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Orban Launches New Broadcast Processors at NAB 2004

San Leandro, CA (April 30, 2004)--Orban made several new product announcements at NAB 2004. The broadcast and Internet audio processing specialist introduced the OPTIMOD-TV 8382 digital transmission processor for analog television, value-priced OPTIMOD-FM 2300 for FM radio broadcasters, and the Opticodec-PC Encoder, an integrated audio processing and MPEG-4 AAC/aacPlus streaming audio encoder hardware package for netcasters.

San Leandro, CA (April 30, 2004)–Orban made several new product announcements at NAB 2004. The broadcast and Internet audio processing specialist introduced the OPTIMOD-TV 8382 digital transmission processor for analog television, value-priced OPTIMOD-FM 2300 for FM radio broadcasters, and the Opticodec-PC Encoder, an integrated audio processing and MPEG-4 AAC/aacPlus streaming audio encoder hardware package for netcasters.

The programmable OPTIMOD-TV 8382 replaces Orban’s current processors for analog TV audio and meets all requirements of the various mono, stereo and dual-language analog television transmission systems in use around the world. The 8382 controls program dynamics to maintain a comfortable range for the typical home viewer, and, using its built-in CBS Loudness Controller, it tames subjective loudness to prevent commercials from becoming overly obtrusive.

Key features of the all-new OPTIMOD-FM 2300 include stereo enhancement, built-in Ethernet and RS232 serial connectivity, full-featured remote control through any Windows 2000 or XP PC, standard AES/EBU digital input/output, Orban’s patented “Half-Cosine Interpolation” composite limiter, and a multiplex power controller for countries required to meet the ITU-R BS412 standard. The 2300 is targeted to small and medium market broadcasters as well as non-commercial and educational broadcasters.

The new Opticodec-PC Encoder allows netcasters to improve sound quality while reducing bandwidth requirements up to 75 percent. Bandwidth cost has been a major impediment to profitable netcasting. The base Optimod-PC Encoder contains one Optimod-PC card and can create multiple streams at multiple bit rates if all streams contain the same audio content. Customers may specify installation of up to two Optimod-PC cards locally or up to 12 Optimod-PC cards by using the available PCI expansion chassis. The maximum number of streams is determined by the speed of the Pentium 4 processor the customer specifies for the system.

Orban/CRL
www.orban.com

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