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RTW Celebrates 30th Anniversary of 1206 Peak-Program Meter

In 2009, RTW in Cologne, Germany, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of its 1206 Peak-Program Meter. To celebrate the device’s 30th anniversary, RTW has embarked on a search for the oldest 1206 unit still in working condition.

The winner will receive an RTW 10500X-PLUS monitor. In addition to the PPM bar graph, this modern TFT-based monitor offers many ways of viewing stereo signals, including vectorscope, correlator, AES/EBU status display, and now an integrated ITU BS.1771-compliant loudness meter.

Designed as a low-cost, entry-level model, the 1206 featured the same distinctive orange and red gas-plasma display as more expensive models. The meter also offered a signal-controlled power-on/off function and two independent inputs. Subsequent improvements include double the number of per-channel resolution segments, the implementation of SLR and RCA inputs, a sliding scale that allows quick changes between horizontal and vertical use, and housing in a new case. Today, the 1206 analog peak meter is available with multiple scale variants and optional transformer-balanced inputs. In addition, RTW now offers the 1252DIG, which provides similar functionality for digital input.

According to RTW, about 25,000 units of the RTW peak-program meter—which is still in production—have been delivered and are in use at broadcast studios, recording studios and audio installations in 42 countries worldwide. Audio professionals appreciate the 1206 for its durability and robust operation.

To enter the contest, 1206 owners must visit and enter the unit’s serial number. Owners whose units lack a serial number may contact RTW directly via e-mail at [email protected].

RTW will celebrate the 30th birthday of its 1206 peak program meter with a birthday cake at the AES Convention, May 8-10, 2009, at the MOC, in Munich, Germany, at stand 1505.

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