Radio Tech: Less Wire, More Efficiency

By Clark Novak on Aug 31, 2012 4:39:00 PM

If the back of your rack looks like this... better read Kirk's White Paper.Kirk Harnack Cuts through the Tangle

We've all seen it: the cable tray so full that it looks as if it might overflow and spill to the ground at any second. Or the wall of punch-blocks that stretches the entire length of the TOC. And who could forget that tangle of wires leading from the ceiling to the rack that resembles the product of a 5-year-old with Play-Doh and a spaghetti press?

In the broadcast plant, wire is the ultimate "frenemy:" you can't live without it, but you'd sure like to live with
less of it. In his white paper, "Wire In the Broadcast Plant: Less Wire Means You're Doing It Right," Kirk Harnack says that "In a typical multi-studio radio facility, the investment in audio and control wire alone could easily exceed $10,000 to $20,000."

You don't need us to tell you that that's a lot of money. So how can you save on this particular bit of infrastructure? In Kirk's white paper, he looks at 14 case studies of broadcasters who've saved significant capital expense by deploying IP-Audio networks in place of TDM or old-fashioned discrete cabling, "radio engineers and contractors who got rid of fifty to eighty percent of the wire in their studios and rack rooms. They slashed their installation costs and time by - conservatively - half," writes Kirk.

Topics: Audio Engineering

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