Las Vegas, NV (April 28, 2006)–Harris Corporation’s Broadcast Communications Division came to NAB2006 with a display of its NeuStar product line. Powered by Neural Audio Corporation, NeuStar products significantly improve the quality and efficiency of digital audio through codec pre-conditioning techniques and embedded surround sound technology (watermarking).
Harris, the exclusive reseller of NeuStar audio products for radio and television, demonstrated several new and established NeuStar platforms as part of its HD Radio demonstrations featuring Harris transmitters and the FLEXSTAR family of HD Radio products.
NAB2006 saw the introduction of new Harris NeuStar 4.0 hardware, and for the first time, a software-based version of codec pre-conditioning called NeuStar SW4.0. On the hardware side, Harris displayed its next-generation NeuStar 4.0 codec pre-conditioning audio system. Built from the ground up to meet the audio quality challenges of HD Radio multicasting, NeuStar 4.0 features more digital signal processing, a user-friendly front panel, and TCP/IP web control. The NeuStar 4.0 audio system is equally useful for Internet, ISDN/POTS, satellite, DRM, DAB, and compressed STL audio codec pre-conditioning, and it is fully field-upgradeable for future requirements.
The new NeuStar SW4.0 software allows broadcasters to monitor and process multiple digital radio channels or Internet streams in the same “box” at a much lower cost per channel than stand-alone processing. NeuStar SW4.0 has been designed to run on any Windows XP computer or server, including the Harris’ FLEXSTAR HDI-100 Importer.
“The NeuStar product line is the only solution on the market today built from the ground up for codec pre-conditioning,” said Robert Reams, chief technology officer and co-founder of Neural Audio. “The importance of codec processing has grown as data rates continue to drop with the implementation of multiple audio channels within the HD Radio signal. NeuStar 4.0, in both its hardware and software versions, guarantees the highest quality audio by suppressing spectrum and image conditions that drive up coding load – even at the lowest available bit-rates.”