The new XL Series from Bext consists of several new, solid-state FM transmitters.
To be shown for the first time at NAB, the Bext XL Series cover a range of six power levels from 150 watts to 10 kW.
The 150 W through 2,000 W units are housed in a compact standard enclosure that’s two rack unit high. The 5,000 W enclosure is 4 RU while the 10,000 W transmitter occupies 12 units.
All models come with multiple connectivity options.
A 5-1/2-inch display allows direct access to settings and readings through an intuitive user menu. Units are remote-controllable with access via a Web page. Individual contacts for analog remote control connections are provided.
Two monitor ports are on the front panel, one for RF and the other for baseband audio.
Two USB ports are provided, one of which allows downloading or viewing the user manual and other stored technical documentation from the transmitter’s front.
Units come with multiple LAN connections, allowing each transmitter to function as a LAN switch and control other pieces of equipment located at the same site. Main TX/spare TX duties, and N+1 configurations are supported by the built-in firmware and dedicated connections.
Bext says that it ensures audio quality across the line, exceeding for example 73 dB of stereo separation, 84 dB of S/N and 0.02% distortion. It says that efficiency is expected to average 80% overall, yielding low power consumption and minimal heat dissipation.
Options for the XL line include a built-in selectable stereo generator and selectable audio limiter, AES/EBU digital audio input, and programmable FSK ID keyer for auto-ID in translator applications.
NAB Show Booth: C1327