By PSW Staff • January 29, 2018 New PreSonus NSB 16.8 and 8.8 AVB-networked stage boxes. Designed to work with StudioLive Series III mixers/recorders, the new PreSonus NSB 16.8 and 8.8 AVB-networked stage boxes deliver signals from stage to console over a Cat-5e or Cat-6 Ethernet cable. The new stage boxes help eliminate the need for a copper snake as well as the signal degradation that goes with longer analog cable runs. Users can remote control NSB-series inputs, preamps, and phantom power from a networked Series III console or from free PreSonus UC Surface touch-control software. The 16×8 NSB 16.8 offers 16 locking combo mic/line inputs equipped with PreSonus’ remote-controlled, class A solid-state XMAX preamps, including gain compensation for shared input scenarios. Meanwhile, the 8×8 NSB 8.8 supplies eight mic/line inputs. Both models provide eight outputs with locking XLR jacks. A built-in two-port AVB switch facilitates daisy-chaining multiple units or using a PreSonus SW5E AVB switch to support larger shows and installations. NSB-series stage boxes come in a rugged steel chassis designed to survive the rigors of the road, and they’re also equipped with sturdy handles. They can sit on a stage or can be rack-mounted with an optional rack-ear kit. Both models are also compatible with stage pockets from Ace Backstage. NSB 16.8 and NSB 8.8 stage boxes are expected to be available in the first quarter and early second quarter of 2018 with anticipated street prices of $799.95 and $599.95, respectively. PreSonus Tagged with: Ethernet Interconnect NAMM PreSonus Product Stage Boxes · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound.