Telos Alliance company Linear Acoustic updated its MT2000 multichannel bitstream analyser. Featuring a full suite of test capabilities in a handheld form factor, the MT2000 allows engineers to analyse and troubleshoot digital audio paths quickly and portably. The new software is said to dramatically simplify use and improve signal display, as well as adding several new features.
The software update offers a streamlined menu structure, the ability to view 16 channels of audio at once, automatic detection of input signal type, and (optional) SNMP capability. In addition, the MT2000 can also analyse SMPTE 337 formatting, measure Dolby E guard band and line position, and display all the metadata contained in a Dolby-encoded bitstream. In support of ATSC A/85 (CALM) and EBU R128 recommendations, it also includes comprehensive ITU-R BS.1770-1/2/3 loudness measurement capabilities with user selectable Dolby Dialog Intelligence.
A bright OLED display provides channel signal levels and loudness, as well as status updates at a glance, while a combination jog wheel and navigation joystick provides complete control. In addition to viewing the characteristics of a signal from the analyser’s display, engineers can utilise the unit’s built-in speaker or headphone output to listen to the audio on the spot and verify composition and quality of the metered audio signals.
“The Linear Acoustic MT2000 Multichannel Bitstream Analyzer is a feature-packed tool for PCM and Dolby encoded audio analysis and generation,” said Tim Carroll, Linear Acoustic founder and Telos Alliance CTO. “It is an efficient tool for end-to-end system testing and is ideal as a modern, advanced replacement for the venerable, but long discontinued Dolby DM100.”