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InfoComm 2014 preview part 3: audio and networking

For the third part of our InfoComm 2014 preview, we turn our attention to audio and networking products.

For the third part of our InfoComm 2014 preview, we turn our attention to audio and networking products. (Our other previews have covered video signal management and displays and lighting.)


Adamson will debut the E219 subwoofer – a new addition to the Energia family alongside the E15 and E12 models. The E219 features two lightweight, long-excursion 19in SD19 Kevlar neodymium drivers that use Adamson’s Advanced Cone Architecture. The drivers employ dual 5in voice coils for exceptional power handling, and are mounted in an ultra-efficient front-loaded enclosure, designed to reproduce clean, musical low-frequency information. Light enough to be flown, the E219 is designed to be used as a standalone low-frequency component in the Energia system, but can also be combined with the E218 cabinet for larger spaces.

Ampetronic, together with its US distributor Listen Technologies, is launching Loopworks – a package of tools and systems with fully integrated expert support that, it is claimed, will transform working with hearing loops at all levels. At the heart of Loopworks is an online interface that gives rapid access to a suite of knowledge and tools, including measurement systems, design tools, training materials, an Ampetronic knowledge base and rapid access to project support. The first module of Loopworks to go live, a new and automated test and measurement platform called Loopworks Measure, will be demonstrated.

Highlights on the Revolabs stand include the company’s new Executive Elite, which is the first and only wireless microphone to offer customers a Cloud server option. The Cloud-based capabilities offer flexibility in set-up, management, and monitoring, allowing integrators and end-users to provide managed services for all Elite systems across an enterprise. Administrators can access information related to microphone status, audio and radio signal strength and system performance via a web interface. The Executive Elite’s remote antenna receiver and base units connect via a standard Cat6 cable with PoE support to facilitate installation.

Vue Audiotechnik’s demo session will offer attendees the chance to listen to the company’s array of loudspeaker options, which it calls the Vueniverse. Sessions will run at least three times a day, beginning on 17 June, the day before the exhibition opens.

Xavtel will be showcasing its Senator range, which is now shipping. Based on DSP and networking technology, it can in its largest configuration contain up to 504 CDM delegate units running from a single DSP processor on a loop wired infrastructure. The company is also introducing the CDM2000, a delegate station that allows for discussion and conference, as well as RFID identification, voting and multilingual interpretation applications. Another launch will be Xavtel’s CDM-T5 chairman and media delegate station, which features a 5in touchscreen and can manage and control a whole conference or meeting. Also debuting will be the OCTO Sr digital audio processor and OCTO amplifier, which connects via the OCTO-LINK and is equipped with two channels and 20W power consumption.


AVnu Alliance will be running a number of education sessions, which participants can use for recertification units (RU credits) towards an InfoComm CTS certification. The AVnu Alliance technology pavilion will play host to 10 Alliance member companies – including Barco, Riedel and Extreme Networks – showcasing AVB and AVnu-certified demonstrations and products. In addition, there will be two AVnu Alliance sessions in the show’s official education programme: these are ‘Effective Deployment and Management of Large-Scale AVB Networks’, led by Jeff Koftinoff of Meyer Sound; and ‘How to Design and Specify Systems Using AVB’, to be presented by Rob Boatright, Harman.

Cadac is exhibiting at InfoComm for the first time as Cadac Audio Ltd US & Canada, the company’s new North American sales and distribution arm. It will focus on three new infrastructural network components of its MegaCOMMS System Network – the CDC MC Router, CDC MC MADI Network Bridge and CDC MC Dante Network Bridge. MegaCOMMS extends Cadac audio performance across scalable digital audio networks of up to 3072 channels of 96kHz/24-bit audio, comprising multiple CDC I/O stage boxes and consoles.

Pakedge Device & Software will be showing its expanded router kit line-up with the introduction of a series of router and switch kits based on the K60D Enterprise-Class Router. The new kits provide increased internal networking speed and throughput, and can support up to 500,000 simultaneous sessions. Each K60D router kit offers optional UTM provided by Fortinet, allowing an enhanced firewall with features such as intrusion detection and prevention, application control, web filtering, VPN, anti-spam, and anti-virus – all directly at the gateway.

Updated in time for display on Riedel’s stand will be MediorNet 2.0, which provides video router functionality and high-speed rerouting. The platform has new WAN capabilities – including solutions for JPEG2000 and H.264. Also on display will be Riedel’s new 2RU large-scale MediorNet MetroN core router, which provides a real-time routing capacity of 64 10Gb ports.

Symetrix will launch version 2.0 of its SymNet Composer open architecture design software for Edge and Radius Dante network audio DSPs. Composer 2.0 natively integrates select Dante third-party hardware supporting the discovery, signal routing, and other aspects of AtteroTech unDIO2x2 and unDX2IO and Stewart Audio AV25-2 and NetAV 2×2 devices. Using Composer 2.0, a Dante networked system can be built from start to finish, simplifying and speeding initial design, revisions, and troubleshooting.