The Harman High Performance Audio Video (HPAV) group is building up its Lexicon line with the brand's first home audio product incorporating proprietary QuantumLogic Surround 3D (QLS 3D) post processing, which delivers up to 12.4 channels of surround sound from mono, stereo and multichannel sources.
Harman's Lexicon QLS Media Processor
The technology will be incorporated in a flagship MP-20 surround-sound preamp processor, dubbed a media processor by the company for its inclusion of video-processing technology. It will be displayed at CEDIA EXPO and is scheduled to ship in the first quarter at a price above the original $11,000 to $14,000 price of its predecessor, the MC-12 media controller.
The MC-12 lacked video processing but included HDMI video switching, said marketing manager Jim Garrett.
The Lexicon line has been "spartan lately," and with the MP-20 launch, the company hopes to "reignite passion around the Lexicon brand," he said.
Also at CEDIA, HPAV will also show previously launched products from Revel, JBL, JBL Synthesis, JBL Pro and Crown. The company has been making a limited number of JBL Pro and Crown models available to residential installers who have launched into commercial installation to supplement flagging residential-install opportunities.
Also at the booth, HPAV will make room for the Harman Kardon, JBL and AKG brands marketed by sister group Harman Consumer.
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