New Rio3224-D2 and Rio1608-D2 Dante Network I/O Racks with Enhanced Sound, Reliability, and Visibility
BUENA PARK, Calif. (February 6, 2018) — Yamaha Professional Audio announces the February release of two new Dante equipped I/O Rack units for the company's professional audio lineup: the Rio3224-D2 and Rio1608-D2. Together with the new CSD-R7 control surface to be released simultaneously, the I/O Racks are components of the RIVAGE PM Series, including the new RIVAGE PM7 Digital Mixing System. They can also be used with current CL and QL Series Digital Mixing Consoles.
The Dante network audio protocol was first introduced to the R series I/O Racks in the Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D released simultaneously with the CL Series in 2012. The lineup was then expanded with the input-only Ri8-D, the output-only Ro8-D, the RMio64-D with Dante/MADI conversion capability, and the RSio64-D for connectivity between Dante and the company’s extensive Mini-YGDAI card lineup. The outstanding sonic quality offered by these products, plus the convenience and performance of Dante networking, have made them popular choices for a wide range of pro audio applications.
The Rio3224-D2 and Rio1608-D2 are successors to the Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D, offering significant advances in sound, reliability, and visual status confirmation. The Yamaha unwavering commitment to quality in live sound reinforcement is clearly evident in the Rio3224-D2 and Rio1608-D2, allowing on-stage sound to be cleanly captured and then shaped as required by the engineer. Analog circuitry developed for the first-generation Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D has been revised to deliver sound that represents another evolution in the Yamaha "natural sound" concept, and overall performance that is worthy of "RIVAGE PM Series" status.
"The new Rio-D2 successors can be used with the RIVAGE PM as well as CL and QL Series," states Marc Lopez, director of marketing, Commercial Audio products, Yamaha Professional Audio division. "All of the possible combinations provide enhanced flexibility and economy when configuring systems for applications of any scale."
Both the Rio3224-D2 and Rio1608-D2 include dual power supply units to minimize the possibility of power loss during a show. If a problem occurs with one power source, operation will continue unaffected as long as the second power source is active. Internal airflow has been redesigned as well, reducing fan noise for notably quieter operation.
Another Rio3224-D2 and Rio1608-D2 refinement is the inclusion of character/icon displays rather than the basic LED indicators of the first-generation models, allowing quick, easy confirmation of Dante settings as well as metering, gain, high-pass filters, phantom power, and more. It is also possible to edit gain, high-pass filters, and phantom power settings directly from the I/O Rack interface, and even lock them, if required. Operation from the R Remote software application is also possible.
For more information on the Rio3224-D2 and Rio1608-D2, visit www.yamahaproaudio.com.