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InfoComm 2016: Crestron launches new amplifiers and DSP line

Crestron has introduced a suite of new audio solutions at InfoComm including a line of digital signal processors (DSPs) as well as a selection of amplifiers that support audio over IP using Dante audio networking.

The new solutions are designed to simplify audio in conference rooms, lecture halls, sports and entertainment venues. All integrate natively with DigitalMedia, touchscreens, Crestron Fusion Cloud, and unified collaboration technology.

“We designed our new DSPs and amplifiers to specifically address the audio issues that leading commercial integrators told us they face on a daily basis,” said Dennis Fink, audio technology manager at Crestron. “The key to our success is our exclusive new DSP Tool which provides a massive leap forward in terms of simplifying the process of programming, tuning, integrating, and expanding audio performance in meeting spaces. When audio pros see the new DSP Tool, they immediately realise this is a big deal for the industry.”

The new DSP Tool provides a workspace that streamlines audio design and programming. The channel-strip architecture simplifies configuration, allowing programmers to save, modify, and manage a library of custom strips.

Built-in tools include a spectrum analyser, virtual mixer, EQ editor, and Crestron speaker profile library to ensure quick acoustic setup. I/O expansion amongst Crestron DSPs, amplifiers, and third-party vendors is possible using integrated Dante controls. The DSP Tool enables programmers to drag and drop audio controls and VUs directly into VT Pro-e software for touchscreen user interfaces in one room or hundreds of rooms.

“Crestron is known for best-in-class products for the enterprise AV market,” said Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate. “Dante has become the standard for high quality audio-over-IP networked systems, and this alliance with Crestron will enhance the Dante ecosystem with better, more widely available networked solutions.”

The new Crestron audio offering includes five DSP models, a companion line of network-controlled and monitored amplifiers, as well as a line of modular utility amplifiers that allow integrators to mix and match capabilities in less than 1RU space.