The Model 5205 Mic/Line to Dante Interface is a general-purpose audio device that supports applications utilizing the Dante® audio-over-Ethernet media networking technology. Two analog microphone or line-level audio signals can be connected to the Model 5205. They are amplified as required and then converted to digital audio channels on an associated Dante connection. With the inherent interoperability of Dante, the Model 5205 can be used with other Studio Technologies Dante-enabled products or a multitude of devices from many other manufacturers.
Microphone or line-level balanced analog audio signals are connected using two 3-pin XLR connectors. The gain of the associated preamplifier circuitry can be selected for 0, 20, 30, 40, 50, or 60 dB. P48 phantom power is provided to support condenser microphones. LEDs display the status of the gain and phantom power functions. Multi-step LED meters provide confirmation of the level of the two Dante transmitter (output) audio channels.
The gain of the preamplifiers and on/off status of the P48 phantom power sources can be selected locally using the pushbutton switches. They can also be monitored and selected remotely using the STcontroller application.
The audio quality of the Model 5205's two audio channels is excellent, with low distortion, low noise, and high headroom. Careful circuit design and rugged components ensure long, reliable operation. A wide range of applications can be supported, including TV, radio, and streaming broadcast events, corporate and government AV installations, and post-production facilities.
The Model 5205 requires an Ethernet connection to supply both the data interface as well as Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) power. This requires an Ethernet connection from a PoE-enabled Ethernet switch. Alternately, the Model 5205 can be powered by an external midspan PoE power injector.
The Model 5205 is perfect for use in conjunction with a variety of fixed and portable audio applications where one or two analog audio signals need to join a Dante "network." The unit's high-performance audio circuitry allows virtually any source to be handled correctly. Essentially all condenser, dynamic, or ribbon microphones are compatible, as are most balanced and unbalanced analog line-level sources. The simple user controls, along with an extensive set of status indicators, help to ensure optimum performance is maintained. With the unit's compact size and PoE powering, it's simple to deploy multiple units to integrate a distributed set of sources into a Dante application. For permanent applications there's no reason why a Model 5205 can't reside within an equipment rack or be mounted, using optional brackets, underneath a table or on-air studio set. In a conference room setting the unit can be permanently connected to a PoE-enabled Ethernet port, ready to accept a signal source from various user-provided devices.