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Can Prism be daisy-chained with other units?

No, Prism has a single Ethernet port and a single Dante port, so a switch will be required to connect multiple units. Prism will not offer daisy chaining of Ethernet or Dante connections. Dante Redundancy is not an option with Prism.

How many channels can Vias support in Composer v5.1 and later?

64 Channels.

How many bands does the Flex EQ module support in Composer v5.1 and later?

32 bands.

What tail length does the AEC algorithm support in Composer v5.1 and later?

300 ms.

How many Dante channels does Prism support?

Prism supports 64×64 Dante channels just like Edge and Radius.

What sample rate does the Prism operate at?

Audio conversion is 24-bit, 48 kHz with internal processing of 40-bit floating point, 48 kHz.

How much delay memory is available in Prism?

There is 174 mono seconds of delay memory total available in Prism.

How much latency is there in Prism?

Analog inputs latency: 0.28 mS, Analog outputs latency: 0.60 mS, Total latency (A/D/A): 0.88 mS, inputs routed to outputs.

Is Prism’s phantom power 48V?

Yes, Prism’s phantom power is a full 48 VDC @ 10 mA maximum per input.

Can the Prism 4x4 be rack mounted or surface mounted?

Yes for both! The optional rack mount kit consists of a rack tray and two mounting screws. With this kit, one can rack mount one or two half rack products side-by-side in a single rack space. Alternately, the under table mounting kit consists of a U-shaped bracket and two mounting screws. With this kit, one can secure a single product under a table or to some other flat surface as necessary.

Are the microphone preamps and AD/DA converters as good as Radius and Edge?

Yes, Prism uses the same microphone preamps and AD/DA converters as Radius Edge.

Does Prism have any more or less DSP processing power than the Radius or Edge DSP?

Prism can provide the same DSP processing as the Radius and Edge, utilizing a 400 MHz SHARC processor.

Will SymVue work with Prism?

Yes, Prism can access all of the features in Composer software available to Radius and Edge including SymVue and ARC-WEB.

Can Prism be used for acoustic echo cancellation processing?

No, although they may be used in conjunction with other products performing this task.

Can Prism be used for directly interfacing with digital input and output sources?

No, although they may be used in conjunction with other products performing this task.

Can Prism be interfaced with telco systems?

No, although they may be used in conjunction with other products performing this task.

Does Prisms built in ARC port offer as much power as Radius Edge?

Yes, Prism’s ARC port features 24V, 500 mA output to power connected ARCs, just like Radius and Edge.

Are Symetrix ARCs supported by Prism?

Yes, all of the ARC models are supported by Prism, even the new ARC-3. Of course the ARC-PSe can be used as well.

Can I direct connect to Prism or do I need a switch?

Yes, direct connection from your PC to Prism hardware is possible with each Prism model with a straight-through CAT-5 cable.  A PoE+ injector is required for Prism 4×4.

Does Prism contain any local GPIO or is the xControl needed?

Yes, the Prism does have local GPIO so the xControl is not needed in most cases. The Prism 4×4 has 2 analog control ports (2 pots or 4 switches) and 4 Logic Outputs built in. Prism 8×8, 12×12, and 16×16 have 4 analog control ports (4 pots or 8 switches) and 8 Logic Outputs built in.

How is Prism 4x4 powered?

A PoE+ injector ships with the Prism 4×4, or a PoE+ switch can be used. Prism 8×8, 12×12, and 16×16 will use an external power supply with threaded barrel connector, which will be included.

Can the Prism be controlled by RS-232?

Not directly. Due to its small form factor, there wasn’t room for an RS-232 connection on the back of Prism. However, Prism can still be controlled by UDP and TCP/IP over Ethernet. RS-232 control can be added by pairing the Prism with xControl.

How many inputs and outputs are available on Prism?

The Prism will be available in 4 sizes, 4×4, 8×8, 12×12, or 16×16. Prism is Dante capable, so Symetrix and 3rd party Dante expansion units can be added.

Where can I download archived versions of Composer software?

Archived versions of all final public releases of Composer software are listed in the table below. The software runs on a Windows PC and is used to configure, design, and control Composer-based products. For new designs we highly recommend using the latest version of Composer, however archived major release versions can be found below for legacy compatibility and/or troubleshooting requirements. All firmware files are included as part of the downloaded Composer software package. The Composer firmware versions and Dante Kernels listed below are to help in cross-referencing the firmware running on the installed DSP(s) with the corresponding version of Composer that should be downloaded.

To communicate with Symetrix hardware from a given version of Composer, it may be necessary to upgrade (or downgrade) firmware in each hardware device. This can be done directly from the Composer application and only takes a few minutes per device. Firmware upgrade is done from the Composer Hardware menu.

Composer Version Composer Firmware Dante Kernel Release Notes SymVue Version
1.06 1.026 3.5.3 1.06 N/A
1.23 1.216 3.6.4 1.23 1.23
2.03 2.013 3.6.4 2.03 2.03
2.51 2.502 3.6.4 2.51 2.51
3.02 3.007 3.7.3 3.02 3.02
4 4.002 3.7.3 4 4
4.1 4.100 3.7.3 4.1 4.1
5.01 5.002 3.7.3 5.01 5.01
5.1 5.100 3.7.3 5.1 5.1
5.2 5.201 3.7.3 5.2 5.2
5.3 5.301 3.7.3 5.3 5.3
5.4 5.400 3.7.3 5.4 5.4
5.41 5.404 3.7.3 5.41 5.41
5.5 5.500 3.7.3 5.5 5.5
5.6 5.605 3.7.3 5.6 5.6 4.0.7 6 6 4.0.7 7 7 4.0.7 7.1 7.1
7.2 4.0.7 7.2 7.2
7.2.5 4.0.7 7.2.5 7.2.5
7.3 4.0.7 7.3 7.3
7.3.1 *see release notes 4.0.7 7.3.1 7.3.1
8.0.5 8.0.5 4.0.7 8.0.5 8.0.5
8.1 8.1 4.0.7 8.1 8.1
8.1.1 8.1.1 4.0.7 8.1.1 8.1.1
8.2 8.2 4.0.7 8.2 8.2
8.2.1 8.2.1 4.0.7 8.2.1 8.2.1
8.3 8.3 4.0.7 8.3 8.3
8.3.1 8.3 4.0.7 8.3.1 8.3.1
8.3.2 8.3.2 4.0.7 8.3.2 8.3.2
8.3.3 8.3.3 4.0.7 8.3.3 8.3.3
8.4 8.4 4.2 8.4 8.4
8.4.1 8.4.1 4.2 8.4.1 8.4.1
8.4.2 8.4.2 4.2 8.4.2 8.4.2
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