Allen & Heath has announced several new additions to its installation portfolio, including compact Dante breakout boxes, touch-screen control panels, and an echo cancelling module.
Specifically, the AHM-64 audio matrix processor can now supply hardware-based echo cancellation via the AEC processing expansion module, providing 12 channels of AEC with a 150-millisecond adaptive FIR filter, non-linear processing for residual echo, and background noise reduction, plus AGC (Automatic Gain Control) for the far-end signal. Stated to provide multiple benefits over cloud-based echo cancellation, including the ability to handle multi-microphone setups and dedicated sound reinforcement outputs, the AEC module is designed to offer a step-up in audio quality for teleconferencing and videoconferencing applications in meeting rooms and conference centers.
Three new Dante interfaces include the DT20 with 2 mic/line inputs on combi connectors; the DT02 with 2 line outputs on XLR; and the DT22 with 2 x 2 I/O on Phoenix connectors. The compact form-factor, in conjunction with rugged aluminum casing, makes them suitable for portable AV applications while surface-mount and rack-mount kits enable integration into more permanent installs.
Rounding out the new offerings, the CC-7 (7-inch) and CC-10 (10-inch) touch panels augment the existing range of remote-control options for AHM-64, dLive and Avantis mixers. PoE powered and pre-configured to run the Allen & Heath Custom Control app in kiosk mode, they offer an alternative to BYOD (bring your own device) in houses of worship, corporate and educational facilities. Multiple user interfaces can be designed by the installer or system integrator, uploaded to the mixing system, and quickly deployed to all connected Custom Control devices.
“We are responding to a changing paradigm where every room is a potential videoconferencing facility, audio needs to reach new spaces over complex networks, and AV control gets more distributed and user specific,” says Nic Beretta, Head of Product at Allen & Heath. “The ecosystem approach, scalability and flexibility are what makes our products a top choice for many integrators, and these latest additions are a perfect example.”
Details on these products will be discussed as part of an “All Install” online event starting tomorrow (Tuesday, July 6) through Thursday, July 8. Go here for more information on the event.