AADA416FR analogue audio distribution amplifier

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What is it?

AADA416FR analogue audio distribution amplifierQuad channel analogue audio distribution amplifier.

Reason to choose it...

Configure it to meet your exact requirements: it features four separate audio distribution amplifiers each with four floating outputs, with the inputs and outputs configurable in five different ways. Plus you'll get excellent value per channel: saving rack space (and money) by fitting 48 DAs in a single 2U frame.

Ideal for...

The flexible distribution of analogue audio in any broadcast environment. With its ability to work remotely, it's perfect for those applications where sources may be of unknown amplitudes, making volume adjustments essential – easier to do from an active front panel, VisionWeb or the Statesman Lite PC software than manually. See who's using it.

Control it...

Try out the AADA416FR VisionWeb GUI (opens in new window) – you'll see how easy it is to operate AADA416FR from your web browser, while exploring the full functionality of the product.

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  • Main features
  • Details
  • Specs
  • What outputs do I get?
  • What do I order?
  • Who's using it?

Main features

  • Quad analogue audio distribution amplifier
  • Flexible inputs and outputs - five different combinations
  • Low noise and distortion
  • Robust fully floating inputs and outputs
  • Excellent isolation between outputs with individual line drivers
  • Audio gain adjustment from +18dB to -18dB
  • Audio silence detector for each channel
  • Overvoltage detector for each channel
  • Headphone monitoring of all channels
  • Inputs and outputs accessed by using an appropriate rear module (RM17)
  • Housed in Indigo rack frames
  • Space-saving: 100mm x 266mm module allows 12 AADA416FR in 2U (six in 1U and two in desk top box)
  • Flexible control: board edge, GPI, frame integrated control panel, VisionPanel remote control panel, SNMP, ASCII and JSON protocols, Statesman Lite PC software or the web browser-based VisionWeb Control
  • Five year warranty (with product registration)
  • This product is available to either purchase or hire, with hire pricing typically 6% of list price per week (with one week minimum hire period and £200 minimum charge)


Distribute analogue audio anywhere

The AADA416FR quad amplifier allows the flexible distribution of analogue audio in any broadcast environment.

It features four separate audio distribution amplifiers each with an electronically balanced input and four floating outputs, with the inputs and outputs configurable in five different ways to meet your exact requirements.

Configure the inputs and outputs to be what you need

The AADA416FR allows a truly versatile configuration of inputs and outputs.

The most commonly used combinations are configuring the board as a quad amplifier (four mono - or two stereo - inputs and four outputs of each), dual amplifier (two mono - or one stereo - inputs and eight outputs of each) or single amplifier (one mono input and sixteen outputs).

It is also possible to have a mixture of outputs, and configure the board as either a mixed triple amplifier or mixed dual amplifier.

Guarantee robust outputs

The AADA416FR has the essential low noise and distortion which allows the audio to pass through more stages of processing without a loss in quality.

The balanced outputs are fully floating which makes them very robust - should one side be connected to ground, the other will double in amplitude to maintain the difference between the balanced signals, giving a correct single-ended system.

Each output has an individual line driver which gives excellent isolation between them, meaning a damaged signal injected on to one of the outputs will not affect any of the others.

Adjust the gain

The AADA416FR can deal with analogue audio that comes from anywhere, with the ability to be configured for the different maximum operating levels that can occur over different geographical areas.

The fixed gain settings (-6dB, 0dB or +6dB) allow you to scale the incoming audio so that it is the same relationship to your full scale level. The variable gain settings (of +/-12dB) then allow you to correct for gain errors elsewhere. The AADA416FR includes an easy unity calibration mode which will force the gain adjustments to unity so that all outputs go out at the same amplitude.

Monitor your audio

A number of useful monitoring tools ensure you remain aware of exactly what's happening to your audio at all times.

Each channel has an individual audio silence detector with adjustable threshold level and duration - useful for alerting you that your audio signal has failed. There is also an overvoltage detector for each channel with adjustable threshold level. Both these tools can be used with GPIs to trigger alarms.

Two 3.5mm jacks are provided for local monitoring using headphones and can be used during installation or when investigating problems, allowing you to listen to the audio at various stages to check for continuity or quality.

Easy to set up and use

It takes no time at all to get the AADA416FR configured and on air. The AADA416FR can work in either manual or remote modes and is ideal where sources may be of unknown amplitudes and volume adjustments are essential - easier to do from an active front panel on the AE frame, the VisionPanel remote control panel, SNMP, our ASCII and JSON protocols, the Statesman Lite PC software or the VisionWeb web browser control than manually. Try the AADA416FR VisionWeb demo...

Save rack space

Crystal Vision frameThe AADA416FR will save you rack space, with this 100mm x 266mm module providing up to 48 DAs in a single 2U frame, making it excellent value per channel.

The AADA416FR conveniently fits in Crystal Vision's Indigo frames (available in three sizes to suit all applications) alongside any other video or audio products from the Indigo range.

The audio inputs and outputs are accessed by using the RM17 frame rear module.




Standard Crystal Vision module 266mm x 100mm

Weight: 175g

Power consumption: 12 Watts


Four mono, electronically balanced

High impedance input (>20 kohm)

Maximum level: +28dBu

Factory set default: +24dBu; 0dBFS = +18dBu or +24dBu by on board link


16 (four per channel), electronically balanced, using RM17 frame rear module

Inputs and outputs are flexible and can be configured in five different ways

It is also possible to use unbalanced audio

Low impedance outputs: 66 ohm

Maximum level: +25dBu

Factory set default: 0dBFS = +24dBu


Total adjustment: +/-18dB

Continuous adjustment: +/-12dB in 0.5dB steps using multiturn pot adjustment or remote control

Link adjustment: +6dB, 0dB, -6dB (on board link settings)


Signal to noise ratio: 104dB, 0dB gain, 0dBFS = +24dBu (20Hz to 20kHz)

Frequency response: +/-0.05dB (20Hz to 20kHz)

Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <0.003% at 1kHz, +18dBu/+24dBu

Common mode rejection: >74dB (20Hz to 20kHz)

Interchannel crosstalk: <-100dB, 10kHz


Four (one per audio channel)

Set period of silence before indication from one to 120 seconds in eight second increments

Set silence threshold between -18dBu and -42dBu (factory default set to -30dBu)


Four (one per audio channel)

Set overvoltage threshold between +6dBu and +25dBu (factory default set to +25dBu)


Two stereo (four mono) via two 3.5mm stereo jack sockets

Output level: 0dBFS = +10dBu


Active pull to ground, pulled up to +5V through 10 kohm


Two GPI inputs select silence or overvoltage or both indications on GPI outputs


Electrically: Open collector transistors 30V, 330 ohm current limit resistors, 10mA max


Four GPI outputs indicate silence/overvoltage status per channel


Four LEDs (one per channel) to indicate silence/overvoltage status

Two LEDs to indicate power supply status


Power rail monitoring, channel gain adjustment, silence threshold, silence time, overvoltage level, remote/local selection and unity gain set by switches at board edge

On board jumper links enable the AADA416FR to be matched to different maximum operating levels

Three jumper links can link audio channels together to provide a variety of input/output configurations


Modes: Manual or remote (selected by switches at board edge). Remote adjustment of audio gain, audio silence duration limit and overvoltage detection level


VisionWeb Control is available via the web server on the frame and allows operation using a standard web browser on a computer, tablet or phone

Statesman Lite allows control from any PC on a network

SNMP monitoring and control available as a frame option

Control using ASCII and JSON protocols


Control from integrated control panel on Indigo 1AE-DP frame

Control from VisionPanel 3U remote panel


What outputs do I get?

Signal inputs and outputs are accessed by using an appropriate rear module.

The Indigo rear modules slot on to the back of the frame and typically feature BNC, D-Type, RJ45 and optical connectors. The single and double slot rear modules can be used with all three frame sizes, while the quad slot rear modules just fit the 2U frames.

There is one rear module available for the AADA416FR...

RM17 rear module label and connections

More about the RM17

Connectors: 44-way high density D-Type and 15-way standard density D-Type

Frame slots used: 1

Boards in 2U: 12

Boards in 1U: 6

Boards in desk top box: 2

Why use it: If you prefer D-Types to DIN connectors

Also used for: AADA416FM and AADA-STM-1

Real RM17 rear module

RM17 rear module label for AADA416FR

AADA416FR inputs and outputs with RM17 rear module


For more visual technical information, download the AADA416FR block diagram.

What do I order?

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Read the ordering info below then fill in this form to request a quote for the AADA416FR analogue audio DA and accessories...

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Items for quote

First you need the 100mm x 266mm module...

Analogue audio distribution amplifier with remote control

Next choose your frame size and power supplies - from 2U to desk top box...

Indigo 2SE
CoolFlow 2U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring smart CPU for up to 12 Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo 1AE-DP
1U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring smart CPU and integrated control panel for up to six Crystal Vision modules. Includes two fixed PS-80i power supplies. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo 1SE-DP
1U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring smart CPU for up to six Crystal Vision modules. Includes two fixed PS-80i power supplies. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo DT
Desk top box with passive front panel for up to two Crystal Vision modules. Includes fixed power supply
Indigo DTSE
Desk top box with active front panel featuring smart CPU for up to two Crystal Vision modules. Includes fixed power supply. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
160 Watts power supply for 1U (non-DP) and 2U frames. 1U frames require one PSU-160i (no redundancy). 2U frames require either one PSU-160i (no redundancy) or two PSU-160i if power supply redundancy is required

You need a rear module to access your inputs and outputs...

Single slot frame rear module. Allows maximum number of AADA416FR in frame (12 in 2U, six in 1U, two in desk top box). Gives access to all audio inputs and outputs

Finally - control. Complimentary options include board edge switches, the integrated control panel if you've selected the 1AE-DP frame, the VisionWeb web browser control and our ASCII and JSON protocols. Alternatively order one of the items below...

3U Ethernet remote control panel with touch screen
Statesman Lite
Free-of-charge PC Control System - download the latest version
SNMP monitoring and control available as a frame option


Who's using it?

Users of the AADA analogue audio distribution amplifiers include...

  • 4KXL (UK)
  • Addis Ababa Mass Media (Ethiopia)
  • Advanced Broadcast Services (UK)
  • Advanced System Integrated Co., Ltd. (Taiwan)
  • Advent Communications (UK)
  • Al Jazeera (Qatar)
  • Alter Ego Media S.A. (Greece)
  • Antenna Hungária (Hungary)
  • Antenna TV (Greece)
  • ANTV (Vietnam)
  • Arabsat (Saudi Arabia)
  • Arqiva (UK)
  • Astro (Poland)
  • AVC (UK)
  • Bắc Ninh TV (Vietnam)
  • Bath Spa University (UK)
  • BBC (UK)
  • BBC Millbank (UK)
  • BBC Northern Ireland (UK)
  • BBC Scotland (UK)
  • BBC Studioworks (UK)
  • BBC Wales (UK)
  • BBC World Service (UK)
  • BFE Studio (Austria)
  • Binh Phuoc TV (Vietnam)
  • Channel 4 (UK)
  • Channel 9 (Greece)
  • Channel 10 (Greece)
  • Channels TV (Nigeria)
  • Chatham House – The Royal Institute of International Affairs (UK)
  • Chicopee Telecom (USA)
  • Chiyoda-Video (Japan)
  • Chukyo TV Broadcasting (Japan)
  • City of Glasgow College (UK)
  • City University London (UK)
  • Comux (UK)
  • Coronation Street/ITV Studios (UK)
  • Cotswold Communications (UK)
  • Covetel (Venezuela)
  • Crete TV (Greece)
  • Custom Consoles (UK)
  • CVP (UK)
  • Czech TV (Czech Republic)
  • dB Broadcast (UK)
  • Dega Broadcast Systems (UK)
  • DigitalWide srl (Italy)
  • Doordarshan Kendra (India)
  • E to E (UK)
  • Eddystone Broadcast (UK)
  • EDI Effetti Digitali Italiani Srl (Italy)
  • Emmerdale/ITV Studios (UK)
  • EMMRC - Educational Multimedia Research Centre (India)
  • EMS (UK)
  • Encore Broadcast Solutions (USA)
  • ERT (Greece)
  • ESPN Star Sports/Fox Sports (Singapore)
  • ETI-Electronic Technology Inc. (USA)
  • Euronews (Albania)
  • Eurosport (Greece)
  • FAL Systems (UK)
  • FB TV (Turkey)
  • Foss Productions (Greece)
  • Fountain Studios (UK)
  • Gee Broadcast Systems (UK)
  • Gems TV (India)
  • Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation (Gibraltar)
  • Giga-Com (UK)
  • GigaSat (UK)
  • Global (UK)
  • GMTV (UK)
  • Habertürk TV (Turkey)
  • Hai Duong Radio and Television Station (Vietnam)
  • Hangzhou Justtong Network Technology inc.,Ltd. (China)
  • Hangzhou TV (China)
  • Hayfisher Productions (UK)
  • HB Communications (USA)
  • HD Vietnam (Vietnam)
  • Hollyoaks/Lime Pictures (UK)
  • Houses of Parliament (UK)
  • HTV - Ho Chi Minh City Television (Vietnam)
  • Ideal Shopping Direct (UK)
  • INA TV (Greece)
  • Indira Ghandi National Open University (India)
  • International Criminal Court (Netherlands)
  • ITV (UK)
  • ITV Studios (UK)
  • Jewellery Maker (UK)
  • JKS Inc. (USA)
  • Kapa Studios (Greece)
  • King Khalid University Medical City (Saudi Arabia)
  • Kingsway International Christian Centre (UK)
  • Kontra (Greece)
  • KT - Korean Telecom Media (South Korea)
  • Links Broadcast (UK)
  • Manchester Studios (UK)
  • Media Broadcast Technology (Vietnam)
  • Mediaspec (UK)
  • Medialogy Engineers Ltd. (UK)
  • Megahertz Broadcast Systems (UK)
  • MEGA TV (Cyprus)
  • MEGA TV (Greece)
  • Molinare (UK)
  • MTV (Greece)
  • National Assembly for Wales (UK)
  • National Performing Arts Center (Taiwan)
  • News24 (Albania)
  • Nova TV (Bulgaria)
  • OneSource Distributors LLC (USA)
  • Open TV (Greece)
  • ORF (Austria)
  • Oxford Sound & Media (UK)
  • Pinellas County Schools (USA)
  • PLD Production (Greece)
  • Prodigy Enterprises Inc. (China)
  • Puls 4 (Austria)
  • Radio Televisyen Malaysia (Malaysia)
  • Reality TV Channel (Greece)
  • Royal College of Music (UK)
  • Royal Opera House (UK)
  • RTC Télé Liège (Belgium)
  • RTÉ (Ireland)
  • RTVS (Slovakia)
  • Russia Today – London Bureau (UK)
  • Sat-Comm (UK)
  • Scottish Parliament (UK)
  • SEC - Supreme Education Council (Qatar)
  • Show TV (Turkey)
  • Siemens (UK)
  • Smart TV (UK)
  • Soc Trang TV (Vietnam)
  • Studios A/S (Denmark)
  • STV (Spain)
  • STV (UK)
  • Supersonic TV (Albania)
  • Supersport (South Africa)
  • SZTV - Szombathelyi Televízió (Hungary)
  • TBS (Taiwan)
  • TCS Telecom e Serv. Srl (Italy)
  • Tele Bruxelles (Belgium)
  • Telecentras (Lithuania)
  • Telemedia (South Africa)
  • Télésambre (Belgium)
  • TeleStudio Modena (Italy)
  • Teletech (Japan)
  • Teltechco (Vietnam)
  • Televideo (UK)
  • Telewave (Greece)
  • Thameside (UK)
  • The ADI Group (UK)
  • The Federation of Small Businesses (UK)
  • The Jewellery Channel (UK)
  • The Military Broadcasting Centre (Vietnam)
  • The One Show (UK)
  • TJC (UK)
  • Toshiba (UK)
  • TP Emitel (Poland)
  • TRT (Turkey)
  • Türkmeneli Televizyonu (Turkey)
  • TV AlHijrah (Malaysia)
  • TV Globo (Brazil)
  • TV 2 (Denmark)
  • TV 360 (Turkey)
  • TVP (Poland)
  • TV Skyline (Germany)
  • TVT – Television Versioning & Translation Ltd. (UK)
  • UBE Service (UK)
  • United Broadcast & Media Solutions LLC (UAE)
  • Universal Media Services (USA)
  • University of Central Florida (USA)
  • University of Essex (UK)
  • University of York (UK)
  • Videocation (Germany)
  • Viettel TV (Vietnam)
  • Vinh Long Radio and Television (Vietnam)
  • Vinh Phúc TV (Vietnam)
  • Vislink Broadcast (UK)
  • VSC Design (UK)
  • VTC (Vietnam)
  • VTV5 (Vietnam)
  • Westminster Live (UK)
  • William Hill (UK)
  • WTS Broadcast (UK)
  • Wyre Broadcast Solutions (UK)

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