Behringer S16 Digital Snake I/O Box

Behringer S16 Digital Snake I/O Box

Behringer S16 Digital Snake I/O Box

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Product Highlights

  • 16 Remote-Controllable Midas Preamps
  • 8 Outputs
  • AES50 Networking
  • Klark Teknik SuperMAC Technology
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Behringer S16 overview

  • 1Description

The Behringer S16 Digital Snake I/O Box takes the burden out of connecting your FOH (Front of House) console with the talent monitor. It provides 16 fully programmable, remotely controllable high-end mic preamps, 8 analog, balanced XLR returns at the stage end, and connects to the FOH through a single CAT5 cable without the need for a dedicated router.

This I/O box is designed with multiple scenarios in mind; it works equally well as a stand-alone pair for use with analog mixing consoles, or as part of the trio of a digital mixing solution along with the X32 digital mixer and P16 personal monitoring system. It is a 16-in and 8-out stage box that features AES50 networking with the Klark Teknik SuperMAC technology.

The 16 Midas-designed XLR inputs are fully programmable and remote controllable from the X32 digital mixer. The 8 balanced XLR outputs provide ample sends to the stage for mains and monitoring. The front panel also allows the level and phantom power to be controlled for all inputs and outputs, accompanied by an 8-LED meter and 7-segment display. The currently selected channel can be monitored in mono through a 1/4” TRS headphone jack with level control.

The dual AES50 jacks allow transmission of all audio and MIDI data to the X32 FOH with a single Ethernet cable, and also allow up to three S16 boxes to be cascaded for maximum channel count. In this scenario, 48 bi-directional audio channels at 24-bit / 48 kHz can be transferred on just one CAT5 line between the FOH console and the stage, including 48 analog inputs from stage, 24 analog outputs on stage, as well as the 16 Ultranet channels, MIDI data, and head amp remote control.

An additional Ultranet output provides 16 channels for use with the P16 personal monitoring system through the Ethernet cable, allowing each musician to dial in his or her own custom mix from the stage. A pair of ADAT ports can carry additional sends to the stage beyond the 8 analog outputs, or split the 16 inputs. Lastly, a USB jack allows for future firmware updates.

Massive Connectivity
When used as part of a complete X32 system, two S16 stage boxes can be cascaded through the built-in AES50 ports, providing connectivity for up to 32 mic / line inputs, 16 balanced outputs, and the powerplay P16 personal monitoring system, which can feed up to 48 individual monitor mixers. It also includes two ADAT sockets (sold separately) for connecting channels 1 to 8 and 9 to 16 to outboard devices, a convenient USB port for system updates via your PC, MIDI I/O for lighting systems, and sound module control.
Stand-Alone Snake Mode
Although it was initially designed for use with the X32 digital console, any mixing board with AES50 networking capability can tap into this powerful feature set. So, if you happen to work on an analog mixing board occasionally, you could use two pairs of S16s and ADA8000s to form a high-performance, lightweight 16 x 16 digital snake, and all on one CAT5 connection, keeping the preamp remote control functionality.
Remotely Controllable Preamps Make Setup a Breeze
Having to run back and forth to FOH or trying to communicate with a tech on stage tracking down a bad cable or connection can really put a crimp in the gig. S16's ingenious monitoring / head amp control section allows you to select any one of the 16 inputs, 8 bus outputs, or P16 output streams for immediate line checks. In addition to signal metering at the stage box, you can set individual input channel gain, apply +48 V phantom power, and you have the option of listening directly to the input signal via headphones. Once set, all configuration settings can be locked at the console for total system security.
Seamless Integration with P16 Personal Monitoring System
The Ultranet port on the S16 lets you connect directly to the P16 system, which provides an easy way to give your musicians and vocalists what they really want. The P16-M personal mixers let each performer take control of what they hear, allowing you to concentrate on providing the audience with the best possible listening experience. Fast and easy to set up, a basic system can be installed and configured in a matter of minutes and the system can be expanded to adapt to changing needs.
Klark Teknik AES50
The Klark Teknik SuperMAC (AES50 compliant) technology gives the S16 its high-capacity digital interconnectivity with ultra-low latency operation, superbly simple deployment, and ease of use. The engineers worked hand-in-hand with product developers to ensure that the S16 meets or exceeds the requirements of live performance entertainers and their professional audio engineers. Some of the features are as follows:

  • 48 bi-directional audio channels over CAT5 cable (48 kHz)
  • 24 bi-directional audio channels over CAT5 cable (96 kHz)
  • Single cable duplex interconnection for audio and sample clocks 
  • Ethernet physical layer audio data transmission
  • High channel count and ultra-low deterministic latency
  • Accurate phase-aligned clock distribution
  • Comprehensive error detection and management
  • Provision for redundant networking
  • Minimal configuration, total ease of deployment and use
  • Ethernet TCP/IP protocol-compatible auxiliary data channel
Extreme Value
The S16 is a versatile 16 x 8 digital stage box solution with many unique features. It is built tough to withstand the rigors of the road. It only takes up two rack spaces and connects to FOH with a single CAT5 cable. Now you can have the missing link between the stage and FOH at a fraction of the cost of competing systems.
Miscellaneous Features
  • 16 Midas-designed, fully programmable mic preamps for audiophile sound quality
  • 8 analog, servo-balanced XLR outputs
  • AES50 network ports featuring Klark Teknik’s SuperMAC networking capability for low jitter and latency
  • Up to 328’ (100m) networking capability via CAT5e cable (sold separately)
  • Dual AES50 ports for cascading units; no merger or router required
  • Precise LED metering plus 7-segment displays for signal control on stage
  • Dual ADAT outputs for use in splitter mode and stand-alone digital multicore applications
  • MIDI in / out for bi-directional communication between FOH console and on-stage MIDI devices
  • USB connector for system updates via PC
  • Planet Earth switching power supply for maximum flexibility (100 to 240 V), noise-free audio, superior transient response, and low power consumption for energy saving
  • Built like a tank, yet compact; all-steel 2U rack-mount chassis
  • High-quality components and rugged construction ensure long life
UPC: 794504549713
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Behringer S16 Digital Snake I/O Box
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    Behringer S16 specs

    Conversion A/D-D/A conversion: 24-bit @ 44.1 / 48.0 kHz,
    (Cirrus Logic A/D CS5368, D/A CS4385): 114 dB dynamic range
    Network Networked I/O latency (stage-box-in, console processing, stage-box- out): 1.1 ms
    Connectors XLR inputs, programmable mic preamps, designed by Midas: 16
    XLR outputs: 8
    Phones outputs, 1/4" TRS: 1 (mono)
    AES50 ports, SuperMAC: 2
    P16 connector, Ultranet (no power supplied): 1
    MIDI inputs / outputs: 1 /1
    ADAT Toslink outputs (2x 8 Channel): 2
    USB type B, rear panel, for system updates: 1
    Mic Input Characteristics:
    Design: Midas
    THD + noise, 20 dB gain, 0 dBu out: < 0.006% A-weighted
    Input impedance XLR, unbalanced / balanced: 5 kOhms / 10 kOhms
    Non clip maximum input level, XLR: +23 dBu
    Phantom power, switchable per input: 48 V
    Equivalent input noise level, XLR (input shorted): -128 dBu
    CMRR, XLR, @ 20 dB gain (typical): >70 dB
    CMRR, XLR, @ 40 dB gain: >80 dB
    Input/Output Characteristics:
    Frequency range, @ 48 kHz sample rate, 0 dB to -1 dB: 10 Hz to 22 kHz
    Dynamic range, analog in to analog out (typical): 106 dB
    A/D dynamic range, preamp and converter (typical): 109 dB
    D/A dynamic range, converter and output: 108 dB
    Cross talk rejection @ 1 kHz, adjacent channels: 100 dB
    Output level, XLR, nominal/maximum: +4 dBu / +21 dBu
    Output impedance, XLR, unbalanced / balanced: 75 Ω / 75 Ω
    Phones output impedance / level: 40 Ω / +25 dBm (mono)
    Residual noise level, XLR and TRS: -87 dBu A-weighted
    Display 4-digit, 7-segment, LED
    Status Front status LEDs: AES50-A, red/green
    AES50-B, red/green
    HA Locked, red
    SN Master, green
    Splitter, orange
    Out +16, orange
    Out +8, orange
    Meter Sig, -30 dB, -18 dB, -12 dB, -9 dB, -6 dB, -3 dB, Clip
    Rear Panel Splitter mode, orange
    Power Supply Switch-mode auto range: 100 to 240 V (50 / 60 Hz)
    Power Consumption 45 W
    Dimensions 19 x 8.9 x 3.5" (482 x 225 x 89 mm)
    Weight 10.4 lb (4.7 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 12.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.5 x 12.1 x 6.0"

    Behringer S16 reviews

    S16 Digital Snake I/O Box is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding, Full-featured & Well Built. True to the Midas name, the sound from the pre-amps in this awesome piece of hardware has been called rich and warm by musicians who I have worked with since purchasing my Behringer X32 system. In comparison to the S16 & X32, comparable products I have used from Allen & Heath & Presonus feel like toys. This is solid hardware with an outstanding sound. I am currently installing a full X32 based system in two Auditoriums and Xair systems in a set of small recording studios. S16's will be wall mounted in the front of stages on slide-out racks so back connectivity is accessable.
    Date published: 2014-12-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tool Great piece of equipment!
    Date published: 2014-03-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from S16 Digital Snake an awesome addition Excellent companion to X32 rack. Uses standard CAT5 cable to connect.
    Date published: 2014-08-31
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