Harman’s BSS Audio has announced that the BLU-50, the latest addition to the Soundweb London family of digital signal processors, is now shipping. It represents an open-architecture solution in the form of a highly flexible, cost-effective and scalable package.
The BLU-50 is a half-rack width processor offering a fixed configuration of four inputs and four outputs, configurable signal processing, logic processing and BLU link. The device can be powered with the included 12V DC power supply but can accept 12-48V DC via a terminal block connector.
The BLU-50 can also be powered with PoE+ via the Ethernet port, allowing the device to be powered, configured, controlled and monitored using a single Cat-5e cable.
The analog inputs of the BLU-50 provide software configurable gain in 6 dB steps up to +48 dB per channel and software selectable Phantom Power per channel. Phantom Power, Signal Present and Clip information per channel is easily accessible, without the requirement for a PC, from clear front panel LED indication.
“The BLU-50 represents the most versatile and affordable open-architecture processor BSS Audio has ever offered. The BLU-50 underscores our commitment to offering highly scalable processing solutions for a variety of smaller fixed installation applications,” states Iain Gregory, market manager for installed sound, Harman Signal Processing.
The BLU-50 features BLU link, a low-latency, fault-tolerant digital audio bus of 48 channels, which uses standard Cat-5e cabling giving a distance of 100 meters between compatible devices. Fiber media converters can be used to increase the distance between devices to over 10 km (6.2 miles) using single mode fiber.
The BLU-50 can be configured, controlled and monitored from both the newly introduced HiQnet London Architect version 6.0 and HiQnet Audio Architect version 1.4, to be released soon, and is compatible with other members of the Soundweb London family. It’s 48-channel BLU link bus represents channels 1-48 of the larger 256 channel BLU link bus when integrated with the BLU-800, BLU-320, BLU-160, BLU-120, BLU-BIB and BLU-BOB devices. Up to 60 BLU link compatible devices can share channels on a single bus.