ELAN shipping IP-enabled audio distribution system with Dante
ELAN has released an IP-enabled audio distribution system that uses Dante audio technology. The new system leverages Dante for distributing superior-quality audio long distances over an existing network, thereby simplifying whole house audio and reducing cabling and labor costs.
The comprehensive new ELAN audio distribution line of products includes a multi-zone audio matrix, multi-zone audio extender, multi-zone pre-amp audio matrix, local audio source interface and a network audio card.
“We’re taking music entertainment and fast installs to the next level as one cable truly does it all,” Nortek Security and Control (NSC) vice president of marketing Richard Pugnier says.
“As one of the first to leverage Dante audio networking in the residential market, we are pleased to deliver the innovative benefits to our customers. Dante provides uncompressed, multi-channel audio, with near-zero latency.”
NSC product manager Jeff Shaw says that the new ELAN system installs more easily and quickly using off-the-shelf network equipment and cables and uses proven, reliable protocols.
“Integrators and homeowners alike will love it because it enables decentralised installations, with sources and amps placed where they make most sense such as in a pool or guest house. This lowers cost-of-ownership too,” he explains.
The system also includes pre-amp audio out connections that can be used to deliver audio to external amplifiers designed to power landscape speaker systems. The solution is highly flexible and expandable, giving the ability to add more sources or more zones when needed.
Adding to the flexibility is the local audio source, which can be placed anywhere a source is located, delivering audio to the system over the network. For example, it can be used with a turntable or be placed behind a TV.