QSC targets corporate A/V with smaller Q-Sys core and amps
The Q-Sys DSP platform is set to penetrate an entirely new sector of the market following the arrival of the Core 110f, a smaller Core intended to bring the system into corporate A/V spaces such as boardrooms and conference rooms. The Core leads a variety of launches from US manufacturer QSC, including the SPA amplifier series, which addresses the same market.
Built on the same Intel-based processing and Linux OS as the rest of the Q-Sys range and running over the manufacturer’s proprietary Q-Lan layer-3 protocol, the Core 110f is AES67 ready. It offers eight fixed mic/line inputs and eight fixed outputs plus a further eight flexible channels that can be software defined in real time as inputs or outputs. The 1U Core also provides up to 16x16 USB audio channels that can be spilt in any combination or ratio and appear in the host operating system as multiple devices over one USB connection such as a 1x1 speaker phone plus an audio recording interface.
Meanwhile, the SPA range of amplifiers is aimed at the same market. The Energy Star compliant series is two strong in the shape of the SPA2-60 (two 60W channels into 4-ohms or 8-ohms and bridgeable to provide a 70V or 100V output), and the SPA4-60 (four 60W channels into 4-ohms or 8-ohms with more bridging flexibility).
Both amplifiers are a half rack size with a purpose designed rack mounting system intended to aid discrete installation, a low-key aesthetic and remote control capabilities for functions such as standby mode for fire and safety paging.
Also likely to appear soon in a boardroom near you is the TSC-7t PoE Tabletop Touchscreen, which includes Bluetooth functionality and Micro USB connections. The touchscreen can be used on any Q-Sys system including the Core 110f, can be used as a telephone dialler and can control a large number of third-party devices typically found in boardrooms (via the Core). QSC is expecting the touchscreen to plug into the growing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend.
The screen itself is 7 inches wide while uses can opt to power the unit via Power over Ethernet (PoE) or a DC line input. It is also Q-Lan audio capable and available in black with an included tabletop stand.
Finally, the manufacturer has upgraded its TouchMix 8 and TouchMix 16 mixers to v2.1 firmware, adding features such as support for Midi-over-USB footswitches and a multi-lingual information system. Available languages comprise Mandarin, French, German, Russian and Spanish. More flexible scene recall functions have also been added plus the ability to use auxiliary mixes as sub-groups and improved Wi-Fi connectivity. The update is available now for free download.