Allen & Heath has introduced the AB168, a portable audio IO rack designed primarily as a stage box for live performance, providing a direct connection to the main mixing system.
Outfitted with 16 mic preamps with phantom power indicators and 8 XLR line outs, the AB168 runs on Allen & Heath’s proprietary dSNAKE protocol and is compatible with both the Qu and GLD mixer ranges, complementing the existing 19-inch rack IO dSNAKE products, the AR2412 and AR84.
Adding an AB168 to a Qu or GLD system allows the user to position some or all I/O up to 120 meters (more than 300 feet) from the mixer. The unit connects over a single Cat-5 cable to the Qu/GLD mixer or AR2412 AudioRack via a secure dSNAKE EtherCon port. A second EtherCon port is provided for daisy-chaining to another AB168 box or connection of a ME personal mixing system.
As with Allen & Heath’s other dSNAKE products, the device also auto updates its firmware to synchronize with the system.
The rack’s rugged design, including rubber bumpers, renders it roadworthy and allows it to be placed on the stage floor during performances. The unit can also be rack mounted for installation purposes.
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