An Aviom digital snake consisting of five AN-16/i input modules, five AN-16/o output modules and three A-16D A-net distributors was installed at the opening ceremony of the 10th National Games at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Stadium in Nanjing, China. The Aviom gear was supplied by Acton Audio & Musical Instruments, Shanghai, which is part of the Tom Lee Group.
"For the opening ceremony, more than 60 audio signals generated from the mixing console needed to be distributed to processors located 300 meters away," said Jeffrey Lim, Aviom's international sales manager for Asia. "System designers Ruan Feng Audio & Lighting Company decided against using a conventional analog snake system, choosing instead to use a distributed audio system from Aviom."
The Aviom system eliminated the need for long multi-core analog audio cables. Audio signals generated from the mixing console were connected to AN-16/i input modules and converted into 24-bit uncompressed digital audio in the form of Aviom's A-Net data transmission protocol. A-Net allows digital audio to be distributed over standard Cat-5e cables up to 150 meters, and in this installation, A-16D A-Net Distributors were used to extend the digital cables to 300 meters.