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Harman Debuts HiQnet 2.0

At InfoComm 09 in Orlando , Harman Professional debuted HiQnet System Architect version 2.0, which the company calls an intuitive, functional audio configuration and control interface for designing specialized audio networks.

At InfoComm 09 in Orlando this week, Harman Professional will debut HiQnet System Architect version 2.0, which the company calls an intuitive, functional audio configuration and control interface for designing specialized audio networks. HiQnet System Architect 2.0 takes a new approach to system design by providing users with choices based on job function, application, and system sophistication, according to the company.

System Architect 2.0's design philosophy centers on workflow and the use of a diagrammatic representation of the installed or live sound venue. Devices are arranged by their physical and logical placement, allowing the designer to "educate" System Architect on how they'll be used. The software then automates many system design tasks.

For example, according to Harman, once a user defines the layout of a venue and tells the software which areas the amplifier outputs logically serve, System Architect specifies embedded control panels that are tied to the correct devices and provide source-selection, level, mute, and metering for each user-defined space, accessible from the main Venue View.

System Architect 2.0 also provides tour sound professionals and fixed installation system designers with considerable additional organizational benefits, such as the ability to create racks and arrays directly in the workspace, further enhancing the mechanisms of grouping devices. And by understanding more about the responsibilities of a certain device and its physical location within a rack, an array or a room, finding a specific device is made easy with new comprehensive list filtering techniques.

"System Architect Version 2.0 is powerful because it seeks to combine the intelligence, experience, and objectives of its users, and it's been designed in close cooperation with leading practitioners in AV integration," said Rick Kreifeldt, vice president of Harman Professional's System Development and Integration Group (SDIG), in a statement. "Designers can start with their end goal - more often than not the loudspeaker configuration - and quickly and intuitively work backwards because System Architect essentially connects the dots in an intelligent, logical way to evolve the speaker configuration into an AV system."



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