Beijing TV Gets Artistic With Riedel
Beijing Television (BTV) picked Riedel’s Artist intercom system for its new studio complex. The system, currently being installed by Beijing-based system integrator ATC Technology, will include 6x Artist frames connected over a redundant fiber ring and more than 170 panels, making it currently the largest intercom installation in the country.
“We were very impressed with what Riedel has to offer,” says Zhou Xuhui, director of the BTV technical equipment department. “It was the combination of features and flexibility that lead us to our choice.”
The new installation will serve 12 studios and one master-control room using mainframes of various sizes, including 5x Artist 64 frames and one Artist 32 frame. All six frames will be linked via fiber to form a single decentralized non-blocking intercom matrix.
For the system, BTV decided on Riedel’s 2000 series LCD display panels. The 2000 series panels provide eight-character LCD displays, the ability to individually adjust the volume of any source, and a digital connection to the matrix via either CAT-5 or coax cabling. “For us, the panels offered the best balance between functionality and cost,” says Zhang Jing, a project manager for BTV.
In addition to the matrix frames and control panels, BTV added a number of other components to the system. C44 digital partyline interfaces, C3 two-channel digital beltpacks, and 16 CD-2 desktop speaker stations provide broadcast-quality digital audio to all partyline intercom locations on industry-standard XLR cable. Five Connect Solo analog telephone hybrids integrate telephone lines while four Connect IP interfaces bring VoIP functionality to the system.
“We’re very pleased and look forward to working with Riedel in the future,” says Li Xun, vice chief engineer of BTV.