Audix has added the benefits of digital networking to its family of installed ceiling microphones. The Audix Dante | AES67 integrated microphone system is an easy to install system that consists of two Dante | AES67 microphone interface models and RJ45-equipped versions of the M3 tri-element hanging microphone, the steerable, flush-mount M70 ceiling microphone, and the M55 hanging ceiling microphone.
Audio and all microphone functions — including on-off contact closure and LED status indicators — are available through a single CAT5 – CAT7 cable with RJ45 connections at both interface and microphone. And the gain structures of all Audix RJ45-equipped analog microphones are optimized for their intended placement, providing quality audio at the DSP.
“Our Dante products function as a seamless system that allows fast, trouble-free, plug-and-play installation,” says Gene Houck, director of sales. “The keys to this simplicity are single-cable connectivity and Audix microphones equipped with RJ45 connectors. Together, these reduce clutter, minimize errors, and speed up installation.”
At the heart of the Audix Dante | AES67 integrated microphone system are the DN4 and DN43 microphone interface units. The DN4 features four inputs for Audix RJ45-equipped, single-element microphones; the DN43 features one microphone input specifically designed for the Audix M3 tri-element microphone, one input for Audix RJ45-equipped, single-element microphones.
Both interface models have two 5V logic outputs per port, with source/sink capability for LEDs that are controlled by network-connected DSPs and one logic input per single-element microphone port for buttons. Audio is streamed out over Ethernet using Dante or AES67 protocols. Low-pass and high-pass filter settings are available on each audio channel, as are eight selectable gain levels, with all settings configurable via software.
“We’ve built a system of Dante and AES67 products that answers the audio performance needs of the end-user, while meeting the contractor’s desire for hassle-free installation,” says Houck. “Over the next few months, we plan on adding more microphone models to the system.”
The Audix Dante | AES67 integrated microphone system is now shipping.