RTI's New Product Line Aims to Solve Common Audio Challenges
RTI’s new line of audio distribution solutions has officially begun shipping. The leading control and automation manufacturer designed digital audio converters (DACs), a delay module, and an extender kit to mitigate common audio challenges integrators face on a regular basis.
The new DACs include the ADA-1 Dolby Digital-to-Analog Downmixer and the VDM1x HDMI Downscaler With Downmixer. The ADA-1 decodes audio signals from sources with S/PDIF coaxial or TOSLINK optical outputs and converts them to standard stereo output for analog sound systems. An example of this would be found across Blu-ray players and media streamers.
The VDM-1x can be used for multizone installations that feature a miz of HD and 4K sources and displays. The unit downmixes incoming Dolby Digital to stereo PCM audio, and also downscales and upscales video signals for compatibility across displays with different resolutions.
RTI also addressed a major issue with audio delays causing lip-sync inconsistencies with the ADM-1 Audio Delay Module and AXP-1 Digital Audio Extender Kit. With the ADM-1, integrators have the option to delay audio anywhere between 20 and 340 ms using a 16-way selector dial. Meanwhile, the AXP-1 transmits audio over distances some 650 feet away with standard Cat5e/6 cable. Together, the ADM-1 and AXP-1 support coaxial and S/PDIF digital audio signals, stereo and multi-channel digital audio, 2-channel PCM sources, and 5.1 compressed audio.
"Integrators are constantly running into situations that would benefit from a simple solution that would eliminate a tear-out or system redesign," said Brett Stokke, director of marketing, RTI. "Whether it's dealing with legacy gear, mismatched video resolutions, or distributed audio challenges, our new lineup of AV distribution devices gives dealers a cost-effective answer to common issues and helps them finish the job."