DS20 Audio network bridge

DS20 audio network bridge front view
DS20 audio network bridge isometric view
DS10 audio network bridge rear view

DS20 Audio network bridge

Interface between d&b amplifiers and the Milan audio transport protocol

  • 16 AES3 digital output channels
  • 4 AES3 digital input channels
  • Integrated fully AVB-enabled 5-port network switch

Product description

The DS20 Audio network bridge interfaces between Milan networks and AES3 digital audio signals, while also providing distribution of Ethernet control data. This 1 RU device integrates directly into the d&b system approach, positioned in front of the amplifiers within the signal chain, and is ideally suited to both mobile and installation environments. The DS20 sends metadata including Milan channel labels and cabling information via the AES3 channel stream to the d&b four channel amplifiers. As well as providing an interface from the Milan audio network to the digital inputs of the d&b amplifiers via Ethernet, the DS20 provides four digital AES3 input channels for applications such as a break in from a Front of House console.

The DS20 incorporates a fully AVB-enabled integrated 5-port switch, offering a primary and redundant network for the Milan protocol. This provides extended connectivity for a laptop to control the d&b amplifiers using the R1 Remote control software via the OCA (Open Control Architecture) protocol. Using the DS20 Audio network bridge, audio signals and remote control data can be combined using a single Ethernet cable. The front panel of the DS20 is designed to match the I/O panel of the d&b Touring rack assemblies. This ensures a simple integration within existing system configurations. The DS20 features a power supply suitable for mains voltages 100 V – 240 V, 50 – 60 Hz, with Overvoltage protection of up to 400 V.

Architectural specifications for detailed project planning

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Controls and indicators
Switch port modes/Audio loss
LED indicator green
LED indicator red
Digital inputs
4 channel (2 x AES3)
3 pin XLR female
32 - 192 kHz
Sampling Rate Converter (SRC)
Digital outputs
16 channels (8 x AES3)
3 pin XLR male
48 / 96 kHz
Milan network
built-in 5-port AVB Ethernet switch
100/1000 Mbit
Operating conditions
Temperature range
0 °C ... 40 °C / 32 °F ... 104 °F
Storage temperature
–20 °C ... 70 °C / –4 °F ... 158 °F
Humidity (rel.), long term average
Power supply
Mains connector
Overvoltage protection
Up to 400 VAC
Rated mains voltage
100 - 240 V, 50 - 60 Hz
Dimensions / weight
Dimensions (H x W x D)
1 RU x 19“ x 232 mm
1 RU x 19" x 9.1"
3.8 kg / 8.37 lb
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