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Acoustics and aesthetics in perfect harmony: Sennheiser presents the ADN discussion system

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OLD LYME, Conn. – June 9, 2010: Audio specialist Sennheiser is presenting the premium ADN (Audio Distribution Network) discussion system at InfoComm 2010. ADN was designed as a premium entry-level solution for the conference market. The wired, digital discussion system is comprised of an easy-to-use central unit and two conference terminal options; one for the conference manager and the other for the participants. Special features include superb Sennheiser sound quality, sophisticated design, an intuitive user interface and a fully integrated software package within the central unit.

“High-quality acoustics were of particular importance to us,? explained Vanessa Jensen, Sennheiser’s senior product specialist for conference systems. “The components have been carefully developed by Sennheiser engineers to ensure the highest audio quality, as well as simple operation and total reliability.”

Excellent sound
Great sound quality begins with the microphone. The ADN conference unit uses the high-quality Sennheiser KE 10 capsule, a super-cardioid pick-up pattern that brings the speaker into focus, efficiently attenuating ambient noise. A DSP limiter ensures that the audio signal cannot over-amplify. Audio is reproduced by the station’s integrated twin loudspeakers; they create a pleasant sound with excellent voice intelligibility over the entire conference room—even when just a few conference units are in use.

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Aesthetics for every type of room
The design of the conference units blends in harmoniously with all environments, being equally at home in modern conference halls as well as historic buildings and council chambers. The stylish, understated visual appeal is emphasized by the hidden cable connections of the conference units. The RJ-45 ports allow the system to be set up quickly and easily. For fixed installations, a cable strain relief is available for added reliability.

Central unit with integrated PC
The central unit boasts a wealth of features, including an integrated PC with pre-installed conference software. It delivers a graphic overview of the conference room (including a room photo if desired), enabling control of the microphone distribution and the conference settings—all you need to do is connect a screen, keyboard and mouse! The balanced XLR audio output allows the sound to be distributed to external equipment, such as public address, as well as RF and Infrared assistive listening systems for the hearing impaired. External audio sources such as a wireless microphone receiver can be connected via the XLR audio input.

With extremely low fan noise, the central unit can be located in the conference room. Data transmission is via an EtherCAT bus; depending on the length of the system cables used the central unit can supply between 30 and 40 conference units. Remote PC access and future media control have been factored in as the central unit is equipped with an Ethernet connection.

Future-proofing guaranteed
These units are just the beginning of a comprehensive system: “ADN is based on a platform which can be extended to accommodate new functions and additional conference unit types and quantities,? Jensen explained. “All the important interfaces—XLR, Ethernet, USB, VGA—are provided. And with the continued global trend towards digital networking, ADN rises to the challenge and offers customers a safe investment for the future.?

The ADN Conference System – the components at a glance
ADN CU1 Central unit with integral PC and conference software (seven languages; can be extended), XLR Audio in, XLR Audio out, RJ-45 conference bus, 2 x USB, 1 x VGA, 1 x Ethernet
ADN D1 Delegate unit complete with microphone and headphone socket
ADN C1 Chairman’s unit complete with microphone and headphone socket, as well as buttons for conference control (priority/cancel, next)

Accessories:
ADN TR1 Strain relief for the conference unit cables
ADN RMB-2 Rack-mount kit for the central unit
SDC CBL RJ45 CAT5 system cables, available in 6.6 ft. (2 m), 10 ft. (3 m), 16 ft. (5 m), 33 ft. (10 m), 66 ft. (20 m) and 164 ft. (50 m) lengths

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