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All current Lectrosonics Dante-enabled devices have the capability to support AES67 so that you can receive audio streams from non-Dante products that use the AES67 standard for increased system interoperability.
What is AES67 and why is it important?
AES67 provides for interoperability in transporting high performance audio over IP (AOIP) networks. It was designed to create common ground for Dante and other formerly incompatible solutions to not only work with each other, but expand into future installations. AES defines all of the parameters that are required for the successful networking of one device to another, including session description, device discovery and encoding. It is possible to network just using Dante, but it keeps the control while offering wider compatibility if used in conjunction with AES67. You can communicate between AES67-enabled Dante devices and standard (AES67-disabled) Dante devices at the same time, and Dante devices can send and receive Dante and AES67 simultaneously. You can have the advanced functionality of Dante’s powerful network solution, yet still have the interoperability of AES67 waiting for when you need it. It’s importance in the world of audio is growing - Installation International reported that AES67 has been a significant driver for the availability and purchase of networked audio products – an average of one released per day, from over 300 existing vendors. If you haven’t had occasion to need or use AES67 up to this point, you will soon!