Sennheiser has announced its support for Dante, the multi-channel audio networking standard from Audinate. The first product to make use of the network technology will be the company’s Digital 9000 wireless microphone system. A Dante-enabled expansion card for the receiver will be launched in summer 2014.
“By joining this standard, we will be able to optimally cater to our customers in the broadcasting and live sound worlds,” explained Claus Menke (pictured), head of portfolio management pro for Sennheiser’s Professional Division.
“The future belongs to digital networking. We see the digital distribution of audio and control signals becoming more and more widespread in all areas of production,” said Menke. “The flexibility and modularity of our Digital 9000 wireless system allows the seamless integration of networking technologies, making this and subsequent microphone systems a future-proof investment.”
“Sennheiser is recognised globally for its uncompromised performance,” stated Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate. “The Sennheiser Digital 9000 microphone receiver combined with Audinate’s Dante networking further enriches the broad suite of Dante products available for audio over IP networks in broadcast, live sound, theatre, and professional audio markets.”
Sennheiser signed the Dante licence agreement with Audinate at the end of March. This follows its signing of the Ravenna partnership agreement with ALC NetworX in 2013 (following in the footsteps of its subsidiary Georg Neumann), and its membership of the AVnu Alliance, which dates from 2010.