Allen & Heath AB168 Portable AudioRack 16 x 8 Audio Interface Stage Box for GLD and Qu Digital Mixing Systems

Allen & Heath AB168 Portable AudioRack 16 x 8 Audio Interface Stage Box for GLD and Qu Digital Mixing Systems

Allen & Heath AB168 Portable AudioRack 16 x 8 Audio Interface Stage Box for GLD and Qu Digital Mixing Systems

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Product Highlights

  • 16 x Mic Preamps with Phantom Power
  • 8 x XLR Line-Level Outputs
  • For GLD, Qu, ME Digital Systems
  • Can Be Positioned Up to 393' from Mixer
  • dSNAKE Protocol Over Cat5
  • Expander Port
  • Rugged with Rubber Bumpers, Carry Handle
  • Rackmountable with Optional Kit
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Allen & Heath AH-AB-168 overview

  • 1Description

The AB168 Portable Audiorack from Allen & Heath is a rugged audio interface stage box compatible with GLD and Qu digital mixing systems, and ideal for applications such as live sound and installations.

The unit features sixteen mic/line XLR inputs with pristine mic preamps and individual LED phantom power indicators, and eight XLR outputs. It connects to the mixer over a single Cat5 cable using the company's dSNAKE protocol, allowing for the inputs and outputs to be positioned at up to 393'/120m from the mixer. For larger systems, the expander port lets you daisy-chain an additional AB168 or AR2412 Audiorack, or interface with the ME personal monitor mixing system.

Made for life on the stage, this box is equipped with rubber bumpers for placing it horizontally or vertically on the floor during performances. Lightweight at just 10.6 lb, and featuring a sturdy carry handle, the AB168 is also designed for maximum convenience and portability.

The unit can also be rackmounted using an optional kit (available separately), and auto updates its firmware to synchronize with the GLD system.

Portable solution for live sound and installations allows the inputs and outputs to be positioned at up to 393'/120m from mixer, over a single Cat5 cable
Compatible with GLD and Qu digital mixing systems, AR2412 AudioRack, ME systems
16 x mic/line XLR inputs with pristine mic preamps and individual LED phantom power indicators
8 x XLR line outputs
dSNAKE connection with locking EtherCon port
Expander connection with locking EtherCon port for daisy-chaining units or connecting to ME personal monitor mixing system
Lightweight (at 10.6 lb) with carry handle for easy transportation
Rubber bumpers and sturdy construction for life on the stage
Optional rackmount kit available separately
In the Box
Allen & Heath AB168 Portable AudioRack 16 x 8 Audio Interface Stage Box for GLD and Qu Digital Mixing Systems
  • IEC Power Cord
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Allen & Heath AH-AB-168 specs

    Inputs
    XLR Mic/Line Inputs Mic/Line Preamp: Balanced, fully recallable
    Input Sensitivity: -60 to +15 dBu
    Analog Gain: +5 to +60 dB, 1 dB steps
    Pad: -20 dB
    Maximum Input Level: +32 dBu
    Input Impedance: > 4 kOhms (pad out), > 10 kOhms (pad in)
    Mic/Line Channel Noise (20 Hz to 20 kHz, direct out at unbalanced out)
    Mic EIN: -127 dB with 150 Ohms source
    Unity Gain, Pad In: -90 dBu
    Low Gain, 5 dB, Pad Out: -93 dBu
    Mid Gain, 30 dB, Pad Out: -89 dBu
    Mic/Line Channel THD+N (20 Hz to 20 kHz, direct out at unbalanced out)
    Unity Gain, Pad In: 0.005%, -86 dBu at 1 kHz, 0 dBu output
    Low Gain, 5 dB, Pad Out: 0.003%, -89 dBu at 1 kHz, 0 dBu output
    Mid Gain, 30 dB, Pad Out: 0.004%, -88 dBu at 1 kHz, 0 dBu output
    Outputs
    XLR Outputs (Balanced, relay-protected)
    Output Impedance: < 75 Ohms
    Nominal Output: +4 dBu = 0 dB meter reading
    Maximum Output Level: +22 dBu
    Residual Output Noise: -91 dBu (muted, 20 Hz to 20 kHz)
    General
    Compatibility GLD, Qu digital mixing systems
    AR2412 AudioRack
    Ports 1 x dSNAKE port for CAT5 cable link to mixer or AR2412 rack
    1 x Expander port for CAT5 cable link to connect additional AB168 rack
    Power 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz, 20 W maximum
    Operating Temperature 32 to 95° F / 0 to 35° C
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 16.2 x 6.1 x 7.4" / 41.1 x 15.4 x 18.9 cm
    Weight 10.6 lb / 4.8 kg
    Packaging Infofbtavrzcbdxsxrtfrawtrz
    Package Weight 15.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.228 x 13.465 x 13.15"

    Allen & Heath AH-AB-168 reviews

    AB168 Portable AudioRack 16 x 8 Audio Interface Stage Box for GLD and Qu Digital Mixing Systems is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great and flexible addition to the QU-series consoles I purchased this to use initially with my Allen & Heath QU-16, so I could get rid of my analog snakes. I liked this one so much I bought another one to gang up for 32-inputs when I use my QU-32. The build-quality seems to be good, a few gigs will be the real test. I have a road case for this to keep it from getting knocked around. I like the fact that you can daisy-chain another dSNAKE box off it, that way i can have 16-inputs at the back of the stage and run another AB168 at the front of the stage with sends for floor monitors. Getting my QU-16 to recognize the box was as easy as plugging in a Cat5 cable and using the on-screen controls to configure the outputs.
    Date published: 2015-05-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works perfectly Use it with my qu-24 , it work perfect, 16input and 8output stage box, small size, light weight , great product
    Date published: 2016-08-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Great product. Saves me hours of hassle and works flawlessly.
    Date published: 2015-04-14
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