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With iQ Console, a New Price Point for Axia

The company opens a manufacturing pipeline from China

Retailing for under $10,000, the iQ Network Radio Console networked radio console that will make its debut at the NAB Show. This product introduction is also notable because it represents a coming-out of products made in Asia by Axia.

President Mike Dosch stated in the announcement that he spent most of a year in China setting up operations to manufacture gear. “Now, with our Asian operations online, we will be introducing a range of exciting new products.”

The iQ system is based on various console frames. An eight-fader iQ Main Frame can be expanded using frames with additional faders, phone controls or programmable routing. Frames plug into the console engine, called the iQ Core, a convection-cooled system with audio I/O, console CPU, logic, mix engine, power supply and Ethernet switch. Backup power with auto-switching is available.

Axia says the modular-frame design lets users increase console size by connecting another frame, up to 24 faders.

Features include three dedicated stereo Program busses plus a stereo Utility bus, which can be used for phone calls, off-air recording, or as a fourth Program bus; automatic mix-minus on every fader; Show Profiles that recall talent settings; Record Mode one-touch recording’ and Talkback.

Axia says the console is well suited for standalone studio applications but it an Ethernet switch with Gigabit ports for connection to Livewire IP-Audio networks. Four iQ Cores can be daisy-chained without an external Ethernet switch.

The iQ includes 24/7 support and a five-year warranty.

NAB Booth: C146