Digital fibre solutions specialists, Optocore GmbH, recently entered into an agreement with fellow German manufacturers, Fohhn Audio AG, to provide multi-channel digital connectivity to their Linea Focus electronically steerable loudspeakers.
Fohhn’s PR and marketing manager, Daniela Bohl, said: “We were looking for a solution to provide our speaker systems with a digital signal and control data; up to now we only had an analogue solution. We chose Optocore because they are the pioneers of that technology and there is a perfect fit between our two companies, as we are both innovation-driven and German based.”
In order to provide integration onto the Optocore networks, the fibre specialists have created a special card, while Fohhn has developed an enclosure that can be attached to the Linea Focus series loudspeakers to provide optional input extensions.
This will enable digital audio and control data to be distributed simultaneously, either via Cat5 or optical fibre. Optocore's applications engineering manager, Maciek Janiszewski, said: “Each card will provide two outputs to feed loudspeakers with two independent audio signals, RS485 port for control and GPIO. All these signals can be transported on single-fibre or Cat5 cable."
He continued: “The Fibre FX version enables all speakers to operate on an Optocore fibre ring in conjunction with all other devices from the portfolio — as well as third party products with an Optocore interface. The distance between loudspeakers can be up to 120km.”
The Cat5 SANE TP version can function as a local extension to the fibre node enabling users to build local daisy chains — with 100m distance between the loudspeakers.
Summing up, Janiszewski said: “This card adds huge flexibility to the Fohhn solutions, simplifies cabling and adds quality by reducing signal losses over coax."