Audio Processing Update
Orban Optimod-FM 8600
The current top-of-the-line product from Orban is the Optimod-FM 8600. Among its many features are:
■ Active-matrix, color, liquid-crystal display with front-panel joystick for navigation
■ Dual processing chains for analog and HD/DAB/lossy-codec outputs
■ AGC and stereo enhancement are common, but multiband compression/limiting and peak limiting are independent
■ HD Radio audio bandwidth is user adjustable between 15 and 20kHz
■ Guaranteed protection of RDS/RBDS/SCA spectrum
■ Dual rear-panel SCA inputs
■ Integrated line-up tone generation that facilitates level setting
■ Up to 16.2 seconds of diversity delay
■ Backward compatibility with user-developed processing presets from older Orban processors
■ Latest software version provides SSBSC mode in the stereo generator
■ Uses 8600 PC Remote software running on user's PC for remote access
A non-HD version is also available.
Wheatstone AirAura 2.0
Wheatstone is a relative newcomer to the OTA processor market. Its top-of-the-line product is the AirAura 2.0. In addition to the standard features, it has:
■ Dual front-panel displays
■ 31-band limiter - one set for analog FM, one for HD
■ Wheatnet-IP input in addition to standard inputs
■ Analyzer functions for input or processed audio: 1024 point FFT, oscilloscope, energy vs. audio frequency
■ Dual SCA inputs on rear panel
■ Ethernet ports for remote access
■ Uses Audio Processing Guru running on user's PC for remote access
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