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NX-100 Series

The NX-100 network audio adapter provides transmission of audio and control information over IP networks. This may be over a LAN, or can be extended using dedicated lines or the internet, for transmission to remote areas. A unit is installed at each of the locations which are to receive and/or transmit audio, and connected together by the IP network. Each unit will then connect to up to 64 other units, to give two-way audio streaming, general purpose control using contact closures, and RS 232 data. The later NX-100S provides much of this functionality (no RS232 transmission). Applications include multipoint broadcasting of paging and background programme, to remote areas such as railway platforms and supermarket chains, as well as the monitoring of equipment and audio at remote sites, offering the greater reliability of a hardware-based solution rather than a software application.

The rear panel has a coaxial DC power input for an optional AD-246 AC adapter and a DC power input using a Pheonix style connector. The NX-100 can be operated from this supply, or ithe input can be used for a back-up supply . The network connection is RJ45 which may be connected to a hub, or to a PC or router by using a cross-over lead. This connection is used to set up the unit. A 9-pin D-sub connector provides an RS 232 port, and two mini-Pheonix style connectors provide eight general-purpose control inputs and eight outputs respectively. Audio input and output are balanced via mini-Pheonix style connectors. The input has associated mic/line switch and volume control. The front panel has Link/Activity, Full-Duplex/Collision, Status, Error and Run LED indicators, as well as a recessed reset button which may be accessed using a suitable sharp point. The unique MAC address of the unit is printed helpfully on the panel.

Software on CD is supplied, to be installed on a PC in order to set up the unit. The software supports Windows 2000/XP, and is used to connect to the unit/units via the IP network connection. Java runtime environment is required, supplied on the CD. The software, once installed will scan a local network and locate all the NX-100 units on it. Note this will not work through routers. The software has tools to assign networking details to the units it discovers. Once the desired transmission parameters have been set, further tools may be used to set up virtual zones to which broadcasts may be sent, which may be controlled from a PC, or may be configured for actuation by the general purpose control inputs. NX-100 units on different network segments (eg the internet) may be manually added to the system and maintained remotely using the NX-100 embedded web server.

Audio packets are sent either in Unicast or Multicast modes. In the former case, four different simultaneous transmissions may be sent to up to four other NX-100 devices. In Multicast mode, the same transmission may be sent to up to 64 locations. Various parameters may be adjusted to provide for different capacity connections. ‘Voice packet loss recovery’is a function to compensate for the loss of voice packets due to communications interference. There are three modes: Silence; sections without voice packets are processed as silence): Redundancy; enables the audio to be output normally, for continuous losses of up to eight packets: Retransmission; enables the audio to be output normally for continuous losses of up to 15 seconds. Packet size may be set between 8 and 1024 bytes; sampling frequency between 8kHz and 32kHz. These settings will determine the bandwidth used on the network, and the time delay imposed.

The depth of control and operational options for these units is far too deep for even a resume here. If further specific detail is required, please down load a copy of the manual from http://www.toa-corp.co.uk, or contact Technical Support.

Bandwidth used by a single, one-way, audio stream:

AudioAudioSamplingVoicePacket lossDelayBandwidthSuggested
compressionbandwidthratepacketrecovery modetimeusednetwork
sizecapacity (1)
For LAN and dedicated lines:
No50Hz - 14kHz32kHz128Silence0.02776kb/s>1.5 Mb/s
No50Hz - 14kHz32kHz128Redundancy0.93820kb/s>1.5 Mb/s
Yes50Hz - 14kHz32kHz32Silence0.02392kb/s>1.5 Mb/s
Yes50Hz - 14kHz32kHz32Redundancy0.93245kb/s>1.5 Mb/s
Yes50Hz - 7kHz16kHz1024Silence1.368kb/s128kb/s
Yes50Hz - 7kHz16kHz1024Redundancy7.410kb/s128kb/s
Yes50Hz - 3.4kHz8kHz1024Silence2.634kb/s64kb/s
Yes50Hz - 3.4kHz8kHz1024Redundancy1551kb/s64kb/s
For Internet:
Yes50Hz - 14kHz32kHz1024Silence0.6136kb/s>512kb/s
Yes50Hz - 14kHz32kHz1024Retransmission30369kb/s>512kb/s
Yes50Hz - 7kHz16kHz1024Silence1.368kb/s128kb/s
Yes50Hz - 3.4kHz8kHz1024Retransmission3092kb/s128kb/s
Yes50Hz - 3.4kHz8kHz1024Silence2.634kb/s64kb/s
Yes50Hz - 3.4kHz8kHz1024Redundancy1551kb/s64kb/s
Note (1): The suggested bandwidth allows for bi-directional audio streams; additional bandwidth will be required for transmission of any control signals or serial data.

Technical Specification:

Audio input:Balanced, transformer isolated, -58dV to 0dBV, 2kohms
Audio output:Balanced, transformer isolated, 600ohms minimum load impedance
Frequency response:50-14,000Hz, at a sampling frequency of 32kHz
Distortion:0.3% at 1 kHz, sampling frequency 32kHz
Control inputs:Eight plus common ground, open voltage 12V DC, short-circuit current 10mA
Control output:Eight plus common ground, open collector output, withstand voltage 30V DC, current 50mA maximum
Network I/F:10BASE-T/100BASE-TX, auto-negotiation
Network protocol:TCP/IP, UDP, HTTP, RTP, IPv6 compatible
Environment:0 to +50 degrees C, under 90% relative humidity, no dew condensation
Power source:DC: 24V DC, 200mA
AC: Optional AD-246 power supply, 220-230V AC, 50/60Hz
Dimensions:210(w) x 46(h) x 188(d)mm

Included accessories: CD (PC setting/operation software program), mating connectors for DC input, audio I/O, control I/O, RS-232C. Optional accessories :Rack mounting brackets: MB-15B-BK, MB-15B-J, for one and two units respectively. AD-246 power supply; has IEC inlet, supplied with AC cordset. Captive lead to NX-100.


The NX-100S is a streamlined version, with all the features of the NX-100 except the RS-232 transport and external 24V DC supply capability. It has enhancements including signal and peak LED’s on the front panel and phantom power for condenser microphones. Note that this version requires an external power supply to function, such as the AD-246.

Usage note

The sheer power and flexibility of these devices, which makes them adaptable to almost all ethernet network configurations, also result that a badly configured unit, or worse, units, could cause havoc on a LAN or WAN already in use for normal IT activities. It is advisable to consult with an appropriately expert network engineer before using an NX-100 unit outside it’s own dedicated LAN.

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