The benefits for a networked audio approach are clear: less cabling, efficient infrastructure, improved interoperability and simple routing, but networking means more to d&b than just an audio transport solution.
d&b systems can receive audio via Ethernet through the Dante transport protocol using the DS10 Audio network bridge. This 1RU device provides 16 AES3 outputs, 4 AES3 inputs and an integrated 5-port switch providing advanced functions such as redundancy, VLANs and multicast filtering. The four-channel d&b amplifiers are controlled using the OCA/AES70 (Open Control Architecture protocol) via Ethernet. Using the DS10, remote control data and audio signals are transported using a single network cable. Convenient audio networking ensuring Dante enabled devices integrate seamlessly with the d&b system approach.
The DS100 Signal Engine is the most recent addition to the d&b system. It is the platform underneath the d&b Soundscape, based on a specialized rack mount 3RU audio processor with Audinate Dante networking. It provides a 64 x 64 audio matrix with level and delay adjustments at all cross points. The full potential of the d&b Soundscape is accessed via two optional software modules which together form a powerful toolkit for sound designers - d&b En-Scene and d&b En-Space.
The DS100 and DS10 both operate on standard networking technologies, making them flexible and efficient. The complete system is designed and optimized in the d&b ArrayCalc Simulation software, and controlled via the d&b R1 Remote control software.