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Yamaha Tio1608-D Dante-Equipped I/O Rack

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Yamaha Tio1608-D Dante-Equipped I/O Rack
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Designed to work remotely with Yamaha TF-series consoles, the Tio1608-D is a preamp, I/O rack, and stage box. It uses Dante protocol to transmit multiple channels of audio from the stage to the console over one solitary ethernet cable.

In the purely analog realm, this operation would require a rat's nest of cables or a cumbersome snake; the Tio1608-D's Dante capabilities eliminate the cable clutter. It accomplishes this feat with a low-latency, high-quality transfer of analog signal to digital information—in this case at a sample rate of either 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz, and at a resolution of 24-bit or 32-bit.

This particular stage box provides 16x input channels and 8x output channels for communication via Dante to TF-series consoles; however, you can daisy chain up to three Tio1608-D's simultaneously, resulting in a stage box system of 48x inputs and 24x outputs with one to three cables running to the console, depending on how you rig it.



  • Front-Panel Overview

The preamp itself sports 16x combo XLR/TRS jacks (all supporting 48V phantom power) and 8x XLR output jacks. A Quick Config switch allows you to interface automatically with TF-series consoles.

  • Rear-Panel Overview

At the rear of the unit, a fan switch allows you to change the speed of the internal cooling system, while a series of DIP switches determine the unit's startup mode. You'll also notice only two CAT5e connection points: Primary, which is for direct connection to your Dante-enabled console, and Secondary, which is utilized for daisy chaining scenarios.

Technical Specifications

Frequency Response At a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, @ 600 Ohms
Total Harmonic Distortion At a sample rate of 48 kHz: @ 600 Ohms
+4 dBu at 20 Hz to 20 kHz, gain +66 dB: 0.1%
+4 dBu at 20 Hz to 20 kHz, gain -6 dB: 0.05%
Hum and Noise At a sample rate of 48 kHz: @ 600 Ohms
Inputs 1 through 16: -128 dBu, typical
All inputs at nominal level, outputs 1 through 8: -70 dBu, max
Residual output noise channels 1 through 8: -88 dBu, typical
Dynamic Range At a sample rate of 48 kHz: @ 600 Ohms
Inputs 1 through 16 / outputs 1 through 8, AD + DA, gain -6 dB: 108 dB
Outputs 1 through 8, DA converter: 112 dB
Crosstalk @ 1 kHz -100 dB
Sampling Frequencies External Clock: 44.1 kHz / 48 kHz, -200 to 200 ppm
Power Requirements 100 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz, 50 W
Heat Dissipation 100 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz, 43.5 kcal/h
Temperature Range Operating temperature range: 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage temperature range: -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Cable Length AC Cable: 7.9' / 2.5 m
I/O 16x balanced combo XLR/TRS input jacks
8x: Balanced XLR output jacks
Digital I/O Connection: etherCON Cat5e 
Channels: 16x (Tio1608-D to other devices), 8x (other devices to Tio1608-D)
Data Length: 24- or 32-bit
Format: Dante by Audinate
Dimensions (W × H × D) 18.9 x 3.5 x 14.3" / 480 x 88 x 364 mm
Weight 12.6 / 5.7 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 17.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 22.1 x 19.3 x 7.5"

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