Clear-Com FreeSpeak II Makes Its NAB Debut

Clear-Com’s FreeSpeak II wireless intercom is making its first NAB appearance this April. The new system, which is the successor to CellCom in North America, will be shown alongside the recently introduced LQ Series of IP interfaces and upgraded V-Series panels.

Launched at IBC 2014, FreeSpeak II has already been supplied for the kind of large installations it was designed for, including the 2015 Oscars show. It runs in multiple, license-free DECT frequencies in the 1.897 to 1.933GHz band and includes a new five-channel digital belt pack, which is resistant to water and dust and complies with the IP-65 rating. Other features include: a Listen Again audio memory replay function, real-time battery monitoring and a technician's light. The belt packs are designed to be used in conjunction with the distributed Active Antennas, which allow freedom of movement over a wide area.

FreeSpeak II can be used either as a standalone wireless system with a base station or, as FreeSpeak II Integra, integrated with Eclipse HX matrices. Up t 20 full duplex wireless belt packs can be connected in base station mode, with the number rising to 50 for a matrix (although this is only 25 in North America).

Designed for connecting intercom and program audio installation over long runs using an IP network, the LQ Series range of IP interfaces can be used with two-wire partyline comms as well as in four-wire communications and audio systems. Introduced in January, the LQ Series is part of the Intercom Connectivity (ICON) range and is aimed at operators looking for a cost-effective way to expand existing intercom system using IT networks.

More IP capability is available for Clear-Com products through Eclipse HX v8.0 software for V-Series control panels. The upgrade converts the panels into two-in-one units for IP communications, with both intercom and IP audio gateway capabilities.

Clear-Com will exhibit in NAB 2015 booth C5409.

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