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The second coming of AVB

d&b audiotechnik’s Henning Kaltheuner discusses the development of the new Milan protocol

The resurgence of interest in Audio Video Bridging (AVB) networking was underlined by a presentation featuring some of the main players behind the open standards, AVB-based Milan protocol.

In the works for more than two years, Milan was created by some of the prime movers behind the AVB-promoting AVnu Alliance. Accepting the pro AV market’s specific needs for moving time-sensitive video, audio and data across a network, Milan builds upon the foundation of AVB with interoperability at the application layer.

The result, say Milan’s proponents, will be a new generation of products that work together successfully “at new levels of convenience, reliability and functionality”.

Echoing the previous approach of the AVnu Alliance with regard to AVB, Milan will be supported by a specification and certification process designed to guarantee interoperability among Milan devices.

The benefits of the technology were explored in detail at the session, which also revealed details of some of the first related products. These include d&b audiotechnik’s DS20 audio network bridge – the company’s first product for connecting its loudspeaker systems to Milan – and Adamson Systems Engineering’s CS7p point source enclosure. First shown at Winter NAMM, the CS7p is the initial model in the new CS-Series, described as the world’s first family of mobile loudspeakers to feature onboard Class D amplification, DSP and Milan-ready network endpoints.

Speaking at the presentation, d&b head of strategic business development and market intelligence Henning Kaltheuner emphasised the desire of Milan’s supporters to proffer a generation of solutions “that can be on the market for many years” and therefore have the capability to accommodate user’s evolving demands.

“We have defined a specific set of rules and directives for manufacturers to build products with the same requirements ­– for media streams, formats, clocking and redundancy – and that has been the basis for MILAN,” said Kaltheuner.

Stand: 7-C210