Bel Digital Audio has expanded its range of audio and HD video in-rack monitors with the introduction of the BM-A1-E16SHD – a 1U-high audio monitor capable of extracting and monitoring all 16 audio channels embedded in two 3G/HD or SD SDI video streams, plus provides the ability to monitor multiple analogue and digital sources.

Bel Digital Audio BM-A1-E16SHDConfiguration of the BM-A1-E16SHD and signal status display is via the front panel. Selection of inputs to be monitored is via a rotary rather than screen driven menus. Selected inputs are displayed on eight high-resolution multi-coloured LED bargraphs (selectable in two banks for Channels 1-8 and 9-16 respectively). Channels 1-8 are also provided as AES-3id and analogue outputs on the rear panel.

Inputs consist of a pair of auto-detecting 3G/HD/SD SDI inputs plus eight analogue audio inputs and four AES-3id pairs. An SDI re-clocked loop-thru connector is provided enabling connection to downstream equipment whilst a redundant power supply reinforces the monitor’s high-end broadcast credentials.

The new monitor comes in two versions; one with the optional Dolby decoding facility fitted and the other without. With Dolby decoding enabled, the unit handles Dolby E, Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus material from any of the AES inputs, or from any embedded audio pair within the SDI bitstreams. Comprehensive metadata reporting is also provided via the front panel display.

‘Both units are already in full production with units already shipping and we are finding that the monitors are gaining particular favour in installations where rack space is limited and ease of use is a key requirement sometimes as a direct result of that confined space,’ says Bel’s Barry Revels. ‘We have also been able to hit a really keen price point with these two units, while maintaining both quality and features –that has been reflected in the high levels of initial interest we have seen not just from our dealers but from outside broadcast providers and several systems integrators we work closely with.’


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