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Bobwire DAT1 Audio Trigger Adds 12-Volt Trigger to Any A/V Device

The developers of Bobwire's DAT1 Audio Trigger have more than 20 years of experience in the custom installation market, and the company's new product is designed for a variety of custom installation power scenarios.

Bobwire DAT1 Audio Trigger Adds 12-Volt Trigger to Any A/V Device
The $80 Bobwire DAT1 adds 12-volt trigger capabilities to products that range from streaming devices, amplifiers and other components.

Robert Archer · July 16, 2019

The newly launched company Bobwire has introduced its first product: The $80 DAT1 Digital Audio Trigger. 

The DAT1 Digital Audio Trigger adds an industry-standard 12-volt DC trigger output to any audio product that offers a digital audio SPDIF output. 

According to the San Francisco-based manufacturer, the DAT1 Digital Audio Trigger enables products such as the Sonos Connect, Amazon Echo Link, Google Chromecasts, and other devices that don't incorporate 12-volt triggers to control the on/off functions of connected amplifiers and other gear. 

Bobwire emphasizes the 12-volt trigger can be a useful option for integrators because it uses inexpensive 3.5mm mono cables to send on/off commands to amplifiers, smart-home control systems, cooling fans, motorized projection screens and other components. 

The product is able to execute these types of functions through its use of onboard software that analyzes the optical digital signal to determine what state connected device is in—powered on, paused or playing music—then it activates on of the two 12-volt outputs accordingly to that operational state.

Bobwire DAT1 Offers More Than Just 12-Volt Trigger Functions 

Providing more than just 12-volt trigger capabilities, Bobwire states the DAT1 also includes an optical audio looping output to allow audio signals to pass along to other devices such as DACs (digital to analog converters) or surround-sound receivers for example.

The unit's analog audio output employs a 24-bit/192kHz internal DAC, and it says the 12-volt triggers are rated to 500mA each to allow these triggers to drive high-power devices, including cooling fans and multiple relays. 

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Moreover, the DAT1 features LEDs for each of the 12-volt outputs to help integrators during the troubleshooting process. 

The company ships the DAT1 Digital Audio Trigger with a high-current power supply, as well as a three-foot optical cable and a six-foot trigger cable. 

Bobwire DAT1 Digital Audio Trigger Summarized Features:

  • Provides 12-volt DC trigger output to any audio product that offers a digital audio SPDIF output
  • Bobwire explains the unit's 12-volt trigger can be useful because it uses inexpensive 3.5mm mono cables to send on/off commands
  • Adds 12-volt trigger capabilities to Sonos Connect, Amazon Echo Link, Google Chromecasts, and other devices
  • The DAT1 also includes an optical audio looping output that acts as a pass-through to other components
  • Internally, the DAT1 incorporates a 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter (DAC)


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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at robert.archer@emeraldexpo.com

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