Audio-Technica Expands Dante Product Offerings with Ceiling-Mount Microphone Solutions

June 15 2016, 04:00
Audio-Technica now offers two new ceiling-mount plate power module models: the ATND931 Dante gooseneck microphone and ATND933 Dante hanging microphone. The included ATND8734 Microphone Ceiling Module with Dante network output transmits audio and control data together over Audinate’s Dante network protocol. The new conference solutions were introduced at InfoComm 2016 in Las Vegas, NV.

The new ATND931 Dante six-inch gooseneck microphone and ATND933 Dante hanging microphone are both available in a number of configurations, including black and white color options and a selection of three polar patterns (cardioid, hypercardioid and MicroLine). All configurations come standard with the new ATND8734 Microphone Ceiling Mount Power Module with Dante Network Output, offering a simple and cost-effective solution for integrating these new microphones with a Dante network without the need for a separate, standalone audio interface. 

The ATND931 and ATND933 join the ATND8677 Microphone Desk Stand and ATND971 Network Boundary Microphone, the world’s first wired microphone products to transmit both audio and control data using the Dante network protocol. A simple Ethernet connection allows these microphones (powered by network PoE) to communicate across an existing network of Dante-enabled devices.
Shown left to right: Audio-Technica’s ATND933WC cardioid hanging microphone, ATND931WML MicroLine gooseneck microphone and ATND931WC cardioid gooseneck with included Dante network output ceiling-mount power module.

The ATND8734 Ceiling-Mount Power Module with Dante Network Output is designed to be permanently installed in a U.S. standard metal 2-gang electrical box, and comes equipped with an 80 Hz low-cut UniSteep filter, selectable for a flat response or low-frequency roll-off, as well as a three-position input gain level selector (+30 dB, +40 dB, and +50 dB) and green/red LEDs. All features may be configured and controlled remotely via third-party software. Audio-Technica has been working closely with industry-leading DSP manufacturers including Biamp, Symetrix and Bose to ensure Dante-compatible logic and remote control software integration for simple, flexible operation without the need for additional cabling.

An RJ45 connector provides plug-and-play access to the Dante audio network over CAT5e (or better) cable. The power module’s circular cover plate may be painted with commercially available spray paint.

New ES931 Six-Inch Condenser Gooseneck Microphone
During the InfoComm 2016 show, Audio-Technica also introduced its new ES931 Six-Inch Condenser Gooseneck Microphone, available in multiple configurations to meet the varied needs of system integrators and their end users. Apart from the ATND931 Dante model with ATND8734 Dante wall/ceiling plate power module, mentioned previously, the company introduced the ES931PM gooseneck model with standard AT8534 wall/ceiling plate power module, and the ES931/MIC basic model (microphone only).
Audio-Technica’s ES931 gooseneck microphones are available as ES931PM with plate power module, ATND931 with Dante-enabled plate power module, and ES931/MIC basic model without power module — with a choice of cardioid, hypercardioid and MicroLine polar patterns.

Each of these iterations is available in one of three distinct polar patterns (cardioid, hypercardioid and MicroLine), with two color options (black and white), for a total of 18 different product models. The AT8534 wall/ceiling plate power module allows the ES931PM to be installed in a standard, single-gang electrical box.

Intended for boardrooms, educational and government settings, teleconferencing, houses of worship and other installed applications, each ES931 iteration provides consistent sound quality in multi-microphone installations with other Audio-Technica ES microphones.

The ES931 offers superior off-axis rejection for maximum gain before feedback. Audio-Technica’s UniGuard RFI-shielding technology enables outstanding rejection of radio frequency interference (RFI) while the UniSteep 80 Hz low-cut filter provides a steep low-frequency attenuation to minimize pickup of undesired ambient noise. The six-inch gooseneck presents a low profile design with a low-reflectance black or white finish for minimum visibility. The rugged small gooseneck retains virtually no "memory," permitting quick and easy adjustment into the desired shape and position.
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