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The S-1608 16x8 Stage Unit Digital Snake System from Roland is a small format audio snake solution that offers 24-bit/96 kHz audio quality. It can be used in applications for bands, corporate A/V events, seminars, rental and staging houses, and broadcasters who need the best possible sound quality from their audio without the high frequency losses and bulk of an analog snake.
The S-1608 features 16-XLR microphone preamps with 48V phantom power and 8 XLR outputs. There is one digital output connector, an REAC (Roland Ethernet Audio Communication) output connector, an RS-232C, and DB-9 output connectors built into the unit.
Connections to the microphone preamps are made on stage where it is controlled using the S-4000R (sold separately), or the free PC/Mac RCS software. The audio is then amplified and converted at the closest point to the sound source and sent using Cat5e cables to the front of house mixer instead of using large multi-core copper cables. As a result, the S-1608 Digital Snake system is immune to the hums and buzzes caused by electrical noises inherent in analog snakes.
The REAC (Roland Ethernet Audio Communication) protocol is a low-latency, high-quality 24-bit/ 96 kHz audio transport protocol used by the S-1608. It allows the Digital Snake's signal to be "split" to as many positions as required, such as monitor, broadcast, and recording splits using the S-4000D or any standard gigabit Ethernet switch (sold separately)
High Resolution Sound Quality
By placing high quality mic-pres on stage, the sound is amplified and converted at the closest point to the sound source, providing the best possible quality audio. The mic preamps can be controlled using the S-4000R (sold separately) or the free PC/Mac RCS software. By using Cat5e cable instead of large multi-core copper cable, the S-1608 Digital Snake system is immune to the "hums and buzzes" caused by electrical noise, ground issues, and the high frequency losses inherent in analog snakes
For Monitoring, Broadcasting, or Recording Applications
With the S-1608 Digital Snake system, the source audio can be digitally split using the S-4000-SP (sold separately) or any standard Ethernet switch. The loss-less digital splits can be routed over CAT5 cable to a monitoring console or a broadcast truck for recording
In the Box
Roland S-1608 16x8 Stage Unit Digital Snake System
REAC Connector Cover
Limited 1-Year Parts Warranty
Limited 90-Day Labor Warranty
Table of Contents
Number of Channels
16 in 8 out
-2 dB / +0 dB (@ +4 dBu, 20 Hz to 20 kHz)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) + N
0.05 % or less (Pad: On, Input Gain: +4 dBu, 22 Hz to 20 kHz)
-80 dB or less (Input Gain: +4 dBu, typ.)
Nominal Input Level
65 to -10 dBu
PAD Off: -45 to +10 dBu
PAD On: 1 dB step, Max. +28 dBu)
20 dB On/Off
Nominal Output Level
+4 dBu, max. +22 dBu
Recommended Load Impedance
10 kOhms or greater
IHF-A, Typ: -80 dBu or less
Equivalent Input Noise
375 ms when using REAC cable only (AD > REAC > DA Latency: approx 1.2 ms)
Analog: 16x XLR type, balanced, phantom power
Analog: 8x XLR type, balanced
Digital Output Connector: 1 (optical type)
REAC Connector: 1 RJ-45 EtherCon type
Remote Connector: RS-232C, DB-9 type
1x Mute all outputs indicator
AC 115 V, AC 117 V, AC 220 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V (50/60 Hz)