BSS BLU-160 Signal Processor with Digital Audio Bus

ITEM #: BSS-BLU-160 MFG #: BLU-160

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BLU-160 - Overview

The Soundweb London BLU-160 offers configurable I/O, configurable signal processing and a high bandwidth, fault tolerant digital audio bus.

The BLU-160 has open architecture which is fully configurable through HiQnetT London Architect. A rich palette of processing and logic objects and a "drag and drop" method of configuration provide a simple and familiar design environment.

This processor features a low latency, fault tolerant digital audio bus of 256 channels which uses standard Category 5e cabling giving a distance of 100m between compatible devices. Fiber optic media converters can be used to increase the distance between devices to over 40km.

Four card slots facilitate many different device I/O configurations. Each slot can accommodate any of six available I/O cards, including the Analog Input Card, Analog Output Card, Digital Input Card, Digital Output Card, AEC Input Card, and Telephone Hybrid Card. Each card supports four channels.

Analog Input Cards provide software configurable gain in 6dB steps up to +48dB per channel and software selectable Phantom Power per channel. Digital Input Cards and Digital Output Cards process AES/EBU and/or S/PDIF audio and offer a variety of clocking and syncing options. (Further information about the I/O cards can be found on dedicated datasheets)

Phantom Power, Sync, Signal Present and Clip information per channel is easily accessible, without the requirement for a PC, from clear front panel LED indication. Device-specific information such as Device Name, Device Type, Firmware Version Number, Time, IP Address and Subnet Mask is available from the front panel display. A bi-directional locate function allows devices to be identified both from and within HiQnet London Architect.

12 Control Inputs and 6 Logic Outputs allow the BLU-160 to be integrated with GPIO compatible devices. The Soundweb London Interface Kit, comprehensive documentation which details how Soundweb London systems can be integrated with third party control systems, is included within the installation of HiQnet London Architect.

The BLU-160 and the other members of the Soundweb London family provide the building blocks of the perfectly tailored system solution.

This signal processor is EN 54-16 Compliant for life safety applications.

  • Features:

    • Four Input / Output Card Slots
    • Configurable Inputs / Outputs
    • Analog Inputs (with Phantom Power per Channel)
    • Analog Outputs
    • Digital Inputs (AES/EBU and S/PDIF)
    • Digital Outputs (AES/EBU and S/PDIF)
    • AEC Inputs (with Phantom Power per Channel)
    • Telephone Hybrid Card
    • Configurable Signal Processing
    • Rich Palette of Processing and Logic Objects
    • 256 Channel, Low Latency, Fault Tolerant Digital Audio Bus
    • Clear Front Panel LED Indication
    • Informative Front Panel Display
    • Bi-Directional Locate Functionality
    • 12 Control Inputs and 6 Logic Outputs for GPIO Integration
    • Soundweb London Interface Kit for Third Party Control System Integration (Documentation)
    • HiQnet Device
    • Configuration, Control and Monitoring from HiQnet London Architect
    • EN 54-16 Compliant for life safety
  • Specifications:

    • Front Panel Led Indicators
    • Per Input: Signal Present, CLIP, SYNC/48V, I/O card type (IN, OUT, DIG, AEC)
    • Other: LCD Display, Data Activity

      Analog Inputs
    • Up to 16 electronically balanced on Phoenix Combicon removable screw connectors
    • Mic/Line Inputs: Nominal gain 0dB, electronically switchable up to +48dB,in +6dB steps
    • Input Impedance: 3.5kΩ
    • Maximum Input Level: +20dBu with 0dB input gain,+8dBu with 12dB gain
    • CMRR: >75dB at 1KHz
    • Input Noise (E.I.N.): <-128dBu typical with 150Ω source
    • Phantom Power: 48V nominal, selectable per input
    • A/D Latency: 38.7/Fs

      Digital Inputs
    • Up to 16 AES/EBU or S/PDIF on Phoenix/Combicon removable screw connectors
    • Input Impedance: 110 ohm (AES/EBU), 75 ohm (S/PDIF)
    • Sample Rate: 48kHz or 96kHz
    • Sample Rate Conversion: 8kHz-96kHz
    • THD+N: <-140dB
    • Latency: 3/Fso + (56.581/Fsi) + (55.658/Fso)

      Analog Outputs
    • Up to 16 electronically balanced on Phoenix/Combicon removable screw connectors
    • Maximum Output Level: +19dBu
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz (+0.5dB/-1dB)
    • THD: <0.01% 20Hz to 20KHz, +10dBu output
    • Dynamic Range: 108dB typical, 22Hz-22KHz unweighted
    • Crosstalk: <-75dB
    • D/A Latency: 28/Fs

      Digital Outputs
    • Up to 16 AES/EBU or S/PDIF on Phoenix/Combicon removable screw connectors
    • Output Impedance: 110 ohm (AES/EBU), 75 ohm (S/PDIF)
    • Sample Rate: 48kHz or 96kHz
    • Sample Rate Conversion: 8kHz-96kHz
    • THD+N: <-140dB
    • Latency: 3/Fso + (56.581/Fsi) + (55.658/Fso)

      Control Ports
    • 12 inputs and 6 outputs
    • Control Input Voltage: 0 to 4.5v
    • Control Input Impedance: 4.7kΩ to +5V (2-wire mode), >1MΩ (3-wire mode)
    • Logic Output Voltage: 0 or +5V unloaded
    • Logic Output Impedance: 440Ωs
    • Logic Output Current: 10mA source, 60mA sink

      Watchdog Output
    • Phoenix/Combicon connector for failsafe control
    • Opto Output Current: 14mA maximum
    • Withstanding Voltage: 80V maximum (Off)
    • Series Impedance: 220Ω (isolated)

      Control Network
    • Connectors: RJ45 Ethernet connector
    • Maximum Cable Length: 100m/300ft on Category 5 cable between device and Ethernet switch

      Digital Audio Bus
    • Connectors: 2 x RJ45 Ethernet connectors
    • Maximum Cable Length: 100m/300ft on Category 5e cable between devices
    • Maximum Number of Nodes: 60
    • Latency Per Node: 4(±1)Fs

      Power and Dimensions
    • Mains Voltage: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz
    • Power Consumption: <35VA
    • BTU Rating: <188 BTU/hr
    • Operating Temperature Range: 0° to 45°C (32° to 113°F)
    • Dimensions (H(U)xWxD): 1.75 (1U) x 19 x 12.5" (45 x 483 x 318mm)
    • Weight: 9Lbs (4.1kg)(estimated)
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