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ISE 2016 preview: audio

Running over four days for the first time in its history, ISE returns to the Amsterdam RAI next month bigger than ever. Here is a selection of what will be on show, starting with the audio companies and the products they’re showcasing.

Amina Technologies is launching what it describes as a multi-tapped toroidal transformer with a vibration-free multiple line connector system. This, according to the company, is in response to the increasingly rapid turnaround required in projects such as retail refitting.

There are five tappings available on the 100V product, ranging from 5W to 40W. An integrator simply connects the high voltage line to whatever power tapping is required, before the product is permanently sealed into the wall or ceiling cavity ready for plastering.

There are a number of sectors utilising invisible sound solutions including high-end retail environments, spa facilities and clean room spaces such as hospitals and exclusive restaurants.

Ampetronic has announced its D Series audio induction loop system will be presented at ISE. Test tones are built-in and the driver can be controlled from any device over the network or via a WiFi router.

The amplifiers are efficient Class D drivers with digital display and touch controls, and full menu for detailed configuration.

The D Series changes the way that venues can manage, maintain and control their hearing loops. The network can monitor driver and loop condition and monitor loop performance, sending reports direct to Loopworks via a cloud service. Venue operators can also be alerted to potential problems with a loop by email, and driver upgrades can be installed remotely.

Auro Technologies and Triad Speakers are exhibiting on the same stand, showcasing a variety of immersive 3D audio formats including Dolby Atmos.

Triad is demonstrating the high-performance Gold Monitor, a system that includes the InWall Gold Monitor as the main LCR and a combination of the InWall Gold MiniMonitor and the angled baffle InCeiling Gold MiniMonitor for surround and height channels. A number of subwoofers are also employed featuring the company’s DSP RackAmp.

Auro processors combined with Triad’s height channel-enabled loudspeakers can achieve immersive audio with both 3D auro-encoded and non-3D legacy audio content.

Bosch will showcase the Paviro PA-VA system (pictured) and its Compact Sound small-format speaker series.

Paviro is EN54-certified and designed to be quickly specified and efficient in its power consumption. Its modular system architecture makes it suited to small and medium installations such as offices, regional airports and hotels.

The solution meets a number needs producing strong audio as a sound reinforcement system, ensuring reliability as an evacuation system and clarity as a PA system.

The Compact Sound speaker series includes subwoofer and satellite speakers for surface-mounting, subwoofer and satellite speakers for ceilings and a pendant satellite speaker.

Dan Dugan Sound Design is showcasing the Dugan Model M, Model N automatic microphone mixers and the Model K control surface.

Designed to manage live microphones in unscripted talking situations, the Model M and N work in conjunction with standard audio mixing consoles. Model M has MADI I/O, both optical and copper, and the Model N has Dante I/O, primary and secondary. Both provide 32 channels of Dugan auto-mixing at 96kHz or 64 channels at 48kHz and are PoE capable.

The Model K is a control surface for all networkable Dugan products. There are manual, automatic and mute keys for each channel, plus rotary encoders for setting weights and other values, and LCD displays for the channel names and parameter values.

Hacousto International’s 4 EVAC Compact 500 voice evacuation system is being launched at ISE.

This is the latest addition to the 4 EVAC range of commercial voice alarm control and indication solutions. EN54 compliant, it delivers digital audio distribution technology using a networked VACIE (voice alarm and indicating equipment) solution.

Based on a distributed boxed amplifier concept, the Compact 500 features a variety of compact, self-contained and wall-mounted control and indicating voice alarm panels that create a flexible and easy to control platform.

It drives two high priority live-stream audio channels and one serial data channel (RS485) over a redundant global network loop into global Compact 500 systems.

The X series and upgraded Ottocanali series amplifier lines are being showcased by Powersoft. The X 4 and X 8 power amplifiers share a system of channel routing, power supplies and DSP.

They also natively support AES3, two redundant Dante digital streams and analogue inputs, providing up to four different selectable input sources per channel. Both amplifiers share the same power density capable of delivering up to 5,000W at 2 ohms per channel.

The upgraded Ottocanali series consists of three 8-channel power amplifiers delivering up to 12,000W at 4 ohms suited for multi-zone applications in mid to large-scale installs, where space saving is also a requirement.

The Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) series from Yamaha has been designed specifically with ease of installation and use in mind.

It provides a complete system solution for situations where there isn’t an experienced audio operator available to manage the system, including restaurants, retail outlets and transport hubs.

The first Yamaha CIS products include matrix processors, multichannel amplifiers, ceiling speakers and surface mount speakers. Using Dante technology and Yamaha’s YDIF cascade bus, users will be able to share audio and connect with all Yamaha CIS products, as well as other professional audio products on a digital audio network.

Here’s the next part of our preview looking at digital signage and smart building solutions