The DARK16O is a versatile break out box for
receiving analogue audio from a network utilising the Dante and AES67
audio over IP (AoIP) protocols.
In total there are 16 channels of audio being received from the AoIP
network and converted via low noise DACs (Digital to Analogue
Converters) to balanced analogue outputs.
For ease of cabling audio outputs are presented as balanced circuits on Neutrik XLRs.
Being designed for resilient broadcast applications the DARK16O
features both redundant power supplies and redundant Dante network links
with link status GPOs (general purpose outputs (solid state relays)).
Both primary and secondary network links are provided with both magnetic
(copper RJ45) and fibre (SFP) interface connections. The Dante system
itself provides a completely transparent redundant link system which
means that if the DARK16O lost its primary link circuit, the secondary
link would automatically take over with no loss of audio.
The primary and secondary network interfaces are routed internally
via a network switch. It is possible to set this switch to work as a
traditional network switch instead of the default redundant mode. This
means that there would be just one link to the Dante/ AES67 network and
the other connections of the switch could have other Dante or network
devices connected to them. As with all Dante devices, once set up,
DARK16O units can be directly connected with each other with no external