Barix Audio Over IP STL Solution Delivers Affordable Reliability for WARA-AM

Easy-to-use IP audio system, distributed in the U.S. by LineQ, cost-effectively overcomes geographic challenges for Massachusetts-based community radio station
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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND,�August 11, 2016���For non-commercial, community-focused�radio�stations�like�WARA 1320AM, finding cost-effective yet reliable solutions that enable them to reach their listeners even in times of emergency is essential.�When Attleboro Access Cable System (�DoubleACS�)�in Massachusetts�took ownership of WARA-AM�last year,�it�turned to�Barix�Audio over IP�devices�to overcome geography-imposed technical challenges and deliver these benefits for�its�studio-to-transmitter link�(STL).

Originally�a television company,�DoubleACS� first foray into radio came in 2011, partnering with a commercial AM radio station to provide emergency information to the community during a major storm that left residents without power�and thus television service�for many days. Years later,�DoubleACS�took over the license of that same station, converted�it to non-commercial operation�and�moved�its studios�before�bringing back the locally-significant WARA call letters.�Today,�WARA�s 5000-watt signal reaches the Attleboro area as well as parts of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts, delivering local news, talk, public affairs, educational,�music�and �old time radio��programming.�

When setting up�WARA�s�new�studio, the local terrain created issues for�the�STL between the station�and�its�transmitter site seven miles away. �Even with 200-foot towers, the local geography meant we couldn�t get high enough over the tree cover to get line-of-sight,� explained Jim Jones,�operations�manager at�DoubleACS.��Beyond the technical considerations, getting frequency licenses in our area is a challenge, and the equipment to implement a traditional microwave STL was expensive.�I�am�very comfortable with IP-based technologies, so it was a�simple decision to use�an�IP STL�to overcome these obstacles.�

Jones had seen�Barix�solutions�distributed in the U.S. by�LineQ�at the previous studio that�DoubleACS�acquired WARA�s license from,�but still�thoroughly researched his options for IP audio codecs.�That research�validated�Barix�as his best choice. �We already knew that�Barix�was proven, and we found solutions from alternative vendors to be much more expensive and require�a lot�more handholding and administration,��he said.��The�Barix�devices are extremely easy to use, and cost much less than other IP audio products we looked at. And compared to the equipment for a wireless STL system, the�Barix�solution was on the order of ten times less expensive.�

Jones chose a�Barix�Instreamer�as the encoder�for the studio, and�an�Exstreamer�100 as the decoder at the transmitter site.��With only one signal, we didn�t need the extra features or sophistication of the higher-end�Barix�models,� Jones recounted. �As such, we chose the most cost-effective model that met our needs, as it also made buying redundant units for our backup operations more affordable.�

Setting up the�Barix�units proved fast and easy. After listening to them�audibly �speak��their�assigned IP addresses, Jones configured the�Barix�devices�through a�browser on his�laptop using their�built-in web interface.�After configuring security, selecting his input source, and choosing his preferred�audio�codec,�the system was operational.��The whole process took maybe around�five�minutes total,��he recalled.

Jones chose PCM audio for WARA�s STL. �Barix�s�flexible support for multiple codecs was a big selling point for us, but we decided to go with the best quality we could for feeding our transmitter site.�PCM gave us the richest sound with no artifacts.��A Comcast cable Internet link is backed up by Verizon DSL connectivity for fault-tolerant redundancy. The�Barix�units are automatically switched between the two connections if a link fails, minimizing the interruption of the radio signal to�at most�two�or�three seconds.�

In addition to its ease of use, the�Barix�STL solution has also lived up to Jones� reliability expectations. �I think I�ve only looked at the�Barix�units once since we installed them a year and a half ago. I don�t know of many other products that are as �set and forget� as they are,� he concluded.�

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Barix�supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide.��We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide.��Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of�Barix�solutions.��Barix�also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

About�LineQ

LineQ�is a full-service distributor specializing in complete Audio over IP solutions, with a complete portfolio of premium, networked end point solutions from IP audio specialist�Barix, pro AV specialist�Ecler�and�Cornered Audio�loudspeakers; and key partnerships with streaming and software companies to ensure rock-solid multipoint content distribution for in-store radio and other IP delivery systems.�LineQ�s�customized approach ensures tailored systems to meet the needs of systems integrators and end users in the Pro AV, broadcast and security markets.�LineQ�s�experience in retail, corporate, transit and education further differentiates its position as an expert solutions provider for an array of businesses and organizations.��Additionally,�LineQ�s�unique Digital Product Manager software simplifies ordering, design, installation and maintenance in the field through an intuitive, easy-to-use mobile app. Visit�www.lineq.com�or e-mail�sales@lineq.com�for more information.

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