Neutrik USA announces the XIRIUM PRO wireless digital audio system, intended as a cable replacement system in providing low-latency, compression-free audio signal to and from devices without cable runs. It will be on display at the upcoming NAMM show in Anaheim (booth 6320).
XIRIUM PRO is designed for live sound applications such as concert, theatrical performance, worship, and presentation/conference.
Central to the system is what the company calls DiWA (Digital Wireless Audio) technology, which offers compression-free, FCC license-free wireless transmission within the 5 GHz band. Transmitted audio is specified as full-bandwidth (20 Hz – 20 kHz), with latency equal to 3 milliseconds regardless of how many XIRIUM PRO devices are used. All signals are sample accurate with no “slippage” in signal timing.
The system’s modular format accommodates flexibility of signal type, with both input and output modules available for analog, AES, and (Audinate) Dante. Transmission distance is stated as greater than half a mile (>1 Km, line-of-sight).
XIRIUM PRO also works with mixed signal types, including analog TX (transmission) to AES RX (receive), Dante TX to analog RX, and so forth. The system can provide RF output of up to two watts when used with a high-gain antenna.
Configurations support as many as 10 discrete channels of audio via five transmission units. On the receiving side, XIRIUM PRO supports an unlimited number of receivers. As long as a receiver can “see” the transmitter’s signal, as many receivers as necessary for a project can be used. Further, a repeater module is available that converts any receiver module into a repeater unit.
XIRIUM PRO accepts Neutrik powerCON TRUE1 connectors, eliminating the need for “wall wart” power supplies. With an outdoor rated housing, the system can be used indoors or outdoors. And, it supports control and system adjustments via tablet or computer.
“XIRIUM PRO offers convenience and capability for audio engineers working in a wide range of environments,” states Peter Milbery, president of Neutrik USA. “Engineers, artists, and project designers can now think beyond the physical limitations of the traditional audio cable. Sound equipment such as loudspeakers, amplifiers, and mixing consoles can now be positioned for optimal audio performance and what makes the most acoustic sense—allowing artistry and sonic performance to take priority over venue logistics.”
The new Neutrik XIRIUM PRO wireless digital audio system is expected to be available in Q1 of 2016.