AES 2015: Focusrite expands RedNet range

Focusrite used the AES 139th Convention in New York to announce the launch of a new product in its popular RedNet range of Dante audio-over-IP products: the RedNet AM2 stereo audio monitoring unit.

RedNet AM2 is a Dante-compatible stereo monitoring unit combining headphone and line outputs for flexible monitoring of signals sourced from the Dante network. RedNet AM2 features a 1/4in front-panel headphone socket plus a pair of balanced line outputs with male XLR connectors mounted on the rear panel, which may be used for loudspeaker monitoring and other applications.

The headphone output promises significant audio output power, sufficient to drive even high-impedance headphones at substantial levels. RedNet AM2, fitted with non-slip feet, is designed to either sit securely on a flat surface or be mounted on top of a mic stand using a standard 3/8in BSW threaded bush in the base.

RedNet AM2 includes a two-channel Dante receiver based around the latest ‘Ultimo’ hardware – allowing up to 24 bit, 96kHz operation – and features an aluminium extrusion-based enclosure. Two large volume control knobs are provided for Headphone and Line output levels; the latter also features a mute button with associated LED. Other indicators show the presence of power, network and signal.

The unit may be powered either via PoE (Power over Ethernet) or via the 12V DC input barrel connector (universal power supply included). Dual etherCON connectors are included to connect the network and to daisy-chain to additional network devices.

RedNet product manager Will Hoult said of the announcement: “RedNet AM2 is a product our customers have requested and we’re pleased to deliver; allowing a reduction in the deployment cost of audio-over-IP systems for studio and education facilities, while the AES67 demonstration is an important aspect of the future of audio-over-IP which Focusrite is a key part of”.

RedNet AM2 is expected to begin shipping in Spring 2016.