d&b introduces subwoofer update and audio network bridge15 January 2016
d&b audiotechnik has announced two new product launches, the B22 omnidirectional subwoofer and the DS10 audio network bridge.
The B22-SUB is an update on the B2-SUB and houses two 18in neodymium drivers in an efficient bandpass horn design producing high SPL and an extended frequency response.
Intended for ground stacked applications, the omnidirectional B22-SUB promises increased performance, a modern appearance and improved internal cabinet bracing.
It’s also the largest d&b omnidirectional subwoofer, but when used in multiples of three and in CSA mode (Cardioid Subwoofer Array), they exhibit impressive rejection towards the rear. To increase flexibility, the B22-SUB can also be operated in INFRA mode, which extends the frequency response to supplement other d&b subwoofers. When used as an infrabass system, the B22-SUB performs down to 32Hz, with an upper operating range of 68Hz, compared to the standard mode, which operates from 37Hz to 90Hz.
“The B2-SUB needs no introduction,” said d&b product manager Marcus Bäumler. “Demand for the B2 has been constant since it’s launch in 1994, but cabinet design and modelling has come a long way since then. The B22-SUB exploits the high output power of the d&b D80 amplifier to the full. It has familiar B2 characteristics, but with higher performance and a modern twist.”
The second product launch is the DS10 Audio network bridge designed specifically for d&b amplifiers. It provides 16 AES3 output channels via the Dante audio transport protocol through Ethernet, four AES3 input channels and an integrated 5-port network switch.
“d&b is now even further up the signal chain, straight from the console with all the signal processing carried out within the d&b amplifiers. Remote control data and audio can now be sent to the d&b amplifiers via the DS10, which guarantees simplicity in operation and flexibility in use“, explained Vicent Perales, d&b product manager. “This flexible 1 RU device really opens up the functionality of the d&b amplifiers, and enables seamless interoperability of Dante enabled devices with d&b systems.”
The DS10 features an integrated 5-port switch, with options for a primary and redundant network, as well as further connectivity for external devices such as a laptop to access the d&b Remote network and control amplifiers using the d&b R1 remote control software.