Rane’s big gun in the show is the Halogen expandable DSP platform and when it was demonstrated, I could see what all the notoriety was about. Aimed at the hotel and convention center market the Halogen system integrates a number of control units into one combined sound control and distribution system on CAT5 and uses a software application to configure it. Also on display was the new CP66 that controls up to six independent and linkable zones of sound. It has one gated priority input for paging and offers a control solution for a more localized setup. This unit was the perfect balance product for the Halogen system and with the two of them, Rane appears to have all its bases covered for zone sound control on very large and more local layouts. Halogen and the CP66 seem to be a good solution for areas that are physically reconfigurable such as multipurpose rooms and facilities that have large rooms with movable partitions. The system can be preset to allow control as one large space or a number of smaller ones.
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