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Las Vegas, Nevada—Mar 22, 2004

JBL Professional and Crown International Close the Loop on Digital Audio with Digital B-Chain

JBL Professional and Crown International today announced its advanced Digital B-Chain (DBC™) audio networking and performance technology. With Digital B-Chain, exhibitors will be able to experience enhanced digital audio performance and control. The advanced management functionality of Digital B-Chain has definite business advantages, since it gives exhibitors additional audio performance control for film exhibition as well as alternative content applications, such as pay-per-view sports events, corporate meetings, concerts, and pre-show advertising.

“The digital engineering teams from JBL Professional and Crown International have worked together to achieve the highest level of networked audio and control systems for cinema applications,” said Chuck Goodsell, Director of Cinema Marketing at JBL Professional. “Their long and painstaking efforts have resulted in a state of the art digital audio system that can also help facility owners keep costs down and keep theater-goers packed into the seats. Digital B-Chain adds another level of control for the modern cinema operation.”

For cinema systems, one of the key factors that theater owners take into account is how to lower infrastructure costs while still offering a high-quality digital audio system. DBC systems keep the facility in the digital domain, eliminating unnecessary A/D conversion assuring that digital audio quality is maintained throughout. DBC uses inexpensive CAT 5 cable instead of special speaker cables and permits a single labor force to be used for the entire network. The entire audio system can be controlled and monitored on the same facility network as concessions management, box office ticketing, HVAC, etc., lowering infrastructure costs.

Commenting on the introduction and the independence of digital audio from digital cinema, Stephen Morris, Market Director for Touring Sound, Installed Sound and Cinema Markets at Crown International added, “With the introduction of Digital B-Chain, exhibitors can sidestep the pitfalls of digital cinema and provide their customers with compelling reasons to visit their theaters: better sound and a more immersive customer experience. In addition to being busier, Digital B-Chain theaters will be more reliable and will be easier to manage and maintain.”

One of the most important features of a DBC system is that it includes the capability of executing system-wide diagnostics. Automated error reporting allows technicians and users to learn about potential system errors before they happen and alerts technicians immediately of any problems, providing specific data on where to locate the problem. Remote error reporting can be accomplished via email, fax, pager or cell phone.

In a DBC system, analog or digital audio is received from the cinema processor and is then transported on a digital audio and control network where it remains in the digital domain to the amplifiers. Both the digital audio and control information are transported on a single network connection to Crown CTs Series amplifiers loaded with IQ-PIP-USP3/CN modules. In a typical DBC system, analog audio is sent to Crown CTs Series amplifiers with IQ-PIP-USP3/CN modules, which power the JBL ScreenArray® screen channels, subs, and surround channels. Both the digital audio and control information are transported on a single network connection.
Harman Contacts:
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Philip Weiss 
Definition Branding and Marketing
(212) 660-2555 x23
Philip.weiss@definitionbam.com
About Harman: HARMAN designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions and connected services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The Company's software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 28,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $6.4 billion during the 12 months ended September 30, 2015. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR. Harman Directory page Harman Web Site About Crown Audio, Inc.: Crown is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com).  Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, and maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, employing more than 11,000 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes AKG®, Audioaccess®, Becker®, BSS®, Crown®, dbx®, DigiTech®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson®, Revel®, QNX®, Soundcraft® and Studer®. Harman International’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NYSE: HAR.” Crown Audio, Inc. Directory page About JBL Professional: JBL is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com). Harman International Industries, Incorporated designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. Harman International maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, and employs more than 11,000 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes AKG®, Audioaccess®, Becker®, BSS®, Crown®, dbx®, DigiTech®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson®, Revel®, QNX®, Soundcraft® and Studer®. Harman International's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "NYSE: HAR." JBL Professional Directory page
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