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Symetrix adds to Dante DSP line with Prism 0x0

Duncan Proctor 4 November 2016
Symetrix adds to Dante DSP line with Prism 0x0

Symetrix has expanded its line of Dante-enabled DSPs with the release of the Prism 0x0, which offers 64 channels of bidirectional networking and delivers processing, mixing, and routing for Dante-enabled endpoints.

Used as the DSP core of a Dante network, or as a DSP co-processor, Prism 0x0 is suited for applications requiring powerful, cost effective signal processing coupled with an industry-standard network audio interface.

The Prism 0x0 is identical to the other Prism DSPs (and to Symetrix Radius and Edge products) with respect to processing power and delay memory. However what’s different is it has no analogue inputs or outputs and no external control inputs or logic outputs. Prism 0x0 provides a quick way to add customisable DSP capacity to existing Dante-enabled systems. Housed in a half rack x 1U rack-mount chassis, Prism 0x0 includes flexible mounting options and convenient power over Ethernet.

“The Prism 0x0 has many applications,” noted Symetrix senior product manager Trent Wagner. “For example, a lot of digital consoles have Dante but don’t offer feedback elimination, auto-mixing, and FIR filters for processing loudspeakers. Simply insert the Prism 0x0 between the remote stage-input boxes and the console, if Dante-enabled, or use the Prism 0x0 as an insert or bus processor. For outputs, relay the signals through the Prism 0x0, if the amps are Dante-enabled, or insert it on the console’s buses.”

A Prism 0x0 in each room handles the local Dante mic and speaker processing, while Symetrix Radius and Edge DSPs in the central machine room manage the AEC, mixing, and mic routing and assign resources such as telco lines.

“The Prism 0x0 is also a great solution in a larger system where you just need to add some extra processing or signal aggregation,” added Wagner. “Choose it if you need loudspeaker processing for a bank of amps at the scoreboard and Jumbotron in a sports stadium or if you need to aggregate a bunch of wall panel I/O boxes in a convention centre in order to reduce the number of network home runs.”

Prism 0x0 can be controlled from Symetrix ARC wall panels, ARC-WEB browser-based interface, and from third-party touchscreens. An embedded Web server enables remote audio metering and diagnostics of the Prism 0x0 hardware. Prism 0x0 features an easy-to-read OLED display, as well as ARC, Dante, and Ethernet ports.

“Thanks to its open-architecture flexibility, future expansion capability and top-notch sound quality, the Prism series has become a go-to component in the integrator’s toolkit,” commented Symetrix founder and CEO Dane Butcher. “The new Prism 0x0 is the most powerful Dante-enabled, open-architecture processing node on the market. Its 64×64 Dante implementation and powerful DSP reduce system costs so that, combined with compatible Symetrix I/O expanders and control products, it enables integrators to deliver high performance systems at an amazing price point. Prism 0x0 is a great solution for commercial, corporate, house of worship, education, and government installs alike.”

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