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Best of Show: Inovonics 611 Streaming Monitor

The dedicated hardware device supports HTTP and HTTPS streams

We are featuring the products that won the Radio World Best of Show Award at the recent NAB Show. Winners were chosen by a panel of radio engineers and RW editorial staff for their innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry.

After a big 2022 when it introduced its snazzy 551 and 552 mod monitors, Inovonics showed another member of that family with the new 541 monitor. Yet it was the 611, a streaming product, that caught the judges’ attention this spring, in part because streaming continues to grow in importance for radio broadcasters. It’s great to see manufacturers investing in more and better tools to support that part of our business. 

The 611 is a second-generation, dedicated hardware device for uninterrupted monitoring of network streaming such as your online internet radio service. It provides balanced analog and AES digital outputs and self-logging alarms for loss of audio, stream or internet. If the stream is lost, the 611 continuously tries to reconnect. Online notifications alert personnel with e-mails or texts.

The box supports HTTP and HTTPS streams. Formats including Icecast/Shoutcast and HLS (Ras, MPEG-TS, fMP4). A Stream Rotation function will rotate through preset streams sequentially, monitoring one stream at a time. 

Shown with the box and its on-screen interface are Ben Barber, Josh McAtee, Gary Luhrman and Zach Calden.

Photo by Jim Peck

Read more coverage of our Best of Show recipients.