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New Products and Upgrades from Clear-Com at AES 2016

The 2016 AES show in Los Angeles saw Clear-Com exhibiting a range of products that have been introduced or updated over the last year. Among the intercom units on display at the LA Convention Centre were version 3.0 of the HelixNet digital party line system, the new FreeSpeak II Base II unit and three additions to the LQ Series, which made their first appearance at IBC 2016.

Clear-Com is already shipping HelixNet version 3.0, which is able to deliver 24 party line channels, creating a group communications network. The Main Station component provides 12-channels of intercom, with the capacity to increase this to 24 through the user buying a firmware licence. The system is equipped with a LAN/WAN IT network infrastructure, which carries all audio channels, programme sound and interfacing. It is also possible to connect belt packs, remote stations and speaker stations using standard Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) switchers. Systems can be configured using either the CCM browser-based application or the Main Station's front panel menu.

The FreeSpeak II Base II wireless base station was debuted at AES and shown with the new fibre-based FreeSpeak II FSII SPL splitter box. The splitter can be used to connect transceivers using an established IP network. The FreeSpeak II system itself can be built up to 25 full-duplex wireless belt packs, covering large scale productions using a total of ten distributed antenna transceivers and two transceiver splits. A distance of up to 65000 feet from the base station can be achieved using fibre connectivity. It is also possible to link to industry standard analogue party line and four-wire systems using FreeSpeak II's multiple two-wire and four-wire ports.

Clear-Com has added three units to the LQ Series: the LQ-4WG2, a small, portable model with two four-wire connectors and GPIO (general-purpose input/output) compatibility; the eight four-wire and GPIO LQ-R4WG8; and the four two-wire and four four-wire LQ-R2W4-4WG4 (both the last two being 1RU rack-mountable). Through the addition of four-wire audio and GPIO connectivity using a nine-way interface, it is now possible to carry two-way radio transmissions, plus the transmission of audio and trigger signals, over either an IP network or over the internet.

The entire LQ Series has also been upgraded to allow interconnection with the Eclipse HX matrix using the IVC-32-HX IP card. This means that standard intercoms or two-way radios can be matrixed over networks between buildings, cities or different countries using Eclipse HXs connected over IP or the internet.

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