16 March 2006, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

A 50% increase in product offerings over just two months further propels HiQnet into the mainstream as the de facto standard for networked audio.

Coincident with the introduction of HiQnet System Architect™ version 1.1 software at NSCA 2006, the Harman Pro Group today announced that market momentum for the Harman HiQnet network and communications protocol had achieved critical mass, with over 22 thousand HiQnet-compatible devices sold to date, over $24 million in sales. Ending the 2005 calendar year with a total of 38 HiQnet-compatible products available, Harman HiQnet was well established in its first year. But the remarkable jump to 57 available products within the first two months of 2006 has further expanded the possibilities of HiQnet. An increase of 50% in the product line demonstrates Harman's firm commitment to providing networked audio solutions industry-wide.

In addition to the 2006 NSCA Show introduction of System Architect software version 1.1, other new Harman Pro Group products enabled with HiQnet connectivity include the recently introduced Crown CTs 4200 and CTs 8200 amplifier models which feature in-built HiQnet and CobraNet networking capabilities. Also from Crown, NSCA sees the launch of the XTi Series and CDi Series amplifiers and from JBL Professional, the launch of VP Series, a twelve- model HiQnet-enabled series.

According to Rick Kreifeldt, Vice President, Harman Pro Group, System Development and Integration Group, "We are pleased but not surprised to see such a strong, positive response to HiQnet during this first year of production. The acceptance of HiQnet across North America, Europe and Asia, has confirmed that we are on the right path with our integrated network protocol. With the growing number of HiQnet-enabled products now coming to market, coupled with the launch of our System Architect software version 1.1, we expect to see this trend continue."

A complete list of HiQnet Products:
AKG WMS 4000 system HUB 4000Q (New - 1 model)
BSS Soundweb London BLU-10 (1 model)
BSS Soundweb London BLU-16 (1 model)
BSS Soundweb London BLU-32 (1 model)
BSS Soundweb London BLU-80 (1 model)
Crown CDi Series (New - 2 models)
Crown MacroTech / CTs compatible PIP Lite, USP3, and USP3/CN (19 models)
Crown CTs 4200 USP/CN (New - 1 model)
Crown CTs 8200 USP/CN (New - 1 model)
Crown I-Tech series (3 models)
Crown XTi series (New - 3 models)
dbx ZonePro 640 / 641 (2 models)
dbx ZonePro 1260 / 1261 (2 models)
dbx DriveRack 4800 (1 model)
JBL VerTec DP series (4 models)
JBL LSR4326P (1 model)
JBL LSR4328P (1 model)
JBL VP series (New - 12 models)

New HiQnet projects currently being installed around the world include Lloydminster Multiplex in Canada and the Melbourne Cricket Grounds in Australia.

These new installations are additions to a growing list of successful existing installations worldwide. The "firsts" in major markets across the globe include:
The EDGE® at the Aotea Centre in Auckland, New Zealand; The MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, Canada; Stade De Suisse Stadium in Berne, Switzerland; Hong Kong Stadium in Hong Kong; and the prestigious Gibson Amphitheater at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles, California.