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TSL Debuts PAM1/2 AVB At NAB 2014

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TSL Products debuted its PAM1 and PAM2 AVB Audio Monitoring Units at this year's NAB Show.

"Designed for a major U.S. broadcaster moving into an Audio Video Bridging infrastructure, the addition of AVB compatibility to the PAM range provides operators in key production positions with a complete monitoring/loudness compliance solution that supports AVB Audio-over-IP, along with existing SDI, AES and analog audio formats," says Martin Dyster, Head of Audio for TSL Products.
"Audio-over-IP technology is a highly efficient and low cost alternative to MADI, AES and analog using inexpensive Ethernet cable and connectors with dedicated switches across a broadcast LAN. Incorporating the full range of features that qualifies PAM as the go-to monitor for hundreds of broadcasters worldwide, the PAM1 AVB and PAM2 AVB units can be used extensively within Production, QC, Ingest, Master Control, Post Production and Playout environments, as well as supporting functions such as Engineering and Technical Support."
Specific customer interest in AVB monitoring began as far back as November 2012, according to TSL, prompting the company to announce a commitment to the development of Audio-over-IP technology at NAB 2013 and the launch of the production ready PAM1 and PAM2 AVB models at NAB 2014.
The PAM AVB models are currently designed to sit within a hybrid environment where multichannel audio connectivity linking router, console and Comms is over an AVB network. SDI is still used for transporting embedded audio associated with HD video.
The units offer audio confidence/loudness compliance monitoring with features including dual OLED/LCD displays, video monitoring screen and 16 bargraph-type meters. Units display data, metadata and loudness information.
In addition to AVB I/O, each unit offers two HD/SDI, four AES and two analog pair inputs, with outputs including line level (fixed/variable), AES (fixed/variable), reclocked HD/SDI, composite video, downconverted video, headphone and integral loudspeakers. Both models also feature an external SDI monitor output used to display critical visual monitoring elements on external devices.
"At TSL Products, we pride ourselves as pioneers when it comes to implementing the latest technology, having developed the first de-embedding rackmount monitor, the first to decode Dolby E, to use OLED and LCD displays instead of LED bargraphs and now the first with AVB support, Mr Dyster added. "The emergence of a new technology is always met with an equal measure of caution and interest, but it is through the presence of forward thinking companies, like TSL Products and other like-minded partners, that early adopters can feel confident that their decision is right and that they are not starting out on the journey alone. We see a bright future for Audio-over-IP in the AVB open standard."

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