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EtherSound AQONDA

Remotely controllable EtherSound audio bridges
AQONDA8 / AQONDA16

Key Workflow: “digital snake” solution with no compromise on audio quality.

AQONDA 8 and AQONDA 16 are remotely-controllable EtherSound audio bridges, capable of converting eight or sixteen analog inputs featuring high end mic pre-amps to as many EtherSound channels, and likewise capable of extracting eight or sixteen EtherSound™ channels to eight or sixteen analog outputs. For live events,  AQONDA allows building a large scale audio bus between the stage and front-of-house, with remotely controllable preamps from popular digital consoles with EtherSound connectivity such as Studer™, Soundcraft™, Yamaha™ or Innovason™ consoles.

At a glance

AQONDA interfaces make no compromise on audio quality: The inputs cover a linear gain range from microphone to line level and benefit from extremely high end preamps to ensure uncompromised audio quality. Furthermore, these preamps can be remotely controlled from popular digital consoles with EtherSound™ connectivity (such as Yamaha or Innovason consoles). Both AQONDA units offer made-to-last analog/network Neutrik™ connectivity. Add to this a flawless build quality, a compact 2U 19-inch rack form factor, plus well thought out ergonomics and you obtain a perfect network audio “mission-critical” companion.

Key features

  • 3 U 19” rack
  • 8 or 16 balanced analog inputs, +22 dBu max signal,
  • Mic preamps with switchable 48V phantom power,
  • Nominal input sensitivity: from +4dBu (min gain) to -89dBu (max gain)
  • 8 or 16 balanced analog outputs, +22 dBu max signal
  • Neutrik™ XLR audio connections on front panel (+ 8 channel on DB-25 connector on AQONDA16)

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Rack

  • Size 2U 19″ Rack: 88×482.6×325 mm
  • Power Supply: 100-250V / 50-60Hz
  • Operating temp / humidity (non-condensing): 0 to +50°C / 5-90%
  • Storage temp / humidity (non-condensing): -5 to +70°C / 0-95%

Input

  • Number of analog inputs (balanced, line/mic sensitivity, mono): 16 (AQONDA16) / 8 (AQONDA8)
  • Phantom Power: 48VDC on each input
  • Analog programmable input gain: 93dB range (continuous) in 1dB step
  • Max Input Level (peak): +22dBu (min gain) to -71dBu (max gain)
  • Nominal input sensitivity: +4dBu (min gain) to -89dBu (max gain)
  • Impedance: > 3 kOhm
  • Connectors: 16 XLR female on front panel (only 8 for AQONDA8)

Audio input line specs (Measurements at 48KHz with 22Hz-22KHz filter)

  • Frequency response (record + play) at 48 kHz: +0/-0.5 dB (20Hz-20kHz range)
  • Dynamic range (A-weighted): > 112 dB
  • THD + noise 1 kHz at –2 dBfs: < -100 dB
  • Crosstalk 1kHz/15kHz at +22dBu: < -115dB/-105dB

Audio input microphone specs (Measurements at 48KHz with 22Hz-22KHz filter)

  • Equivalent Input Noise G=60 dB Z=150 Ohms: < -126 dBu

Output

  • Number of analog outputs (servo-balanced, mono): 16 (AQONDA16) / 8 (AQONDA8)
  • Analog programmable output gain: 118dB range (continuous), adjustable in 0,5dB step
  • Max output level (peak): +22dBu
  • Max nominal output level: +4dBu
  • Impedance: < 100 Ohm
  • Connectors: 8 XLR male on front panel (AQONDA16 and AQONDA8) / 8 outputs on DB25 female on rear panel (AQONDA16 only)

Audio output specs (Measurements at 48KHz with 22Hz-22KHz filter)

  • Frequency response (record + play) at 48 kHz: +0/-0.4 (20Hz-20kHz range) dB
  • Dynamic range (A-weighted): > 112 dB
  • THD + noise 1 kHz at –2 dBfs: < -98 dB
  • Crosstalk 1kHz/15kHz at +22dBu: < -115dB/-105dB

Auxiliary / Connectivity

  • Word Clock: 1 input and 1 output on BNC connectors
  • RS232 / RS422: 1 RX / 1 TX on DB9 Male
  • General Purpose Input: 8 ground sensing inputs on terminal block connectors
  • General Purpose Output: 8 relay outputs on terminal block connectors

General

  • Programmable sampling frequency: 48, 44.1 kHz
  • ADC and DAC resolution: 24 bits

Benefits

  • Outstanding audio quality
  • Compatibility with popular digital consoles with EtherSound connectivity such as Studer™, Soundcraft™, Yamaha™ or Innovason™ consoles.
  • Preamps remotely controllable from the consoles