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L-Acoustics Releases LC16D Network Audio Converter

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L-Acoustics announced the release of the LC16D network audio converter, designed to “simplify the process of interfacing legacy digital formats with the Milan AVB time-sensitive network.” The company says the LC16D is a high-capacity AES/EBU- and MADI-to-Milan AVB audio network converter housed in a compact 1RU chassis. With up to 80 legacy format inputs and outputs, L-Acoustics says LC16D can interface with up to 128 channels to and from the network. It offers dynamic mapping of audio channels and comprehensive synchronization options, all controlled via an embedded web interface. L-Acoustics claims the LC16D features flexible power options, with the use of Power over Ethernet and seamless Milan AVB audio connections, providing redundancy features as standard.

L-Acoustics says LC16D is simple to use. The embedded web interface enables full control and monitoring from any device with a web browser and internet connection. The ten user configurations make storing and loading different channel mappings easy, while comprehensive clocking options make synchronization “effortless” and distribution of clock sources across connection formats possible.

The company says the LC16D acts as a bridge between legacy digital formats and a Milan AVB network, offering expanded connectivity and audio interfacing options in a budget-friendly format. It has a wide range of applications in the rental, corporate and fixed installation markets, as well as for broadcast, residential and recording studios.

At festivals, large-scale broadcasts, or other special event applications that use several interfaced digital consoles, LC16D’s integrated asynchronous sample rate converters on each AES/EBU input “eliminate the need for complex synchronization management,” allowing digital consoles to continue using their independent clock domains. This “simplifies the connection process and creates a plug-and-play AES/EBU-to-Milan AVB interface while also expanding the connectivity capacity of the drive system.”

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L-Acoustics says the LC16D can be used as a floating converter for fixed installations deployed anywhere a legacy digital connection needs to interface with a Milan AVB network. The combination of AES/EBU and MADI inputs allows any digital console to be connected “simply and efficiently,” while the converter’s outputs can be utilized to generate and distribute additional feeds as required.

“The first ever network converter from L-Acoustics, LC16D bridges legacy formats to the future of networking,” said Scott Sugden, director of product management, Electronics at L-Acoustics. “The powerful, feature-rich and cost-effective LD16D will ease and accelerate the adoption of the Milan AVB protocol.”

LC16D will ship in Q4 of 2023. View the LC16D launch video at:

For more information about LC16D, please visit: https://www.l-acoustics.com/products/lc16d/

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