Processing and Control for Professional AV Installations

xIO Audio Expanders with Dante

Easily expand your Radius NX, Edge or Prism Dante DSPs
system with xIO Audio Expanders.

Series Features

  • Designed for use with Symetrix Dante-enabled DSPs
  • Software setup using Composer
  • Low-cost way to increase system analog I/O capacity
  • Ultra low latency – no audible delays
  • Top of the line specifications

Expand Analog I/O Using Dante.  For use with Symetrix Radius, Prism and Edge DSPs, the Symetrix Dante I/O Expanders use Composer for setup. Using Composer eliminates switches, circuit board jumpers, and mechanical adjustments as well as the need for third party software applications.

xIO Stage 4×4

  • Premium 4 IN x 4 OUT Dante digital snake.
  • Neutrik metal body DL series XLR connectors.
  • 14 gauge A1008 steel construction.
  • Easy Installation
    • Wall or floor mounted.
    • Easily mounts in 8″ x 8″ x 4″ NEMA Junction Box with 7″ opening.

xIn 4 | xOut 4 | xIO 4×4

  • 1/2 Rack Form Factor.
  • PoE – injectors included.
  • xIn 4 – 4 analog mic/line inputs.
  • xIO 4×4 – 4 analog mic/line inputs + 4 analog outputs.
  • xOut 4 – 4 analog outputs.
  • Optional rack and surface mounting kits sold separately.

xIn 12 | xOut 12

  • Built-in network switches. Direct connections to Radius, Prism and Edge DSP’s.
  • Internal power supplies.
  • xIn 12 – 12 analog mic/line inputs.
  • xOut 12 – 12 analog mic/line outputs.

xIn 4

  • 1/2 Rack Form Factor.
  • PoE – injectors included.
  • 4 analog mic/line inputs.
  • Optional rack and surface mounting kits sold separately.
  • 4 channel Dante transmit.
ModelPart Number
xIn 480-0110

xIn 12

  • 12 channel Dante transmit.
  • Dante protocol over standard IT networks with ultra-low latency.
  • 12 mic/line inputs, with +48 VDC phantom power and industry leading performance specifications.
  • Composer software setup and control eliminates switches, circuit board jumpers, mechanical adjustments, or the need for third-party software.
  • Dante (Secondary) gigabit Ethernet port supports redundant Dante network audio implementation or daisy-chaining of up to 10 units with external .network switches.
  • Internal universal input power supply.
ModelPart Number
xIn 1280-0086

xOut 4

  • 1/2 Rack Form Factor.
  • PoE – injectors included.
  • 4 analog mic/line input.
  • 4 analog outputs.
  • Optional rack and surface mounting kits sold separately.
  • 4 channel Dante Receive.
ModelPart Number
xOut 480-0112

xOut 12

  • 12 channel Dante receive.
  • Dante protocol over standard IT networks with ultra-low latency.
  • 12 line outputs, with industry leading performance specifications.
  • Composer software setup and control eliminates switches,
    circuit board jumpers, mechanical adjustments, or the need for third-party software.
  • Dante (Secondary) gigabit Ethernet port supports redundant Dante network audio implementation or daisy-chaining of up to 10 units with external network switches.
  • Internal universal input power supply.
ModelPart Number
xOut 1280-0090

xIO 4x4

  • 1/2 Rack Form Factor.
  • PoE – injectors included.
  • 4 analog outputs.
  • Optional rack and surface mounting kits sold separately.
  • 4×4 Dante transmit and receive.
ModelPart Number
xIO 4x480-0106

xIO Stage 4x4

  • Premium 4 in x 4 out Dante digital snake.
  • PoE.
  • Neutrik Metal body DL series XLR connectors.
  • 14 gauge A1008 steel construction.
  • Wall or floor mounted.
  • Easily mounts in 8″ x 8″ NEMA Junction Box.
ModelPart Number
xIO Stage 4x480-0168

ANALOG INPUTS
Frequency Response20 Hz – 20 kHz, ± 0.5 dB.
Channel Separation> 111 dB @ 1 kHz, +24 dBu.
Connectors3.5 mm Phoenix® connectors.
Number of InputsFour (4) switchable balanced mic or line level.
Nominal Input Level+4 dBu with 20 dB of headroom.
Maximum Input Level+23 dBu.
Mic pre-amp gain0, 11.8, 24, 44 or 54 dB switchable.
Mic pre-amp EIN< -127dB with 150 ohm source impedance.
CMRR> 76 dB @ 1 kHz, unity gain.
Input impedance8k Ohms balanced, 4k Ohms unbalanced.
Phantom power (per input)+48 VDC @ 10 mA maximum.
Dynamic range> 116 dB, A-weighted.
THD + Noise< -100 dB, unweighted; 1 kHz @ +22 dBu with 0 dB gain.
Latency0.28 mS.

SYSTEM
Sampling Rate48 kHz, ± 100 ppm.
Dante CableStandard CAT6, maximum device-to-device length = 100 meters.

MECHANICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Space RequiredHalf rack unit (WDH: 20.83 cm x 22.86 cm x 4.37 cm / 8.2 in. x 9 in. x 1.72 in.) Depth does not include connector allowance. Allow at least 3 inches additional clearance for rear panel connections. Additional depth may be required depending upon your specific wiring and connections.
ElectricalPoE IEEE 802.3af Class 0, 10 Watts maximum. No line voltage switching required (100-250 VAC, 50-60 Hz).
VentilationMaximum recommended ambient operating temperature is 30 C / 86 F. Ensure that the left and right equipment sides are unobstructed (5.08 cm, 2 in minimum clearance). The ventilation should not be impeded by covering the ventilation openings with items such as newspapers, tablecloths, curtains, etc.
Certifications or ComplianceUL 60065, cUL 60065, IEC 60065, FCC 15.109:2015, FCC 15.109(g):2015,
FCC 15.107:2015, (CISPR 32), EN 55032:2012, EN 55103-2:2009,
EN 61000-3-3:2013, EN 61000-3-2:2006, ICES-003:2012, RoHS.
Shipping Weight4.4 lbs. (2.0 kg)

Architect and Engineer Specifications: xIn 4.

The half rack device shall provide four analog mic/line inputs that are adjustable from line to mic level with coarse gain and phantom power. Levels and phantom power shall be controllable via DSP modules in software. Audio connections shall be accessed via rear panel 3.5 mm Phoenix® connectors.

Network audio expansion shall be provided by the Dante protocol. The connector shall be 100 Base-T RJ45 utilizing CAT6 cable.

A designer software application shall be provided that operates on a Windows computer, with network interface installed, running Windows® 7 or higher operating system. Computer connection for configuration shall be via a hosting DSP unit’s rear panel Ethernet connector that communicates with the devices via Dante.

The front panel shall include indicators for POWER, ETHERNET, and DANTE.

Audio conversion shall be 24-bit, 48 kHz and the dynamic range shall not be lower than 115 dB, A-weighted with a maximum input level of +23 dBu.

The device shall be powered over Ethernet (PoE) by an included 802.3af Class 0 PoE injector. The device shall meet UL/CSA and CE safety requirements and comply with CE and FCC Part 15 emissions limits. The device shall be RoHS compliant. The chassis shall be constructed of cold rolled steel, and may be surface mounted or mount into a standard 19” 1U EIA rack using available mounting kits. The device shall be a Symetrix xIn 4.

Product Catalog

Frequently Asked Questions

xIO Expanders - xOut 12 and xln 12

  • Can the xOut 12 output mute be controlled from ARC remotes, SymVue, or 3rd party control systems?

    xOut and xIn expanders can only be controlled via Composer directly or by programming set up in Composer. For control using a Symetrix hardware control platform (ARC series remote, W series remote), a remote control number must be tied to the given parameter – mute or otherwise. SymVue control screens can have the parameter itself copied to it for control. Third party system control would be similar to our ARC and W series control, requiring remote control numbers be set to given parameters. The third-party control system would then need to follow the Symetrix Control Protocol to control these parameters.

  • What is Phantom Power?

    Phantom power derives its name from its invisibility to audio signals, even though the microphone cable carries both phantom power (as direct current) and audio signals (as alternating current). Specifically, the term phantom power means a positive DC voltage sent to the microphone on both audio leads, through current-limiting resistors which also serve to isolate the audio leads from one another. The front panel phantom power button applies phantom power via pins 2 and 3 of the mic input XLR connectors.

  • Can the xOut 12 be used to send Dante digital audio to a 3rd party Dante enabled device?

    Yes, but a SymNet DSP must be present to setup and program the xOut 12. Once programmed the xOut 12 can transmit the Dante audio to any Dante enabled device.

  • Can the xIn 12 be used to send Dante digital audio to a 3rd party Dante enabled device?

    Yes, but a SymNet DSP must be present to setup and program the xIn 12. Once programmed the xIn 12 can transmit the Dante audio to any Dante enabled device.

  • 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.

  • What steps are necessary in order to run Dante DSP with Dante set to “Redundant Mode”?

    All Dante devices ship with Dante in the default “Switched mode”. This allows units to be daisy chained, eliminating the need for 3rd party networking hardware. When in “Switched mode” if the Dante hardware is setup physically in a Redundant network configuration, traffic from the Primary Dante port will flow out the Secondary Dante port, and the Dante traffic from the Secondary Dante port will flow out the Primary Dante port. This creates a data feedback loop on the Dante network that will crash the Dante cards in the SymNet units. SymNet units with only Dante connections, such as the xIn 12 and the xOut 12, may become unresponsive until they are power cycled and the redundant Dante network switch is turned off or the redundant ports are unplugged from the secondary Dante network.

    As such, to set the system to run Dante in “Redundant mode”, first go online with the system with only the Primary Dante port connected to the network or network switch. Alternatively, if the Secondary Dante ports are already connected to a network switch, turn off the secondary Dante network switch/switches. If the Secondary network switch cannot be turned off, or both Primary and Secondary Dante use the same network or switch, then unplug all Secondary Dante ports.

    Next, go to Composer>Dante Flow Manager and hit the “Configure Dante…” button and set the Secondary Dante jack to “Redundant Network”. Then push the file to the SymNet system.

    Verify via a DSP’s front panel display that the Dante mode now reads “Redundant”. When it does indicate “Redundant” mode is active, plug in the secondary Dante ports or turn on the secondary Dante network switch/switches.

  • Where can I find an owner’s manual for my Symetrix product?

    All technical and operational instructions and documentation for current Symetrix products are contained within the Help menu of the Designer and/or Composer software. Simply click on the question-mark icon on the toolbar in Designer/Composer and search your topic.

    Download the latest version of Designer or Composer at www.symetrix.co.

  • Will phantom power damage my non-condenser microphones?

    Generally no, some older ribbon microphones are somewhat susceptible, but it’s always a safe bet to disable phantom power when not needed.

  • Can Dante Controller be used to adjust the mic pre or level settings of the xIn 12?

    No, Dante Controller is not able to adjust any audio related settings in a xIn 12.

  • Can Dante Controller be used to turn on the output mute settings of the xOut 12?

    No, Dante Controller is not able to adjust any audio related settings in a xOut 12.

  • Where can I find AutoCAD files for the xOut 12?

    http://symetrixco.wpenginepowered.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/xOut-12.zip

  • Where can I find AutoCAD files for the xIn 12?

    http://symetrixco.wpenginepowered.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/xIn-12.zip

  • Can the xIn 12 input setting be controlled from ARC remotes, SymVue, or 3rd party control systems?

    xOut and xIn expanders can only be controlled via Composer directly or by programming set up in Composer. For control using a Symetrix hardware control platform (ARC series remote, W series remote), a remote control number must be tied to the given parameter – mute or otherwise. SymVue control screens can have the parameter itself copied to it for control. Third party system control would be similar to our ARC and W series control, requiring remote control numbers be set to given parameters. The third-party control system would then need to follow the Symetrix Control Protocol to control these parameters. 

xIO Expanders – xIn 4, xOut 4, xIO 4×4

  • How do I configure the xIn 4, xIO 4×4 and xOut 4?

    The xIn 4, xIO 4×4 and xOut 4 are configured via the award winning SymNet Composer software. Once transmit and receive flows are created within the software the xIO 4×4, xIn 4 and xOut 4 will need to be located through a Radius or Edge DSP, then the configuration pushed to the hardware.

  • Can the xIn 4, xOut 4, and xIO 4×4 be used with non-Symetrix DSP systems?

    Yes. You can use any of Symetrix Dante expander units with third party DSPs and systems. However, these devices will not be configurable beyond what Dante control allows, and will remain in their default settings.

    • Input sensitivity = +4dBu
    • Pantom power = Off
  • Do the xIn 4, xIO 4×4 and xOut 4 need to be connected to a Gigabit network?

    No- The xIn 4, xIO 4×4 and xOut 4 have a 100 Base-T Ethernet port that provides 8 (4×4) channels of Dante network audio, Ethernet communications, and power. Symetrix suggests connecting to a gigabit switch. Especially if multiple devices with Dante audio are connecting to a common switch.

  • How do I power up the xIn 4, xIO 4×4 and xOut 4?

    The xIn 4, xIO 4×4 and xOut 4 are powered over Ethernet (PoE) by an IEEE 802.3af Class 0 standard compliant switch or the included injector. No other external power supply is needed or used.

  • Can I send more than 4 channels of Dante networked audio to and from the xIn 4, xIO 4×4 and xOut 4?

    No- The xIn 4, xIO 4×4 and xOut 4 Dante Interface I/O interface is based upon the Audinate Ultimo chip that supports 4×4 channels of Dante networked audio.

  • Is there and under the table or surface mount option for the xIn 4, xIO 4×4 and xOut 4?

    Yes- Under Table/Surface Mount Kits consists of a U-shaped bracket and two mounting screws. With this kit, a single unit can be secured under a table or to another flat surface as required. (Mounting solutions sold separately).

  • Does the xIn 4, xIO 4×4 and xOut 4 have a rack mount option?

    Yes- The Rack Mount Kits consists of a rack tray and four mounting screws. With this kit, one or two units can be mounted side-by-side in a single rack space. (Mounting solutions sold separately).

  • How do I configure the xIn 4, xIO 4×4 and xOut 4?

    The xIn 4, xIO 4×4 and xOut 4 are configured via the award winning SymNet Composer software. Once transmit and receive flows are created within the software the xIO 4×4, xIn 4 and xOut 4 will need to be located through a Radius or Edge DSP, then the configuration pushed to the hardware. In later versions of Composer there is an intelligent module available in the Tool Kit for configuration that can also be used for external control.

  • Are the xIn 4 and xIO 4×4 capable of providing Phantom Power?

    Yes- The xIn 4 and xIO 4×4 have (4) balanced analog audio inputs, with individually software-controllable pre-amp gains (reference levels of -50 dBu, -40 dBu, -20 dBu, -10 dBV and +4 dBu), phantom power (+48 VDC ), and mute.

  • Does the xIn 4, xIO 4×4 and xOut 4 have redundant capabilities?

    No- The xIn 4, xIO 4×4 and xOut 4 are based upon Audinate’s Ultimo Dante chip which does not have a redundant mode. They should be connected to the primary Dante network. Other standard IT practices of network redundancy can be employed instead.

  • Can I daisy-chain multiple xIn 4, xIO 4×4 and xOut 4 together?

    No- The xIn 4, xIO 4×4 and xOut 4 have a single Dante port and Power over Ethernet (PoE) cannot be daisy-chained. They can be directly connected to the main DSP (via a PoE injector), but not to each other.

  • Can the xIn 4, xIO 4×4 and xOut 4 be used as standalone DSP devices?

    No- The xIn4, xIO 4×4 and xOut 4 are part of a series of I/O expansion products for the Symetrix DSP products (Edge and Radius) using Dante network audio.