NEUTRIK has announced the introduction of the halo product range that integrates a new, patented light ring along with an asymmetrical, non-metallic push tab into the design of the company’s A series chassis connectors. They’ll be on display at the upcoming NAMM 2022 (booth 14502) and InfoComm 2022 (booth N1413) shows.
halo product variants include the NC3FAH2-LR-DAE and NC5FAH-LR-DAE female XLR connectors, the NC3MAH-LR and NC5MAH-LR male XLR connectors, and the NE8FAH-LR-DAE etherCON connector. By placing one or two SMD LEDs on circuit boards, the connectors can be lit up for useful and attractive visual feedback such as input detection, transmission status, connection status, phantom power, operating mode indication, and other useful information.
The new halo light ring is designed to provide an alternative to light pipes. With their standard cutout, no additional holes for light pipes are required in the device panel. They’re also designed to provide improved visibility compared to light pipes, and different colors can be displayed on the left and right sides of the connector.
An asymmetrical, compound push tab is designed to minimizes static discharge concerns, and its matte, non-reflective surface minimizes light reflections. The asymmetrical placement allows closer vertical spacing of rows of connectors compared to standard designs where the tab is located at the top center. With a larger push area compared to a standard push tab, the halo design is intended to be easier to use.
Fred Morgenstern, VP Technology of Neutrik Americas, says, “The new, patented NEUTRIK halo products provide users with numerous benefits. These include an attractive light ring that provides a wealth of visual feedback while eliminating the need for holes in the panel to accommodate LED light pipes. Their ESD-safe material ensures robust connections without having to worry about static electricity, and they provide an easy upgrade path for products using existing connectors. For OEMs interested in integrating the halo light ring, their design provides the opportunity for differentiation that is both functional and beautiful.”
The new halo product range is expected to become available Summer 2022.