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LAS VEGAS, Nevada — At CES 2013 HARMAN’s JBL announced it is broadening its top-of-the-line Project Everest loudspeaker range with the introduction of its DD65000 ultrahigh-end floorstanding speaker. The DD65000 combines newly developed driver technologies and refinements to deliver extraordinary musical realism, and has a distinctively elegant visual appeal that blends classic and contemporary design elements.

“The Project Everest DD65000 is designed to be a superlative loudspeaker in every respect,” said Jim Garrett, Director of Marketing and Product Management, HARMAN Luxury Audio Group and Loudspeakers. “It incorporates new woofer, new compression drivers and other refinements that build upon the technologies found in previous Project Everest and JBL K2 loudspeakers. The sonic result a loudspeaker that transcends the sum of its parts to convey music with remarkable fidelity and emotional involvement.”

The Project Everest DD65000 employs the proven JBL design concept of combining the exceptional dynamic range and transient response and “ease” of reproduction of horn-loaded compression drivers with the authoritative low-frequency impact, precise imaging and soundstage realism afforded by dynamic drivers. The DD65000 provides richly detailed, natural vocal and instrumental reproduction and conveys all the power and nuance of the original performance with a real-life sense of presence and scale.

To achieve its distinguished performance, the DD65000 incorporates a number of newly developed drivers and technologies. It employs two newly developed 1501AL-1 cast-aluminum-frame woofers with a new paper pulp-matrix woofer material augmented by a rear-applied AquaPlas coating, a combination that preserves sonic neutrality while damping unwanted cone resonances for controlled, articulate bass response. The cone is mounted to the frame via a foamed rubber surround with a roll diameter that yields the optimum amount of travel while retaining as small a diameter as possible for the maximum usable cone area. The use of the new cone material and surround results in lower distortion in the woofer’s higher operating range and a lower 18Hz fundamental resonance for greater bass extension. Additional enhancements include a massive 4-inch voice coil immersed in an Alnico 5DG magnet that is immune to temperature changes, a copper-steel-laminated top plate that contributes to more linear magnetic behavior within the driver, and other refinements.

The 476Mg midrange/high-frequency compression driver utilizes a 4-inch high-purity magnesium alloy foil diaphragm that is formed as an integral one-piece diamond-embossed surround and dome. The low density of the magnesium alloy combined with the high stiffness and tuning of the surround’s design yields a transducer that provides exceptional resolution, transient response and detailed, natural midrange and treble reproduction.

The DD65000’s all-new 045Mg ultrahigh-frequency compression driver features a 1-inch diaphragm that uses the same high-purity magnesium alloy foil material found in the 476Mg. This is done to ensure sonic consistency between the midrange/high-frequency and ultrahigh-frequency drivers. The 045Mg features a new precision-cast, pure-magnesium phasing plug that offers better heat dissipation for improved clarity even at higher volumes, and improved manufacturing processes have enabled the driver to provide nearly 5dB more output above 30kHz.

Both compression drivers are mounted in JBL’s exclusive computer-optimized Bi-Radial® horns that are made from acoustically inert SonoGlass® material, which eliminates the unwanted strident colorations that can occur with conventional horn designs. The horns are shaped to provide optimum dispersion in the horizontal and vertical planes, for smooth frequency response and precise imaging over a wider on- and off-axis area.

The JBL Project Everest DD65000 uses an advanced crossover network that lets the woofers operate in different frequency ranges, a configuration that provides optimum directivity and high output. The crossover network uses a DC bias system that keeps the capacitors operating in Class A mode, yielding maximum sonic purity. The network is housed on four separate circuit boards, one for each transducer, which optimizes each board for each driver and its corresponding frequency range.

The DD65000 can be tailored for optimum performance in any system and room, thanks to its front-mounted control panels that allow fine-tuning of low-frequency and high-frequency level and other characteristics. The JBL Project Everest DD65000 is built to the highest standards with top-quality components including air-core inductors, polypropylene foil capacitors, wire-wound and metal oxide resistors used in multiples to prevent value shift during high-power operation, and additional refinements.

The DD65000 is as auspicious in appearance as it is in performance, blending classic JBL design elements with contemporary accents. The DD65000 features curved and angled surfaces as found in the DD67000 and a contoured horizontal midrange horn, complemented by the loudspeaker’s furniture-grade craftsmanship and elegant dark gray zebrawood.

The JBL Project Everest DD65000 loudspeaker will be available in February 2013 at a suggested retail price of $60,000/pr.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

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HARMAN’s Revel Performa3 Loudspeakers Lineup Now Shipping

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – HARMAN’s Revel today announced its Performa3 loudspeakers are now shipping. The Revel Performa3 Series is a complete range of home theater and music loudspeakers that incorporates significant engineering and aesthetic enhancements to the original Performa Series to deliver extraordinary music and movie soundtrack reproduction.

The nine models in the Performa3 line include the following:

• F208 3-way floorstanding tower (1-inch tweeter, 5.25-inch midrange, dual 8-inch woofers)
• F206 3-way floorstanding tower (1-inch tweeter, 5.25-inch midrange, dual 6.5-inch woofers)
• M106 2-way bookshelf monitor (1-inch tweeter, 6.5-inch woofer)
• M105 2-way bookshelf monitor (1-inch tweeter, 5.25-inch woofer)
• C208 3-way center channel (1-inch tweeter, 4-inch midrange, dual 8-inch woofers)
• C205 2-way center channel (1-inch tweeter, dual 5.25-inch woofers)
• S206 2-way surround speaker (dual 1-inch tweeters, dual 6.5-inch woofers)
• B112 powered subwoofer (12-inch woofer, built-in 1000-watt amplifier)
• B110 powered subwoofer (10-inch woofer, built-in 400-watt amplifier)

Complementing their industry-leading value and performance, Revel Performa3 loudspeakers are stunning in appearance, with a choice of high-gloss walnut or piano black finishes that are overseen by master Italian craftsmen for unparalleled quality. Models F206, M105 and C205 are also available in high-gloss piano white. Model S206 is only available in matte black.

“Our Revel Performa loudspeakers have earned rave reviews from audiophiles since their initial introduction,” said Jim Garrett, Director, Marketing and Product Management for HARMAN Luxury Audio and Loudspeakers. “We have made a number of advancements in loudspeaker materials and manufacturing technologies that we are now able to incorporate into the upgraded Performa3 models. We are confident that listeners will be thrilled with the improvements in sonic performance and musical accuracy.”

To achieve their superior sound quality, Revel Performa3 loudspeakers deploy proprietary drivers throughout. The 1-inch aluminum-dome tweeters deliver airy, extended high-frequency response to beyond 20 kHz, with superlative detail and clarity. The tweeters operate into an exclusive patent-pending Acoustic Lens Waveguide that is precisely shaped using an entirely-new mathematical approach. These new waveguides result in an utterly seamless transition from the midrange to tweeter; greatly enhancing the sense of reality and musicality.

The midrange and low-frequency drivers employ aluminum cones and sophisticated motor systems for extraordinary resolution with low distortion. The cones have integral ribs that add strength and rigidity without added mass, resulting in very low distortion for more natural vocal and instrumental reproduction. The drivers incorporate additional refinements including cast-aluminum frames and efficiently vented, high-power motor structures, to deliver the same superb sonic character over an extraordinarily wide dynamic range.

The F208 and C208 also feature a tweeter level control that allows the speakers’ high-frequency balance to be fine-tuned, and a boundary control, which enables the speakers to be tailored to individual room acoustics and placement positions.

The enclosures are built to the highest standards, with bracing at critical locations and curved side panels that minimize cabinet-induced coloration. The three-way models feature individual sub-enclosures for the midrange drivers for maximum midrange clarity and definition.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — At CEDIA 2012, HARMAN’s JBL Synthesis is announcing it has updated its ARCOS Adaptive Room Correction and Optimization System to Version 2.6 for WindowsXP, which incorporates a number of performance and user interface upgrades for faster operation and improved system calibration. ARCOS is an integrated software and hardware package that provides precise accuracy in setting up and calibrating a JBL Synthesis multichannel audio system.

In related news, HARMAN Research Acoustician, Todd Welti, will be presenting a paper at the 133rd AES Convention detailing new research into the behavior of multiple subwoofers in listening rooms. Thanks to new modeling software that Welti has developed, a larger variety of subwoofer configurations and placements can be modeled more accurately.

In all rooms, there are resonances or room modes that emphasize some frequencies and attenuate others, detracting from in-room frequency response accuracy. ARCOS v2.6 compensates for these irregularities more precisely than ever before and provides time delay correction and other benefits, to achieve flatter frequency response and extraordinary sonic realism.

ARCOS v2.6 offers 10 times faster AutoEQ calculation than previously. The time it takes to calculate a speaker channel’s required EQ compensation with up to 20 bands of parametric EQ is now reduced from over a minute to about six seconds. In addition, the AutoEQ feature now provides an Iterations function that enables the AutoEQ to calculate the multiple interactions involved in the process and get a more accurate room correction answer including how the various EQ bands interact with one another. In addition, the upgrade offers improved AutoEQ settings for better timbre-matching of the left, center and right speakers in a multichannel audio system, for more accurate subwoofer low-pass calibration and more accurate location and correction of room modes via “ringing” out the room.

In a major functionality enhancement, ARCOS now provides native support for more Harman HiQnet-capable devices in addition to the SDEC models already supported. HiQnet is a communications protocol that enables compatible devices to communicate with one another and act in synergy to deliver enhanced performance capabilities. The expansion of HiQnet in ARCOS will enable future expansion into more products and facilitate end-to-end connectivity using a unified system language.

The ARCOS user interface has also been improved. The displays now run up to four times faster, giving graphing updates and user input better smoothness and feel. All graphs can now be zoomed and panned, allowing the user to see much more detail when zeroing in on a “problem” frequency. The legends on the graphs are more legible.

The ability to compare the individual speakers in a system by overlaying their frequency response graphs is greatly improved, as it is now possible to add and remove multiple overlaid channels at once in real time. Additional interface improvements include an improved microphone calibration page, better Help menus for the final listening and source setup steps, better display of speaker crossover functions and JBL Synthesis SDEC4500 and SDEC3000 equalizer/crossover bass management functionality, and many additional enhancements.

The JBL Synthesis ARCOS Adaptive Room Correction and Optimization System is supplied with all the hardware, measurement microphones, software and accessories needed to calibrate a JBL Synthesis multichannel audio system. ARCOS is currently available to all authorized JBL Synthesis dealers and system integrators.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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HARMAN’s Mark Levinson Showcasing 40th Anniversary № 52 Preamplifier at CEDIA 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — At CEDIA 2012, HARMAN Luxury Audio Group is showcasing its Mark Levinson 40th Anniversary № 52 Reference Dual-Monaural Preamplifier. The № 52 is the finest preamplifier ever created by Mark Levinson, combining extraordinary performance and versatility with a distinctively elegant appearance.

“We are excited to offer the № 52 to music lovers and audio connoisseurs worldwide,” said Jim Garrett, Director of Marketing and Product Management for HARMAN Luxury Audio Group and Loudspeakers. “The № 52 embodies the uncompromising technological innovation, superlative sound, unmatched build quality and striking design that has made Mark Levinson synonymous with ultimate-performance audio for 40 years. We designed the № 52 to deliver the highest level of sonic accuracy and musical involvement.”

The № 52 is an all-analog, true dual-monaural design with a two-chassis configuration that separates the critical analog audio circuitry from the control section to maintain the purest signal paths possible. It provides a comprehensive complement of inputs including three balanced XLR and four unbalanced RCA line-level inputs, and a dedicated phono input that is selectable for moving coil (MC) or moving magnet (MM) operation. Two sets of XLR and RCA stereo preamplifier outputs are provided, along with an auxiliary pair of XLR and RCA outputs that can be configured for fixed or variable level output with independent source selection. This enables the auxiliary outputs to function either as a third preamp out, a pass-through full-range subwoofer output or a record output.

The Mark Levinson № 52 offers a unity gain SSP (surround sound processor) output that provides the ability to integrate the audio sources that are connected to it into a home theater system, while maintaining optimal and independent stereo operation for music sources. The № 52 provides extensive control and system interface connectivity via Ethernet, Mark Levinson’s proprietary ML Net, 12V trigger and IR control ports. In addition, a USB port facilitates possible future software upgrades. The № 52 is supplied with a remote control that can also be used to operate other Mark Levinson components.

The № 52 is built to an extraordinary level of refinement. Its control section features mirror-imaged DC power supplies and AC regeneration circuits for remarkably clean and stable power delivery and signal purity. Individual left and right DC umbilical cords are used to connect to the audio sections in the second chassis, and control signals are delivered via a third cable to keep them isolated. The audio chassis is laid out in a mirror image, left/right configuration with isolated and independent circuit boards for the volume, main and auxiliary signal paths, and extensive shielding for critical components. The chassis is constructed from heavy aluminum extrusions and plates.

Like all Mark Levinson components, the № 52 is stunning in appearance, with a rich, brushed metal black and silver faceplate accented by red illumination against a glass center panel.

The Mark Levinson № 52 Reference Dual Monaural Preamplifier will be available in January 2013.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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HARMAN’s Revel Introduces 2-Series In-Wall and In-Ceiling Loudspeakers at CEDIA 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – HARMAN’s Revel today announced the introduction of its 2-Series in-wall and in-ceiling loudspeakers, an all-new line of custom installation-ready models that combine exceptional performance with outstanding value and easier installation.

The seven speakers in the Revel 2-Series include the following:

  • C263 in-ceiling speaker (1-inch tweeter, 6-1/2-inch woofer)
  • C283 in-ceiling speaker (1-inch tweeter, 8-inch woofer)
  • C263LP low-profile in-ceiling speaker (1-inch tweeter, 6-1/2-inch woofer)
  • C283LP low-profile in-ceiling speaker (1-inch tweeter, 8-inch woofer)
  • W263 in-wall (1-inch tweeter, 6-1/2-inch woofer)
  • W283 in-wall speaker (1-inch tweeter, 8-inch woofer)
  • W253L horizontal/vertical in-wall LCR speaker (1-inch tweeter, dual 5-1/4-inch woofers)

“Our new 2-Series architectural speakers offer superb sound quality at attractive price points that represent a new value standard for Revel,” said Jim Garrett, Director of Marketing and Product Management for HARMAN Luxury Audio Group and Loudspeakers. “In addition, the speakers feature our newly-designed C-2 mounting system that accommodates 2-inch material thickness and provides greater installation flexibility.”

Revel 2-Series speakers offer expanded installation options for every in-wall and in-ceiling application. All models, with the exception of the C263LP and C283LP low-profile solutions, employ the company’s new C-2 dog-leg-type clamping mechanism that quickly and securely locks the speakers into place and can be used with materials up to 2 inches thick. All feature zero-bezel magnetically removable paintable grilles for a clean, elegant appearance that blends into any room. All 2-Series speakers fit into existing pre-construction brackets and fire-rated back box accessories.

The C283LP and C263LP low-profile in-ceiling speakers have a mounting depth of only 2.35 inches (60 mm), enabling them to fit in applications where installation space is limited. The W253L LCR speaker can be used as the left, center and right-channels in a multichannel home theater system and can be mounted horizontally or vertically. The in-ceiling models come with both round and square grilles to match ceiling fixtures and lighting.

Revel 2-Series loudspeakers incorporate premium drivers and components to deliver clear, detailed and natural sound. The PEI Dome Tweeters operate in conjunction with a computer-designed waveguide that provides smooth, even coverage over a wider listening area and a more seamless blend between the tweeter and the woofer. The woofers utilize aluminum cones to provide detailed and dynamic midrange reproduction.

Revel 2-Series architectural speakers will be available in the first quarter, 2013.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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