VTG A/V Snake
May 3, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors
Debuting at NAB 2004, VTG’s new cable reel, the A/V Snake, will be distributed by Horizon Music Inc., Rapco International and VTG Broadcast Group. The portable reel has one flexible cable that contains four balanced audio lines and six 75-ohm video lines, and can be adapted for many different uses.
“The portable reel is advantageous because it allows the user to determine the amount of the cable that is needed,” commented Eddie Keys, VTG product specialist engineer. “They can choose to use all 100 feet or much less, and additional custom-built lengths are available up to 150 feet.”
The A/V Snake has an all-welded steel frame with four 3-inch locking casters on the bottom for easy portability. The four balanced audio lines are 24-gauge cable and are useful when running microphones, instruments or any other balanced audio line to a mixing board. The six video lines are video component-type cable and can be used for projectors, monitors or any other video display.
The snake keeps all of the wires together in one flexible cable, eliminating kinks, snags or tangles.
The A/V snake will be available through installers, integrators and local retailers.
In other VTG news, the company’s new A/V (ENG) Bulk Wire and AES/EBU Digital Bulk Wire are designed for a variety of cabling solutions and are available in made-to-order specifications. The A/V (ENG) Bulk Wire and the AES/EBU Digital Bulk Wire are distributed by the VTG Broadcast Group and are also available through Rapco International and Horizon Music Inc. Both wires are California Proposition 65-compliant to be lead- and cadmium-free.
“The electronic news gathering wire is designed to run onstage or in the field, for live broadcasts or any other application requiring a high level of confidence and dependable audio/video transmission,” said Cody May, director of engineering at VTG Corporation. “The ENG wire comes standard with four audio pairs and six video coaxial cables that are all color-coded and contained within one jacket. However, clients can also custom-design this cable to have 10 audio and 10 video or any other combination.”
Key features and specifications of the A/V (ENG) Bulk Wire include four pairs 22-AWG stranded tinned copper and polypropylene insulated, shielded and jacketed.
“The AES/EBU digital wire was designed to meet the AES3 PHY standard,” continued May. “Manufacturing the cables, plugs and terminating it all in-house provides us with significant advantages. This allows us to control the levels of attenuation, crosstalk, resistance, product life and other metrics detrimental for high-quality audio performance. The end result is a superior cable assembly. The wire is for AES/EBU digital audio applications where you need to connect a console or router to any other source or destination, such as a digital recorder. It is a 24-gauge cable that comes in two, four, six, eight, 12 or 16 pairs, so regardless of the application, we have a cable that meets nearly every requirement.”
Key features and specifications of the AES/EBU Digital Bulk Wire include availability in availability in two, four, six, eight, 12 and 16 pairs; multi-pair 24-AWG stranded tinned copper; cellular polyethylene insulated, shielded and jacketed; and overall PVC jacketed and shielded.
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