Unlike the home improvement business industry that is driven by popular do-it-yourself TV design and remodel shows, and large warehouse retail stores, the professional AV industry operates in a cloak of nearly unapproachable technology.
There are products and technologies that users do have access to, and products that are streamlined enough for end user installations.
In the world of audio, technologies such as wireless Bluetooth and Dante are driving a new era of convenience and connectivity.
Today’s wireless audio technologies that include Bluetooth are capable of transmitting audio at CD quality levels (16-bit/44kHz) and through advanced algorithms new wireless technologies are able to adapt their quality levels depending on the quality of the wireless connection.
Dante is a digital audio format that was developed by Audinate.
Since its introduction a few years ago Dante has grown rapidly in the professional audio community with a growing number of equipment manufacturers licensing the format.
Wireless Audio and Dante Provide Turnkey Installation Convenience
There are many wireless products on the market that come from the consumer and professional audio markets that use traditional wireless technologies such as the 2.4GHz wireless spectrum.
The 2.4GHz spectrum is busy with many wireless networking products such as computers and routers using this wireless space, as well as other devices such as phone systems and even printers that are all freely communicating in this wireless environment.
Bluetooth’s roots extend as far back as the 1980s and over the past decade the quality of Bluetooth has continued to improve. Today a vast majority of consumers have some level of experience with the technology. This experience for the most part involves wireless headphones and smart devices, but it also extends to powered speakers and other consumer electronics products.
Audinate’s Dante format utilizes IT standards to transmit audio digitally without compression. This means Dante delivers a bit-for-bit multichannel audio signal with almost no latency.
The signal quality, including its multichannel capabilities have made Dante a go-to format for audio professionals in the live sound, corporate AV and education markets through the technology’s ability to transmit over a single Category 5e/Category 6 Ethernet cable or fiber-optic cable.
Taking a look at some of the professional audio market’s newest products that are leveraging these technologies, here are six products that perform at state-of-the-art levels, and are easy to install: