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New RME M-1610 Pro AD/DA converter

Posted on: Friday 25th of September 2020

First announced at NAMM 2020, the M-1610 Pro combines the outstanding performance of RME’s M-32 Pro AD and DA converters into a single 1U unit. A multitude of signal integration options offer professional studio, live and broadcast users extensive analogue and digital I/O connections, including AVB (Audio Video Bridging) network functionality, to match the audio quality in both directions.

Flexible Analogue and Digital I/O
Connectivity consists of 16 balanced line-level inputs; 8 balanced line-level outputs; 32 ADAT output channels; and 64 MADI channels via coaxial, plus another 64 channels of MADI via the optional optical SFP. Additional flexibility is provided by the integrated AVB interface, offering two redundant Gigabit Ethernet ports for synchronised and prioritised transmission of up to 8 AVB streams (up to 16 channels per stream), with a total of 128 channels.

A powerful on-board headphone output provides built-in monitoring for all incoming signals, with all analogue channels switchable between three different line levels (+13/+19/+24 dB). Finally, redundant power supplies offer automatic failsafe for live and ‘mission critical’ applications, making the M-1610 Pro one of the most versatile and powerful professional audio converters on the market.

SteadyClock FS – ‘FemtoSecond’ Clocking Technology
Like all new RME devices, the M-1610 Pro features SteadyClock FS, RME’s latest digital clocking and jitter rejection technology, which can be used as a clock master in any digital audio system.

Originally developed for the award-winning ADI-2 Series of converters, RME’s femtosecond clock is accurate to 10-15 (or one quadrillionth) of a second, reducing intrinsic jitter (when converting from and to analogue, over all digital formats) to a new all-time low.

Extensive Front Panel Control
The M-1610 Pro’s front panels houses controls for all of the device’s functionality via a large pushable encoder, with a TFT display for selecting controls and settings, including routing and the saving and loading of presets. A dedicated headphone button allows for instant monitoring of any incoming signal.
RME Web Remote – Browser-based routing and mixing 
In addition to the front panel, the RME M-1610 Pro is also controllable via the browser-based web remote.
With a flexible and user-friendly interface, the web remote provides extended control of the M-1610 Pro’s many features such as adjusting input reference levels; channel routing for all analogue and digital I/O; changing Word Clock and sample rate settings; and saving / recalling presets.
Connection to the web remote can be made via AVB, or via USB when not using the M-1610 Pro as part of an AVB network.

Next-Generation Networked Audio Devices

 The M-1610 Pro expands RME’s growing line-up of professional AVB devices, as well as providing MADI-based systems with additional audiophile-level I/O for high-end multi-channel recording, mixing and monitoring. Alongside RME’s newly released RME 12Mic and RME AVB Tool, the M-1610 Pro demonstrates RME’s strength for innovation and developing ground-breaking audio solutions.

From the company’s beginnings in manufacturing cutting-edge PCI and Firewire technologies, to developing industry-leading USB and MADI solutions, RME now turns its attention to setting new standards in the field of AVB, offering professional audio users a selection of ultra-reliable and future-proof devices designed for the next decade.

 

The RME M-1610 Pro is available now, with an RRP of £2499.00.
Synthax Audio UK is a professional audio distributor based in Hemel Hempstead near London. Brands represented include RME, Ferrofish, Calrec Brio and Type R, DirectOut, Appsys, Icon, MicW & Lauten microphones.


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