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HARMAN PRO GROUP HiQnet™ DELIVERS INTELLIGENT AUDIO NETWORK FOR LONDON'S MULTIPURPOSE O2 ARENA AND INDIGO NIGHTCLUB

05 October 2007, New York, New York, United States

Exhibiting its ability to provide state of the art digitally networked audio systems to the world's most sophisticated venues, Harman Pro Group announced that it had provided systems designer and integrator, AEG, with a HiQnet™, networked audio system for the O2 Arena and adjacent Indigo Club in London. Formerly the Millennium Dome, the facility was gutted and re-outfitted by AEG for its use as the main attraction in London's sports and concert arenas and its prominent future use as an Olympic venue in 2012.

ID Networks in the UK was chosen to program the HiQnet system and ensure that the pieces all fit together. ID Networks' Martin Barbour accomplished the programming of both the system in the 23,000 seat arena and the 3,000 capacity club.

The main arena system features HiQnet products including an AKG HUB 4000 Q, 31 BSS Audio Soundweb London processors and 180 Crown amplifiers comprising two-channel and eight-channel CTs and I-Tech models, the latter devices powering four JBL VERTEC® VT4889 line array hangs.

ID Networks set the system up so that Harman Pro Group's HiQnet System Architect™ and sister application HiQnet London Architect™ software together provide the control and monitoring user interfaces allowing all routing and paging to be handled through two 24" touch screen monitors. The Soundweb London devices, using the power of their built-in logic processing, monitor all devices in the audio chain from microphone to loudspeaker including every component in between such as processors, network switches and amplifiers. Should any component indicate a fault, either System Architect or London Architect help diagnose and repair the problem. All audio distribution between Soundweb London devices and to the CTs amplifiers is via CobraNet with analogue outputs being used to feed the I-Tech amplifiers. The arena system is a PA and voice alarm system, meeting all current UK and European life safety standards - BS 5839 and IEC 60849.

"The capabilities of the two HiQnet software applications allowed us to use Soundweb London as a single point of control for the entire audio network, with in depth amplifier monitoring and control using System Architect," Barbour said. "The power of both System Architect and London Architect with the unified HiQnet protocol providing the underlying link between all components made integrating this system far simpler than it could have been using products from other manufacturers."

"The goal in the Indigo night club," said Barbour, "was to create a state of the art concert venue using tour sound products equipped to deal with any type of show, negating the need for production companies to hire and set up their own dedicated PA system. Harman Pro group HiQnet products were chosen because, with System Architect, it was simple to integrate all audio components in to a single, reconfigurable and fully monitored audio system."

The Indigo system is one of the most comprehensive HiQnet systems in the world today, utilizing HiQnet devices all the way from microphone to speaker. An AKG HUB 4000 Q system allows the AKG wireless microphones to be connected to the network. The system includes no less than two Soundcraft Vi6 digital consoles performing both front of house and monitor duties. Processing is carried out by six dbx DriveRack® 4800 processors. Networked Crown I-Tech amplifiers provide power for the passive JBL VERTEC line arrays with additional HiQnet-compatible powered JBL loudspeakers as stage fills. The entire network was configured and the system tuned with HiQnet System Architect.

About the Harman Pro Group:
Headquartered in Northridge, California, the Harman Pro Group is part of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harmanpro.com), a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and infotainment systems for the automotive, home and professional markets. The Company's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: HAR. Harman Pro Group companies include AKG Acoustics, BSS Audio, dbx, Crown International, JBL Professional, Lexicon, Soundcraft, and Studer.