What’s so great about Dante?

Cost-effective, simple and flexible—and found in the new AKG DMS800 digital wireless system

With a slew of awards and an ever-increasing number of partners—including AKG and HARMAN—you’ve probably been hearing a lot of buzz about Dante lately. Brought to you by Audinate, Dante is an uncompressed, multi-channel digital audio networking technology, featuring near-zero latency and synchronization. While this might sound complicated and daunting, it’s really anything but.

Audinate developed this technology to be simple and accessible to both AV and IT professionals. So whether you’re connecting the new AKG DMS800 to a Soundcraft Vi5000 mixing console, or installing a multi-channel wireless system, Dante simplifies the process. Coupled with HARMAN’s Audio Architect, managing systems has never been easier.

Dante simplifies most setups because all audio signals are transferred over Ethernet cabling, and routed using Dante Controller software. The benefits are immediate and significant. So let’s dig into this technology and explore what makes it so appealing.

1. Cost Reduction: Dante-enabled setups use inexpensive Ethernet cables, which cost less than audio cables. And since you only need one Ethernet cable to connect any piece of gear, you’ll save even more by purchasing fewer cables overall. Even as inputs and outputs increase on a Dante system, the cable count won’t rise to the level of audio cables—translating to significant savings.

2. Simple: Most AV and IT professionals are intimately familiar with cable management and what’s affectionately known as “cable spaghetti.” When managing a traditional multi-channel setup, connectivity is typically point-to-point, meaning each input is physically connected to an output.

As the channel count increases, cable count increases as well, which adds to the complexity of any setup. It can take quite a while to identify noise, faulty cables and other issues—and time is almost always tight. Connecting the DMS800 to a Dante system eliminates these issues and makes it significantly easier to identify errors on a network, thanks to both digital networking and lower cable count.

3. Easy and Flexible: It’s easy to connect the DMS800 via Dante. Simply plug the Ethernet cable into the Dante switch on the back of the DMS800, and connect the other end of the cable to another piece of gear or a network switch. Once on the network, you can handle configuration, routing and management via Dante Controller Software (downloadable for free from www.audinate.com).

4. Control: In addition to Dante controller software, you can use HARMAN’s HiQnet Audio Architect™ software, an Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod or a Soundcraft Vi Series digital console for remote control monitoring. The software facilitates additional configuration, monitoring and management of all Dante-connected devices within the same system. HiQnet coexists with any network transport, and provides additional audio network configuration capabilities above and beyond those simply offered by the audio transport.

​There are massive benefits to using other networkable HARMAN components within the same system, as all networkable HARMAN products are designed from the ground up to communicate and operate seamlessly with each other. Using these other Dante-compatible products from HARMAN will make a noticeable difference in the configuration, operation and management of your system:

AKG DMM8 ULD/DMM14 ULD Digital Automatic Microphone Mixers
BSS Audio BLU-DAN DANTE to BLU link Bridge
BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-806 Processor
BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-326 Processor
Soundcraft Si Expression 1, 2 and 3 Digital Mixing Consoles
Soundcraft Si Performer 1, 2 and 3 Digital Mixing Consoles
Soundcraft Compact Stagebox
Studer Compact Stagebox
Studer D21m DANTE I/O Card
Studer D21m I/O System
Studer OnAir Digital Mixing Consoles
Studer Vista 1 Digital Mixing Console
Studer Vista X Digital Mixing Console

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