Among the Audinate technology’s many proponents have been MSE Audio, parent company to myriad resi and commercial audio brands including SoundTube Entertainment, Soundsphere, dARTS, Phase Technology, Induction Dynamics, SolidDrive and Rockustics.
In the past couple of years, SoundTube has brought Dante connectivity to new offerings such as outdoor loudspeakers and PoE network switches for distributed audio. Now, the MSE Audio brand will expand its Dante-enabled ecosystem with the debut of the SoundTube STNet Soundbar.
The audio company will be showing the new Dante soundbar for the first time at Integrated Systems Europe 2020 in stand 3-C100. ISE is being held at RAI Amsterdam in the Netherlands Feb. 11-14, but if last year is any indication U.S. installers will likely see it at this year’s InfoComm and CEDIA Expo shows as well.
Slim, Streamlined TV Sound Solution
The ultra-thin 2-way loudspeaker provides integrators with an IP-based PoE-enabled digital endpoint solution in a soundbar aesthetic.
MSE Audio says the STNet Soundbar incorporates a built-in amplifier and DSP. The driver array includes a right and left speaker with four 3-inch ultra-long throw polypropylene woofers with NBR surrounds, four bass radiators and two 0.75-inch synthetic soft-dome tweeters.
“The Soundbar brings Dante connectivity from end to end in conferencing and video installations. Making the soundbar interoperable with other Dante products gives integrators additional flexibility when designing and installing audio systems,” explains Ken Hecht, vice president of MSE Audio.
“Built with high-quality materials, the SoundTube STNet Soundbar is a reliable, unrivaled solution for any conferencing system. We look forward to showcasing the Dante Soundbar, along with our large collection of audio solutions at ISE 2020.”
The STNet Soundbar measures 1.5-inches deep where the bar meets the TV and is 6.75-inches tall. It is designed to integrate seamlessly mounted under 55-inch and larger monitors, according to the company.
Simplified Connectivity, Widespread Interoperability
In terms of system topology, MSE Audio says digital signals plus power route directly to the speakers via standard category cable, and the STNet Soundbar is DSP managed with time correction and EQ all done in the digital domain.
The company adds that the integration-friendly Dante platform makes the new soundbar interoperable with a host of other products worldwide.
Among products from its own brands, MSE Audio notes the Soundbar can integrate with SoundTube’s ST-Net Switch, offering up to 40 watts PoE to each speaker, or with standard PoE or PoE+ switches.