“Cool Stuff”: Axia Audio xNode IP-Audio Interfaces

One in a series about the recipients of Radio World’s 2012 “Cool Stuff” Awards.

Maciej Szlapka of Axia. Photo by Jim Peck.
These are the third generation of AoIP interfaces, or “nodes,” from Axia, audio interfaces that convert analog and digital audio signals into the Livewire IP audio streams used by Axia’s AoIP networks.

They’re cool in part because they’re self-configuring, so setup is so easy; they’re also small. Two fit in 1 RU, and they can be mounted on a wall with an optional kit.

xNodes work with stereo and mono audio signals, and can be configured to provide 8-in/8-out mono streams or 4-in/4-out stereo streams. They have RJ-45 ports for each audio input and output, and present audio signals on locking DB-25 connectors compatible with DB-to-XLR snakes.

Axia xNodes are available in five versions for various configurations. Analog, AES/EBU and Microphone xNodes retail for $1,495. Mixed-Signal xNodes list at $1,595, GPIO xNodes are $1,295.

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