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 analog signal devices within Dante-based networks is becoming more important.
The new NEUTRIK intelligent NA2-IO-DLINE Dante I/O Interface “enables integration of analog signal devices within a Dante AoIP network in just a few easy steps,” according to the company press release.
“In response to the many requests we have received from customers, we have developed a cable-based product that connects the analog world to the Dante world,” says Florian Frick, product manager at Neutrik AG, in the announcement.
This new end-of-network device offers two analog inputs and two outputs, enabling it to simultaneously integrate two analog audio channels within a Dante network or output a Dante stream as two analog channels.
“The ability to feed and transmit signals at the same time eliminates the need for investment in new devices,” says Frick in the Neutrik press release.
Converting two analog line signals to a Dante stream and a Dante stream to two analog line signals simultaneously enables the NA2-IO-DLINE to feed analog 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, which enables it to be used more extensively with other AES67 compliant AoIP networks.
The NA2-IO-DLINE Dante I/O Interface is optimized for use in extreme environments and applications, offering the usual NEUTRIK standards of robust construction and protection. The unit comes in a highly protective rubber casing for stand-alone deployment.
This casing 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.