Peavey Commercial Audio Releases Crest Audio Stage 2x2D Direct Injection Network Audio Interface
Peavey Commercial Audio has a new Crest Audio Stage 2x2D Direct Injection Network Audio Interface. The Stage 2x2D is a DI box, PoE to Dante/AES67 capable pro-audio A-D/D-A interface that’s powered up for virtually any performance challenge. Designed with network audio streaming connectivity and supporting high-quality, low-noise extended dynamic range microphone, Line level and Hi-Z instrument pre-amplifiers, the Stage 2x2D delivers audio signals without compromise, transient audio loss or acoustic artifacts.
At the minimum, a DI box converts unbalanced high-impedance signals. At the maximum, a powerfully versatile DI network audio interface goes beyond the box and maintains signal integrity while improving the utility/efficiency of the pro-audio chain. The Stage 2x2D’s versatility is what separates this DI box from its competitors. From large arena touring events to permanent installation theaters, the Stage 2x2D makes DI signal connections fast and easy. In the studio, the 2x2D is right at home for any recording or post-production needs. On large network audio installations such as hotels, performance arts and convention centers, the Crest Audio 2x2D will reliably provide solid performance day in and day out.
The Stage 2x2D has an analog microphone input featuring a -60 to +4dBu and +24 gain range “without pads.” On the front panel, Signal Present and Peak LEDs allow for fast, accurate setup with optimal headroom (20dB at all settings) and low noise. An adjacent switch allows the user to apply +48V phantom power at the Mic input via a combo XLR/TRS 1/4 inch connector. A headphone output selection switch allows for monitoring of either the Hi-Z or Mic/Line signals. When it’s time to turn things up, the Hi-Z input is capable of being directly connected to backline amplifiers capable of accepting extremely high signal levels from 70V distributed power amplifier sound systems. The Line input pre-amp can take the heat, operating across a continuous setting range of -40 to +24dBu, with a max of +44dBu.
The Stage 2x2D delivers on the expectations of discerning audiophiles, with professional signal levels and a 1mΩ Hi-Z/instrument input that’s ideally suited for classic guitar pickups. When the signal goes out, the Inputs, Mic/Line, or Hi-Z are converted from analog to digital and routed as a Dante or AES67 network audio stream, with two “Network Return” channels available as line level outputs.
The Stage 2x2D is PoE powered (IEEE 802.3 af/at) via a network switch or PoE injector. For convenient installation, a 1U single or dual rack mount is available and housed in an aluminum extruded case with recessed-protected controls and connectors. Removable rubber protective “bumpers” are suitable for touring applications.