Harman Professional has released HiQnet System Architect v3.0 system configuration software, the first version of System Architect to provide Audio Video Bridging (AVB) capabilities.

Version 3.0 offers AVB networked audio routing support, along with support for the dbx SC 32 and SC 64 Digital Matrix Processors, and BSS Audio/Netgeat GS724T 24-Port Ethernet AVB Switch.

Audio Video Bridging is clearly the future of audio/video signal distribution, and our System Architect v3.0 provides systems integrators and installers with an important new tool for designing and configuring AVB-based networked A/V systems,’ says Adam Holladay, Senior Market Manager for Harman Professional System Development and Integration Group (SDIG). ‘With System Architect v3.0, the complexities of networked audio routing are greatly reduced.’

Harman HiQnet System Architect v3.0 enables designers to efficiently and reliably configure a Harman AVB-based audio/video system using a vastly simplified graphical interface for audio routing. Signals are routed by dragging and dropping from a filterable list of all available source AVB signals onto the destination device icon in the main workspace – singly or in multiples. Releasing the mouse launches a pop-up routing dialogue for the destination device and signals are assigned to available channel inputs. AVB enables time-synchronised, ulow-latency audio and video signals to be distributed over IEEE 802 Ethernet networks, offering the potential to greatly simplify A/V system wiring and installation while providing expanded signal-distribution and control capabilities.

System Architect v3.0 is compatible with all Harman AVB-ready products, including the dbx SC 32 and SC 64 Digital Matrix Processors with the new AVB high-speed option card installed. The SC processors with the AVB high-speed option card are the world’s first truly-networkable AVB audio processors in that AVB signals may be routed over an AVB network. The System Architect v3.0 workspace also includes the BSS Audio/Netgear GS724T 24-Port Ethernet AVB Switch - the first AVB switch for networking multichannel audio and video over standardised Ethernet. As with HiQnet devices, a representation of the switch may be loaded into the System Architect v3.0 Venue, and double-clicking will launch the Netgear management HTML pages in the default Windows browser so as to integrate control of the switches with the rest of the HiQnet system.

Recent versions of Harman HiQnet System Architect have also offered a host of significant enhancements An improved Custom Panel Designer (introduced in v2.3) makes it easier for integration professionals to create customized control interfaces. Performance for metering controls has been improved, giving panel designers greater ability to monitor larger numbers of devices simultaneously. A simplified access control configuration interface was also recently introduced. This interface makes it easier to set up multiple user rights by providing a more immediate focus on the users, rather than the devices in the system. The redesigned interface is particularly useful for when System Architect is used as the day-to-day operator’s audio system control application with the new Kiosk Mode feature.

More: www.harman.com

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