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NAB 2014: Sennheiser signs up for Dante

The microphone, wireless and headphone specialist says yes to the networking protocol.

Microphone and headphone giant Sennheiser has announced its support for the Dante multi-channel audio networking protocol at NAB in Las Vegas.

“By joining this standard, we will be able to optimally cater [sic] to our customers in the broadcasting and live sound worlds,” explained Claus Menke, head of portfolio management for Sennheiser’s Professional Division.

The first product to make use of the network technology will be the company’s flagship Digital 9000 wireless microphone system, launched in the late summer of 2012. A Dante-enabled expansion card for the receiver will be launched in summer 2014.

The signing of an agreement with Dante developer Audinate just ahead of NAB reinforces a strategy that has seen Sennheiser align itself with all of the leading networking technologies: in 2013, Sennheiser signed the RAVENNA Partnership Agreement with ALC NetworX GmbH, following in the footsteps of its subsidiary Georg Neumann GmbH; the company has also been a member of the AVnu Alliance since 2010.

Sennheiser’s great rival in the professional marketplace, Shure Inc, signed up to Dante in June 2012. At the time of writing, over 140 companies had agreed to adopt the networking technology.

“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.”

In other Dante-related news, Audinate has revealed that its free online training courses, which will allow participants to register for InfoComm’s CTS RU credits, are a few weeks from launch.