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Sonnex Multiroom Audio Expansion Switcher 8-Zone

The SWE8 is an 8-zone expansion switcher for the Sonnex™ Multiroom Audio System (SWAMP-24X81) from Crestron®. It provides 8 zone outputs consisting of 4 analog line-level and 4 SPDIF digital outputs. All eight outputs also include Crestron Home® (CH) CAT5 balanced audio outputs for long-distance wiring applications. The SWE 8 is ideal for routing audio to AV receivers, powered subwoofers, headphone amplifiers, phone systems (for music-on-hold), and other audio equipment.

The SWE-8 allows routing of any of the main SWAMP-24X8's 24 source inputs to any of its eight zone outputs. Outputs 1-4 offer balanced, unbalanced, and CH outputs. Outputs 5-8 offer SPDIF and CH outputs.

The CH CAT5 balanced outputs enable long-distance wire runs up to 500 feet (152 meters) to feed remote equipment such as powered subwoofers and AV receivers located throughout the house. The CH signal is easily converted to unbalanced line-level at each remote location using an ABAR-1 CAT5 Balanced Audio Receiver1. CH outputs are also compatible with other Crestron Home products such as the C2N-IADS30X24, CNX-BIPAD8, CNXRMCLV, C2N-DAP8, and certain Crestron touch screens.

Each zone features independent DSP for optimal sound quality and control in every room. Sonnex DSP capabilities include the choice of graphic or parametric 5-band EQ, dynamic range control, volume, bass, treble, balance, loudness, mute, mono summing, and five selectable tone profiles. For subwoofer applications, a choice of 2nd or 4th order active crossover filters can be set using the parametric EQ, leaving the four remaining EQ filters available for room correction and tonal enhancement.

Output bussing allows multiple zones to function as one, whether fed from the SWE8, the SWAMP-24X8, or another Sonnex Expander. Output bussing is ideal for grouping adjacent listening areas together or associating a powered subwoofer with its stereo speaker pair. Volume Offset adjustments allow for balancing the levels of each bussed zone for smooth, even coverage.

The SWE 8 can be installed along with the SWAMP-24X8 at the central equipment rack, or separately at a remote location. It interfaces with the SWAMP-24X8 via a single CAT5e shielded twisted pair (STP) cable up to 200 ft (61 m) in length2. This length can be increased to 1000 ft using multimode fiber optic cable with the S-EXT1-S Sonnex Link over Fiber Extender1. Plug-and-play connectivity affords an extremely easy installation with full control access to all the SWE-8 functions provided through the SWAMP-24X8.

1. Item(s) sold separately.
2. For connection of the Sonnex Link between the SWE-8 and SWAMP-24X8, use Crestron DM-CBL-8G or high-quality CAT5e shielded twisted-pair cable. The maximum cable length is 200 ft (61 m). For longer distances, use the S-EXT1-S.
3. All analog outputs are paralleled per zone.
 

→ 8-Zone Sonnex™ expansion with line-level outputs
→ 4 zones with balanced and unbalanced line outputs
→ 4 zones with SPDIF digital outputs
→ All 8 zones also include Crestron Home® CAT5 balanced outputs
→ Professional-quality audio performance
→ Advanced DSP, mono summing, and output bussing per zone
→ Single-cable interface to SWAMP-24X8 via Sonnex Link
→ Plug-and-play operation
→ Single-space rack mountable

Input Signal Types Sonnex Link
Output Signal Types Stereo analog line (unbalanced and balanced), S/PDIF coaxial (2-channel PCM only), Crestron Home® CAT5 Balanced Audio
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - Digital-To-Analog Conversion 24-bit 48 kHz
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - Output Resolution/Bitrate 24-bit 48 kHz (digital outputs only)
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.5 dB
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - THD N <0.003% SPDIF in, <0.005% balanced or unbalanced analog in, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - S/N Ratio >106dB SPDIF in, >100dB balanced or unbalanced analog in, A-weighted
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - Stereo Separation >100 dB
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - Zone Separation >100 dB
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - Zone Volume Level Control -80.0 to 20.0 dB, adjustable from 0% to 100% plus mute
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - Bass Control ±12.0 dB
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - Treble Control ±12.0 dB
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - Loudness Compensation On/Off
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - Dynamic Range Control On/Off
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - Balance Control Left/right adjustable
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - Mono Summing Selectable
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - Tone Profiles Flat, Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Spoken Word
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - EQ Modes 5-band graphic or 5-band parametric EQ
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - GEQ Center Frequencies 63, 250, 1k, 4k, 16k Hz
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - GEQ Gain ±12.0 dB per band
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - PEQ Filter Types EQ, High Pass, Low Pass, Treble Shelf, Bass Shelf, Notch
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - PEQ Center Frequency 10 to 20,000 Hz per band
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - PEQ Gain ±12.0 dB per band
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - PEQ Bandwidth 0.1 to 3.5 octaves per band
Typical of 8 stereo zone outputs - Bus Volume Offset ±12.0 dB per zone for output bussing
Sonnex Link 64-channel (48 utilized) digital audio w/embedded control, auto-discovery, auto-negotiating
DIGITAL IN (1) 8-wire RJ45 female; Sonnex link input; Connects to SWAMP-24X8 Multiroom Audio System1,2
1 - 4 L/R (unbalanced) (4) pairs RCA female; Unbalanced stereo line-level audio outputs3;
Output Impedance 100 Ohms; Maximum Output Level: 2 Vrms
1 - 4 BALANCED L/R (4) 5-pin 3.5mm detachable terminal blocks; Balanced stereo line-level audio outputs3; Output Impedance: 200 Ohms balanced, 100 ohms unbalanced; Maximum Output Level: 4 Vrms balanced, 2 Vrms unbalanced
1 - 8 BALANCED (CH) (8) 8-wire RJ45 female, shielded; "Crestron Home®" CAT5 balanced stereo audio output ports3; Connect to any "CH" CAT5 audio input ports or bidirectional audio ports; Maximum Cable Length: 500 ft (152 m) per port
5 - 8 SPDIF OUT (4) RCA female; S/PDIF coaxial digital audio outputs; Output Impedance: 75 Ohms
24VDC 2A MAX (1) 2.1mm barrel DC power jack; 24 Volt DC power input; PW-2420RU power supply included
G 6-32 screw, chassis ground lug
PWR (1) green LED, indicates operating power supplied via power pack
HW-R (1) recessed pushbutton for hardware reset
ZONE 1 - 8 (8) pushbuttons and green LEDs, select output zone for routing and adjustment
DIGITAL IN (rear) (1) green and (1) amber LEDs, green indicates link status and amber indicates data communication
Power Pack 2 Amps @ 24 Volts DC; 100-240 Volts AC, 50/60 Hz power pack, model PW-2420RU included
Temperature 41° to 104°F (5° to 40°C)
Humidity 10% to 90% RH (non-condensing)
Heat Dissipation 41 BTU/hr
Chassis Metal with black finish, vented sides
Front Panel Metal with black finish and polycarbonate label overlay
Mounting Freestanding or 1U 19-inch rack-mountable (feet and rack ears included)
Height 1.72 in (44 mm) without feet
Width 19.0 in (483 mm), 17.30 in (440 mm) without rack ears
Depth 10.19 in (259 mm)
Weight 5.0 lb (2.3 kg)

 

 


1. Item(s) sold separately.
2. For connection of the Sonnex Link between the SWE-8 and SWAMP-24X8, use Crestron DM-CBL-8G or high-quality CAT5e shielded twisted-pair cable. The maximum cable length is 200 ft (61 m). For longer distances, use the S-EXT1-S.
3. All analog outputs are paralleled per zone.

 

 



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