Studio Technologies has launched the Model 362 Listen-Only Beltpack that features Dante audio-over-Ethernet technology. Intended for use by on-air talent or production personnel, the Model 362 is a two-channel user device that supports headphone monitoring of two audio channels associated with a Dante application.
Key features of the Model 362 include configurable audio channel routing, dual level controls, 1/4-inch and 3.5-mm output jacks, and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) powering. With only a PoE connection and a pair of headphones or an earpiece, a complete broadcast talent cue or audio monitoring location can be created. Also known as an interruptible foldback or “IFB,” talent cueing is an unheralded but critical part of on-air applications. The Model 362 can be used with other high-performance Dante-enabled products from Studio Technologies, such as party-line intercom and IFB interfaces, 2- and 4-channel intercom beltpacks and announcer’s consoles, as well as being interoperable with products from hundreds of other manufacturers.
The setup and operation of the Model 362 is fast and simple. Both power and bidirectional digital audio are provided via an etherCON RJ45 jack, which is used to interconnect with a port on a standard PoE-enabled network switch. Both 1/4-inch and 3.5-mm output jacks allow use of a wide range of stereo headphones, single- or dual-ear broadcast headsets, and stereo or monaural earpieces or earbuds.
The Dante Controller personal computer application can be used to route two audio sources to the Model 362’s inputs. Two “push-in/push-out” rotary potentiometers make it easy for the user to set and maintain the desired level on the two-channel headphone output. Four LEDs provide a clear and complete indication of the unit’s operating status.