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TSL demos digital audio advances at IBC

TSL, a broadcast systems integrator and manufacturer, showed two new audio monitoring developments in its audio monitoring range at IBC2005: Dolby E monitoring and multi-standard HD video downconversion.

Dolby E allows up to eight audio channels to be carried in a single AES stereo pair. Used to carry 5.1 surround signals or multi-language services, Dolby E facilitates the expansion of audio capacity in a typical digital facility.

TSL showed its new AMU2 8 Dolby unit that allows Dolby E and Dolby Digital signals to be accurately monitored in a wide variety of system applications.

The unit also offers assignable phase monitoring, crucial in the surround sound environment, to prove the accurate visual correlation of related signals at a glance. It offers SNMP monitoring of errors and metadata for use in sophisticated third-party alarm and error detection systems.

TSL also demonstrated HD-ready audio monitoring units for the same price as SD. The all-new HD-ready AMU range allows HD video signals, at any standard resolution, to be downconverted in the unit and then displayed on an SD or composite monitor.

The units will also offer HD/SD pass-through with re-clocking. One of the core advantages is that by using TSL’s technology, only one BNC need be connected at any given operator position to be able to see both the video and hear the audio. The new capabilities will initially be launched with the AMU2 8 Dolby and the TektronixT-style AMUT range, with other products to follow.

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