InfoComm 2014: Harman launches new wall controllers, pendant loudspeakers

JBL Professional introduced the latest addition to its Control Contractor 60 Series pendant loudspeakers.

David Davies

The recent InfoComm trade show saw Harman Group companies unveil a host of new products – among them the BSS Audio Soundweb Contrio Wall Controllers.

The Soundweb Contrio wall controller lineup features four models that, in addition to advanced multiple zone control, can be employed in a room-combining and splitting environment. The Soundweb Contrio platform and its two initial products, the Contrio wall controller range and Contrio Server, are the first within the Soundweb Contrio family that will ultimately provide enhanced system control capability and audio routing flexibility for a variety of applications.

Contrio wall controllers are powered via PoE (Power over Ethernet) and are compatible with HARMAN HiQnet products. Soundweb Contrio controllers are scheduled to be available in September 2014 in white or back finish and EU or US form factors.

Elsewhere in the Harman portfolio, JBL Professional introduced the latest addition to its Control Contractor 60 Series pendant loudspeakers with the new Control 60PS/T pendant subwoofer. This high-impact pendant subwoofer features built-in passive crossover for up to four satellite loudspeakers.

Featuring 150 Watt power handling and low distortion, the long-excursion 8-inch low-frequency driver features butyl rubber surround for well-damped, tight sound quality and long-term reliability, along with a polypropylene-coated cone for humidity protection. The 2-inch voice coil and low-mass fiberglass coil former ensure good bass transient response and stability under high power, high duty-cycle, working conditions.

Finally, AKG highlighted the DMSTetrad digital wireless microphone system. Suitable for a variety of applications ranging from concerts and clubs, to conferences, this license-free wireless system offers uncompressed audio transmission, superior RF performance and 128-bit AES standard encryption.