs and 8 analogue outputs.

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Connection to the console is via MADI over optical or CAT5e and the console interface card is included. The Mini Stagebox is compatible with all Si and Vi series consoles including the new Si Expression family. List prices start at 832.50 ex VAT for the MSB16 and 1665.83 ex VAT for the MSB32.

BSS GPIO expander now shipping


BSS Audio has announced the Soundweb London BLU-GPX GPIO Expander, a versatile network-controlled GPIO component that provides 36 Control Inputs, 23 Logic Outputs and eight NC/NO relays to systems that require extra analogue control and interfacing capability. The BLU-GPX is available now.

AKG C111LP
The C111LP from AKG is lightweight, nearly indestructible ear hook microphone ideal for on-stage performers and corporate speakers for venues of all sizes. The small skin-coloured boom visually disappears against the face, while its 7g weight provides a comfortable fit.

AKG CS3 Discussion System for smaller rooms


Following on from the success of AKGs high-end CS5 conference system, the company has addressed the demand for a more simple solution by introducing the CS3, a plug-andplay, easy-to-use professional discussion system for smaller applications. Consisting of three core components the CS3 BU base station, CS3 CU chairman station and CS3 DU Delegate units - systems of up to 120 units can be created with ease. Demo systems are available, contact Sound Technology Ltd for more information.

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BSS Audios Dante compatible Soundweb processors shipping


BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-806 and BLU-326 Dante-enabled processors are now shipping. The BLU-806 and BLU-326 offer the same configurable signal processing features as the existing BLU800 and 320 devices with the addition of 64 incoming Dante channels and 64 outgoing Dante channels. Both new devices offer compatibility with all Soundweb London input and output card options, logic processing capability, the 256-channel Soundweb London digital audio bus and GPIO. Each device offers up to 16 inputs and outputs with I/O options including analogue, AES/EBU and S/PDIF, acoustic echo cancellation and the Telephone Hybrid Card.

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HARMAN introduces Architectural Media Systems


Elegant, streamlined and powerful, HARMAN Architectural Media Systems combine the processing power of BSS Audio and Crown Audios category leading amplifier technology with the configuration and control capabilities of HiQnet. This solution will provide audio industry professionals with the most complete, versatile platform available for small to large-scale AV system design, with the single point accountability of one-stop comprehensive support and logistics. HARMAN Architectural Media Systems include signal processing from BSS Audios Soundweb London family, amplification from Crowns DriveCore Install Series, and networked audio connectivity via the designers choice of AVB, HARMANs proprietary BLU Link bus, Cirrus CobraNet or Audinate Dante. System configuration and control is provided by HiQnet Audio Architect, with HiQnet Motion Control and Powered by Crown iOS apps providing mobile control. Network designers will have more choice and greater flexibility. System designers will save valuable time and money with the enhanced efficiency of intelligent software. Contractors will have access to a wide range of tools and worldwide, multi-language support. Facility managers will gain easy access to no-compromise audio performance. Most importantly, HARMAN Architectural Media Systems will provide audiences with a premium sound experience.

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Sound Technology expands Project Team


Sound Technology Ltd is providing additional sales and support services for installed audio clients with the promotion of Joe East to the position of Business
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Installers turn to JBL CBT70


Designed for venues that would typically use larger point-andshoot speakers, JBLs CBT70J loudspeakers incorporate technical advancements that allows them to vastly outperform competitive systems, with a level of user-friendliness that virtually eliminates the challenges of delivering great sound. The CBT70J models have the ability handle both speech and full range, high-power music applications with spectacular levels of fidelity while the asymmetric horizontal coverage assures even coverage from front to back. The CBT series is particularly suited to tackling difficult acoustic spaces and as audio installers and AV integrators - who have been using the range with great success to solve the typically complex challenges presented in houses of worship - have found.

Development Manager where he will work alongside the technical Project Team. The Project Team was set-up four years ago to provide pre and post sale support for customers and clients involved in medium to large scale audio projects. The team provides a local base of technical expertise and system design skills to work with customers and consultants on HARMAN audio system solutions for installation projects. In addition, Hugo Burnard has joined the technical project team itself, working as project engineer alongside Senior Project Engineer Ben Todd and Product Specialist Danny Kyte.

Joe East, Business Development Manager - Installed Audio

Need free advice for any audio installation project? Please contact the Project Team on 01462 480000

Free certified BSS Soundweb training from Sound Technology


Sound Technology offers free BSS Soundweb training for our customers. We run two courses - Introduction to Soundweb London, and Soundweb London Advanced - every month.
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Clockwise from top left: Our Lady Queen of Peace, Co Monaghan (Grainger Communications); Music for ChildHope fundraiser at St John at Hackney Church, London (Kristina Riddington); St Andrews C of E, Gloucs. (Revolution Multimedia); St Macartans Cathdral, Belfast (Grainger Communications). See the full details of these installations at www.soundtech.co.uk/jbl

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