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Peavey: Audio processing and dual protocol I/O

Installation Staff 11 February 2015

The new MediaMatrix Claro audio processor is suitable for boardroom, courtroom or classroom audio processing and control applications. Its 1RU frame provides 12 balanced inputs, each configurable as a microphone or line input, including phantom power, and eight line outputs. Inputs and outputs are connected via Phoenix Euroblock connectors.

Each input has its own dedicated Acoustic Echo Cancellation processor, allowing up to 12 mics to be managed during a teleconference. The Claro also supports VoIP and POTS telephony through its telephone hybrid interface.

For control it provides 12 GPIO connections, RS-485 and RS-232 connections, and multiple Ethernet connections. It also offers a complete range of DSP mixing, routing and processing functions, such as EQ, filters, delays, compressor/limiters, meters and test signal generators, all accessible and controllable via an external GUI. Up to four Claro frames can interconnect via its audio expansion interface for 48 inputs and 32 outputs.

Also new from MediaMatrix is the F-DCM active input/output node, which it claims is the industry’s first dual-protocol I/O device – it supports Dante and CobraNet audio transport protocols.

“With TCP/IP-compliant protocols like Audinate’s Dante gaining wide adoption in the AV industry, and legacy protocols like CobraNet present in thousands of installations worldwide, it makes sense to combine the networking capability into one simple and efficient device,” remarked Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics. “This is our next big step in making our products easy to incorporate and use regardless of which audio transport protocol is required.”

The F-DCM is a 2-in/2-out network device designed for legislative chambers that can also be used in courtrooms and conference rooms. The first output is amplified by a dedicated 35W power amplifier for driving local near field monitors though a pair of 0.25in phono connectors.

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