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Crestron unveils new audio solutions for meeting spaces and venues

June 9th, 2016

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New precision-engineered Avia DSPs, amplifiers, and software tools dramatically simplify audio programming, integration, and expansion in commercial and institutional applications

Crestron, creator of AV control and automation technology, introduced new solutions that aim to simplify audio in conference rooms, lecture halls, sports and entertainment venues, courtrooms, and other spaces.

Headlining the new audio technology is the full line of Avia Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) featuring a DSP programming tool, as well as a robust selection of amplifiers that support audio over IP using Dante™ audio networking. All new audio solutions integrate natively with DigitalMedia™, touch screens, Crestron Fusion® Cloud, and unified collaboration technology as part of a comprehensive Crestron solution.

“We designed our Avia DSPs and new amplifiers to specifically address the audio issues that leading commercial integrators told us they face on a daily basis,” said Dennis Fink, Audio Technology Manager at Crestron. “The key to our success is our exclusive new DSP Tool which provides a massive leap forward in terms of simplifying the process of programming, tuning, integrating, and expanding audio performance in meeting spaces. When audio pros see the new DSP Tool, they immediately realize this is a big deal for the industry.”

The new DSP Tool provides a powerful and intuitive workspace that streamlines audio design and programming. The unique channel-strip architecture simplifies configuration, allowing programmers to save, modify, and manage a library of custom strips. Built-in tools include a spectrum analyzer, virtual mixer, EQ editor, and Crestron speaker profile library to ensure quick acoustic setup. New controls and functions can be added on-the-fly so programmers no longer need to “re-wire and recompile” to make changes. I/O expansion amongst Avia DSPs, amplifiers, and third-party vendors is easy using integrated Dante controls. On top of all those benefits, the DSP Tool enables programmers to drag and drop audio controls and even VUs directly into VT Pro-e® software for flawless touch screen UIs in one room or hundreds of rooms – in minutes.

“Crestron is known for best-in-class products for the enterprise AV market,” said Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate®. “Dante has become the standard for high quality audio-over-IP networked systems, and this alliance with Crestron will enhance the Dante ecosystem with better, more widely available networked solutions.”

The new Crestron audio offering includes five Avia DSP models, a companion line of network-controlled and monitored amplifiers, as well as a convenient line of modular utility amplifiers that allow integrators to mix and match capabilities in less than 1U of rack space. Rounding out the new products are the latest updates to the Saros® line of speakers including a new Saros® sound bar for commercial applications.

Visit Crestron in booth #C7008 to see all of the new audio solutions as well as an interactive demo of the DSP Tool.

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