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Sonifex AVN-CU2-DANTE 2-Channel Dante Commentators Console

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The AVN-CU2-DANTE is a portable commentator unit. Using Dante® AoIP together with 4 wire connections the AVN-CU2-DANTE bridges the gap between old and new technology, allowing the ease of connectivity & functionality of AoIP, together with the legacy connections needed to operate with the exi... Read More

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Description

The AVN-CU2-DANTE is a portable commentator unit. Using Dante® AoIP together with 4 wire connections the AVN-CU2-DANTE bridges the gap between old and new technology, allowing the ease of connectivity & functionality of AoIP, together with the legacy connections needed to operate with the existing infrastructure in some stadia and sports grounds.

This new Dante® commentary unit has been beautifully designed and is smaller than the existing Sonifex CM-CU1 single 4-wire unit whilst packing in more features. It’s been designed from the ground up to be configurable for different situations with config files that can be saved and recalled for quick setup. Additionally, buttons and rotary encoders can be locked out from use, if the unit is being operated by less-technical commentators.

The unit supports up to 16 input and output AoIP channels and up to 16 simultaneous input and output AoIP streams. Stream setup to and from the unit is initially via Dante® Controller with more detailed configuration performed using the built-in web GUI. The power of this unit lies in the impressive mix engine which overlays the usual Dante® Controller settings. Once Dante® flows have been made, the mix engine allows inputs and outputs to be mixed freely to AoIP or physical inputs and outputs, controlled using the programmable buttons and rotary encoders on the unit.

Remote operation* of the unit is available using the Web-GUI allowing independent control of it from any network connected area.

The AVN-CU2-DANTE provides two locking mic/line inputs, each with +48V phantom power indication and a wide, adjustable gain range. It has two stereo headphone outputs with locking 6.35mm jack sockets, suitable for operation by two commentators.

It’s powered using Power over Ethernet (PoE), using Neutrik EtherCON connectors, with primary and secondary ports for power and data redundancy. There’s an additional 4 pin XLR 12V DC input.

The 6 x push-button rotary encoders and 12 x key-cap buttons are fully configurable, to control input & output levels and panning.

Each rotary encoder has a separate colour-coded meter section showing the channel name, detailed level metering, left/right panning and a limiter indication, on a bright daylight reading display. Colours can be programmed per encoder to quickly identify particular source groups, so headphone source selection becomes intuitive.

Metering is available per input/output, with output metering configurable as pre or post level adjustment. The top of the display shows output metering, a limiter indication and the name of the output. A limiter is available on every output.

Four wire I/O on rear panel RJ45 connectors provide an AES3 or analogue input and output that can be assigned as mic outputs (line level), talkback outputs, programme inputs or talkback inputs as desired. In addition, the AES/analogue connections can be used as an insert or exit point into/out from the AoIP network.

The unit has dual redundant network ports on both RJ45 (PoE using 2 x Neutrik EtherCON® connectors) and SFP cages.

There are 10 x configurable GPIO on a 15 way D-type connector with 1 x switched changeover output.

All of the buttons have key-cap text and can be configured for any button in any position. There are some standard operations available:

  • 2 x On-Air buttons can be used to connect mic audio to the main output, either over AoIP or via the AES digital audio connection. The On-Air buttons can be locked if required.
  • A Menu button can be used to access limited setup options on the TFT display.
  • Page buttons change the display and encoders to monitor an additional set of sources, mix points or outputs. Up to 4 pages can be pre-programmed, e.g. one for talkback inputs, one for outputs, one to monitor other sources.
  • 2 x Cough buttons take the commentator off-air while pressed.
  • A User button can be programmed to perform any function using the web server.
  • 4 x T/B (talkback) buttons can be configured to initiate talkback over AoIP or AES digital audio connection, using 4 x talkback buses. The talkback buttons operate with lazy talkback, taking the commentator off-air when invoked.

The illuminated ‘Sonifex’ logo acts as a power indication and there are illuminated LEDs to indicate network clock status, AoIP Primary and AoIP Secondary link status, PoE Primary, PoE Secondary and DC power active.

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Product Specs

Network and AoIP  
AoIP Standard Dante
Number of Channels 16 receive, 16 transmit
Number of Streams 16 receive, 16 transmit
Sample Rate 48 kHz
Format Linear PCM, 16 or 24 bit
AES67 Support Yes
Connectivity 2 x RJ45 and 2 x SFP
Speed 1Gbps and 100Mbps
Network Modes Switched or redundant
Dante Domain Manager Ready Yes
Mic/Line Inputs  
Input Impedance (Mic Mode) 2.5kΩ electronically balanced
Input Impedance (Line Mode) >10kΩ electronically balanced
Preamp Gain (Mic Mode) User selectable 16dB to 76dB in 3dB steps (Ref. +18dBu = 0dBFS)
0dBFS Line-up (Mic Mode) -58dBu @ Max preamp gain, +2dBu @ Min preamp gain
0dBFS Line-up (Line Mode) User selectable +15dBu / +18dBu / +20dBu / +22dBu / +24dBu = 0dBFS
Frequency Response (Mic Mode) +0/-0.2dB 20Hz to 20kHz Ref 40dB gain @ 1kHz
Frequency Response (Line Mode) +0/-0.2dB 20Hz to 20kHz Ref 0dBu @ 1kHz
THD+N (Mic Mode) <-90dBFS, -64dBFS, 20Hz – 20kHz, 40dB gain, 20kHz BW
THD+N (Line Mode) <-98dBFS, -30dBFS, 20Hz – 20kHz, 20kHz BW
Equivalent Input Noise (Mic Mode) 125dB Ref. 76dB preamp gain, Rs = 200Ω
Noise (Line Mode) <-100dBFS, 20kHz BW, Rs = 200Ω
C.M.R.R. >60dB @ 1kHz
Phantom Power (Mic Mode) +48V
High Pass Filter 12dB/octave, user selectable frequency
Stereo Analog/Digital Input  
Input Impedance (Analog Mode) >20kΩ electronically balanced
Input Impedance (Digital Mode) 110Ω
Supported Input Rates (Digital Mode) 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz and 192kHz
0dBFS Line-up (Analog Mode) User selectable +15dBu / +18dBu / +20dBu / +22dBu / +24dBu = 0dBFS
Frequency Response (Analog Mode) +0/-0.2dB 20Hz to 20kHz Ref 0dBu @ 1kHz
THD+N (Analog Mode) <-107dBFS, -30dBFS, 20Hz – 20kHz, 20kHz BW
Noise (Analog Mode) <-108dBFS, 20kHz BW, Rs = 200Ω
C.M.R.R (Analog Mode) >60dB @ 1kHz
Stereo Analog/Digital Output  
Output Impedance (Analog Mode) <50Ω
Output Impedance (Digital Mode) 110Ω
Supported Output Rates (Digital Mode) 48kHz
0dBFS Line-up (Analog Mode) User selectable 0dBFS = +15dBu / +18dBu / +20dBu / +22dBu / +24dBu
Frequency Response (Analog Mode) +0/-0.5dB 20Hz to 20kHz Ref 0dBu @ 1kHz
THD+N (Analog Mode) <-107dBFS, -30dBFS, 20Hz – 20kHz, 20kHz BW
Noise (Analog Mode) <-107dBFS, 20kHz BW
Headphone Outputs  
Drive Capability Drives 150mW into 32Ω to 600Ω headphones
0dBFS Line-up Fixed 0dBFS = +18dBu
Frequency Response +0/-0.2dB 20Hz to 20kHz Ref 0dBu @ 1kHz
THD+N <-107dBFS, -30dBFS, 20Hz – 20kHz, 20kHz BW
Noise <-110dBFS, 20kHz BW
Main Panel Operational Controls & Indicators  
Power LED Sonifex logo illuminates when power is present
Pushbuttons 12 x Illuminated buttons that can be assigned to any of the following functions, and configured:
On-Air / Talkback / Page # / Page Cycle / GPO / Cough / Menu / Brightness
Display 480 x 107 pixel colour TFT display showing pan status, level, metering, control type, source/mix/destination names and main output metering
Status LEDs Clock / AoIP status / PoE status and PSU status LEDs to monitor power and connectivity. Can be disabled if required
Rotary Encoders 6 x robust soft touch rotary encoders with adjacent configurable light bars for group/source/commentator grouping and identification
Front Panel Connections  
Headphone Outputs 2 x Neutrik ¼” (6.35mm) locking jack sockets
Microphone/Line Inputs 2 x Neutrik 3 pin latching XLR sockets
Rear Panel Connections  
Stereo Analog/Digital Input RJ45 socket (electronically balanced)
Stereo Analog/Digital Output RJ45 socket (electronically balanced)
GPIO Port 15-way ‘D’-type socket
DC Input Neutrik 4 pin XLR plug, 12VDC, Maximum 12W
Network 2 x 1Gbps Neutrik EtherCON receptacles, with PoE, maximum 12W
Other 2 x SFP slots for alternative interfaces
Physical Specification  
Dimensions (Raw) 13.5cm (W) x 23cm (D) x 9.0cm (H - rear) 6.6cm (H - Front) 9.3cm (H - Maximum)
5.3” (W) x 9” (D) x 3.5” (H - front) x 2.6” (H - rear) 3.7" (H - Maximum)
Dimensions (Boxed) 30.5cm (W) x 21.5cm (D) x 16.3cm (H)
12" (W) x 8.5" (D) x 6.4" (H)
Weight Nett: 1.8kg Gross: 2.1kg
Nett: 3.96lbs Gross: 4.62lbs
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Dimensions(Raw) 46.5cm (W) x 36cm (D) x 17.6cm (H)
18.3” (W) x 14.2” (D) x 6.9” (H)
Dimensions (Boxed) 52cm (W) x 21.5cm (D) x 43cm (H)
20.5” (W) x 8.5” (D) x 16.9” (H)
Weight Net: 3.0kg Gross: 3.5kg
Net:6.6lbs Gross: 7.7lbs

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