- by Frank Hammel
in New Gear
FRANKFURT, Germany — Klark Teknik’s DN9620 AES50 Extender, featured as part of the KT offerings at PL+S 2013, joins the company’s DN9650 and DN9652 network bridges and DN9610 AES50 repeater.
More details from Klark Teknik (www.klarkteknik.com):
A 1U, half-rack width AES50 extender, the DN9620 accepts two CAT5 AES50 streams, multiplexing up to 96 bi-directional channels of 24-bit audio via a single fibre-optic cable (up to 500 m), or a single CAT5E cable (up to 100 m). With its astonishingly low input-to-output latency at a mere 0.105 ms, the DN9620 can be operated at 96 kHz or 48 kHz sample rates and provides multiple clocking options. Utmost reliability is ensured thanks an integrated auto-ranging power supply and genuine Neutrik EtherCon and OpticalCon connectors.
The DN9620 overcomes the inherent limitations of CAT5 cabling, which limit cable runs between AES50 devices to 100 metres (330 feet). Midas and Klark Teknik Brand Development Manager Richard Ferriday explains: "The DN9620 serves many functions. It will operate as an optical snake system for any MIDAS, or other digital console which uses the AES50 protocol, it will provide long-haul, optical connectivity between I/O boxes, as well as extending the deployment possibilities of I/O, recording, and other AES50 hardware throughout a building, or campus".
AES50 is an open-architecture digital audio transport protocol which benefits from extremely low latency (<70us.), robust feed-forward error connection and advanced system clocking. AES50 connections carry digital audio and control data bi-directionally, down a single CAT5e cable. The benefits of combining audio, control, and clock into one single network are simplified connectivity, reduced set-up times, and lower investment in cabling infrastructure.
The Klark Teknik DN9620 will be shipped in pairs, complete with a dedicated 19" rack mounting bracket.
See these and more exciting new Klark Teknik products at PLS Frankfurt Messe, Hall 8, Booth M90, April 10 - 13.