Tieline TLR5200MPW Merlin PLUS Remote Contribution IP Audio Codec (with WheatNet IP)

 

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  • Rapidly expand your remote capability with the award winning Merlin PLUS with WheatNet-IP and manage up to 6 bidirectional mono connections with IP codecs or smartphones using Report-IT, saving money on codec hardware costs and reducing studio rack space requirements. The codec’s purpose-built rear panel provides a WheatNet-IP LAN interface for connecting to the WheatNet-IP Environment.

    Merlin PLUS with WheatNet-IP offers a simple, compact and scalable solution for managing up to 6 simultaneous remotes and seamlessly interfaces with WheatNet-IP studio installations.

    IP remotes can be performed over the public internet between a Merlin PLUS codec with WheatNet-IP at the studio and remote Tieline IP codecs or smartphones running the Report-IT Enterprise application. Merlin PLUS with WheatNet-IP is also capable of two simultaneous stereo or mono remotes with separate IFB communication channels.

    This version of the Merlin PLUS codec includes a purpose-built Tieline WheatNet audio card, which also provides compatibility with the AES67 standard for AoIP interoperability.

    The rear panel provides a WheatNet LAN interface for connecting the codec directly to a WheatNet-IP network for streaming IP audio.

    Two additional Ethernet ports allow IP streaming between the studio and 6 simultaneous bidirectional mono remotes, or two simultaneous stereo or mono remotes with separate IFB communication channels.

    This unique multiple remote capability is delivered by a single 19 inch x 1RU box, saving money on codec hardware costs and greatly reducing studio rack space requirements for broadcasters.

    Features:

    • DSP based architecture
    • 24 Bit 48kHz audio sampling
    • Dual 1 Gig (10/100/1000) Ethernet ports
    • WheatNet-IP LAN port.
    • Dual redundant AC power supplies
    • User programmable matrix audio mixer for bidirectional stereo program, plus low latency IFB and full duplex communications*
    • Uncompressed PCM audio plus algorithms including aptX® Enhanced; LC-AAC, HE-AAC v1 and v2, AAC-LD, AAC-ELDv1 and v2, Opus, MPEG II, MPEG Layer-3, Tieline Music and MusicPLUS, G.722 and G.711
    • Supports up to 6 simultaneous streams of Opus encoding
    • IPv4 & IPv6 compatible
    • Compatible with the AES67 standard for audio over IP interoperability
    • Asymmetric algorithmic encode/decode*
    • Integrated alarm management
    • G5 Toolbox GUI enables remote codec control over WANs
    • Codec Management System compatible for codec network management
    • Interfaces with Wheatstone Navigator software for source/destination configuration
    • Interfaces with Wheatstone Razor software for WheatNet-IP card configuration
    • Low latency in-band RS-232 aux data channel
    • Programmable rules engine
    • Streamlined codec wizards and graphical user interface
    • Support for multiple languages*: English, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish
    • Connect to all Tieline IP codecs and Report-IT Live Enterprise Edition

    Merlin PLUS with WheatNet-IP delivers:

    • Up to 6 simultaneous bidirectional mono remote connections.
    • 2 x Bidirectional mono or stereo remotes, each with a separate bidirectional IFB communications channel.
    • Simple local or remote command and control.
    • Recallable codec configurations via ‘programs’.

    Reliability and Connectivity
    Merlin PLUS will connect to all Tieline IP codecs, including G3 codecs, Bridge-IT, the Genie family of codecs and Report-IT Enterprise smartphone applications. It includes dual Gigabit (10/100/1000) Ethernet ports, dual redundant power supplies, audio silence detection and IP network backup solutions to ensure you’re always on the air. An automated network failure detection feature provides switching to a backup IP LAN connection. You can also fail over to backup ISDN or POTS connections as required using optional ISDN or POTS modules. Connect over:

    • Public Wide Area Networks (WANs)
    • Private Local Area Networks (LANs)
    • 3G and 4G wireless Networks #
    • Wi-Fi and WiMAX Networks #

    SmartStream: Rock Solid Audio using Inexpensive IP Links
    As an IP audio pioneer, Tieline was the first major codec manufacturer to integrate SmartStream features such as Automated Jitter Buffer management, Forward Error Correction (FEC) and error concealment techniques in all IP codecs. These features dynamically respond to variable conditions over unmanaged IP networks like the public internet to ensure reliable streaming.

    Now SmartStream PLUS has revolutionised IP broadcasting by delivering the rock solid and reliable STL-grade audio quality you would expect over a T1/E1 link by using inexpensive unmanaged IP networks like the internet for STLs, audio distribution and remotes.

    SmartStream IP Delivers ...
    Some other manufacturers charge thousands of dollars for IP management software like SmartStream as if it's an optional extra, however Tieline believes high performance and rock-solid reliability is an essential part of each and every broadcast, and therefore delivers its renowned SmartStream IP management software for free.

    SmartStream PLUS delivers an additional layer of mission critical redundancy and is available as standard in Tieline's Merlin PLUS with WheatNet-IP.

    Algorithms
    The codec supports streaming multiple algorithms simultaneously at different sample rates and bit-rates over a range of connection transports.

    Merlin PLUS is capable of 16-24bit 22kHz low latency linear PCM audio at up to 48kHz sampling and features aptX® Enhanced, LC-AAC, HE-AAC v1 and v2, AAC-LD, AAC-ELDv1 and v2, Opus, MPEG II, MPEG Layer-3, Tieline Music and MusicPLUS, G.722 and G.711 algorithms. Merlin PLUS with WheatNet-IP supports up to 6 simultaneous streams of Opus encoding.

    Flexibility and Interoperability
    Many broadcast networks are transitioning to IP but still require connectivity over ISDN or POTS. Tieline Merlin PLUS WheatNet-IP codecs deliver flexibility by allowing you to connect over ISDN, POTS or IP networks as required. Simply purchase optional ISDN G5 or POTS G5 modules, insert them in the codec and you are ready to connect over ISDN, POTS or IP on demand. Click here to learn more about Tieline ISDN options.

    Merlin PLUS with WheatNet-IP supports both IPv4 and IPv6 (Dual Stack) protocols, so broadcasters can be assured that they have made a smart investment for the future as new networks and technologies emerge over time.

    Connect over IP with any SIP-enabled IP codec brand that supports the EBU N/ACIP tech 3326 standard, as well as VoIP telephone devices supporting G.711 and G.722. Merlin PLUS with WheatNet-IP is also compliant with I3P EBU334 requirements for interoperability of AoIP production intercoms.

    IP Network Management
    1. Use Tieline's Toolbox web-browser Graphical User Interface to connect to your codec and configure individual codec settings over a LAN, WAN or the internet.

    2. When your codec is connected to the WheatNet-IP Environment, routing of WheatNet-IP sources and destinations can be performed using Wheatstone's Navigator software.


    2 Simultaneous Stereo Remotes with IFB

    Merlin PLUS with WheatNet-IP is also capable of two simultaneous stereo or mono remotes with separate IFB communication channels.

    WheatNet-IP Networking Applications

    This version of the Merlin PLUS codec includes a purpose-built Tieline WheatNet audio card.

    The rear panel provides a WheatNet LAN interface for connecting the codec directly to a WheatNet-IP network for streaming IP audio.

    Two additional Ethernet ports allow IP streaming between the studio and 6 simultaneous bidirectional mono remotes, or two simultaneous stereo or mono remotes with separate IFB communication channels.

    This unique multiple remote capability is delivered by a single 19 inch x 1RU box, saving money on codec hardware costs and greatly reducing studio rack space requirements for broadcasters.

    Merlin PLUS with WheatNet-IP delivers:

    • Up to 6 simultaneous bidirectional mono remote connections.
    • 2 x Bidirectional mono or stereo remotes, each with a separate bidirectional IFB communications channel.
    • Simple local or remote command and control.
    • Recallable codec configurations via ‘programs’.

    Reliability and Connectivity

    Merlin PLUS will connect to all Tieline IP codecs, including G3 codecs, Bridge-IT, the Genie family of codecs and Report-IT Enterprise smartphone applications. It includes dual Gigabit (10/100/1000) Ethernet ports, dual redundant power supplies, audio silence detection and IP network backup solutions to ensure you’re always on the air. Automated network failure detection provides switching to a backup IP LAN connection. It is designed to connect over the full suite of wired and wireless IP networks, including:
    • Public Wide Area Networks (WANs)
    • Private Local Area Networks (LANs)
    • 3G and 4G wireless Networks #
    • Wi-Fi and WiMAX Networks #

    SmartStream: Rock Solid Audio using Inexpensive IP Links

    As an IP audio pioneer, Tieline was the first major codec manufacturer to integrate SmartStream features such as Automated Jitter Buffer management, Forward Error Correction (FEC) and error concealment techniques in all IP codecs. These features dynamically respond to variable conditions over unmanaged IP networks like the public internet to ensure reliable streaming.

    Now SmartStream PLUS has revolutionised IP broadcasting by delivering the rock solid and reliable STL-grade audio quality you would expect over a T1/E1 link by using inexpensive unmanaged IP networks like the internet for STLs, audio distribution and remotes

    SmartStream IP Delivers ...

    Some other manufacturers charge thousands of dollars for IP management software like SmartStream as if it's an optional extra, however Tieline believes high performance and rock-solid reliability is an essential part of each and every broadcast, and therefore delivers its renowned SmartStream IP management software for free.

    SmartStream PLUS delivers an additional layer of mission critical redundancy and is available as standard in Tieline's Merlin PLUS with WheatNet-IP.

    Interoperability

    Merlin PLUS with WheatNet-IP supports both IPv4 and IPv6 (Dual Stack) protocols, so you can be assured you have made a smart investment for the future.

    Connect over IP with any SIP-enabled IP codec brand that supports the EBU N/ACIP tech 3326 standard, as well as VoIP telephone devices supporting G.711 and G.722.

    Algorithms

    Merlin PLUS is capable of 16-24bit 22kHz low latency linear PCM audio at up to 48kHz sampling and features aptX® Enhanced, LC-AAC, HE-AAC v1 and v2, Opus, MPEG II, MPEG Layer-3, Tieline Music and MusicPLUS, G.722 and G.711 algorithms.

    Asymmetric encoding and decoding* lets you send high quality audio in one direction and save on data by sending low bandwidth comms or program on the return channel.

    IP Network Management

    Network management of your codec is available on 3 levels:
    • 1. Use Tieline's Toolbox web-browser Graphical User Interface to connect to your codec and configure individual codec settings over a LAN, WAN or the internet.
    • 2. When your codec is connected to the WheatNet-IP Environment, routing of WheatNet-IP sources and destinations can be performed using Wheatstone's Navigator software.
    • 3. Merlin PLUS with WheatNet-IP is also designed to be managed by Tieline’s new Codec Management System, which allows you to use any computer to manage your entire network of IP codecs remotely. You can use this powerful system to create and manage IP connections and view audio PPMs and IP statistics to maintain live connections.
    Additional Features:
    • Uncompressed PCM audio plus algorithms including aptX® Enhanced; LC-AAC, HE-AAC v1 and v2, AAC-LD, AAC-ELD, Opus, MPEG II, MPEG Layer-3, Tieline Music and MusicPLUS, G.722 and G.711
    • IPv4 & IPv6 compatible
    • Asymmetric algorithmic encode/decode*
    • Integrated alarm management
    • G5 Toolbox GUI enables remote codec control over WANs
    • Codec Management System compatible for codec network management
    • Interfaces with Wheatstone Navigator software for source/destination configuration
    • Interfaces with Wheatstone Razor software for WheatNet-IP card configuration
    • Low latency in-band RS-232 aux data channel
    • Programmable rules engine
    • Streamlined codec wizards and graphical user interface
    • Support for multiple languages*: English, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish
    • Connect to all Tieline IP codecs and Report-IT Live Enterprise Edition
  • Input/Output Specifications

     

    Analog Audio Inputs

    2 x Female XLR line inputs

    Analog Audio Outputs

    2 x Male XLR

    Auxiliary Input

    1 x 6.35mm (1/4") Mic/Line level Jack on rear panel (15V phantom power available)

    Headphones Out/Aux Out

    1 x 6.35mm (1/4") Jack on rear panel and 1 x 6.35mm (1/4") Jack on the front panel

    Control Port In/Out

    Four relay inputs and four opto-isolated outputs for machine control via a DB15 connector.

    Audio Input Impedance

    High Impedance  > 5K ohm

    Output Impedance

    <50 ohm Balanced

    Clipping Level

    +22dBu (input and outputs)

    A/D & D/A Converters

    24 bit

    Frequency Response at 48kHz

    20Hz to 22kHz

    THD and Noise (Analog)

    <0.0035% at +16dBu or -89dBu unweighted

    THD and Noise (Digital)

    <0.000056%

    Analog Signal To Noise Ratio

    >98.5dB at +22dBu, unweighted

    Sample Frequencies

     

    IP Sample Frequencies

    16kHz, 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz

    Algorithms

     

    IP

    Tieline Music, Tieline MusicPLUS, G.711, G.722, MPEG-1 Layer 2, MP3, LC-AAC, HE-AAC and HE-AACv2, AAC-LD, AAC-ELD, Opus, 16/24 bit aptX Enhanced

    IP (uncompressed)

    Linear PCM16/24 bit 48kHz sampling

    Data and Control Interfaces

     

    USB

    USB 2.0 Host port on the front panel

    LAN

    2 x 10/100/1000 RJ45 connectors

    Advanced Networking

    VLAN tagging (IEEE 802.1Q,802.1p)

    WheatNet-IP LAN

    1 x 10/100 RJ45 connector to distribute WheatNet-IP audio

    Serial

    RS232 up to 115kbps with or without CTS/RTS flow control via female DB9 connector, can be used as a proprietary data channel

    Protocols Supported

    Tieline, DHCP, SNMP, DNS, HTTP, IGMP, ICMP, VLAN, IPv4/v6, FEC, SIP/SDP (EBU N/ACIP Tech 3326 compliant), RTP, I3P EBU3347 compliant, AES67

    ISDN via module

    Optional via module slot

    POTS via module

    Optional via module slot

    Front Panel Interfaces

     

    Display

    256 x 64 monochrome LCD

    Keypad

    21 button keypad

    Navigation

    5 button keypad

    General

     

    Size

    1U x 19" Rackmount

    Dimensions

    19” x 1.75” x 13.5” [482mm (W) x 44mm (H) x 343mm (D) including rear connectors]

    Weight

    6lb 5.59oz/2.88kg

    Power Consumption

    Dual AC 100-240V IEC power inlets; 1A - 50-60Hz

    Operating Temperature

    0°C to 45°C (32°F to 113°F)

    Humidity Operating Range

    20% RH 70% (0 to 35°C/32°F to 95°F), non-condensing

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