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L-Acoustics launches first Avnu-certified controllers

Another addition to the AVB-ready product portfolio - but the list still remains small

L-Acoustics has announced that its LA12X amplified controller has received Avnu certification by the Avnu Alliance, the consortium of tech companies working to the establish the Audio Video Bridging standard.

This is the first L-Acoustics product to be so approved; the LA4X will also receive certification in the coming weeks, L-Acoustics has been told. The French loudspeaker maker has been a member of the Avnu Alliance (which has changed its name, somewhat subtly, from AVnu Alliance in the last 12 months) since 2015.

“We’re proud to be the first manufacturer to provide a combined AVB ‘bridge and listener’ capacity with our flagship amplified controllers,” says Genio Kronauer, director of electronics at L-Acoustics. “Enabled by our membership in Avnu Alliance, we have implemented AVB technology and certified it for interoperability and compliance, which ensures our products are future-proof and increases the value of our partners’ investments in L-Acoustics systems. By participating in an open community like Avnu, we also have a voice in the advancement of the technologies for our industry.”

“We are excited to have L-Acoustics products join the Avnu-certified ecosystem,” says Avnu Alliance president, Gary Stuebing. “Avnu certification ensures a combination of features and ease of use that will offer tremendous benefits to integrators who want to easily integrate powerful, cost-effective networked audio solutions.”

That may be so, but Kronauer’s and Stuebing’s optimism does not disguise the fact that since the standard’s inception over a decade ago, the number of AVB-ready (and certified) products available is still relatively tiny. Only a handful of products that aren’t switches have been certified over the last year. What’s more, there is still only one certified loudspeaker in the AVB portfolio, the Meyer Sound CAL column speaker, approved in 2014.

With the continued dominance of Audinate’s Dante, and the development of other more commonly adopted and supported networking/control protocols, the relevance of AVB in today’s audio-visual marketplace must surely be called into question.

Nevertheless, L-Acoustics’ amplified controllers with new AVB-enabled firmware are currently in a pilot phase with select L-Acoustics partners and will be rolled out widely this spring.