Sandy, UT (June 19, 2009)–BSS Audio has added a break-out box to its Soundweb London family of digital signal processors. The BLU-BOB output expander complements the seven other members of the Soundweb London family, increasing the number of outputs in a Harman HiQnet networked system.
The BLU-BOB features eight analog audio outputs on standard terminal block connectors and the 256-channel, low-latency, fault-tolerant digital audio bus, also found on the BLU-800, BLU-320, BLU-160 and BLU-120 devices. This bus also reportedly facilitates the creation of large, fault-tolerant, centralized matrices containing multiple devices. The digital audio bus uses Cat-5e or Cat-6 cable, which enables a distance of 100 meters between devices. The BSS Audio MC-1 fiber-optic media converter can be used to increase the distance between devices more than 10km (6.2 miles) using single mode fiber.
A series of DIP switches on the rear of the BLU-BOB device allow consecutive channels, in groups of eight, to be selected from the digital audio bus. Multiple BLU-BOB devices can be configured to receive the same or different eight channel ranges. Signal present and power status are clearly displayed by front-panel LED indicators for monitoring and troubleshooting. The BLU-BOB devices are powered by an external 24VDC power supply such as the BSS Audio 999-PSU.
Two chassis styles are available, the first (BLU-BOB1) is a half-rack-width, desk or wall-mounted version; and the second (BLU-BOB2) is a 19-inch, single-rack-space version with mounting ears for equipment racks. Front-panel indication and rear-panel connections are identical on both versions.