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SONIFEX AUDIO MONITORS

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Sonifex's Reference Monitor range is a series of rack-mount audio monitors, combining DSP technology with 'outstanding audio enclosure design' to produce monitors with 'exceptional sound quality' for use in broadcast and production studios.

CONFIDENCE MONITORS

The entry models in the Sonifex Reference Monitor range, these 1U rack-mounting audio monitors, with both loudspeakers and meters, use a similar speaker system to the premium designs, to offer a good sound with a reduced feature-set. They range from a two-input analogue model to a design with two analogue and six digital inputs. All have LED-bar-graph meters and a line-level, balanced, analogue output fed from the source selector.

Common Features

Both models are built in welded, sealed, stainless-steel cases, with milled, anodised aluminium front panels. Measures to avoid compromise to the acoustic output include foam seals for the lid, foam sealant on XLR and USB connectors and silicon sealant applied to components to avoid movement or vibration.

The loudspeaker system is three-way. The two drivers for left and right mid and high frequencies are mounted in moulded enclosures. The forward-facing bass unit is fed with a mono signal from the DSP based active crossover. The drivers are magnetically shielded to avoid interference to CRT and TFT displays.

The front panel is dominated by speaker grilles at either side. These have separate apertures for the MF/HF drivers and the internal LF unit. The source to be monitored is chosen with a push-button switch, with LED indication of the current source. The level of the chosen source is shown on an eight-segment LED bar-graph display with PPM and VU scales indicated. The bar-graph can optionally be lowered by 10dB (if using the unbalanced input), set by a switch on the rear. A single phase-meter LED indicates channel correlation or phase error conditions. There are rotary balance and volume controls (see below), which feed a speaker protection limiter, headphone output, the crossover, power amplifiers and the speakers. Inserting a jack into the 6.35mm headphone socket causes the speakers to mute. LEDs indicate if the loudspeaker limiter is activated.

A switch on the rear allows the unit to monitor either stereo signals, with the two control knobs on the front panel acting as stereo volume and balance control to alter the stereo imaging of the left and right channels, or dual-mono signals, with the two control knobs acting as left and right volume controls. A pair of line-level analogue audio outputs follow the selected source at the selected level, or optionally at 10dB lower (if using the unbalanced input), again set by a switch on the rear. Settings on the front panel are stored in non-volatile memory which is recalled at power-up. The audio level meters may be set to either PPM or VU characteristics, again by a switch on the rear.

The rear panels have an IEC power inlet with associated fuse, as well as the audio inputs and outputs. All models have a pair of XLR outlets for the analogue line-level outputs of the source monitored. Analogue stereo inputs one and two each have a pair of balanced XLR connectors. These may be wired unbalanced if required. Input two has, in addition, a pair of RCA(phono) sockets. A miniature switch bank provides the meter level, meter characteristic, level-control mode and output level setting as described above.

Inputs: +18dBu, at 0dB gain, 20kohms, analogue XLR, 10k ohms, analogue RCA(phono), maximum; 0dBFS, 110 ohms, 32-192kHz sampling rate, digital, maximum. Common mode rejection: 60dB typical. Input gain: +10dB on unbalanced inputs. Response: 20Hz-20kHz +0/-0.5dB. Distortion: Better than 0.02%, 1kHz, +8dBu output. Noise: -95dB RMS, 0dB gain, below +8dBu output. Crosstalk: Better than -90dB / -85dB, 1kHz/10kHz, at 0dBu. Outputs: +18dBu, 50 ohms. Crossover: 250Hz. Power amplifiers: 2x 7W, 1x 15W. Distortion: Better than 0.1%, at 1kHz, 3W, HF; Better than 0.01%, 100Hz, 6W, LF. Noise: Better than -102dB referred to full output. Headphone output: 80mW, 32 - 600 ohms load. Acoustic output: 98dB SPL, peak, at 610mm. Power source: 85-264V AC, 47-63Hz, 60W peak. Dimensions (WxDxH): 480 x 270 x 44mm. Weight: 4.4kg.

Included accessories: Manual. AC power cable.


RM-CA2 - Two analogue stereo channels

This has a single push-button to select between the two analogue inputs. Two LEDS are positioned next to two printed blocks on the front panel which may be marked to designate the sources.


RM-CAD8 - Two analogue stereo channels and six digital stereo inputs

This model can select a source from an additional six stereo digital inputs. As well as the two stereo analogue inputs there are also four stereo AES/EBU balanced inputs, one stereo S/PDIF unbalanced input and a stereo optical unbalanced input. Again a single push button is used to cycle through the inputs; this model has eight LEDs with annotation areas. The source-select button illuminates to indicate synchronisation lock to the incoming digital source. The rear has, additionally, four female XLR, one RCA(phono) and one TOSlink connector, for AES/EBU, S/PDIF and optical inputs respectively. Sample-rate converters on the digital inputs allow sources of different sample rates to be connected and monitored, between 32kHz and 96kHz..

REFERENCE MONITORS

This range of rack-mounting audio monitors have loudspeakers and LED level and phase meters fed by source selectors which accept both digital AES/EBU and analogue line level signals. All processing, including parametric equalisation and a comprehensive set of controls, is conducted in the digital domain, feeding an advanced stereo loudspeaker array in only one unit of rack space. The various models offer four stereo inputs, 20 stereo inputs, and four-channel dual mono types which have four meters. An optional expansion card extends this to include an SDI interface, de-embedding a further four stereo pairs; factory fitted options provide the facility to monitor Dolby E or Dolby Digital audio channels in HD-SDI, SD-SDI and AES/EBU signals.

Common Features

All models are built in welded, sealed, stainless-steel cases, with milled, anodised aluminium front panels. Measures to avoid compromise to the acoustic output include foam seals for the lid, foam sealant on XLR and USB connectors and silicon sealant applied to components to avoid movement or vibration.

The loudspeaker system is three way. The two drivers for left and right mid and high frequencies are mounted in moulded enclosures. The forward-facing bass unit is fed with a mono signal from the DSP based active crossover. A five-band parametric equaliser can be accessed for equalisation purposes using Windows-based remote control software.

The front panel is dominated by speaker grilles at either side. These have separate apertures for the MF/HF drivers and the internal LF unit. The source to be monitored is chosen with a dual-function rotary encoder. Inputs are categorised into ‘banks’, each of which can have a number of sources, which are chosen by pressing the knob, which steps through the banks which are available. The source is then chosen by rotating the knob. LEDS around the knob indicate which bank and source is selected. LED bargraph displays of level can be configured, excepting the RM-4C8, to follow this input selection, or the output of the system, after the ‘audio modifiers’, which provide dim, cut left, cut right, mono sum and phase invert functions and M+S encoding or decoding, using illuminated keys, some of which may be controlled by external signals. A phase bargraph follows the output of these ‘modifiers’, as do the rotary balance and volume controls, which feed a speaker protection limiter, headphone output, the crossover, power amplifiers and the speakers. Inserting a jack into the 6.35mm headphone socket causes the speakers to mute. LEDs indicate if the loudspeaker limiter is activated, if the selected source is within 0.5 dB or over of the point at which clipping occurs, and if a valid digital audio signal is present on the selected source. The brightness of all the indicators may be adjusted using a recessed screwdriver operated control. All the settings on the front panel are stored in non-volatile memory which is recalled at power-up. The audio level meters may be set to a variety of characteristics, by means of switches accessed from the underside of the case. Self-adhesive scale labels are provided for Nordic, BBC, EBU, DIN and AES digital PPM characteristics, dual PPM with VU scale, as well as standard and extended VU.

The rear panels have a type B USB socket, and 9-pin D-sub female connector for external control, a 25-pin male D-sub type providing remote inputs and outputs and a fused IEC power inlet, as well as the audio inputs and outputs. All models have a pair of XLR outlets which may be used to provide either an analogue line level or AES digital output of the source monitored, either pre or post the volume control. A blank plate covers the aperture for the optional expansion cards. The remote connector offers audio under-level, audio over-level and sustained phase-error alarms, which latch, and an non-latching AES/EBU lock output, all presented as open collector outputs. Mute, dim and alarm reset functions are implemented by connecting the appropriate pin to ground.

Sonifex SCi software, available free of charge as a download from Sonifex, when installed on a suitable PC, provides graphical access to all remote control and configuration options via both RS232 and USB interfaces. Alternatively, commands may be issued from any text-based terminal program.

Inputs: +18dBu, at 0dB gain, 20kohms, analogue, maximum; 0dBFS, 110 ohms, 32-192kHz sampling rate, digital, maximum. Common mode rejection: 60dB typical. Input gain: 0 to +18dB, 6dB steps. Response: 20Hz-20kHz +0/-0.5dB. Distortion: Better than 0.02%, 1kHz, +8dBu output. Noise: -84dB RMS, 0dB gain, below +8dBu output. Crosstalk: Better than -90dB / -85dB, 1kHz/10kHz, at 0dBu. Outputs: +18dBu, 50 ohms, analogue; 0dBFS, 110 ohms, 48kHz sample rate, digital. Speaker equalisation: Parametric, 5 bands, 0.25 to 2 octave bandwidth, 200Hz to 18kHz centre frequency, +/- 12dB. Crossover: 500Hz. Power amplifiers: 2x 5W, 1x 20W. Distortion: Better than 0.05%, at 1kHz, 3W, HF; 100Hz, 6W, LF. Noise: Better than -80dB referred to full output. Headphone output: 80mW, 32-600 ohms load. Acoustic output: 102dB SPL, peak, at 610mm. Power source: 85-264V AC, 47-63Hz, 60W peak. Dimensions (WxDxH): 480 x 305 x 44mm. Weight: 4.5kg.

Included accessories: Handbook, metering overlay labels, USB cable, IEC power lead.
Optional accessories: RM-HD1 HD-SDI Expansion Card, see below.


RM-2S4 - Four Analogue Or Digital Stereo Channels

This model has two horizontal multi-coloured, 53-segment bargraph meters which show the currently selected stereo source. The source selector offers a choice of four sources from each of four banks. As standard one of the four banks is available, which is fed by eight XLR connectors on the rear. These may be used for either analogue or AES digital inputs and are auto switching. The remaining three banks are for use when expansion cards are fitted.


RM-2S10 - Ten Analogue And Ten Digital Stereo Channels

This also has two horizontal multi-coloured, 53-segment bargraph meters, showing the currently selected source. The source selector offers a choice of up to ten sources, from each of four banks. The first bank is for the ten analogue inputs, the second for the ten AES digital inputs; the remaining two are for use with expansion cards. Three 25-pin D-sub connectors on the rear panel are used as the inputs. On the RM-2S10, the presence of active signal on a source input is indicated by green illumination of the corresponding source LED. The currently selected source is indicated by yellow illumination.

Where there is a mixture of up to ten analogue and digital inputs, selecting the auto-selection option may be useful. This will cause the RM-2S10 to switch automatically between the analogue or digital bank when a source is selected, depending on which is connected. Both the analogue and digital bank LEDS will be illuminated, and if a valid digital signal, for the selected source positions, is present, it will be selected. If not, the analogue source will be selected.


RM-4C8 - Dual Mono - Eight Analogue Or Four Digital Inputs

Useful for monitoring the audio channels in an SDI group, or groups of de-embedded AES/EBU channels, this model, unlike the others, is a dual mono design. It has four vertical, 26-segment, multi-coloured LED bargraph meters, displaying the four sources in the currently selected bank. The meters behave as input meters; they are not affected by the ‘modifier’ controls. There is an extra source selector on the right hand side of the front panel to select the source for the right hand speaker from the same bank as selected with the left hand control, which offers six banks. The rear panel has eight XLR connectors, designated as bank A and bank B. Within each bank, either two AES digital or four single channel analogue signals may be connected. The signals from the AES connections on XLR 1 will appear as sources 1 and 2, and the signals from XLR 3 will be sources 3 and 4. The analogue signals may be mono, or half of a stereo or M+S pair. They are auto-detected. The remainder of the banks are for use with expansion cards. Stereo or M+S pairs may be monitored by selecting the appropriate source on the two source selectors.


RM-HD1 HD-SDI Expansion Card

When fitted in the rear expansion port, RM-HD1 makes it possible for multiple AES groups embedded within a 3G, HD-SDI or SD-SDI video signal to be de-embedded and monitored. The expansion board can extract any of the four available AES/EBU groups (2 stereo pairs) from the video signal and connect them to the source selector for monitoring. The BNC input is auto-sensing for either SD, HD, or single link 3G input formats. The SDI input is equalised, internally re-clocked and re-transmitted via a BNC output connector to pass to external equipment such as another monitor unit. This card may be fitted by the user.

Compatible with RM-2S4, RM-2S10, RM-4C8

Supported standards: SMPTE 259M-C (SD), 270 Mbps; SMPTE 292M (HD), 1.485/1.4835Gbps; SMPTE-424M (3G), 2.97/2.967Gbps. Input impedance: 75 ohms. Output level: 800mV, +/-10%. Output impedance 75 ohms. Return loss: better than 15 dB, 1.5GHz. Embedded audio: SMPTE-272M-ABC/SMPTE-299M, 48kHz synchronous (Audio must be synchronous in SD), HD asynchronous.

CONTROLLERS

This is a range of control units offering source selection, volume, dim and cut controls for external analogue audio monitor loudspeaker feeds together with controls for studio illuminated signs. The models include a simple light controller only, a single stereo controller, a controller with a four stereo inputs and a 5.1 surround-sound version, with six balanced inputs and outputs. All are 1U rack-mounting designs.


RM-MC1L - Single stereo input, one stereo output - Light control

This has five LED-illuminated buttons on the front panel, marked TX (Transmit), STANDBY, REH (Rehearse), 'DIM', and 'CUT', and also has a rotary volume controller. The volume control adjusts the attenuation of the outputs from 0dB down to 86dB. The dim control reduces level by a pre-set amount from 2db to 23dB, set using a control on the rear. The cut control mutes the outputs. The TX and REH buttons control opto-isolated outputs to provide a direct control interface to Sonifex SignalLed illuminated studio signs, allowing twin signs to be controlled individually. The Standby button, when pressed, initiates a two-minute count-down during which the TX and REH buttons and associated outputs flash alternately. After the two minutes, the TX light remains on.

The rear panel has a 15-pin D-sub connector for the remote connections, and two male XLR inputs and two female XLRs for outputs, intended to work with line-level audio circuits. The 15-pin D-sub connector includes open-collector tally inputs for TX and REH as well as remote control inputs for the TX, Standby and REH controls. The remote control connector has connections to operate the dim and cut functions remotely. A DC power source is also supplied at 200mA maximum. As a result the controllers can be interfaced with most illuminated studio signs. Power is applied to the unit via an IEC connector on the rear. Technical specifications are as follows. Technical specifications are as the RM-MCL, except the following. Inputs: +25dBu maximum, 20k ohms. Attenuation: 0 to -86dB . Dim attenuation: -3dB to -23dB. Common mode rejection: 66dB, typical. Distortion: Less than 0.04%, +8dBu. Crosstalk: -80dB, 1kHz input, 0dBu. Outputs: +25dBu maximum, 50 ohms. Included accessories: Manual, AC power cable. Dimensions (WxDxH): 480 x 108 x 43mm. Weight: 1.3kg approximately. Included accessories: Manual, AC power cable.


RM-MC4L - Four stereo inputs, one stereo output - Light control

In addition to the features described for the RM-MC1L, this has an additional four led-illuminated switches labelled 1 to 4, which provide the facility to select one of four stereo inputs to be monitored. The rear panel has an additional six female XLR connector for the three additional stereo inputs. Technical specifications are as the RM-MC1L. Included accessories: Manual, AC power cable.


RM-MC51L - Six inputs, six outputs - 5.1- Light control

Suitable for the control of 5.1 surround-sound monitoring systems, or as a global volume control for 6 separate systems, this has the same controls on the front panel as the RM-MC1L except that the level, dim and cut controls are controlling six, rather than two, channels. The rear panel differs from the RM-MC1L in that it has six male and six female XLR connectors for the inputs and outputs respectively. Technical specifications remain the same as the RM-MC1L. Included accessories: Manual, AC power cable. Included accessories: Manual, AC power cable.

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SONIFEX RM-CA2 CONFIDENCE MONITOR 1U rack, 2x LED meters, 2x analogue stereo inputs Stock code: 76-4945
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SONIFEX RM-CAD8 CONFIDENCE MONITOR 1U rack, 2x LED meters, 2x analogue, 6x digital stereo inputs Stock code: 76-4946
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SONIFEX RM-2S4 REFERENCE MONITOR UNIT 1U rack, 2x LED meters, 4x stereo inputs, analogue or AES Stock code: 76-4901
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SONIFEX RM-2S10 REFERENCE MONITOR UNIT 1U rack, 2x LED meters, 10x stereo inputs, analogue or AES Stock code: 76-4902
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SONIFEX RM-4C8 REFERENCE MONITOR UNIT 1U rack, 4x LED meters, 8x channel inputs, dual Select Stock code: 76-4903
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SONIFEX RM-HD1 EXPANSION CARD 3G/HD/SD-SDI, for RM Reference Monitor Stock code: 76-4908
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SONIFEX RM-MC1L REFERENCE MONITOR CONTROLLER 1x stereo input, 1x stereo output, light control Stock code: 95-7642
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SONIFEX RM-MC4L REFERENCE MONITOR CONTROLLER 4x stereo inputs, 1x stereo output, light control Stock code: 95-7643
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