Dante audio networking is all the buzz in the digital audio world today.
In fact, many leading manufacturers, such as Neutrik, have adopted Dante technology into their product line and there’s good reason why. Dante offers outstanding performance when it comes to future-proofing the audio systems that you depend on every day.
Today, Dante audio networking has become the industry-standard solution for transporting audio digitally. In this post we’ll cover what a Dante network is and explore the latest Dante I/O Interface from Neutrik:
What is Dante?
“Dante is a combination of software, hardware, and network protocols that deliver uncompressed, multi-channel, low-latency digital audio over a standard Ethernet network using Layer 3 IP packets.”Wikipedia
Developed by Audinate, Dante eliminates the use of traditional analog cables to transport audio signals. Every sound engineer knows that analog signals can deteriorate over distance and are vulnerable to noise and interference. With multi-channel audio, things get even more complicated, when you’re dealing with colossal, heavy, hard-to-install snake cables across different locations.
What’s more, routing analog signals has to be done channel by channel, and doing this across multiple destinations can get costly and difficult to maintain.
A digital network such as Dante eliminates all of these limitations. Using IT technology, Dante effectively transports hundreds of channels over one single Ethernet cable, noise and interference-free, doing away with snake cables once and for all.
Connecting multiple audio devices is a breeze. Dante works on all types of network equipment and switches, and needs no additional hardware to interface with PC or Mac.
You don’t need to be an IT expert to run a Dante audio network — it works right out of the box!
Neutrik Dante I/O Interface
Audio video industry leader, Neutrik, realizes the importance of integrating analog equipment into a Dante network. Neutrik’s smart NA2-IO-DLINE Interface allows you to rapidly integrate your analog devices to Dante.
Features of the Neutrik NA2-IO-DLINE 2-Channel Dante Breakout Box
- Connect multiple analog audio devices to a Dante network
- Simultaneously connect 2 input and 2 output signals (a total of 4 analog signals)
- Lockable audio and network connections
- Feed non Dante ready speakers, mixers or amplifiers with signals from the Dante audio network
- Rack mountable and AES67 compliant
- Includes a rugged, heavy-duty adapter for on-stage use
Designed for extreme conditions, the Neutrik NA2-IO-DLINE offers a durable casing featuring a lockable etherCON chassis connection for both network and audio. Use as a stand-alone device, on a rack panel, mounted under a table or in floor boxes or outlets.
Neutrik Dante I/O Interface Accessories
Neutrik has also provided a range of accessories compatible with the Dante interface providing a complete end-to-end solution.
Neutrik NA-MB-KIT Mounting Bracket Kit for NA2-IO-DLINE – This mounting bracket kit enables you to mount the NA2-IO-DLINE interface under a table or in a floor box. All hardware is included in the kit.
Neutrik NRP1RU-2A Rack Panel 19in 1RU for NA2-IO-DLINE – Mount two NA2-IO-DLINE interfaces in one 1RU rack. Four added D-shape cutouts available to allow other audio or network feedthroughs. Easy front or rear installation.
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