• Allen&Heath extends install range with new hardware options

    Allen & Heath has announced several new additions to its installation portfolio, including compact Dante breakout boxes, touch-screen control panels, and an echo cancelling (AEC) module.

    The AHM-64 audio matrix processor can now benefit from hardware based echo cancellation via the AEC processing expansion module, providing 12 channels of AEC with a 150ms adaptive FIR filter, non-linear processing for residual echo and background noise reduction, plus AGC (Automatic Gain Control) for the far-end signal. Reportedly offering multiple benefits over cloud-based echo cancellation, including the ability to handle multi-microphone setups and dedicated Sound Reinforcement outputs, the AEC module offers a step-up in audio quality for teleconferencing and videoconferencing applications in meeting rooms and conference centres, says the company.

    Three new Dante interfaces bolster Allen & Heath’s Everything I/O range of audio expanders: the DT20 with 2 mic/line inputs on combi connectors; the DT02 with 2 line outputs on XLR; and the DT22 with 2x2 I/O on Phoenix (EuroBlock) connectors. The compact form-factor, in conjunction with aluminium casing, makes these suitable for portable AV hire, while surface-mount and rack-mount kits enable integration into more permanent installs.

    Rounding out the new install offerings, the CC-7” and CC-10” touch panels augment the existing range of remote-control options for AHM-64, dLive and Avantis mixers. PoE powered and pre-configured to run the Allen & Heath Custom Control app in kiosk mode, they offer an alternative to BYOD in houses of worship, corporate and educational facilities. Multiple user interfaces can be designed by the installer or system integrator, uploaded to the mixing system, and deployed to all connected Custom Control devices.

    “We are responding to a changing paradigm where every room is a potential videoconferencing facility, audio needs to reach new spaces over complex networks, and AV control gets more distributed and user specific” says Nic Beretta, Head of Product at Allen & Heath. “The ecosystem approach, scalability and flexibility are what makes our products a top choice for many integrators, and these latest additions are a perfect example.”
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