DirectOut Technologies Discloses New Compact EXBOX.RAV Ravenna/MADI Converter

October 16 2020, 00:30
German AoIP specialists, DirectOut announced new products during its first online event, the DirectOut Insider. One of the highlights is a completely new hardware solution, the compact EXBOX.RAV, designed to migrate baseband audio to IP. The core of this new converter is running on DirectOut’s well-proven Ravenna (AES67, ST 2110-30 / -31) audio-over-IP implementation and supports NMOS for stream discovery (IS-04) and connection management (IS-05). 

The handy size of the popular EXBOX series (1/3 of a 19" rack), combined with the rock-solid housing and redundant power supplies, makes EXBOX.RAV a compact and affordable solution to migrate baseband audio to IP. On the back of the DirectOut EXBOX.RAV we find four gigabit Ethernet ports with an internal switch and PoE, and three MADI ports in BNC, SC and SFP format offer bidirectional conversion and routing of 64 audio channels. 

The new DirectOut device impresses with an attractive list of features to ensure seamless operation – FastSRC (sample rate conversion) when dealing with different clock domains, as well as EARS (Enhanced Automatic Redundancy Switching) for automatic switch-over at audio signal level. Redundancy on network level is granted by compliance with ST 2022-7 standard.

"Following the success of our MADI/Dante Converter EXBOX.MD and being able to shrink down the size of our Ravenna hardware into the format of the new RAV2 board, we are happy to expand the EXBOX Series by another audio network format to serve the increasing demand of affordable network products," says Jan Ehrlich, CEO of DirectOut.

The company also added two audio network modules for the PRODIGY Series with state-of-the-art sample rate converters. The new DANTE.SRC.IO (Dante) and RAV.SRC.IO (Ravenna) modules are equipped with FPGA-based SRCs and enable asynchronous operation between the modules and the PRODIGY mainframe, independently from the configured reference clock of the device. The new modules are the choice when connections between mixed and asynchronous Dante and Ravenna / ST 2110 networks are an absolute must.

Single chapters of the Insider event, such as lectures and interviews are available at the company’s website. 

DirectOut GmbH is headquartered in Mittweida, Germany, and specializes in developing essential pro audio connectivity, networking and bridging solutions for broadcast, studio, live and installed sound applications. The product range, marketed under the brand of DirectOut Technologies, offers solutions that build bridges between different audio worlds and make systems and formats more flexible. Audio formats supported include MADI, SoundGrid, Dante, Ravenna and the standards AES67 and SMPTE ST 2110-30 / -31.
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