Barix AG said Standard Media Group is the first U.S. user of its Exstreamer 1000.
The California-based company is sending its "Martini in the Morning" program to affiliate KPHX(AM) in Phoenix for air, as an alternative to satellite distribution.
The Barix Exstreamer 1000 is an audio over IP system designed for radio broadcast applications. The one-half, 19-inch rack mount product combines Barix Instreamer and Exstreamer functions in one device, the company says. This is also the first Barix Instreamer or Exstreamer device to include contact closures to trigger and control local announcements.
"The Exstreamer 1000 encodes the live signal in L.A. and distributes it to Phoenix at the lowest possible compression rate," Barix stated. "A second Exstreamer 1000 at 1480-KPHX receives and decodes the audio along with data information to trigger local advertisements, station IDs and public service announcements from a Prophet NexGen automation system. The result is a reliable, near CD-quality audio signal that allows the station to maintain a local on-air feel."
Brad Chambers, host of the show and chief creative officer of Standard Media, told Barix his company is saving $55,000 compared to satellite distribution to connect to its first terrestrial affiliate. Al Taddeo is Standard Media's engineer. The Exstreamer 1000 was developed based on requests from Chambers and Taddeo for more broadcast features; they had used Barix Instreamer-100 and Exstreamer-100s prior.
Features of the 1000 include balanced inputs and outputs; a high-quality A-D/D-A signal converter; a professional AES/EBU interface; and eight contact closures. Another feature will allow radio broadcasters to transport uncompressed audio for a CD-quality signal.