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Beatrice R16
16 Channel Network Audio Rackmount Intercom

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The Glensound BEATRICE R16 is a versatile and fully featured 16 channel rackmount intercom with crystal clear audio designed for broadcast, theatre and professional audio applications.

It is part of our Beatrice intercom system that utilises the reliable and proven Dante network audio transmission protocol to allow real time distribution of uncompressed audio across standard networks.  It is also AES67 compliant. As such the BEATRICE R16 is fully compatible with other manufacturers’ equipment using the Dante and/ or AES67 protocols.

This 1RU rackmount intercom was designed to be very easy to use for the operator and simple to set up for the technician. It includes all the basic functionality required for small intercom systems and none of the overly complex installation requirements normally associated with large systems.

  • 16 Channels Of Intercom
    One single user connected to the unit can listen to and communicate with 16 separate locations on the network. Depending upon how the Dante network has been routed, the incoming audio circuits and outgoing circuits can be different locations.

  • Configurable Speak Switches
    Each channels' speak switch can be user defined to operate to your preference. The options are: Momentary, Latching or Intelligent Lever Key.
  • Dante® Routing & Partyline
    Audio routing to/ from other devices is setup using Dante controller which allows for point to multipoint routing on outgoing circuits (but only 1 single incoming circuit for each of the 16 channels). Therefore we’ve included an inbuilt fixed ratio 11 input 11 output mixer matrix with inputs and outputs connected directly to the Dante / AES67 network which allows for setting up partyline and group circuits.
  • Onboard Mic & External Mic Input
    A good quality, clear sounding microphone amplifier, designed for communication purposes, is fitted which also has the benefit of a compressor/ limiter circuit to help keep levels and intelligibility consistent even when the operator gets overly excited. This microphone amp has two microphone sources, either the inbuilt front panel mounted electret capsule which provides good voice intelligibility from normal working distances, or a balanced XLR input for connecting external gooseneck microphones. Twelve Volt Phantom power is also available and can be turned on/ off as required via an internal link.
  • High Output Intelligible Loudspeaker
    What’s the point of an intercom unit if the onboard speaker is so cheap that you can’t understand what is being said to you? We tried hundreds of different drive units before settling on the one used in the Beatrice R16. We chose it because it had a much cleaner sound and better frequency response for vocals than any other speaker on the market that would fit in a 1RU subrack.

  • Mains or PoE Powered
    An inbuilt wide range switch mode mains power supply is fitted for powering the Beatrice R16. It is terminated with a standard IEC plug, making it easy to plug in wherever you are in the World.

    The unit can also be powered via the Ethernet cable by standard PoE (Power over Ethernet) on either of the copper Ethernet ports. The PoE power can be supplied by an external PoE switch or a midspan power injector.

  • Redundant Twin Copper & Twin Fibre Ethernet Interface
    When ultra reliable communications is needed for the utmost important jobs, glitch free redundant network circuits can be set up using the primary and secondary Dante network ports.
    There are 2 copper Ethernet ports on RJ45s and also 2 fibre Ethernet ports presented as SFP slots (SFP modules not included). Redundant networks can be set up across any of these ports. These ports can also be set up as a network switch.

  • GPIO
    A solid state relay output is provided and is triggered when any speak key is on (useful for dimming external loudspeakers or red light controls).
    In total there are 12 loop closure inputs. 10 of these control the first 8 talk keys and talk to group and talk to all.
    The other 2 loop closure inputs provide internal & external LS cuts.

  • IFB/ AUX Sources
    Four different IFB/ Aux audio sources are received from the Dante network. Each of the four sources is associated with four outgoing talkback channels. If audio is routed to the(se) IFB/ Aux sources in the network then they are mixed in with their associated outgoing talkback channel circuit.
    If a talkback key is on then the associated IFB/ Aux source is ducked by a user definable amount.  If the talkback is not on then the IFB/ Aux source is routed to the channels' output with unity gain.
    IFB/ Aux sources are very useful for distributing programme audio around an intercom setup whilst the ducking facility allows talkback to be heard over it.

  • Microphone Level Meter
    An eight LED front panel multipurpose indicator is used to indicate the outgoing microphone level.

  • Channel Input and Output Gain Controls
    For maximum flexibility, gain can be applied to incoming audio signals and outgoing signals separately. A row of LEDs indicate the current gain setting when a channels input or output is being adjusted.

  • Monitor
    All incomming talkback channels are mixed together to the headphones/ loudspeakers.

  • Presence Indication
    Front panel LEDs located next to the talk switches are used to indicate the presence of incoming audio on that channel. When audio is detected on the channel the LED is illuminated.  The LED then stays on for a short period after the incoming audio stops to help the operator identify who has been talking to them.

  • 4-Wire Connectivity
    Two traditional analogue 4-wire circuits can be connected to two of the R16's intercom channels by utilising the versatile analogue inputs and outputs.

  • Speak To All and Speak To Group
    Two useful front panel controls are fitted. When pressed, the ‘Speak To All’ button will enable the operator to talk to all the outputs simultaneously and the ‘Speak To Group’ button allows the operator to talk to an easily assignable set of outputs.

  • Speaker Output
    As well as the front panel internal loudspeaker a balanced analogue output is provided for connecting to an external powered loudspeaker.

  • Local Input and Output Circuits
    For increased versatility there are 2 local balanced analogue audio inputs and 2 local balanced analogue outputs.
    The inputs are routed directly to two output channels on the Dante/ AES67 network.
    The outputs are fed directly from two input channels from the Dante/ AES67 network.

  • Mixer Matrix For Partyline
    For setting up simple groups and partyline circuits that could not be achieved via Dante controller or your AES67 router, an inbuilt fixed ratio mixer is supplied. It has 11 audio inputs direct from the network and 11 mix outputs to the network.

The name Beatrice was chosen for our intercom range as she was the love of Dante Alighieri:

‘Dante had fallen in love with another, Beatrice Portinari (known as Bice), whom he first met when he was only nine.’

Source Wikipedia.

We hope that you too will fall in love with Beatrice.

NETWORK/ DANTE INTERFACE

Physical Interface: 2 of RJ45 Neutrik Ethercons and 2 of SFP slots
Audio Sample Frequency: 48kS/s
Transfer Rate: 1000Mbps
Dante Chipset: Brooklyn II (Note: suitable for acting as a master clock for a network incorporating many Ultimo Chipsets)
AES67 Compliant: The Audinate Brooklyn module used is AES67 compliant 

AUDIO

Mic Gain Range: +61 to +21dB 
Phantom Power: 12 Volts (set by internal link)
Equivalent Input Noise: -126dB (20Hz to 20kHz A weighted 150 Ohms)
Headphone Impedance: 32 - 1000 Ohms
Max Headphone Output Level: +14dB into 600 Ohms 
Headphone Connector: 6.35mm (1/4") TRS socket
Band Pass Filter: 50Hz to 15kHz
IFB/ AUX Ducking Level: 0 to -63dB

POWER

Mains Voltage: 100 to 240 VAC +/-10%
Mains Frequency: 50 to 60Hz
Power Over Ethernet (PoE): Complies to IEEE 802.3af-2003, Class 0, PoE on either copper port
Consumption: Redundancy: Mains and PoE are dioded together for glitch free redundancy

PHYSICAL

Mechanics: All aluminium with laser etched anodised panels and light textured black powder coated sides, base and lid
Size: 19" 1RU high 164mm deep
Weight: 1.6Kg (3.5lb)
Shipping Weight: 3Kg
Shipping Size: 61 x 41 x 12cms
Shipping Carton: Rugged export quality cardboard carton

GPIO

GPO: Solid State Relays wired Normally Open & Normally Closed
GPI: Logic level pull down to ground to operate

ENVIRONMENTAL

Operating Temperature: 0 to +50°C (32 to 122°F)
Storage Temperature: -20 to +70°C (-4 to 158°F)
Relative Humidity: 0 to 95% non-condensing

MIC/ HEADSET OPTION

Standard (Part no: Beatrice R16): Front panel 3 pin XLR socket mic input
Optional 5 Pin (Part no: Beatrice R16-X5): Front panel 5 pin XLR socket headset connector
Optional 4 Pin (Part no: Beatrice R16-X4): Front panel 4 pin XLR plug headset connector

INCLUDED ITEMS

Handbook: Physical A5 (Download .pdf also available)
Network Cable: 2 meter RJ45 to RJ45 cable

As standard the Beatrice R16 is supplied with a 3 pin XLR socket for the microphone input and a 6.35mm (1/4") stereo jack socket for the headphone output.

It can however be ordered with either a 4 pin or 5 pin XLR headset interface instead.

If ordered with a headset connector then a toggle switch will be added next to the headset connector. This toggle switch will turn the loudspeaker on/ off (ie. it will have the same effect as plugging a headphone jack into the headphone socket on the standard version).

Part numbers are:

Beatrice R16-X4 (4 Pin XLR)

Beatrice R16-X5 (5 Pin XLR)

Wiring for the headset interfaces are to common standards as detailed below.  It may be possible to provide other custom wiring configurations if required, please email sales@glensound.co.uk with your requirements.

Beatrice R16-X5 Wiring Info

Connector type: 5 Pin XLR Socket (female XLR fitted, suitable for mating with cable mounted male)

PIN 1: Mic -
PIN 2: Mic +
PIN 3: GND
PIN 4: Headphone Left
PIN 5: Headphone Right

Beatrice R16-X4 Wiring Info

Connector type: 4 Pin XLR Plug (male XLR fitted, suitable for mating with cable mounted female)

PIN 1: Mic - (Mic GND)
PIN 2: Mic +
PIN 3: Headphone GND
PIN 4: Headphone +

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