ISE 2014: SoundTube STNet system has CobraNet backbone7 February 2014
SoundTube’s STNet IP-Addressable speaker system provides a rack mountable 16-port switch and 40 watts PoE (Power over Ethernet) input power to its speakers along with report-back functions.
Current speaker models include the in-ceiling IP-CM52-BGM, IP-CM52s-BGM, IP-CM62-BGM and IP-CM82-BGM, and the surface-mount IP-SM500i-II. Additional speaker models are slated to be added to the system in the future.
Using the CobraNet audio standard as its backbone, the system allows each SoundTube speaker on the network to be powered via its Ethernet cable and individually set up and equalised. Each speaker can receive different audio signals and is continuously monitored by the system to provide report-back status to the main control point.
Any failure in the speaker will immediately trigger an alarm (either visible or audible), and the system can be configured to send an e-mail message to the installer. The STNet is compatible with all other CobraNet-enabled control systems, and multiple SoundTube switches may be linked for large speaker systems.
In addition to the 16 Ethernet ports, the STNet-Switch includes two Gigabit ports for linking of switches and a WAN port for connection to an outside network.
“IP-addressable speakers are a great way for system integrators to manage networked audio throughout an installation,” says Duke Ducoff, MSE Audio’s VP of sales. “With our speakers’ higher input power, IP-addressable systems can now have better room coverage along with the alarm reporting that makes these systems so useful.”