New from Williams AV: the WaveCAST assistive listening system
The new WiFi delivered assistive listening system WaveCAST has just been introduced by Williams Sound. The digital signal provides high quality audio and the optional Dante interface provides a completely networked audio solution.
Built on a hardware‐based audio DSP audio system architecture, WaveCAST allows hearing assistance to be optimised for high-fidelity playback, voice can be set for maximum speech intelligibility and custom pre-sets can also be established for specific performance applications.
Professional audio inputs on the WaveCAST include 1/4” XLR connectors, phantom power and a line level output jack. In addition to multi‐stage gain control inputs, the DSP features include AGC, limiters, high and low pass filter, and adjustable range compressor control. The 16‐bit DAC provides a 48Khz sample rate for a smooth digital stream and minimises the digital harshness that occurs in low‐bit‐rate DACs used in embedded computer‐based assisted listening systems.
Available in iOS or Android WaveCAST provides an easy‐to‐use, intuitive user interface featuring multi‐channel discovery, allowing the app to automatically discover all WaveCAST units in the room and then select the desired channel. WaveCAST supports both unicast and multicast network configurations and can support up to 1,500 clients, depending on network support.
Williams AV president and chief executive Rob Sheeley said the WaveCAST system is unlike other WiFi systems.
“We designed the WaveCAST on a true DSP platform, providing balanced and unbalanced inputs with phantom power, adjustable input gain, aux output and easy integration into third-party control systems and Dante network audio solutions.”
Williams AV offers digital, infrared and induction loop wireless audio, as well as video annotation and presentation systems. Its products are distributed in Australia by Hills.