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Hands On: Audio Technica ATND971 Boundary Network Microphone

Audio Technica’s ATND971 microphone transmits audio and control data using the Dante network protocol.

Audio Technica manufactures a variety of microphone types that range from USB to traditional microphones with a choice of polar patterns.

The company’s latest product, the newly announced ATND971 Cardioid Condenser Boundary Network Microphone, provides integrators with a turnkey communication and control solution that works on the Dante network platform, which can support up to 512 bi-directional audio channels.

Audio Technica says that the ATND971 represents a convergence of audio and IT technologies, and it is designed to deliver high levels of speech intelligibility.

Dante is one of the hottest technology platforms in professional AV installation, with more than 150 companies utilizing the technology for various product applications. Audio Technica’s adoption of this networked-based technology enables dealers to offer clients a plug-and-play communications tool that transmits audio and control together over a network.

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Highlighting the microphone’s Dante options, Audio Technica incorporates a programmable user switch to control any Dante device at the push of a button. A red/green indicator LED window communicates device status.

Designed for installations such as corporate board rooms and other meeting spaces, the Power over Ethernet (PoE)-equipped ATND971 can be used to control anything from a video camera’s pan/tilt functions, to recalling lighting system presets. Installation is as easy as plugging in an Ethernet cable, according to Audio Technica.

The microphone also utilizes the company’s UniGuard RFI shielding and UniSteep low-cut filter technologies to support its sound quality.

Additional product specs:

  • Integrated switch enables microphone to communicate with and control other Dante devices on a network.
  • Audio-Technica incorporates its UniGuard RFI-shielding technology, as well as its UniSteep technologies into the ATND971.
  • ATND971 microphone connects directly to a network via Ethernet.
  • Microphone powered by PoE.
  • The ATND971 microphone features a red/ green indicator.
  • MSRP is $748.

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