Archive for May 30th, 2013

Antelope Audio Unveils Zodiac Platinum – a 768 kHz DSD DAC That Raises the Gold Standard in D/A Conversion

Santa Monica, CA, May 30, 2013– Leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio will introduce the newest member of its stellar Integrity line of D/A converters – Zodiac Platinum at the T.H.E Show Newport, Hilton hotel, room 402, between May 31 and June 2, 2013. The new Antelope DAC brings audio appreciation to a higher level, offering the audiophile community the widest DSD support, including the unique 256X mode and a sample rate of 768 kHz via a custom-built USB chip.

The extreme DSD256 greatly extends the accuracy and transparency of the audio reproduction as well as the overall system performance. The custom-designed Antelope USB chip compliments high fidelity by reducing clock jitter and pushing the envelope of the USB streaming with sample rates four times higher than those offered by similar devices.

Whereas many top of the line DACs offer PCM upsamplers, the Platinum is the first device to offer a DSD upsampler. This distinctive feature allows the upsampling of DSD64 to DSD256, pushing DSD noise into higher frequencies, vastly improving the quality of the D/A conversion. The Platinum bypasses internal digital filters built into the DAC chip by implementing a custom upsampler with carefully designed high-precision linear phase filters in the FPGA.

Signature Antelope Clocking
In the heart of the new Platinum lie the renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking and the ultra-low jitter oven-controlled crystal oscillator, which are Antelope’s signature for unprecedented sound quality appreciated by the best recording, mastering and post production studios around the world. In addition, the Platinum is equipped with a 10 MHz input for the legendary Antelope 10M Rubidium atomic clock, providing the most accurate and stable clocking reference and therefore an uncompromised digital to analog conversion.

“The new Zodiac Platinum is not just a response to our customers’ requests for an Antelope DAC with DSD support, but a next level in home audio entertainment,” shared Igor Levin, CEO and founder of Antelope Audio. “The unique 256 X DSD mode, 768 kHz sample rate, quad DAC architecture, and the 64-bit upsampler, together with the atomic input propels Zodiac Platinum into a league of its own in terms of musicality, imaging and detail. This new device will take our customers’ listening experience to an entirely new level.” Levin added.

Zodiac Platinum has inherited the stepped relay volume control and the dual stage headphone drivers with impedance control from its very successful and highly appreciated predecessor Zodiac Gold. The Platinum also comes with an elegant remote control and has the option for external audiophile grade power supply Voltikus. In addition to the PC and Mac control panels available in the Zodiac Line, the Platinum also offers the comfort of the remote control from a mobile application, available for Android and iOS.

The new DAC is planned to hit the market by the end of July 2013 with an expected retail price of $4,895. The bundle with Voltikus PSU will be $5,495.

Zodiac Platinum features
Antelope 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology
10MHz input for Antelope’s Rubidium atomic clock
Widest DSD support, including the unique 256X mode
Ultra-low jitter oven-controlled crystal oscillator
Up to 768 kHz sample rate via custom USB chip
Switchable 64-bit 8x linear phase upsampler
Quad DAC architecture for superb dynamic range
Stepped relay volume control accurate to 0.05 dB
External audiophile-grade power supply option
Dual stage headphone drivers with impedance control
Analog inputs for true preamplifier functionality
Re-clocked and de-jittered digital audio output
Aluminum unibody IR remote
Control application for PC, Mac and mobile devices
Automatic internet-based device upgradability

Analog Inputs
1x Balanced Analog Inputs on 1/4” TRS
1x Unbalanced Analog Inputs on RCA

Analog Outputs
2x Headphone outputs on 1/4” TRS
1x Trimmable balanced output on XLR
1x Unbalanced output on RCA

Digital Inputs
2x S/PDIF coaxial inputs
2x optical TOSLINK inputs
1x AES/EBU input
USB on standard B type connector
Atomic / Word Clock Input

Digital Outputs
1x De-jittered AES/EBU Output
2x De-jittered S/PDIF Outputs

About Antelope Audio
www.AntelopeAudio.com
The digital audio world leader, Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than a 20-year experience and a number of innovations in digital audio and synchronization technology. The company is widely acknowledged as the leading manufacturer of audio master clocks.

In 2009 Antelope Audio launched its product line of high-resolution USB D/A converters, being among the pioneers designing a 384 kHz DAC. Antelope’s DACs employ their renowned 64-bit clocking and jitter management technologies and custom-designed circuits, achieving unprecedented precision and sound clarity.

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Philippines’ Solar Entertainment Awards Three Site VHF Antenna Contracts to Jampro

Sacramento, CA — Jampro Antennas of Sacramento, California, was recently awarded three antenna systems contracts by the Solar Entertainment Corporation of Mandaluyong City, Philippines. The order included new VHF antenna systems for tower sites supporting Solar’s Channels 5, 6 and 7 located in the cities of Cebu and Davao.

For Channel 5 in Cebu and Channel 6 in Davao, Solar Entertainment ordered the JHD-LV2 VHF antennas for each site along with rigid transmission line, and Rigid Line Kits.

For Channel 7 in Davao, a JHD-HV4 VHF antenna was specified along with dual runs of rigid transmission line, an RCPU power splitter/patch panel system, and Rigid Line Kits.

The JHD-LV2 antenna is a half-wave spaced, dual horizontally polarized dipole flat panel antenna system with a pressurized feed system designed for Low Band VHF Channels 2 through 6, Band I covering 54 to 88 MHz.

The JHD-HV4 antenna is also a half wave spaced dual horizon¬tally polarized dipole flat panel antenna system with pressurized feed, but engineered for high band VHF for Channels 7 through 13 on Band III at 174 to 230 MHz.

Both JHD models are built of hot dipped galvanized steel, well suited to the tropical weather of the Philippines. These antennas have proven to have excellent bandwidth with typical VSWR. Many omni-directional and custom directional patterns are available to Solar Entertainment to custom fit their coverage objectives for each city.

Solar Entertainment Corporation is a Philippines-based media company with 6 cable channels, 4 Free-TV Channels (RPN, SBN, RJTV, and BEAM TV) and a film distribution company.

About Jampro
Jampro Antennas Inc., established to answer the need for quality broadcast systems at a reasonable price, is a leading supplier of antennas, combiners & filters and RF components for every application in the broadcast industry. Reputed for innovation and customization, Jampro builds each system to the specifications of the individual broadcaster. From the first system delivered in 1954 to those installed today, the Company is committed to consistent performance and quality founded on solid engineering. Today, over 25,000 broadcasters worldwide benefit from the quality and performance provided by Jampro systems. Additional information on JAMPRO can be obtained at www.jampro.com.

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Jampro contact: Sonia Del Castillo
916-383-1177 • Sonia@jampro.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener • 845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmoon.tv

DPA Microphones Appoints Niels Jørgen Øhrgaard

In a move that will significantly strengthen its market position, DPA Microphones has appointed Niels Jørgen Øhrgaard as its new Executive VP for Sales.

Øhrgaard joins DPA Microphones from Reson where he was Executive VP Global Sales and Marketing. He has also held similar positions at other high tech companies including Hasselblad A/S and ScanView A/S – Purup Eskofot A/S.

Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones, says: “Niels Jørgen has spent the last 20 years developing and growing sales globally for a range of companies and we are delighted that DPA will now benefit from this extensive experience. His appointment comes at an exciting time for DPA. We have recently introduced the new d:facto™ Vocal Microphone, which has been well received by the audio industry, and we are also introducing other new product ranges that will appeal to a wide variety of industry sectors. Having Niels Jørgen on board will allow us to capitalize on existing business channels and extend into new business areas.”

After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Jørgen Øhrgaard moved into R&D and then sales where his negotiation skills and ability to motivate staff produced outstanding results for the companies he worked for. Now based in Copenhagen, he has travelled extensively and has lived in various countries including the Philippines, Chile and Kenya.

Commenting on his appointment, Øhrgaard says: “DPA’s microphone products have an international reputation for audio accuracy, reliability and superb engineering and this heritage offers enormous potential for the company to grow its global business. There are numerous applications for DPA’s technology and this gives us plenty of scope to develop new business channels. I hope that my experience in dealing with strategic sales will ensure the profitability of the company and extend that profitability to DPA’s partners around the world.”

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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