Studio Technologies has introduced the Model 5482 Dante Bridge, designed to provide the means to bridge up to 64 Audio-over-Ethernet (AoE) channels between local area networks (LANs) or Audinate Dante domains.
“The Model 5482 is a sophisticated, networked audio device that can alleviate common challenges associated with LAN interconnectivity,” says Gordon Kapes, president of Studio Technologies. “In just a few minutes, professionals can ‘link’ independent audio networks, maintaining superior audio quality while supporting a range of operating parameters.”
Each of the Model 5482’s independent interfaces provide three Gigabit Ethernet network ports, allowing support for both switched and redundant Dante operation along with a separate management network connection. Each “side” of a Model 5482 can be independently configured to match the unique demands of an application.
The unit allows up to 64 audio channels to pass in each direction with support for up to 24 bits at 44.1, 48, and 96 kHz sampling rates. Sample-rate-conversion (SRC) capability, implemented in high-speed programmable logic is designed to ensure that audio signals with different sampling rates and timing references can be directly interconnected.
The Model 5482 is compliant with the AES67 standard and supports the Dante Domain Manager (DDM) software application. Each of the unit’s Dante interfaces can function independently — for example,one of the network interfaces can be operated through DDM while the other remains “open.” Each interface can be configured to support AES67 digital audio signals, allowing the Model 5482 to serve as a Dante-to-AES67 bridge.
The unit is housed in a lightweight enclosure that mounts in one space of a standard 19-inch equipment rack. Its front panel offers an interface with LED indicator lights, a graphics display, and push-button switches to observe and configure key operating parameters. Operating power can be provided by 100-240 volts, 50/60 Hz, or a source of 10-18 volts DC. If both AC and DC power are connected, then the Model 5482 will be powered by the AC mains source with DC serving as a “hot” standby.
“As with all of our products, the Model 5482 was designed to meet the stringent demands of professional audio applications,” says Kapes. “Users can maintain superior audio performance between different networks, even those with divergent sample rates and independent clocking sources.”