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Best of Show: Aqua Broadcast Cobalt FM Transmitter Series

An eye-catching line from 10 watts to 10 kW

We are featuring the products that won the Radio World Best of Show Award at the 2024 NAB Show. Winners were chosen by a panel of engineers and RW editorial staff for their innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. information about how the program works can be found in an FAQ here.


The snazzy-looking Cobalt provides a Linux-based system controller and DDS modulator, ensuring audio quality with minimal distortion. It has an RGB screen with haptic feedback joystick control for swift setup, and its unique headphone jack lets you monitor output and inputs. 

Cobalt includes a four-band processor with 21 factory presets as well as RDS encoder with dynamic capabilities. Available options include Dante or µMPX decoding, 48V DC power input and dual redundant power suppliers in some models. The transmitters, from 10 watts to 1 kW, are certified for FCC Part 73 and Industry Canada.

Pavel Valousek and Brendan Lofty are with Paul.

Credit: Jim Peck

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