Barix Audio Devices Updated with Two New Capabilities for Broadened Range of IP Audio Applications

Barix has added two new capabilities to its recently launched Exstreamer M400 decoder and IP Former analog-to-IP speaker conversion hardware, enabling the devices to address a broader range of IP audio applications. Direct integration with Barix’s IC Paging solution enables Exstreamer M400 and IP Former devices to be easily added as audio playout endpoints in the company’s paging and intercom platform, while AES67 support enables interoperability with Dante-compatible products and AES67-based audio-over-IP networks. 

The Exstreamer M400 is the first model in a new generation of Barix’s Exstreamer IP audio codec family. It offers end users and systems integrators an extensible and easy-to-deploy decoder platform supporting the latest technology standards for applications, including background music, paging, SIP/VoIP integration and emergency notification.

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The Barix IP Former hardware transforms analog loudspeakers into feature-rich, networked, PoE-powered IP speakers by providing an IP network interface, audio stream decoder and amplifier front-end for the 2-to 8-ohm speaker. Current analog speaker installations can be retrofitted by swapping their transformers with IP Former units.
Barix 1Barix’s flexible Intercom (IC) Paging solution is a fully IP-based paging and two-way intercom platform that delivers high-quality audio without requiring a server. With the new upgrade, Exstreamer M400 decoders and speakers equipped with IP Former can now be registered as endpoints in IC Paging deployments. The new integration supports zones and multi-master setups while allowing the prioritization of multiple tiers of audio sources. This includes background music, paging, SIP calls and interoperable, third-party mass notification solutions.

Newly added AES67 support enables Exstreamer M400 or IP Former units to be configured as dedicated AES67 receivers and decoders. Support for SAP (Session Announcement Protocol) enables automatic discovery of Dante streams on the network. Additional methods such as mDNS, RTSP and manual insertion of SDP information maximize compatibility with third-party audio-over-IP solutions that do not support SAP.

The new update adds the ability to upload custom CA certificates for enhanced security in IP networks. The devices’ SIP implementation enhancements include ultra-fast call handling and source switching, plus support for Secure SIP. Another new feature enables synchronization of audio playout across multiple speakers in the same area over a shared IP infrastructure, without the need for Dante or other dedicated audio-over-IP networks. Large-scale IP Former or Exstreamer M400 installations can be deployed using the devices’ free, browser-based System Configuration Tool.

The new IC Paging integration, AES67 support and other enhancements are available as firmware upgrades for the Exstreamer M400 and IP Former. Barix will highlight the integration at InfoComm in conjunction with the Annuncicom PS Touch, the company’s newest universal desktop master station for IP intercom, paging and V-over-IP.