Falcon XTThe Power of Sound

Radio has the power

FALCON XT is the top class digital audio processor that also features Stereo Generator and RDS Encoder. It’s the full optional and most prestigious equipment, designed for those broadcasters that really want to get the best performances.FALCON XT ensures top quality performances and exclusive audio. It features powerful DPSs, 5-band architecture, dual band AGCs, 3-band equalizer, stereo enhancer, speech detector and 4 limiters. The comprehensive and accurate control of each audio parameter allows to shape perfectly the audio to broadcast unique and exceptional branded sound.The LAN port and the built-in Web Server allow to control the processor and tune audio from anywhere. The built-in digital Stereo Generator ensures an extremely precise MPX Signal. The RDS Encoder (optional) is in compliance with UECP SPB490, provides 2 Data Set with a wide range of static services, including Radio Text.FALCON XT features full connectivity with analog and digital I/O (over XLR connectors) and 2 independent MPX outputs, USB, GPI and serial ports. The hardware bypass circuit is always included to guarantee audio presence and audio programs continuity.

 

Highlights

General

  • Main Supply 90--260Vac 50/60Hz. 15W
  • Green device - only 25W
  • Dual Graphic display
  • Rack 1u 19” - Inox steel
  • High immunity to strong RF fields, designed for high power TX sites
  • Fully Digital

Inputs Outputs

  • Analog input on XLR,
  • Analog Input Settings : Sensitivity, Input Mode, Phase Rotator and High Pass Filter
  • Analog Output on XLR
  • Analog Output Settings: Level, Preemphasis, Source and Impedance.
  • Bypass HW on Analog Outputs (Analog Input to Analog Output)
  • Digital AESEBU input on XLR
  • Digital AESEBU Input Settings : Sensitivity, Input Mode, Phase Rotator and High Pass Filter
  • Digital AESEBU Output on XLR
  • Digital AESEBU Output Settings: Level, Preemphasis, Source, Rate, Resolution
  • Bypass HW on Digital AESEBU Outputs (Digital Input to Digital Output)
  • Automatic audio input changeover
  • Double MPX output with independent and level setting.
  • Bypass HW on MPX Outputs (Aux-1 to Out 1&2)
  • 2 AUX input (MPX/RDS/SCA) wide band

Process & Stereo Generator Section

  • 5-Band digital audio processor
  • Multiband agc
  • Mpx power control - ITU-R BS.412
  • Fast DSP Starting time <5 sec (OS < 30 sec)
  • Brilliance control
  • Expander control
  • Overdrive control
  • Super bass harmonizer control
  • Speech detector
  • 3-Band EQ control
  • Stereo enhancer function
  • Limiter lookahead
  • Clipper MPX
  • Pilot level and Phase control
  • ITU BS412 control

Encoder RDS Section

  • Digital RDS encoder
  • RDS encoder compliant with UECP EBU SPB490 v7.05, CENELEC (Europa) and NRSC
  • (America).
  • RDS Level and Phase control
  • 2 dataset with 1 Main PS + 10 EON
  • Dataset switch managed by UECP/SNMP/ASCII PARSER/GPI.
  • Service Groups settings
  • UEPC Ports (2 Serials + LAN).
  • Access Rights management for each communication port
  • RDS Services : PI, AF,PS, RT, CT, M/S, DI, TP, TA, PIN, PTY, SLC0-7, LA,EG,ILS,LSN
  • AF: 64 AF lists (max 25 Frequencies)
  • RT: 16 strings (max 64 chr)
  • RDS Scheduler max 64 events

GUI & Monitoring

  • Fully programmable by Windows GUI interface.
  • Simple and intuitive Web GUI.
  • RDS Monitor with Data Set, RT number, PTY, TA, TP, M/S, PS on air
  • GUI with led meter bars
  • Headphones output with level control

Communications & Management

  • Ethernet/USB/RS232/GPIO connections
  • UECP - Individual Address Manager
  • SNMP V1
  • NTP Address for Time and Date synchronization
  • SNMP Manager Address
  • N°2 RS232 for UECP commands
  • 4 GPI and 4 GPO (DB 15p F HD)
  • HTTP, SNMP, TCP support
  • External GPS support for Time and Date Synchronization (by Sat Time Synchronizer)
  • Import and export configuration functions
  • PRESET, with load/save/import/export functions
  • Easy configuration page setup
  • ASCII PARSER interface for easy command line settings

Special Features

Falcon XT is the top class digital audio processor that also features Stereo Generator and RDS Encoder.
It is the full optional and most prestigious equipment designed for those broadcasters that really want to get the best performances.Falcon XT ensures top quality performances and exclusive audio.
It features powerful DPSs, 5-band architecture, the dual band AGCs, 3-band equalizer, stereo enhancer, speech detector and 4 limiters.

The comprehensive and accurate control of each audio parameter allows to shape perfectly the audio to broadcast unique and exceptional branded sound.
 The LAN port and the built-in Web Server allow to control the processor and tune the audio from anywhere.
The built-in digital Stereo Generator ensures an extremely precise MPX Signal.The RDS Encoder (optional) is in compliance with UECP SPB490, provides 2 Data Set with a wide range of static services, including Radio Text.Falcon XT features full connectivity with analog and digital I/O (over XLR connectors) and 2 independent MPX outputs, USB, GPI and serial ports.

The hardware bypass circuit is always included to ensure audio presence and audio programs continuity. Falcon XT meets the most demanding broadcasters with extremely sophisticated audio features and high standards level: 5-band control compression, dual-band power AGC, three-band EQ and Brightness control.The Stereo Enhancer parameterized command provides to radio station sound, spacing effect and large stereo horizon opening.

With phases control of mono audio signals, the voice sounds more natural, the Expander control allows to minimize background or unwanted noise, while the Overdrive and the Super Bass improve the sound on low and very low frequencies, creating an impressive effect of loudness.Furthermore, the SuperBass Harmonizer controls the distortion of bass sound/low frequency, creating a unique sound effect, increasing the energy transmitted by the low frequency. Listening experience becomes beyond compare.

Spec Tech

GENERAL 
Dimensions434x351x44 mm (1 rack unit)
AC Rate230 Vac/110 Vac 50 Hz/60 Hz 30 VA
Power factor0.9
Type of power supplySwitching power supply
Processing architectureFully digital, based on DSP 24 bit/100 Mhz. Signal processing is performed by phase linear filter
Weight≈ 5 Kg
Operating Temperature-5°C/+50°C
Safety StandardCE, ETL, UL.
GroundingOne more earth terminal is provided in Falcon XT body to connect audio earth connection
ANALOG INPUT MODULE 
A/D Conversion24bit Sigma-Delta Conversion (Crystal CS4272)
ConnectorsXLR, female - Electronically balanced
AD Clipping Point+24.0dBu
Operative Nominal LevelFrom – 12.0dBu to +12.0dBu (0.1dBu Step)
Line Impedance10 kΩ (Electronically balanced selectable) EMI–suppressed
Distortionless than 0.01% TDH+NOISE (0.0dBu 1 kHz)
AD Dynamic Range108 dB RMS (110 dB A weighted)
Input ModesStereo, Mono (Left), Mono (Right), Mono (Left+Right)
DIGITAL INPUT MODULE 
ConnectorsXLR, female – Electronically balanced
FormatAES3/EBU
Sample rates32 kHz/44.1 kHz/48 kHz/64 kHz/88.2 kHz/96 kHz with src and jitter correction
Operative Nominal levelFrom 0.0 dBFs to -24dBFs (0.1 dBu step)
Dynamic Range125 dB (Typ), 122 dB (Min)
Distortionless than 0.01% TDH+NOISE (0.0dBu 1kHz)
Input ModesStereo, Mono (Left), Mono (Right), Mono (Left+Right)
ANALOG OUTPUT MODULE 
D/A Conversion24bit Sigma-Delta Conversion (Crystal CS4272)
ConnectorsXLR, male - Electronically balanced
Output Level-6.0dBu to +20.0dBu (0.1dBu Step) – Max (+20dBu)
Impedance Source10 Ω
Load Impedance600 Ω or greater
THD + NoiseLess than 0.01% (0.0dBu @ 1 kHz)
Signal to noise Ratio>80 dB unweighted - 100% Mod. 20 Hz – 15 kHz
L/R CrossTalk< –70 dB, 20 Hz–15 kHz
DIGITAL OUTPUT MODULE     
ConnectorsXLR, Male – Electronically balanced
FormatAES3/EBU
Sample rates32 kHz/44.1 kHz/48 kHz/64 kHz/88.2 kHz/96 kHz with src and jitter correction
Resolution16 bit – 20 bit – 24 bit
Operative Nominal levelFrom 0.0 dBFs to - 25dBFs (0.1 dBu step)
Dynamic Range125 dB (Typ), 122 dB (Min)
Distortionless than 0.01% TDH+NOISE (0.0dBu 1Khz)
Input ModesStereo, Mono (Left), Mono (Right), Mono (Left+Right)
REMOTE INTERFACE 
Digital Inputs GPIn4x GP In optocoupled
Digital Outputs GPOut4x GP Out Open Collector optoisolated
Serial Interface2x RS-232 Serial protocol ports EMI filtered
USB1x Universal Serial Bus port – B type EMI filtered
Ethernet Port and Parser ASCII protocolEthernet (option), over RJ45 connector with web server interface.
MPX/COMPOSITE OUTPUT 
Mod Power Limiteradjustable from -1.0dB to +12dB according to ITU-R BS.412
Pilot Frequency19 kHz +/- 1Hz
Pilot Level-25.5 to -14.0dB in 0.1dB/Step - Ref 100% Mod
Pilot Stability19 kHz, ± 1 Hz.
Pilot PhaseAdjustable +/- 12 deg. 1 deg step
Pilot THD+Noise0.03% (TDH 0.002%)
Stability+/-10 ppm (-10 to +55 °C)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (S/N)> 85dB on a 60 kHz Bandwitdh, referenced to 100% modulation, unweighted
Distortion<= 0.01% THD - Bypass mode, de-emphasized, 20 Hz – 15 kHz bandwidth, referenced to 100% modulation, unweighted
Stereo SeparationGreater than 70 dB, 30 Hz – 15 kHz
Linear Crosstalk>-80 dB - main channel to sub-channel or sub-channel to main channel referenced to 100% modulation
38 kHz Suppression>= 70 dB (referenced to 100% modulation)
Pilot Protection> 65 dB relative to 10% pilot injection, ± 500 Hz
Crosstalk M/S70 dB
Crosstalk S/M70 dB
MPX clipping & limitingBased on look-ahead techniques
RDS/RBDS Protectionbetter than - 55 dB @ 56kHz, better than - 65dB@57 kHz (MPX Clipper Disabled)
Pre-emphasis50usec, 75usec/+- 3usec adjust control
MPX Outputs2, with independent level controls
Connector TypeBNC, floating, EMI suppressed
Levels- 6.0 dBu to + 12.0dBu, 0.1 dB/step
Load Impedance600 Ohm or greater
Source impedance10 Ohm
Maximum Load Capacitance5nF
MPX ModesStereo, Mono, L+R, L.-R, Pilot only, No Pilot
MPX ClipperOn/Off and adj 95% to 105 %, 1% step
SINE WAVE GENERATOR 
PurposeTest
Freq30 Hz - 100 Hz - 400 Hz - 1 kHz - 5 kHz - 10 kHz - 15 kHz
Levelfrom 0% to 120% of modulation
ModesLeft=Right, Left=-Right, Left or Right Only

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