21 March, 2011, Cleveland Ohio USA
Axia Audio will show its new iQ radio consoles (AxiaAudio.com/iq/)
at the 2011 NAB Convention in Las Vegas. Engineered as “the standalone
console that networks,” iQ is a full-featured IP console with
manufacturer’s suggested retail price of under $10,000 USD: a 16-fader
iQ carries a list price of just $9,985, while an 8-fader iQ lists for
iQ consoles can be ordered in sizes from 8 to 24 faders. Users start
with the 8-fader iQ Main Frame, adding frames with more faders, phone
controls, and programmable user keys to create a console tailored to
their needs. Frames plug into the iQ Core, a fanless, convection-cooled
console engine with audio I/O, console CPU, logic, mix engine, power
supply and Ethernet switch. Backup power with auto-switching is also
Thanks to its “everything’s-included” nature, iQ is ideal for
standalone studios, but its built-in Ethernet switch with Gigabit ports
allows networked operation too. Up to 4 iQ consoles may be daisy-chained
without the need for an external Ethernet switch.
“Some companies seem to think that ‘affordable’ means ‘featureless.’
They build ‘budget’ consoles by removing features until they hit a price
point. We have a different philosophy,” says Axia marketing manager
Clark Novak. “We don’t think that you should have settle for something
stripped-down just because you have a modest budget! We designed iQ by
packing in as many features and capabilities as possible. It’s very
affordable and very feature-packed.”
Those features include 3 dedicated stereo Program buses plus a stereo
Utility bus that can be used for phone calls, off-air recording, or as a
fourth Program bus, automatic mix-minus on every fader, Show Profiles
that instantly recall talent’s favorite settings, Record Mode one-touch
recording, and talkback functions for off-air communication with phone
callers, remote hosts or studio guests. iQ features premium components
such as ultra-smooth conductive plastic faders, aircraft-quality
switches with LED lighting, and high-resolution OLED displays for
metering and other information. Anodized, machined-aluminum surfaces
have laser-etched markings that can’t ever fade or rub off, and iQ
frames are built of beefy extruded aluminum components for RF immunity.
iQ was designed for easy no-cutout desktop mounting, but iQ Main can
also be rack-mounted, as well as joined to expansion console frames,
using included mounting hardware.
Here’s a full list of iQ features:
- Three stereo Program buses and a dedicated Utility bus to use
for phones, off-air recording, or as a fourth Program bus.
- Record Mode one-touch off-air recording.
- Automatic per-fader mix-minus.
- Event Timer with auto-start/auto-reset functions.
- Studio and Control Room monitor controls.
- 4 Show Profile “snapshots” to save and recall commonly-used
- Easy talkback system.
- Switchable VU/PPM program meters.
- High-resolution OLED information displays.
- Premium-quality 100mm. conductive-plastic faders.
- Long-life rotary controls and aircraft-quality switches with LED
- Expandable via three iQ expansion frames:
- Telco expansion – 6 faders plus 6-line Call Controller with
Status Symbols™ and DTMF keypad for direct control of the latest
Telos broadcast phone systems
- User Key expansion – 6 faders plus 10 programmable User keys to
control external devices, trigger routing salvos, and send contact
closures via GPIO
- 8-Fader expansion – eight additional faders and ancillary
- Hardened, fanless power supply.
- Ultra-reliable embedded console CPU and DSP mixing engine includes:
- 4 Mic inputs with selectable Phantom power
- 16 Analog ins and 8 Analog outs with 24-bit, 256x oversampling
- 2 AES/EBU ins and outs
- 8 GPIO logic ports, each containing 5 inputs and 5 outputs o 6
100Base-T Livewire ports for single-cable connections to Telos phone
systems, Omnia audio processors and other Axia gear, as well as
broadcast equipment from partners like Nautel, ENCO Systems, BSI,
25-Seven, AudioScience and more — see
for full list.
- 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports with SFP for copper or fiber network
- I/O is expandable using Axia audio nodes
- Optional iQ Backup Power Supply provides failsafe secondary power
with automatic switching.
- Optional Telos
iQ6 phone system connects 6 POTS or ISDN BRI phone lines via single
Axia radio consoles are a hit, with installations in over 2,000
studios worldwide. Axia allows broadcasters to quickly and easily build
audio networks using switched Ethernet to connect a few rooms, or an
entire facility. Axia networks have a total system capacity of more than
10,000 audio streams, and can carry hundreds of digital stereo channels
(plus machine logic and PAD) over a single CAT-6 cable, eliminating much
of the cost normally associated with wiring labor and infrastructure.
Radio pros can see iQ, along with the rest of the Axia line, in Las
Vegas at NAB 2011 in the Telos/Omnia/Axia display. Find us in the
Central Hall, Booth #C3113. For more information, contact Clark Novak at
Axia Audio, via email at
or by phone at +1-216-241-7225.
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Axia, a Telos company, builds Ethernet-based professional IP-Audio
products for broadcast, sound-reinforcement and commercial audio
applications. Along with the popular Element 2.0 modular console for
on-air, commercial production, audio workstations and personal studios,
Axia products include the PowerStation integrated console engine,
intercom systems, digital audio routers, DSP mixers and processors, and
software for configuring, managing and interfacing networked audio