Focusrite announces the launch of a new product in its popular RedNet range of Dante audio-over-IP products: the RedNet AM2 stereo audio monitoring unit ($399.99 MAP/$499.99 MSRP). The AM2 is being shown at the 139th International AES Convention in New York, October 30 through November 1, 2015, in Booth #218.
RedNet AM2 is a Dante-compatible stereo monitoring unit combining headphone and line outputs for flexible monitoring of signals sourced from the Dante network. RedNet AM2 features a ¼-inch front panel headphone socket plus a pair of balanced line outputs with male XLR connectors mounted on the rear panel, which may be used for loudspeaker monitoring and other applications.
The headphone output delivers significant audio output power, sufficient to drive even high-impedance headphones at substantial levels. RedNet AM2, fitted with non-slip feet, is designed to either sit securely on a flat surface or be mounted on top of a mic stand using a standard threaded bush in the base.
RedNet AM2 includes a two-channel Dante receiver based around the latest “Ultimo” hardware and features a road-worthy aluminum extrusion-based enclosure. Two large volume control knobs are provided for Headphone and Line output levels; the latter also features a mute button with associated LED. Other indicators show the presence of power, network and signal.
The unit may be powered either via PoE (Power over Ethernet) or via the 12-volt DC input barrel connector (universal power supply included). Dual etherCON connectors are included to connect the network and to daisy-chain to additional network devices.
Focusrite states that RedNet AM2 is planned to ship in spring 2016.
Focusrite will be in Booth #218, showing its newest broadcast/live range and a Yamaha QL1 controlling the RedNet MP8R mic pre. Data sheets for products, including AM2, will be available.
RedNet product manager Will Hoult is the Chairman of the MNA Marketing Group.
Focusrite will also have a presence at the MNA (Media Networking Alliance) booth. The MNA promotes the adoption of AES67, which is the interoperability of different audio-over-IP technologies. There will be a demo in the booth including RedNet, and various products from other manufacturers, showcasing AES67 compatibility.
RedNet product manager, Will Hoult, says of the announcement: “The 2015 AES Show in New York will be a very exciting time for Focusrite: RedNet AM2 is a product our customers have requested and we’re pleased to deliver; allowing a reduction in the deployment cost of audio-over-IP systems for studio and education facilities, while the AES67 demonstration is an important aspect of the future of audio-over-IP, which Focusrite is a key part of."
Find more information about Focusrite RedNet products at us.focusrite.com/ethernet-audio-interfaces/rednet.