Sonifex Announce New Products at IBC 2010
6th September 2010
At this year's IBC2010 exhibition on stand number 8.E61, Sonifex are announcing a number of new audio and video products designed for broadcast use.
The new video products are Dolby® Digital versions of the 3G/HD/SD-SDI Embedder & De-embedder for use with Dolby® E and Dolby Digital audio in all digital video signals up to 3G.
The RB-VHEDD8 3G/HD/SD-SDI Dolby® E Encoder & embedder encodes 8 channels of audio into two channels of an AES/EBU digital audio stream which is then embedded onto any of the available groups within each of the two video output paths. It is also transmitted on a BNC or D-type on the rear panel. The audio inputs to the encoder can be selected from the external audio inputs via the BNC or D-type connections or from the audio in the incoming SDI input. Similarly, the metadata input for the encoder can be selected to come via the external 9-pin D-type on the rear panel, or from metadata embedded into the vertical blanking area of the video input. The unit is controlled locally through the front panel display but can be remote controlled via an ethernet connection using the Sonifex SCi software.
The RB-VHDDD8 3G/HD/SD-SDI Dolby® E & Dolby Digital decoder & de-embedder de-embeds up to 10 channels of audio within any audio group of an SDI video signal and a further 2 which are sent to the Dolby® Decoder. The outputs from the decoder or the de-embedder can then be re-embedded onto either of the two SDI outputs and also transmitted on a BNC or D-type situated on the rear panel. It has a triple rate SDI receiver with automatic input rate detection and equalisation along with two re-clocked and individually buffered SDI outputs. It supports the full range of 3G, HD and SD standards from NTSC and PAL up to 1080p 60Hz and has other features similar to the RB-VHEDD8.
The RB-DSD8 8 channel silence switcher accepts analogue and digital inputs and acts as a single 8 channel silence detector, or as multiple smaller stereo silence detectors, allowing silence switchover for 5.1 & 7.1 signals. Designed to switch from one input (or set of inputs) to another in the event of loss of audio, the unit is ideal at transmitter sites, or after the master output of a studio, to switch in another audio source, or simultaneous broadcast, should a master source fail. The unit can switch on loss of level of the main input, on loss of level on one channel of the main input or on loss of synchronisation lock of a main digital input.
There are 3 new audio distribution products, two for analogue audio and one for digital, all of which use RJ45 connectors to distribute the audio:
The RB-DA6R 6 way stereo distribution amplifier is a 1U rack-mount high performance amplifier for splitting a source into a number of different outputs. The amplifier provides multiple balanced audio outputs using RJ45 connectors wired to the StudioHub+™ * standard. By using RJ45 outputs, it allows simpler CAT5 cabling to used to connect the amplifier to other products.
The RB-DA6R has one stereo input which is switchable via a rear panel push switch between paralleled balanced inputs (2 x XLR sockets or 1 x stereo input on RJ45) and unbalanced inputs (1 pair of stereo phono sockets). The unit has 6 stereo outputs on 6 x RJ45 connectors. The unit can also be configured so that 1 mono input can be distributed to 12 outputs by use of a switch which is recessed on the front panel to prevent it being accidentally knocked.
The RB-DA6RG is identical to the RB-DA6R with the addition of individual output gain adjustment, instead of global stereo gain adjustment.
The RB-DDA22 is a digital audio distribution amplifier with multiple inputs and multiple outputs designed to accept one of 5 different digital inputs, amplify it and output this to 22 digital audio outputs in 5 different audio formats, accepting signals with sample rates in the range 32kHz to 192kHz.
There are 5 inputs, one each of balanced AES/EBU on an XLR socket, unbalanced AES/EBU on BNC, balanced AES/EBU on an RJ45 socket, unbalanced S/PDIF on a phono socket and a TOSlink optical connection. An illuminated front panel input select push button is used to choose one of the 5 inputs, or to select the Auto Mode. In Auto Mode the unit interrogates each of the inputs in turn until it finds a lock. There are loss of lock and signal presence indicators for each channel.
When an input is selected, it is copied to all of the available outputs. There are 5 sets of digital audio outputs consisting of: 6 x balanced AES/EBU on XLR plugs, 6 x professional unbalanced AES/EBU on BNCs, 6 x balanced AES/EBU on RJ45 sockets, 2 x unbalanced S/PDIF on phono sockets and 2 x TOSlink optical outputs, giving 22 outputs in total, 12 balanced and 10 unbalanced. The RJ45 input and output connections use the StudioHub+™ * wiring standard for the balanced AES/EBU connections.
The CM-TBU and CM-TLL are small line powered telephone balance and telephone line listen units acting as small, rugged and affordable 2-wire to 4-wire converters for IFB applications:
The CM-TBU line-powered telephone balance unit is compatible with all analogue direct exchange lines and provides a 4-wire communications system to interface with the telephone network. The high degree of separation between send and receive signals makes it suitable for use in telephone IFB (interrupted foldback) applications and the high drive capacity at the 4-wire output enables a presenter's earpiece to be connected directly to the unit without an external amplifier.
This extremely compact unit is powered from the telephone line and provides an interface to a 4-wire circuit with separate level control of send and receive signals. Optimum rejection of the input signal on the 4-wire output is by using manual adjustment which can be used to compensate for local line variations or to adapt to the telephone systems of other countries, where line characteristics may differ.
The CM-TLL line powered telephone line listen unit provides a low-loss interface to receive audio from a telephone line. The line-powered unit is compatible with all analogue direct exchange lines and includes an LED indication of incoming calls. The unit is intended to be used with an earpiece amplifier to receive an audio feed by telephone from a studio. The line and telephone set are connected to the unit via the RJ11 connectors in order to make an outgoing call. A telephone may not be required if calls are only incoming, because telephone line ringing is indicated by a flashing LED built into the unit. In either case, the 'LINE CONNECT' switch is pressed to make the line connection.
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