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Audio-Technica enters networked audio with Dante boundary mic

The cardioid condenser boundary network microphone is the first wired mic that transmits audio and control data together over Dante networks.

Audio-Technica’s new ATND971 cardioid condenser boundary network microphone bridges the gap between audio and IT as the first wired microphone that transmits audio and control data together over Audinate’s Dante network protocol. A simple Ethernet connection allows the network microphone to communicate across an existing network of Dante-enabled devices and – with the microphone’s programmable user switch – control any of those devices at the push of a button.

Designed for boardrooms and other meeting spaces, the ATND971 boundary mic – which was launched at InfoComm – is said to offer outstanding sound quality, and features a red/green LED status indicator. The integrated user switch can control such things as video camera pan/tilt, room lighting presets and much more. And since Dante can support up to 512 bidirectional audio channels, the microphone offers an easily scalable solution.

The ATND971 is powered by network PoE and features Audio-Technica’s UniGuard RFI-shielding technology and UniSteep low-cut filter.

Tom Harrold, Audio-Technica pro audio marketing manager said, “We’re delighted to be launching the ATND971 at InfoComm this year, a move that sees Audio-Technica enter the networked audio market for the first time. As the first DANTE-compatible wired microphone, it’s clearly a very significant introduction for us.

“As well as the valued plug-and-play simplicity, flexibility and audio quality that DANTE offers, the ATND971 also represents excellent value to installers compared with the costs of specifying standard microphones with Dante adaptor boxes.”