Harman’s latest BSS Soundweb family member is the BLU-50, a half-rack width processor that offers the same premium, open-architecture solution in the form of a highly flexible, cost-effective and scalable package.

The BLU-50 processor offers a fixed configuration of four inputs and four outputs, configurable signal processing, logic processing and BLU link. Powered with the included 12VDC power supply, the device can accept 12-48VDC via a terminal block connector. The BLU-50 can also be powered with PoE+ via the Ethernet port, allowing the device to be powered, configured, controlled and monitored using a single Cat 5e cable.

The four analogue inputs of the BLU-50 provide software configurable gain in 6dB steps up to +48dB per channel and software selectable Phantom Power per channel. Phantom Power, signal indication and clip information per channel are clearly available on the front panel negating the need for a PC.

The BLU-50 features BLU link, a low latency, fault tolerant digital audio bus of 48 channels, which uses standard Category 5e cabling giving a distance of 100m between compatible devices. Fibre media converters can be used to increase the distance between devices to over 10km using single mode fibre.

Similar to all Soundweb London devices, the BLU-50 comes with 12 Control Inputs, six Logic Outputs and an RS-232 port allowing integration with other compatible devices.

Iain Gregory, Market Manager for installed sound, Harman Signal Processing explains that the BLU-50 packs a lot of capability into such a small device; combined with its powering and mounting flexibility, the BLU-50 is the most versatile and affordable open-architecture processor created by Harman to date. The BLU-50 further extends the scalability of the Soundweb London platform and represents a major milestone in the broader applicability of open-architecture solutions.

The BLU-50 is a welcome addition with smaller installations now getting the same premium treatment that the larger installations have always received.

Harman is available from Jands , a leading Australian distributor of professional audio sound systems as well as lighting and staging equipment.