Cobalt Digital Introduces Card-Based Solution for Distribution of MADI Signals

Cobalt Digital, a manufacturer of 3G/HD/SD conversion gear, has announced the launch of its 9257 1×9 MADI audio distribution amplifier. The new card-based solution provides a quick and easy way to transport audio between vehicles without the need for fiber. Up to 20 input channels of the scalable DA, developed for the openGear open-architecture platform, can be installed in one frame.

“The 9257 is another example of Cobalt’s quick response to customers’ requests,” said Chris Shaw, senior VP of sales and marketing. “Our customers wanted more versatility, specifically the ability to receive MADI signals from another truck without fiber and without degradation. This card allows multiple signal copies to be reclocked, thereby preserving signal integrity and enabling a longer cable run.”

The 9257 supports sampling frequencies up to 96 kHz, with a 64-channel payload supported at the industry standard 48 kHz sampling rate (all other sampling rates specified as valid per AES10-2003 are accommodated at various payload capacities). The card features easy-to-use card-edge monitor/control and remote control locally or across a standard Ethernet network via the DashBoard application for openGear. The 9257 also offers DashBoard display and alarm for input signal status and LOS alarms, and can reliably equalize up to 250m of 1694A coax cable. The card is available with several rear I/O module choices that offer BNC, DIN1.0/2.3, or HD-BNC connectors.