We’ve had many requests over the years for a product suitable for pro AV that can provide surround sound for boardrooms, conference rooms, and other installations. While a consumer surround sound receiver seems to be an easy solution, you won’t find the essential features you’ll want for effective pro AV integration. Many of them don’t have RS-232 serial control capability, and the vast majority of receivers do not offer balanced audio inputs and outputs, or an executive mode to prevent potential user tampering. They also require about 3U or more of rack space, plus additional space above for adequate ventilation.
Designed for Pro AV Integration
The Extron SSP 7.1 was designed with the needs of pro AV integrators and users in mind. It includes 7.1 channels of line level outputs for interfacing with other pro AV gear, including switchers and amplifiers. The analog input and outputs are provided on captive screw connectors, and can be wired for balanced or unbalanced operation.
The SSP 7.1 also offers RS-232 serial control, and includes user-friendly GUI software for setup and operation; more on this later. Compared to consumer surround sound receivers and preamplifiers, it’s very compact with a rack-mountable 1U, quarter rack width housing that’s designed to fit easily into credenzas where available space for equipment is often limited.
As a surround sound processor, the SSP 7.1 automatically detects and decodes incoming audio content in various Dolby® and DTS® formats from DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and HDTV broadcasts. It also offers Dolby Pro Logic II/IIx and DTS Neo:6® processing to provide surround sound from two-channel stereo. See the table for a complete listing of supported audio formats and processing modes. Coaxial and optical digital audio inputs are provided for use with consumergrade equipment such as DVD players.
Simple User Operation
Operation of the SSP 7.1 is very simple and intuitive, with controls provided on the front panel for input selection, volume, and overriding the current listening mode. There’s no need for a remote control, on-screen display, or front panel menu navigation.
LED indicators on the front panel enable quick, at-a-glance system status, including source selection, source format detection, surround sound decoding/processing mode, and output volume level.
With the touch of a single button, the user has the ability to select a preferred listening mode at any time. For example, if the SSP 7.1 is currently playing Dolby Digital 5.1 audio from a DVD, the user can switch to a different listening mode, such as two-channel downmixed stereo. Similarly, if playing two-channel stereo from CD or any other source, the user can elect to enhance the audio presentation to 7.1 surround sound via Dolby Pro Logic IIx. There is also the option to send stereo audio to all left and right speakers without surround sound processing.
See full details at www.extron.com