2009 Pick Hits

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Pick Hits

The Radio magazine Pick Hits are the top 15 new products shown at the 2009 NAB Show as selected by our panel of radio engineer judges. The winners are listed in alphabetical order.

The list of judges and the official rules are listed on the last pages.

Axia Powerstation

IP audio console system
Axia Audio
Powerstation: This all-in-one IP-audio console system combines analog, digital and microphone I/O, a console power supply, DSP mixing engine and network switch into one package. To set up Powerstation, connect the studio equipment with standard CAT-5 cables, connect an Element console with just one cable, name the sources with a browser, and it's ready for air. Powerstation can be the heart of a standalone studio or part of a larger Axia network. Powerstation simple networking can daisy-chain up to four Powerstations for a multi-studio installation without a separate core switch.

What the Judges had to say:

  • This eliminates many separate boxes and puts them into a single package.
  • It brings the Axia system into a single-studio, cohesive system.


    Bird Signalhawk

    Spectrum analyzer
    Bird Technologies Group
    Signal Hawk SH-36S-PC: The Signal Hawk SH-36S-PC analyzes the radio frequency spectrum, measures intended and interfering signals, and allows setup of parameters such as frequency and amplitude markers. It displays signal amplitude versus frequency and saves traces on a PC. It is fast, accurate and sensitive (-135dBm noise floor) with the same spectrum analyzer functionality as the Signal Hawk handheld and rack-mount units. It is built in FCC compliance masks, has a waterfall display and a sophisticated spectrum analysis software package is included with the product.

    What the Judges had to say:

  • It's an even more portable spectrum analyzer with a long battery life.
  • The price is very affordable for all its functions.


    Burk Plus-X 300

    I/O interface
    Burk Technology
    Plus-X 300: The Plus-X 300 I/O interface simplifies distribution of monitoring and control to all areas of a facility by using Ethernet-based connectivity to the ARC Plus or ARC Plus SL. In addition to traditional transmitter site applications, the Plus-X 300 is well suited for use in studios, control rooms, IT spaces because wiring paths back to the remote control rack are no longer required. Each of eight input channels can be configured as either metering or status, allowing users to adapt the Plus-X 300 to the monitoring requirements of each installation. Relay outputs may be used in any combination of individual relays (momentary or latching) or in mutually exclusive raise/lower pairs.

    What the Judges had to say:

  • It's much easier to connect this variation of the relay panel to the remote control.
  • Communications via Ethernet simplifies installation.


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