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Best of Show: Orban Optimod 5950 FM/HD Processor

The box simultaneously processes one stereo program for FM and DAB+/HD Radio/streaming

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.

Processing specialist Orban showed the Optimod 5950, which President David Day described as the “first ‘clean sheet of paper’ Orban processor since the 8400.” 

It’s slated to begin shipping this summer. It uses a processing architecture called the Orban New Platform. ONP is a flexible hardware design that supports two to eight DSP and multiple sub processors. It handles AM/FM/FM DAB+ HD1/AoIP with local audio playback and watermarking, all in a 1RU form factor.  

Orban highlights the quality of the MX limiter, multipath mitigator/phase corrector and subharmonic synthesizer.  The box simultaneously processes one stereo program for FM and DAB+/HD Radio/streaming; the settings can be coupled to make the HD Radio blend smooth; or the FM and DAB+/HD Radio/streaming can be adjusted independently, which is helpful when the digital processing drives a channel that does not require blending, such as an internet stream.

Available options include two internal Nielsen or Kantar Encoders and a μMPX interface. 

Shown are David Day, Peter Lee and Bob Orban.

Photo by Jim Peck.

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