The Symetrix Dante™ Advantage

Early to the Party.  In 2007 Symetrix recognized the need for a standardized, high performance digital audio networking protocol – not only for our own products but for the pro audio industry at large. After considerable research, we aligned with Audinate to become one of the earliest licensees of the Dante protocol. The choice has proven prescient. Legacy protocols like Cobranet have faded into obscurity. Newer protocols, AVB for example, have failed to gain traction due to inherent technical drawbacks. With hundreds of third party licensees and a list of commercially available products that is growing exponentially, Audinate’s Dante protocol is now an established standard – far and above any competition.

Since the introduction of our first Dante enabled product in 2012, we’ve leveraged the benefits of the protocol for our own box-to-box audio networking, as well as for peer-to-peer connection with major third parties including Yamaha, Shure, and AudioTechnica. In countless case studies, designers have used off-the-shelf switches and cabling to link Symetrix DSPs to Dante-enabled mixing consoles, microphones, power amplifiers, loudspeakers, and laptop computers.

Dante is in our DNA … and that has placed us in a highly advantageous position. While our competitors choose to design for and support multiple network audio protocols, in some cases proprietary, Symetrix designs for and supports only one ubiquitous and clearly accepted industry standard: Audinate’s Dante.

Economical and Versatile.  Dante does away with heavy, expensive analog cabling, replacing it with low-cost, readily available CAT5e, CAT6, or fiber optic cables. Using Dante’s logical routes instead of physical point-to-point connections, a network can be expanded and reconfigured at any time.

Symetrix Dante systems scale from a simple pairing of a DSP and an analog I/O expander, to multi-DSP distributed networks. System designers use Symetrix Composer software to easily connect Symetrix DSPs and analog I/O expanders to third-party Dante equipped mixing consoles, microphones, power amplifiers, loudspeakers, and computers.

Outstanding Audio Performance.  Using the Dante protocol, Symetrix transmits and receives uncompressed full bandwidth audio with up to 32 bits of resolution at a 48kHz sample rate. Audio is transmitted and received digitally eliminating the analog challenges of interference from other electrical equipment, crosstalk between cables, or signal degradation over long cable runs.

Glitch-Free Redundancy.  Symetrix Radius, Prism, Edge, xIn 12, and xOut 12 Dante-enabled products support glitch–free redundancy, enabling a secondary physical network to duplicate the audio traffic on the primary network, automatically preventing audio loss or interruption in the event of a primary network connectivity problem.

Unicast or Multicast.  Dante channels can be configured as either unicast or multicast making the best use of available bandwidth. Unicast provides direct point-to-point connections; multicast streams audio to multiple destinations simultaneously.

Ease of Programming.  Composer is used to program Symetrix Dante equipped DSPs and analog I/O expanders. In addition to the programming of Symetrix devices, Composer also natively configures the setup and routing of select third-party Dante endpoints. Integrators can design a complete end-to-end DSP signal path using just one application.

The Symetrix Dante Advantage.  We provide our customers with a network audio solution that is flexible, dependable, scalable, and supportable. In short, just what you’d expect from an industry standard … and just what you’d expect from Symetrix.