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Dante Card & New Firmware For Sennheiser Digital 9000 Series Wireless Now Available

Card provides 16 audio inputs to send digital audio and command signals over Dante network

By PSW Staff November 25, 2014

The new Dante card for the Sennheiser EM 9046 receiver.

Sennheiser has announced the availability of a Dante card for the EM 9046 receiver, enabling the flagship Digital 9000 wireless microphone system to be integrated into Dante audio-over-IP networks.

Also available – as free downloads – are the associated new Digital 9000 firmware version 3.0.3, and the new Wireless Systems Manager 4.2 with a set of optimized monitoring functions.

“With the EM 9046 DAN extension card, broadcast and live audio engineers can now easily integrate Sennheiser’s top-of-the-range wireless microphone system into a Dante network,” states Claus Menke, head of portfolio management pro for Sennheiser. “They benefit from the system’s exceptional sound with the incredible convenience of routing high-definition audio data via Audinate’s Dante Controller.”

The EM 9046 DAN extension card is simply inserted into the expansion slot of the EM 9046 8-channel receiver. Internally, the card provides 16 audio inputs to send the digital audio and command signals over the Dante network.

Connection is via two Gbit RJ45 sockets that serve to either establish two redundant network circuits or daisy-chain the signals. The card works with sampling rates of 44.1/48/88.2 and 96 kHz at a resolution of 24 bits.

Front and back views of the Sennheiser EM 9046 receiver.

The new firmware version 3.0.3 for Digital 9000 can be downloaded free of charge here. With this firmware update, the receiver’s clock menu will be expanded to include a “MAN” (multichannel audio network) option, enabling the receiver to synchronize to the word clock of the Dante network.

Additional features of the new firmware version include the monitoring of up to four daisy-chained receivers via any of the receivers’ monitoring outputs and the automatic assignment of frequencies after a scan. Engineers are now also able to scan just a 24 MHz portion of the spectrum instead of the entire booster range of 168 MHz. This increases speed in critical frequency situations.

The new firmware also includes the highly sophisticated refinements made by Sennheiser to address the highly difficult conditions experienced during the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. The event took place in a very reflective venue with a near all-metal construction, but the capabilities of the Digital 9000 system were enhanced still further to be able to detect and cope with this extremely reflective environment. In addition to this advance, version 3.0.3 also ensures improved network capability with managed enterprise environments.

In addition, Sennheiser has adapted Wireless Systems Manager software to include a monitoring function for the Dante card. The new version 4.2 allows users to monitor the EM 9046’s Dante audio streams from any point in the network, and to listen to the headphone monitor audio stream of connected EM 9046 receivers without any additional hardware.

WSM (Sennheiser Wireless Systems Manager) Software Version 4.2 is available from the same download address as the Digital 9000 firmware or here.



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