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Fiberplex LightViper Digital Fiber-Optic Audio “Snake” System

FiberPlex announced the availability of a new flush-mounting wall panel enclosure option for its Light Viper™ VIS-1832 fiber-optic pro audio solution. For touring/mobile customer applications, the Light Viper VIS-1832 comprises a traditional and compact 32×8 audio input stage box and a complementary 1U rack unit (VIM-1832) installed at the front-of-house audio mixing position. Connecting these two components is accomplished with a rugged and lightweight military-specification fiber-optic cable weighing less than two pounds per 100 feet of cable run.

Light Viper’s fiber-optic cable provides signal path isolation between stage and mixer, as well as between the mixer and power amplification; the cable is immune to ground loops, RFI, EMI and electromechanical noise, and runs of up to 1.25 miles can be accomplished without signal loss or degradation.

The inputs on the audio input stage box will accept balanced or unbalanced XLR or TRS mic or line-level audio and eliminate the need for expensive DI boxes. Industry-standard 48-volt phantom power is supplied to all audio mic inputs. Optional optical outputs on the stage unit allow for a separate stage monitor feed and a third for sending the audio data signal to a remote broadcast or recording vehicle.

A/D converters are built into the Light Viper and operate at 24-bit/96kHz sampling and the resulting multiplexed digital signal is transmitted via the optic cable on a single fiber pair.

The wall-mounting enclosure is designed to be flush-mounted in any wall or cabinet work with all input and return connections easily accessible on a 17x17x3.25-inch (WxHxD) front panel. The enclosure comes in two pieces: a “rough-in” box that is pre-installed in a wall or cabinet before final surfacing is applied; and a separate front panel unit that contains all the system’s electronics and interconnections. Designed to meet building code specifications, the “rough-in” box is designed to fit securely between two 16-inch wall studs and has several mounting holes to facilitate electrical and fiber connections. The assembly features several adjustments that will compensate for differences in wall dimensions and thickness.

The suggested user price for a typical Light Viper VIS-1832 configuration is $7,631, which includes all components (one stage unit, the VIS-1832, one mix position IU rack unit (VIM-1832), all cable terminations with 300 feet of fiber-optic cable, four send and one return breakout cables. The wall-mount enclosure (VBZ-1832) is $194.00.

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