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ISE 2015 preview – audio and residential

In the lead up to ISE 2015 we have previewed the video and connectivity solutions on show, here we preview audio and residential products.


Making its debut at ISE 2015 will be the first model of Aimline’s ALX-Series of digitally steerable column loudspeakers that can be integrated into existing networks using Dante connectivity. The ALX-8 can be cascaded in up to six units in horizontal and vertical configurations. The speaker sports a heavy-duty aluminium enclosure with a slim design, and features Dante audio input and output.

Audio-Technica is expanding its networked audio offering with the ATND8677 Dante-equipped microphone desk stand. Removing the need for a separate standalone Dante audio interface, while adding an ‘on-stand’ switch and indicator functionality, the ATND8677 connects directly to the audio network via standard RJ-45 connector and structured cabling.

The LSS soundbar will be on the Audipack stand. A stereo or LCR loudspeaker solution designed for any size TV screen or videowall (it will fit from 90cm to 500cm) it can be installed under or above the screen. It has an anodised, made-to-measure aluminium profile and can be used with any amplifier.

ISE 2015 sees the European launch of the I-Series high-power, high-output modular loudspeaker family from Community Professional. The series includes point-source, high-directivity, compact and floor-monitor models in multiple performance levels, providing modular scalability for a wide range of applications. Matching-height subwoofers, in sizes ranging from compact single 12in models to dual 18in models, complement the full-range I-Series models.

A highlight on the Gonsin stand is the DCS-2021 Distributed Congress System, which not only offers basic conferencing functionality such as registration, discussion and interpretation, but can also offer paperless multimedia functions via an app available for tablets and smartphones. It is available either wireless or wired. Gonsin says that the system is a fully digital, scalable, versatile platform-based congress solution for microphone discussion, interactive voting, language distribution, attendance registration, camera tracking, digital recording and conference management.

One highlight on the Riedel stand will be the Tango TNG-200, the manufacturer’s first network-based platform supporting Ravenna/AES67 and AVB standards. Along with powerful processing capabilities, the Tango TNG-200 features two integrated Riedel digital partylines, two Ravenna/AES67- and AVB-compatible ports, two Ethernet ports, one option slot, and redundant power supplies.

Roland’s M-5000 live sound digital mixing console on a flexible new operating platform, O.H.R.C.A., is making its European tradeshow debut at ISE 2015. Roland says the platform embodies three key concepts: Open; High Resolution; and Configurable Architecture. This combination adapts to the needs of the application and the operator by delivering 128 freely definable audio paths, a flexible user interface, expandable protocols and multiple-format I/O choices. All paths are delivered at 24-bit/96kHz sound quality. In addition to two REAC (Roland Ethernet Audio Communication) ports, the M-5000 has two expansion card slots to support a range of system configurations and audio transport protocols.

Symetrix will be co-exhibiting with its Dutch distributor Iemke Roos. Alongside a display of its established Dante-based DSPs such as SymNet Edge and SymNet Radius AEC, Symetrix will showcase an upgraded version of Radius 12×8. SymNet Radius 12×8 EX offers the same compact 1U footprint as its predecessor, with the added benefit of an expansion slot to future-proof installations. The expansion slot accommodates all SymNet I/O cards.

Claiming to have introduced the world’s first genuine paperless multimedia conference system in 2010 with the HCS-8300 Series, Taiden is taking the opportunity presented by ISE 2015 to showcase the latest enhancements to the system. These include a 10in 1,280 × 800 multi-touch capacitive LCD screen with a display ratio of 16:10. Paperless conferencing file management allows viewing and editing of a range of document types with text guidance and desktop sharing. Multimedia support includes a number of HD video standards including SDI, HDMI, VGA, DVI and CVBS formats with VoD of up to 10 channels. 48kHz audio sampling is featured, with dual 64 audio channel selectors, while Taiden’s CongressMatrix technology enables the parameters of each microphone to be changed individually.

TOA is launching an iPad app for its M-864D digital mixer. The company says the app retains many of the capabilities and features from the original software, so input and output faders can be controlled together with channel status, memory selection and audio levels.

Also featured on the TOA stand is the AM-1 real-time steerable array microphone, which is designed to sit out of sight and allow users to move freely without worrying about their presentation becoming inaudible.


Gira will be showing its G1 compact unit – soon to begin shipping – which is designed to bring control of an entire building’s technology under a central operations point.

All KNX functions can be operated by touching or gesturing on the multi-touch display, which sports the new Gira Interface. This user-friendly graphic system features large fonts and easy-to-understand symbols on a 6in TFT colour display.

The team that invented the in-wall speaker has reunited to form a new company and intends to change the architectural speaker market. Jeremy Burkhardt and his two previous partners at SpeakerCraft, Ed Hasse and Ken Humphreys, have reunited to form Origin Acoustics, which will be making its ISE debut this year and launching a host of loudspeakers. The 10 models that comprise the Composer collection of in-wall loudspeakers feature a new SpringLock mechanism that requires no tools, as the dogs are spring loaded and snap into place with a twist of a thumbnail. A new surround technology is employed on all the woofers in the collection. The X-Wave butyl rubber surround is actively involved in absorbing 700-1,400Hz resonances that run up and down the woofer cone causing unwanted distortion.

ISE 2015 is providing the debut of the S7 installed multi-room music system from Systemline. S7 accesses a wide range of online services, including BBC iPlayer, Tune-in and Spotify. It is able to store over one million music tracks, thanks to a 1TB hard drive. It offers 24-bit, 192k sound quality capability and enables auto CD ripping, including album art. It is operated by Systemline’s Net Music app, which also enables web browsing and social networking.

The SNP-2 Streaming Network Player from URC will be unveiled to European audiences for the first time at ISE 2015. Installed anywhere on the home WiFi network as part of a Total Control whole-house automation system, the player gives users instant two-way access to streaming music services such as SiriusXM and Pandora Internet Radio, thousands of internet radio stations, their own music collection and stored music using Windows Media Player or My Music.