Harman's HiQnet 3.0 Supports AVB
At InfoComm 2011, Harman Professional introduced of its HiQnet System Architect 3.0 system configuration software, the first version of System Architect to provide Audio Video Bridging (AVB) capabilities.
At InfoComm 2011, Harman Professional introduced of its HiQnet System Architect 3.0 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 additional functionality, including support for the dbx SC 32 and SC 64 Digital Matrix Processors and the BSS Audio GS724T 24-Port Ethernet AVB Switch.
"Audio Video Bridging is clearly the future of audio/video signal distribution, and our System Architect version 3.0 provides systems integrators and installers with an important new tool for designing and configuring AVB-based networked A/V systems," said Adam Holladay, senior market manager for Harman Professional System Development and Integration Group. "With System Architect version 3.0, the complexities of networked audio routing are greatly reduced."
HiQnet System Architect version 3.0 enables designers to efficiently and reliably configure a Harman AVB-based audio/video system using a simplified graphical interface for audio routing, company officials said. 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. Releasing the mouse launches a pop-up routing dialog for the destination device and signals are assigned to available channel inputs. AVB enables time-synchronized, ultra-low-latency audio and video signals to be distributed over IEEE 802 Ethernet networks, offering the potential to greatly simplify AV system wiring and installation while providing expanded signal-distribution and control capabilities.
System Architect 3.0 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 first truly networkable AVB audio processors in that AVB signals may be routed over an AVB network, company officials said. The System Architect 3.0 workspace also includes the BSS Audio Netgear GS724T 24-Port Ethernet AVB Switch.
As with HiQnet devices, a representation of the switch may be loaded into the System Architect 3.0 Venue and double-clicking will launch the Netgear management HTML pages in the default Windows browser to integrate control of the switches with the rest of the HiQnet system.