German manufacturer DirectOut used IBC2017 to reveal EXBOX.MD, a compact Dante to MADI converter box.
The concept is simple, according to the company: take any MADI format (coaxial BNC, optical SC or SFP) and convert all 64 channels to Dante and vice-versa. The device can be powered by up to two external power-supplies as well as PoE (Power over Ethernet). Four network ports are connected to an internal switch and give the opportunity to use Dante’s redundancy mode, while more EXBOX.MDs or other Dante devices can be connected directly to increase the number of channels.
The handy size of the popular EXBOX series (1/3 of 19’in), combined with the solid housing and redundant power supplies, is said to make the EXBOX.MD suitable for touring live shows, OB vans as well as studio applications.