Barix is introducing two new Annuncicom devices at InfoComm 2012 that are priced to compete in large-volume projects and applications. The new Annuncicom 50 is built for OEM applications. Barix is now shipping to OEM partners, including a key player in the education and classroom automation market. The device delivers open standards design and multi-format audio capability. Furthermore, Barix breaks new ground with the Annuncicom 60, a universal, programmable and ultra-compact device that offers the industry’s lowest cost for reliable IP encoding and decoding. The small form factor is roughly 40% of the size of existing Annuncicom devices. In simple terms, the Annuncicom 60 is an ideal single-zone paging interface device that can decode VoIP codecs as well as MP3, AACplus and PCM audio. The inclusion of a built-in speaker amplifier, balanced line output and microphone interfaces, serial and contact closure control interfaces, and Power over Ethernet support is unique to the market. “The Annuncicom 60 brings full-fledged functionality for low-cost paging and intercom while providing the high audio quality and format flexibility required for background music systems,” said Johannes G Rietschel, CEO and founder of Barix AG. “With advanced capabilities like built-in, efficient amplification and PoE support to simplify installation, the Annuncicom 60 is ideally positioned to support the continuously growing number of IP Audio applications.”
The Annuncicom 60 is also the lowest priced IP audio product from Barix to feature a symmetric output, making it suitable for in-store audio and general audio distribution applications requiring a 600-ohm balanced output. The 5W amplifier, when combined with an efficient 8-ohm speaker, provides enough power for a typical room, hallway, lobby or classroom – making it ideal for single room paging zones and audio “help points” in retail stores and visitor attractions, for example.