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JK Audio Aims for Talk Simplicity

Joe introduces a modular family of talk show system components

JK Audio is known for its functional interfaces and basic phone products. Its new talk show may look chic, but Joe Klinger says “clean and simple” remain the bywords.

He has introduced the Concierge 2×6 talk show system and companion Guest Module series of control surfaces. The look features silver metallic aluminum faceplates, sleek desktop keyboards with flashing multicolor LEDs and rubberized buttons. A rack-mountable unit gets the same treatment.

The Concierge 2×6 Switch Core, priced at $925, is the heart of the system. Working with one or more of JK Audio’s innkeeper hybrids (innkeeper 1rx or innkeeper 2) it can handle six phone lines incoming, and route two at any time using the Guest Module controllers. Two Concierges can be linked to create a 12-line system. The system is modular and scalable.

The Guest Module control surfaces, which start at $375, are connected to the Concierge with Cat-5 cabling. Innkeepers already in service are compatible with the Concierge 2×6 with a free firmware update.

The system ships in September.

Joe Klinger, president of JK Audio, stated: “While other systems are getting more sophisticated, more feature-packed, and more expensive, we decided on a clean and simple interface. All of the smarts are hidden in the processor, allowing for easy setup and call control.”

Klinger added, “This was a huge development effort, adding many features not found in entry-level talk show systems. A lot of long hours and sleepless nights.”