Now Shipping: Aviom's Euroblock Modules

Jan 26, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors

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Aviom Inc. (West Chester, Penn.) announced that Euroblock versions of the AN-16/i Input Module and the AN-16/o Output Module are now available and shipping. The Euroblock versions complement the company’s existing line of digital distributed audio network products. The Euroblock versions of the AN Series products are fully compatible with their TRS-equipped counterparts and the AN-16SB System Bridge. The TRS and Euroblock product variations can be mixed and matched as needed when creating and installing a system.

Euroblock connectors are a type of terminal block connector favored by system installers and integrators for their ease of use. Each of the AN Series products contains 16 Euroblock connectors on the rear panel. The two-part plug-and-socket design of the Euroblock connector simplifies wiring and installation. No soldering is necessary; wire is inserted into slots in a Euroblock plug connector and tightened in place with a screwdriver. The plug snaps into place into one of the 16 sockets on the rear panel. Each AN Series Euroblock unit comes with everything needed to install the product.

Aviom’s AN Series of distributed audio network products are designed to work together to create a powerful digital audio distribution system, one that can function as a digital snake and as an infinitely expandable audio splitter. The system is capable of transferring high-quality 24-bit audio digitally over inexpensive, industry-standard Category-5 cables. As with all the company’s existing products, Aviom’s proprietary A-Net Protocol ensures that there is less than 1 millisecond of latency from analog input to analog output. The A-16SB, AN-16/i and AN-16/o are compatible with Aviom’s existing product line, which includes the modular A-16 Personal Monitor Mixing System.

Aviom’s distributed audio network is a flexible modular system that allows the user to build unidirectional or bi-directional configurations to suit most audio distribution needs. Any combination of up to four AN-16/i and/or four AN-16/o units (with TRS or Euroblock connectors) can be used. A maximum of 64 channels of audio can be distributed. The system is capable of creating digital snakes in the following configurations: 16x0, 32x0, 48x0, 64x0, 16x16, 32x16, 48x16 and 32x32. To create a splitter, users must add an additional output module to any existing AN-16/o Output Module installed in the system. An infinite number of signal splits can be achieved by using this method.

When coupled to the two-part A-16SB System Bridge, any of the AN-16/i and AN-16/o multichannel configurations can transfer data bidirectionally over a single Cat-5 cable. This innovation alone can replace thousands of dollars of expensive and unwieldy analog cabling in fixed or mobile applications. Cable lengths between each A-Net system component can be up to 500 feet long. The A-16SB System Bridge combines up to four A-Net signals at one end of the system, and then separates them into separate A-Net streams at the other end.

The AN-16/i-EB Input Module is a single-rackspace unit that serves as the A/D input for the digital snake. It converts 16 line-level analog audio channels into uncompressed, full-bandwidth digital data transmitted via the company’s proprietary A-Net protocol. The AN-16/i-EB can also be used as an input module when using the company’s personal monitor mixing system.

On the front panel, the AN-16/i-EB has a four-position gain switch (+22, +4, 0 and -10dB), stereo channel link switches, and signal present and clip LEDs. The rear panel of the AN-16/i has a row of 16 Euroblock jacks for analog audio input that can also be used as an audio thru. For system network connections, there is an A-Net out jack and an A-Net expansion jack.

The AN-16/o-EB Output Module is a 1U rackmount D/A converter. It has 16 Euroblock line-level output jacks on its rear panel. Also on the rear panel is a set of three network connectors for A-Net In, A-Net Out and A-Net Expansion. On the front panel, the AN-16/o has a two-position level switch (+4 and -10 dB) along with signal present and clip LEDs.

The AN-16/o-EB Output Module can also be integrated into existing A-16 personal monitor mixing systems to provide 16 discrete line-level outputs for recording, broadcast, effects or other mixing purposes. Any number of AN-16/o or AN-16/o-EB Output Modules can be connected to a system as needed.

MSRPs include:AN-16/i-EB Input Module, $999.95; AN-16/o-EB Output Module, $999.95; AN-16/i Input Module, $899.95; AN-16/o Output Module, $899.95; and A-16SB System Bridge, $249.95. For more information, visit www.aviom.com.






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