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NAMM 2006 Product Preview

A sampling of new products to be displayed at NAMM 2006, Jan. 19-22 in Anaheim, Calif.

Audio converter

The Lucid 88192 audio converter from Symetrix supports eight channels of analog-to-digital conversion and eight channels of digital-to-analog conversion at sampling frequencies up to 192 kHz. It offers simultaneous connectivity for analog, high-speed AES/EBU digital audio and SMUX2 ADAT optical digital audio. The unit's front-panel menu controls its inputs, which can be routed to single or multiple outputs in both digital and analog realms. The system's front panel also includes a pushbutton encoder and a single button for navigating menus and changing settings. Price: N/A. For more information, see Symetrix at NAMM booth 6699, or contact the company at 425-778-7728 or at

Wireless microphone system

Shure's UHF-R wireless microphone system offers 2,400 selectable frequencies across a 60 MHz bandwidth. The system enables operation of up to 40 preset compatible systems per band, and up to 108 systems can be used by accessing multiple bands. The system is available with a bitmapped LCD display that provides access and control to integral system functions. The UHF-R includes the UR2 handheld transmitter, which is available with the full line of Shure capsules. The system can also be used with the company's headworn, lavalier, or instrument microphones. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Shure at NAMM booth 6541, or contact the company at 800-251-4873 or at

CD recorder/player

Designed for professional installations, the Marantz Professional CDR632 rack-mountable CD recorder/player supports data and digital audio from CD-R and CD-RW discs. The CDR632 offers MP3 playback, an MP3 directory feature for navigating audio files, sync (level-dependent) recording, and programmable auto fade-in/out recording. It also includes stereo analog, RCA, and TOSlink digital inputs and outputs. Price: N/A. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Marantz Professional at NAMM booth 7105, or contact the company at 630-741-0330 or at

Cable connector

Neutrik's EMC-XLR cable connector includes three-pole male/female XLR cable connectors with integrated LC-filters, which are designed to address RF interference, LF noise ground loops, and Pin 1 issues. Targeted for use in live sound and mission critical installation applications, the connector features a 360-degree shield contact on the female connector to ensure optimal shielding and chassis contact, according to the company. Price: $8.17 (male, per piece); $9.86 (female, per piece). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, see Neutrik at NAMM booth 6320, or contact the company at 732-901-9488 or at

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