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Award Winner: Orban Optimod-FM 8600 Digital Audio Processor

'Dramatically improved' peak limiter technology decreases distortion while increasing transient punch and high-frequency power handling capacity

Photo by Jim Peck
Radio World this month profiles the recipients of our 2010 “Cool Stuff” Award.

Over by the big Orban bus at NAB you could find Bob Orban and Jay Brentlinger explaining the features of their latest top-end FM processor.

Featuring versatile five-band and two-band processing for both analog FM transmission and digital media, the 8600 provides consistent sound, track-to-track and source-to-source.

Dramatically improved peak limiter technology decreases distortion while increasing transient punch and high-frequency power handling capacity.

“Compared to the FM-channel peak limiter in Optimod-FM 8500, the new peak limiter typically provides 2.5 to 3 dB more power at high frequencies, which minimizes audible HF loss caused by preemphasis limiting. Drums and percussion cut through the mix. Highs are airy. ‘Problem material’ that used to cause audible distortion is handled cleanly.”

Orban President Jay Brentlinger is shown.

Price: $13,990 (HD Digital), $10,990 (FM Digital)
Shipping: July
Info: (480) 403-8300 or www.orban.com

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