Digital fiber solutions specialist Optocore GmbH has entered into an agreement with fellow German manufacturer Fohhn Audio AG to provide multichannel digital connectivity to Fohhn’s Linea Focus Series electronically steerable loudspeakers.
Explaining the background to the partnership, Fohhn’s Public Relations & Marketing Manager, Daniela Bohl, states, “We were looking for a solution to provide our speaker systems with a digital signal and control data; up to now we only had an analog solution. We chose Optocore because they are the pioneers of that technology and there is a perfect fit between our two companies, as we are both innovation-driven and German based.”
Fohhn Audio Line Focus LF-220 active, electronically steerable line array speaker
In order to provide integration onto the Optocore networks, the fiber specialists have created a special card, while Fohhn has developed a purpose enclosure, which can be attached to its Linea Focus Series loudspeakers to provide optional input extensions.
This will enable digital audio and control data to be distributed simultaneously, either via Cat-5 or optical fiber. “These Optocore extensions will provide excellent audio quality, entire control of the speaker and facilitate reliable and redundant digital audio network,” says Bohl.
Optocore’s Applications Engineering Manager, Maciek Janiszewski, states that the cards will be available in fiber Optocore FX and Cat-5 SANE TP versions.
“Each card will provide two outputs to feed loudspeakers with two independent audio signals: RS485 port for control and GPIO,” Janiszewski says. “All these signals can be transported on single-fiber or Cat-5 cable. The Fibre FX version enables all speakers to operate on an Optocore fiber ring in conjunction with all other devices from the Optocore portfolio as well as third party products with an Optocore interface. The distance between loudspeakers can be up to 120 kilometers.”
The Cat-5 SANE TP version can function as a local extension to the fibre node enabling users to build local daisy chains with 100 meters of distance between the loudspeakers.
“This card adds huge flexibility to the Fohhn solutions, simplifies cabling and adds quality by reducing signal losses over co-ax,” Janiszewski says. “Both companies will benefit from this cooperation: Optocore will raise its profile in the installed sound sector, especially in transportation hubs [large-scale P.A. systems in railway stations and airports], while Fohhn will be able to offer the best signal transport solution as well as distributed routing and redundancy.”
“We are looking forward to integrating the innovative Optocore technology into our highly developed electronically steerable Linea Focus,” Bohl adds. “We are extremely excited about the cooperation and the possibilities resulting from it.”