d&b audiotechnik in Backnang, Germany, describes the new DS10 Audio network bridge (price TBA) as the next advance in the d&b system approach. The DS10 is designed specifically for d&b amplifiers and provides 16 AES3 output channels via the Dante audio transport protocol through Ethernet, four AES3 input channels and an integrated 5-port network switch.
Using the DS10, multiple channels can be sent from the console to the amplifiers using a single network cable. At the amplifiers, the DS10 distributes the audio signals to the AES3 inputs within the d&b amplifiers. The DS10 sends meta data information, such as Dante channel labels and cabling information, via the AES3 channel stream to the latest generation of d&b amplifiers for simplified routing and troubleshooting.
The DS10 is more than just an interface between the Dante audio transport protocol and the d&b amplifiers. Four AES3 input channels enable use as a Dante break-in from a front-of-house console.
Additionally, the DS10 offers a Bypass mode, which allows operation as an AES3 splitter, directly distributing the four AES3 input channels to all AES3 outputs.
d&b states that the power supply is suitable for mains voltages of 100 to 240 volts, 50 to 60 Hz, and features Overvoltage protection of up to 400 V.
The DS10 features an integrated 5-port switch, with options for a primary and redundant network, as well as further connectivity for external devices such as a laptop to access the d&b Remote network and control amplifiers using the d&b R1 remote control software.
The DS10 can transport both audio and remote control data via the same network cable. All four channel d&b amplifiers—the D80, D20, 30D and 10D—can be controlled via Ethernet using the Open Control Architecture protocol (OCA), providing a high bandwidth and a quick response time for fast and accurate adjustment. These four channel amplifiers provide comprehensive Digital Signal Processing capabilities including two 16-band equalizers and up to 10 seconds of delay for each channel, as well as setups for d&b loudspeakers.
Watch the video 'DS10 Audio network bridge' on YouTube from d&b audiotechnik's YouTube channel.