MSE Audio just released applications for the SoundTube IPD Hub 2 DSP Amplifier that shows integrators how to create a Dante-enabled system without a traditional DSP. The IPD Hub 2 is now shipping globally.
SoundTube’s IPD Hub 2 amplifier is a two-channel Dante amp with DSP built-in. The amp is AES67-compatible and powered by PoE, PoE+ or 40W PoE. It includes an RJ45 Ethernet connection and can be used with Radio Design Labs Format A (RDL) or Attero Tech Axiom line level, mic level, balanced XLR or Bluetooth input devices — stereo or mono, virtually any input.
The interesting thing about the IPD Hub 2 Amplifier is that integrators can create a complete Dante-enabled audio system with SoundTube RVC-1 controls without using a traditional DSP. Using a decentralized DSP amplifier in each zone rather than a centralized DSP greatly reduces hardware costs making an IPD-HUB 2 networked audio system about the same price as a conventional 70/100V distributed audio system.
Designed for small to medium-sized applications, including bars, restaurants, hospitality, education facilities and more, the IPD HUB 2 Amplifier can be linked together to distribute audio over large spaces or set up to operate in up to eight zones. This is a typical application for a mid-size restaurant with a Dante main feed, five zones and local inputs in four zones. RVCs control two preset Dante and a local source with priority ducking in all zones. You can download that design here.
Another good application for the IPD Hub 2 is for a classroom or performing arts dressing room with a Dante main feed and a local input. The RVC control can be set to switch between the local and Dante inputs with priority ducking in the room. You can download that design here.
Here’s a video we shot about the SoundTube IDP-Hub 2 at ISE 2020: