Meyer previews AVB-compliant products9 February 2010
HOLLAND: A new column array loudspeaker and digital audio platform were shown to ISE visitors last week, reports David Davies. Reflecting Meyer Sound’s interest in and contribution to the emerging Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) network standard, the new products are the CAL (Column Array Loudspeaker) and the D-Mitri digital audio processing and distribution platform.
Billed as "the digital audio platform that will take Meyer Sound’s digital products into the future", D-Mitri enables high-resolution audio (96kHz sample rate, up to 64-bit floating-point processing, 24-bit A-D-A conversion), a true networked environment and surround playback in any number of channels. It also employs established open systems (AVB, OSC and Python scripting), facilitates simultaneous multi-channel recording and playback, and can be scaled and configured to meet the requirements of each application.
Meyer Sound’s executive director, digital products, John McMahon, tells PSN-e that the new system – which is suitable for applications including performing arts centres, theatres, HoW, stadia, educational facilities and corporate events – is set for "full availability" in June.
Also confirming the US manufacturer’s backing of AVB is a new column array loudspeaker series, CAL. Said to offer "unprecedented control and low-profile aesthetics", the self-powered steerable units are due to be launched later this year.
Meanwhile, McMahon reveals that the AVB-promoting AVnu Alliance – of which Meyer Sound is a member alongside the likes of Avid, Broadcom and Harman – is making progress on an AVB compliance and certification programme. He also expects "more than a handful" of manufacturers to have introduced AVB-supporting products 12-18 months from now.