Belfast, Ireland (December 10, 2003)–Codec manufacturer APT has introduced the WorldNet Rio Lite, a compact, bespoke version of its WorldNet Rio codec. Designed to give service providers and system integrators a low cost codec with all the inherent benefits of the apt-X suite of algorithms, the WorldNet Rio Lite is extremely versatile in terms of bit rates, sampling frequencies and the number and type of audio channels it can support.
Although the unit can be shipped with factory default settings, the majority of Rio Lites sold will be customized and set up for predefined parameters, as specified by the end-user. The WorldNet Rio Lite features front panel LEDs to indicate status and it can be delivered in mono/stereo, simplex or duplex (bi-directional) modes. Additional features include Contact Closure (GPI), Alarm Ports and optional AES/EBU audio input/output. To increase set-up security, APT has also ensured that control of the unit can only be accessed via the RS232 port, located on the rear panel.
New to the WorldNet Rio Lite is Dual Destination in X.21 mode, which is an optional extra. This feature enables two synchronous streams to interface with a single unit, allowing separate audio channels to feed two different locations. Utilizing the codec in this mode will dramatically reduce the requirement for hardware in a central location.
The WorldNet Rio Lite is equipped with both standard 16 bit apt-X and enhanced 16, 20, 24 bit apt-X. End users can have the benefit of low delay coding for real-time applications (1.98 milliseconds at 48kHz Sampling Frequency) and also enjoy the exceptional audio qualities associated with the apt-X algorithms.