Radio has always had a connection with listeners and the public. In a way it''s the original social media outlet. And radio stations still connect to their audiences through public appearances.
Like all technology, radio remote equipment has moved forward with the times. Establishing a direct RF link is nearly a forgotten practice in larger markets. Even ISDN, once touted as the future of all telephony, has come and gone as a common connection option with many telephone companies dropping the service.
But we are a connected society. It''s rare to be anywhere in the U.S. without some kind of Internet access. IP connectivity has gained importance as a practical means of audio contribution delivery.
In this column we try to present several products in an equal setting so you can see an apples-to-apples comparison of features and specifications. We have done that here as usual, but we have noticed that each manufacturer has its own view of important features. Like any data product, while one unit may shine in a specific situation where another one just gets by, changing the variables can just as quickly shift the application curve to another product.
|Model||AEQ Phoenix||Comrex Access Rack and Portable 2USB||Telos Z/IP One||Tieline Genie||Worldcast Horizon NextGen|
|Audio I/O||XLR (line analog in/out), DB15 (dual AES3 in/out), 1/4” headphone||Rack (R): XLR (analog line in/out), XLR (AES3 in.out) Portable (P): XLR (mic/line in), 3.5mm TRS (line in/out), 3.5mm headphone, 3.5mm mobile in/out||XLR (mic or line analog in, line out), Livewire, 1/4” headphone||XLR (line analog in/out or AES3 in/out), 1/4” (mic/line in), 1/4” headphone, DB25 (4x analog mic/line in/out or 4x AES3 in/out)||XLR (line analog in/out, AES3 in.out)|
|Connectivity - standard||Ethernet x 2||Ethernet, POTS||Ethernet||Ethernet, USB||Ethernet x 2|
|Connectivity - options||ISDN module x 2||Dual USB for 3G/4G||-||-||-|
|Algorithms||G.711, G.722, AEQ LD, Layer 2, PCM (optional: Layer 3, AAC LC, AAC LD)||G.711, G.722, BRIC-HQ1, BRIC-HQ2, BRIC-ULB, PCM, FLAC, AAC, HE AAC, HE AAC v2, AAC LD, AAC ELD||G.711, G.722, Layer 2, AAC, MPEG4 AAC LC, MPEG2 AAC LC, PCM, AAC ELD, HE AAC||G.711, G.722, Tieline Music, Tieline MusicPLUS, Layer 2, AAC LE, AAC HE, Enhanced Apt-x, PCM||Enhanced Apt-x, Layer 2, PCM. Pending: Layer 3, AAC HE|
|Other I/O||USB, serial||Both: Ethernet, USB, keyboard, mouse, VGA monitor. P: SD card slot, Cardbus slot||Ethernet, USB||BNC wordclock||SD card slot|
|Traversal Server||AEQ server||BRIC-TS||Z/IP Server||Uses IPv6||In development|
|Power||90 - 250 Vac||R: 90 - 264 Vac, P: 100 - 240 Vac/15Vdc/internal battery||110 - 240 Vac||dual 100 - 240 Vac||100 - 250 Vac|
|Size||1RU x 11”||R: 1RU x 9.75”|
P: 4.75” x 8.25” x 2.5”
|1RU x 13.8”||1RU x 13.5”||1RU x 6.3”|
|Accessories||Multi-codec remote control||P: USB Wi-Fi modem||USB Wi-Fi stick, USB to RS-232 adapter||Tieline Codec Management||-|
|Options||-||P: expansion mixer||-||-||-|
|Weight (lbs.) ||7.7||R: 8.6 P: 2.2||7||6||3.3|
|MSRP||$2,995 ||R: $3,000 P: $3,800||$2,195 ||$4,995 ||$1,900 |
* With the algorithms pending, Tech3326 is also pending.