RDL’s Format-A networks with Dante26 January 2016
A suite of Dante-enabled products has been introduced by RDL, integrating with the Format-A system. RDL claims the new products provide flexibility, economy and simplicity to networked systems.
They interface standard microphone and line-level audio signals, and the entire group of RDL Format-A endpoints, to a Dante audio network.
RDL’s Format-A system is a family of compatible products that send, receive and distribute audio over standard Catx cable and connectors. The integration of Dante audio networking with Format-A endpoints provides several advantages, says RDL.
It provides the ability to select from a comprehensive array of endpoints – including amplifiers, headphone amplifiers, mic/line XLR and stereo audio wall plates – and locate each mic and line input or output endpoint exactly where it is needed.
It also allows installers to overcome the distance limitations of IP networks with Format-A modules while using standard Catx cable and connectors, and daisy-chain multiple audio endpoints through a single Catx home run.
Format-A products include an array of more than 60 standard and customisable Decora-style, rack-mount and utility-mount endpoints and user interfaces. RDL says the Format-A and Dante integration will simplify installations and reduce equipment cost.
Other new Dante-enabled products interface any OEM product or jack plate, and RDL and OEM power amplifiers and mixers to a Dante network. The products being introduced at ISE will be available in PoE and non-PoE models.
Joel Bump, president of RDL, said: “We have a unique position as a US manufacturer of economical, high-quality wall-mounted preamps and jack plates, as well as having a devoted following in the digital audio and studio markets, to incorporate Dante connectivity.”