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

BH #ALAHAB168 • MFR #AH-AB-168
Allen & Heath
Allen & Heath AB168 Portable AudioRack 16 x 8 Audio Interface Stage Box for GLD and Qu Digital Mixing Systems
Key Features
  • 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
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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.
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Allen & Heath AH-AB-168 Overview

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

Allen & Heath AH-AB-168 Specs

Inputs
XLR Mic/Line InputsMic/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
CompatibilityGLD, Qu digital mixing systems
AR2412 AudioRack
Ports1 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
Power100-240 V, 50/60 Hz, 20 W maximum
Operating Temperature32 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
Weight10.6 lb / 4.8 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight13.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)23.228 x 13.465 x 13.15"
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Is there a way you can run this past the maxx distance of 120 meters?
Asked by: Sue F.
i have seen the stage box run 500ft via fiber and media converters. works like a charm.
Answered by: Paul G.
Date published: 2018-08-25

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is the unit rack mountable to go in a road case or rack install?
Asked by: Anonymous
Allen &amp; Heath does sell an additional kit that can be used to rack mount the unit however.
Answered by: Kurt L.
Date published: 2019-12-31
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