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Speaker system enhancement for Sonifex reference monitor range S onifex released the Reference Monitor range of three 1U rack mount audio monitors in 2008 and these products have been installed in many OB vans and TV/ radio rack-rooms around the world. In October this year, after extensive research, the products were released with a new speaker system. Managing Director Marcus Brooke commented: “We’ve had a lot of compliments about the sound of our Reference Monitor products and we’re constantly looking at ways to improve our designs and re-appraise our products. Getting an even balanced sound from a 1U rack based product isn’t easy and we’ve looked at different methods of improving the sound since the products’ launch: different porting methods, different chassis materials, different damping methods, different cross-over points, different EQing and also different speakers. The new speakers are larger in size, allowing more movement and we’ve been able to get a flatter more natural response with them. The new speaker system offers a new clarity for monitoring in a 1U rack”. As well as altering the speaker system, limiting has been introduced per speaker instead of across the mix of the 3 speakers, and this, together with a slightly higher power output allows the new speaker system to be almost twice as loud as the previous version. The Reference Monitor range of monitors are unique in that they also contain a 5 band parametric EQ, which is configurable via a USB connection, so the sound of the monitor can be tailored individually for the environment. For example an OB van or equipment room may have a poor bass response, so this could be boosted at particular frequencies where there is a dropout. The three- way loudspeaker system is fed via a DSP-based active crossover and a trio of highly efficient Class-D amplifiers. All Reference Monitors are now shipping with the improved speaker system. For more information on the Reference Monitor range of products, go to audiomonitors/index.shtml Next generation OLED for field production monitoring F ollowing extensive market research and product development, Oxygen DCT has launched a new ‘next generation’, premium quality 7.67” OLED (organic light emitting diode) field production monitor for studio, outside broadcast, satellite news, engineering and field production. Picture quality derived from the propriety CM (colour management) technology engine gives outstanding rich colours, deep black detail and a colourimetry closely emulating legacy CRT monitors. As part of the company’s highly successful Evolution Pro P3 production monitor series, this latest introduction has the largest OLED screen (7.67”), the highest resolution display with 1280x800 pixels and widest colour gamut of 110% thus achieving premium level status. Whilst it has exceptional features and facilities it is priced highly competitively at £1721, which is 35% lower cost than other equivalent models available today. The new monitor has been designed to fulfil a wide range of applications for sports broadcasting to studio based production and field shooting. It therefore incorporates the widest range of connectivity with two 3G/ HD/SD-SDI and HDMI input for up to 1080 50p and 60p signals and both composite, YUV analogue inputs. There are also audio inputs and outputs, together with a headphone socket for on screen audio metering. the brightness of the monitors display according to the location’s light levels and a proximity sensor aids shot framing. There are 10 different models in the Evolution Pro P3 production series monitors, from 5” to 17” including models with on board recording to SD- HC cards. This latest model capitalises on Oxygen DCTs experience and user feedback with premium picture quality, large screen and premium facilities yet is one of the most affordable 7” models available today. There are 6 recording and playback modes for Sony, Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras and a unique, integrated HDMI to SDI converter, allowing a DSLR to be viewed on larger picture monitors. The automatic luminance control adjust TV-BAY MAGAZINE | 49 TV-BAY071NOV12.indd 49 06/11/2012 18:09