Radial Engineering are now shipping the DiNET DAN-TX and DAN-RX stereo Dante audio converters. For the uninitiated, Dante is a low-latency audio-over-Ethernet protocol utilized in professional and commercial applications, and developed by Audionate. For more on Ethernet audio, check out our feature here. But back to the new products...
The DAN-TX and DAN-RX provide a simple and robust solution for sending or receiving two channels of analogue audio over a digital Dante-enabled network, say Radial.
The first part of the system is the DAN-TX, which includes ¼-inch, RCA, and 3.5mm inputs, with a single Ethernet output that allows you to connect any analogue device to your Dante network. This range of connector options makes it easy to interface with a CD/DVD player, smartphone, tablet, instrument, or professional audio source such as a mixer or recording interface. When used with mono instruments such as guitar, the DAN-TX provides a thru connection for a stage amp, and includes a trim control that provides +/-10dB of gain. Balanced signal levels up to +24dB can be accepted without distortion, and a high pass filter and -20dB pad can be engaged if and when required.
On the other end of things is the DAN-RX, a two-channel Dante receiver that allows you to output balanced analogue audio at any point on a Dante network. Dual XLR outputs provide connection to a mixing console, amplifier or powered speakers to route audio from FOH to the stage, or to remote rooms within a venue with separate PA systems. A 3.5mm headphone output with level control is also provided to test audio or monitor locally. The DAN-RX connects to the network via a single Ethernet cable, and ground lift is provided on the outputs to reduce buzz and hum from ground loops. Both the DAN-RX and DAN-TX are built with rugged 14-gauge steel construction and employ high quality 24bit / 96kHz converters for exceptional audio performance, claim its makers. Power for each device can be supplied with a 15V adaptor (included) or via Power over Ethernet (PoE), and both power sources can be used simultaneously for redundancy.
Both the DAN-RX and DAN-TX are available now with a street price of $399.99 each.