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AES/EBU Digital Audio over long distances

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  • AES/EBU Digital Audio over long distances

    Is there anybody that works for a touring sound/production company that could tell me if there is much of a demand to run AES digital audio in concerts/stage etc more than a few hundred ft? for ex 1000,2000 ft etc..

    The reason I'm asking is I'm doing a little research to find out if there is any need for this, as it can be done over Fiber.


  • #2

    Good question.


    Yes, audio run between sources and amplifier rooms, broadcast remote bays, etc. can be very long. Fiber is one way, but Cat 5 is another option, Cat 5 handles AES/EBU quite well at distances of 1000 ft. I have used it for a significantly shorter distance but others I know have tested it to a longer distance.


    • keys505
      keys505 commented
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      Great thanks for the info. That is exactly what I needed to know! So far I was mostly aware of AES over Fiber but CAT5 seems like a good option as well. 

  • #3
    Always test the installation prior to needing to rely on it. Not quite as predictable as conventional audio over copper.

    Fiber does work well and is more reliable (or predictable)


    • keys505
      keys505 commented
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      Thanks again. Is it pretty common today for most stage/tour productions to be using CAT5 or Fiber to transmit audio due to distance? As apposed to conventional copper etc..