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Henry Engineering USB Matchbox II

USB audio interface
Henry Engineering
USB Matchbox II: The USB Matchbox II is a USB audio interface used instead of common PC sound cards. It eliminates typical PC interface problems of buzz, noise, insufficient headroom and incorrect levels. It also includes the most useful features of the USB Matchbox products, providing both analog and digital interfaces. There is stereo analog I/O on XLRs at professional levels, as well as an AES/EBU digital output, plus a headphone output for critical monitoring. The USB Matchbox II features Burr-Brown's new generation phase coherent ADC/DAC, in addition to advanced audio circuitry. The unit supports 32, 44.1, and 48kHz sample rates and is plug-and-play compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. It also features a built-in ac power supply to ensure operation at professional audio levels with available headroom.

What the Judges had to say:

  • This consolidates a few devices into a single package.
  • It doesn't get its power from the USB connector, so it can be used for longer distances.


    Litepanels 1x1

    1x1 Low-Profile: The Litepanels 1x1 Low-Profile fixtures protrude three inches from the ceiling or wall surface where they are mounted. This results in practically no loss of headroom or room space. Because the LED lamps on the Low-Profile are tilted at 40 degrees off axis, light is projected forward from the fixture to softly light the subject. Like all Litepanels LED lighting fixtures, the Low-Profile draws little power, and can be operated from 12Vdc. The fixtures are cool to the touch, even when operating, so they add no heat to a cramped space. And like other Litepanels 1x1 fixtures, it is dimmable via DMX or a control on the fixture itself, with no noticeable shift in color temperature.

    What the Judges had to say:

  • More stations are streaming video from the control room; this is ideal for low ceilings.
  • The LED lighting stays cool, and they are very bright.


    Nautel NV Series

    Solid-state FM transmitter line
    NV Series: Building on the NV40, Nautel now offers FM output power ranging from 3.5kW to 44kW with the NV3.5, NV5, NV7.5, NV10, NV15, NV20, NV30 and the flagship NV40. The NV Series of products offer several unique capabilities. An Advanced User Interface (AUI) provides more control with access from virtually anywhere, and the AUI increases station efficiency by making it easy to monitor and control. Nautel provides a control system with a 17" touch screen interface that manages the whole transmitter and multiple exciters. Real-time instrument-grade spectral analysis allows a station to quickly ensure that the signal is optimized for digital broadcast. All NV Series transmitters are digital-ready, allowing a plug-in Exgine upgrade to HD Radio broadcasting. Adaptive pre-correction provides linearity and IBOC transmission with no need for additional filters. Common modules across the product line are a plus for customers with multiple transmission sites.

    What the Judges had to say:

  • This completes the family with a broad power range.
  • It has it all: good interface, processing built-in, spectrum analyzer functions...


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