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Intercom systems get flexible

Here in Amsterdam Clear-Com is demonstrating its new LQ-R interfaces for IP connections. The four or eight-port IP interface devices in a 1RU form factor are new additions to the LQ Series family this summer. They have already been proven to simplify and cost effectively extend or link any industry standard 2-wire or 4-wire intercom and audio system over LAN, WAN or IP networks to any remote location, said Clear-Com.

Stephen Sandford, product manager, Clear-Com, said, “Intercom and audio devices often have to be flexible and expansive to support multi-floor, multi-site or multi-venue operations. Unfortunately, many existing venues don’t have the internal infrastructure to support expansion of an intercom system without considerable upgrade or further system construction.

“Now with the introduction of LQ-R, Clear-Com’s LQ Series provides a complete IP connectivity solution that can help broadcasters achieve a more expansive intercom and audio deployment faster and with fewer resources,” he added.

The new LQ-R devices can provide either four or eight ports per rack unit, while the compact LQ throw-down devices offer two ports of connectivity. The devices have the option of either eight 4-wire connections, four 2-wire connections, or four 2-wire and four 4-wire connections in a single unit. The 2-wire option is both Clear-Com and RTS TW compatible. Also, a maximum of six LQ IP interfaces can be linked together in any 2- or 4-wire combination.

LQ utilises the low latency audio CODEC OPUS, which features a range of different settings to provide high quality audio on the network bandwidth available. This means that the LQ Series can be used for intercom conversation and for audio signals that need to be transported between floors or buildings, or across cities or countries.

The LQ series of products can operate in both point to point and partyline modes allowing the user flexibility of connection to meet their workflow needs, claimed Clear-Com.