Audio over Cat5(e)... Any opinions

Discussion in 'Pro Audio' started by Pedro Van der Eecken, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. We are considering the Aviom Pro64-series of audio-networking products
    to implement in our 4-Room facility...

    Has anyone any (good or bad) experience with these... are there any
    alternatives?

    All comments welcome
     
    Pedro Van der Eecken, Jul 16, 2006
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    Incidentally, we have met the July 1, 2006 deadline for European RoHS
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    Garth D. Wiebe, Jul 16, 2006
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  3. Hello Garth,

    We are mainly looking for AES/EBU interfaces.

    But maybe we can work something out...

    Thanks for the link, and we are indeed based in Belgium.
     
    Pedro Van der Eecken, Jul 16, 2006
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    Mike Rivers Guest

    I guess you're asking about the Aviom system which connects via Cat5
    Ethernet cable rather than generic use of that cable for audio
    interconection. I've never heard any complaints about the Aviom systems
    - they're engineered to work with that cable, and they do.

    Cat5 cable works well for any balanced signal interconnections. You can
    use it for balanced analog audio in any circumstances where you don't
    need individually shielded pairs (which is most line level
    interconnections). It also works fine for AES/EBU digital audio. Belden
    makes a variation called Media Twist which is a good and reliable
    impedance match to the AES 110 ohm standard.
     
    Mike Rivers, Jul 16, 2006
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    Scott Dorsey Guest

    How far do you need to go? You may well be able to run AES/EBU directly
    over cat-5 without any additional electronics. You can definitely run it
    over unshielded Media Twist, but a lot of it depends on how close the actual
    interfaces meet the AES/EBU spec. Some have lousy transformers and sometimes
    you will occasionally see one with no transformer at all.
    --scott
     
    Scott Dorsey, Jul 16, 2006
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  6. I did tests in the past with AES/EBU and analog audio direct over CAT5
    and it worked really fine.

    We are now looking for a more complex way of distributing 'multiplexed'
    signals over one CAT5. The routing/soft-patch-possibilities of the
    aviom-system are a welcome extra. But I am wondering if it's the only
    system capable of transmitting and routing a few AES-pairs over one
    twisted pair.
     
    Pedro Van der Eecken, Jul 16, 2006
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    Julian Guest

    There's the Axia products that were discussed a week or two ago.

    http://www.axiaaudio.com/

    It's more expensive. I thought Aviom looked pretty darn good.

    In general, I'm really glad to see these things hitting the market. I
    think it is inevitable for this concept to eventually become dominant.

    Julian
     
    Julian, Jul 17, 2006
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