Another ISE 2024 Launch: Barix’s First Native Dante Hardware Solution

Jan. 25, 2024
Among many things, the Barix IP Former TPA400 will help users change legacy speakers into IP speakers through a simple process.

Among the many solutions being released at ISE 2024, Barix will be showcasing its first native Dante hardware solution at stand 7C400 from January 30th to February 2nd, though it is available now. The new cost-efficient IP Former TPA400 Native Dante decoder/amplifier delivers low latency for synchronized audio playout across a multitude of end points.

Barix created the original IP Former TPA400 to aid customers in transforming legacy speakers into IP speakers by easily connecting the compact device to any loudspeaker. The application’s design gives an IP network interface, audio stream decoder and amplifier front-end for a two- to eight-ohm speaker, with PoE for simple installation. The application has Barix IPAC firmware which features five priority ports that allow the user to connect more than one audio source and organize them in a multi-layer hierarchy. This feature is useful for paging and public address systems that also stream background music.

The IP Former TPA400 is made to receive a single-channel Dante stream and play within ten milliseconds (10ms) of end-to-end latency, allowing for synchronous playout across multiple locations. Customers can route audio directly through Dante Controller, supporting a streamlined configuration, while the Dante-specific firmware eases integration with various audio systems.” For example, the IP Former TPA400 Native Dante can serve interior facility spaces while higher power Dante amplifiers can serve larger outdoor areas, ensuring consistent latency management across all end points. This makes the solution ideal for installation on large corporate and higher ed campuses, as well as within hospitality settings including large hotel and resort properties.” 

On top of the general introduction of the solution at ISE 2024, Barix will show how Dante facilities can utilize the IP Former TPA400 and other Barix hardware devices to connect two Dante networks through SIP connectivity and other protocols, including RTP and InformaCast. This application uses Barix IPAC firmware, which supports audio bridging between a variety of protocols. 

“Barix has developed a way to enable unidirectional and bidirectional interconnection of two Dante systems, using Barix IPAC hardware devices (Exstreamer M400, Exstreamer MPA400, Annuncicom MPI400, IP Former TPA400) to support SIP-based WAN bridging. The result is a simpler and lower-cost interconnection that removes the need for analog-to-Dante conversion to bridge the two networks, and instead feeds SIP calls direct to Dante networks.”


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