Neutrik Announces New Dante I/O Interface

May 1 2018, 01:00
Neutrik is certainly one of the most recognized audio brands among audio professionals all over the world and the company has made previous inroads in wireless audio products to diversify from its established connectivity business. Now, Neutrik surprises us with an expansion into audio networking. The new Neutrik NA2-IO-DLINE Dante Interface was designed in direct response to current market needs.

"With the increasingly critical role of digital audio networks in simplifying the routing and distribution of audio signals for fixed, touring and event applications, the requirement to interface analogue signal devices within Dante based networks is ever present. The new Neutrik intelligent NA2-IO-DLINE Interface enables integration of analogue signal devices, within a Dante AoIP network, in just a few easy steps," explains the company in the announcement.

“In response to the many requests we have received from customers, we have developed a cable-based product that connects the analogue world to the Dante world,” says Florian Frick, Product Manager at Neutrik AG. 

This new end-of-network device offers two analogue inputs and two outputs, enabling it to simultaneously integrate two analogue audio channels within a Dante network, or output a Dante stream as two analogue channels. “The ability to feed and transmit signals at the same time eliminates the need for investment in new devices,” says Frick.

Converting two analogue line signals to a Dante stream and a Dante stream to two analogue line signals, simultaneously, enables the NA2-IO-DLINE to feed analogue signals to a Dante network, while receiving a mix from another Dante source and feeding it to non-Dante ready amplifiers, self-powered speaker systems, signal processors, mixing consoles, etc.. 

The unit requires a Power over Ethernet switch or a PoE injector (802.3 af/at; class 1) and is AES67 compliant; enables it to be used more extensively with other AES67 compliant AoIP networks. 

The NA2-IO-DLINE is also optimized for use in extreme environments and applications, offering the usual Neutrik standards of robust construction and protection. The unit comes ‘wrapped’ in a highly protective rubber casing for stand-alone deployment; this can be removed, allowing it to be used with optional mounting brackets or a rack panel, enabling it to be mounted below tables, in floor boxes, or in equipment racks for fixed installation applications. In addition, the unit is equipped with lockable etherCON connections for audio and network I/O. 

In a related announcement, Neutrik has recently announced a new etherCON CAT6A adapter, model NE8FFX6-W. This the latest extension of the brand's CAT6A portfolio, a feedthrough coupler for cable extensions. With this new design, Neutrik has set a groundbreaking new standard for a ruggedized adapter solution, featuring 10 Gigabit bandwidth as well as ingress protection class IP65.

The Neutrik Group, headquartered in Schaan/Liechtenstein, is the leading supplier of professional entertainment connector products like audio, video, fiber optic and industrial connectors, interconnect systems and digital wireless solutions. Neutrik manufactures a wide array of XLR connectors and receptacles, jacks and plugs, fiber optic connector systems, and accessories for a broad range of customers ranging from rock bands to lighting design and industrial equipment to broadcast solutions.
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