Merlin PLUS

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Rapidly expand your remote capability with the award winning Merlin PLUS and manage up to 6 bidirectional mono connections with IP codecs or smartphones using Report-IT, saving money on codec hardware costs and reducing studio rack space requirements.

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Overview...

Designed to deliver rock solid, high fidelity IP audio over an extensive range of public and private IP networks. Merlin PLUS also supports connections over ISDN and POTS with optional plug-in modules.

Features at a glance...

2 x Stereo plus IFB

2 x stereo bidirectional connection plus 2 bidirectional mono IFB comms channels

Dual Ethernet Ports

Simultaneously connect over different Telcos using separate LAN ports for diversity using SmartStream PLUS

Module Compatible *

Expand connectivity options with optional POTS/PSTN or ISDN Modules

Dual Redundant Power Supplies

Dual Power Supplies to protect you in case one fails

Wi-Fi (USB Dongle)

Expand your network options and connect over Wi-Fi networks

6 Audio Channels

Additional 4 Channels In/Out via DB-25

Alarms

Silence, Detection, PSU Failure, Lost connection, Temperature, AES Input Lost, AES Reference Lost, SNMP

More channels

The extra channels provide more use-case options by allowing more simultaneous streams. Since Stereo connections require 2 channels for both “Left” and “Right” imagine the possibilities of: 

  • Up to 6 simultaneous bidirectional mono remote connections.
  • 2 x stereo peer-to-peer bidirectional connections plus 2 x bidirectional mono IFB comms channels​
  • 1 x stereo and 4 x mono peer-to-peer bidirectional connections​

Features

  • High reliability over IP networks without Quality of Service
  • Support for ISDN or POTS network connections
  • Powerful audio and data routing
  • Simple local or remote command and control
  • Recallable connection programs

Reliability and Connectivity

Merlin PLUS will connect to all Tieline IP broadcast codecs, including G3, Bridge-IT and Genie codecs and Report-IT Enterprise smartphone applications.

It has dual 1 Gigabit (10/100/1000) onboard Ethernet ports, dual redundant power supplies, audio silence detection and IP network backup solutions to ensure you’re always on the air. An automated network failure detection feature provides switching to a backup IP LAN connection. You can also fail over to backup ISDN or POTS connections as required using optional ISDN or POTS modules.

Connection Transports

Merlin is specifically designed to deliver a wide variety of point-to-point and remote broadcast connections over the full suite of wired and wireless IP networks, including:

  • Public Wide Area Networks (WANs)
  • Private Local Area Networks (LANs)
  • Cellular wireless Networks [1]
  • Wi-Fi and WiMAX Networks [1]

[1] Requires 3rd party device

SmartStream PLUS redundant streaming

Connect two inexpensive IP links to codecs with SmartStream PLUS and stream simultaneous redundant data streams from dual Ethernet ports and deliver seamless redundancy when streaming over IP.

Bond multiple interfaces with Fuse-IP

Imagine the peace of mind knowing you can bond Ethernet ports or Wi-Fi from different Telcos and let Tieline’s Fuse-IP technology automatically manage the data capability of each link!

General

  • Dimensions: 19” x 1.75” x 13.5” [482mm (W) x 44mm (H) x 343mm (D) including rear connectors]
  • Weight: 6lb 7.7oz/2.94Kg
  • Power: Dual AC 100-240V IEC power inlets; 1A - 50-60Hz
  • Operating temp:0°C to 45°C (32°F to 113°F)
  • Humidity: 20% ≤RH ≤70% (0 to 35°C/32°F to 95°F), non-condensing

Algorithms

  • IP Algorithms: Tieline Music, Tieline MusicPLUS, G.711, G.722, MPEG-1 Layer 2, MP3, LC-AAC, HE-AAC and HE-AACv2, AAC-LD, AAC-ELD, Opus, 16/24 bit aptX Enhanced
  • IP (uncompressed): Linear PCM16/24 bit 48/96kHz sampling

audio

  • Robust DSP-based architecture designed for rock solid, mission critical broadcast audio
  • 24 Bit 48kHz audio sampling.
  • Analog and Digital (AES3) inputs and outputs: Up to six channels of balanced audio in/out via XLRs and DB-25 audio expansion connector (analog or digital AES3).
  • Bidirectional Mono, Stereo or dual mono connections
  • 6 Simultaneous bidirectional mono remote connections.
  • 2 Bidirectional mono or stereo remotes, each with separate bidirectional IFB communications channel.
  • Uncompressed PCM audio plus the low-delay, cascade resiliant aptX® Enhanced algorithm.
  • Other popular algorithms including LC-AAC, HE-AAC v1 and v2, AAC-LD, AAC-ELDv1 and v2, Opus, MPEG II, MPEG Layer-3, Tieline Music and MusicPLUS, G.722 and G.711.

connectivity

  • Dual 1 Gigabit (10/100/1000) Ethernet ports support automatic switching for redundancy.
  • Connect over Wi-Fi using USB Wi-Fi dongles.
  • Primary and backup audio over IP, ISDN* and POTS*.
  • Automated failover to backup connections.
  • SmartStream PLUS dual redundant IP streaming
  • Fuse-IP network bonding (data aggregation) of Ethernet ports or Ethernet and Wi-Fi.
  • SIP (SDP) compatible with EBU N/ACIP 3326 for interoperability with other codec manufacturers.
  • Deterministic SIP answering and call routing: Configure up to 6 SIP accounts and connect up to 2 SIP interfaces.
  • Compatibility over ISDN with Worldcast, Prodys, Mayah, CDQ Prima, AETA, AEQ, Orban and more.
  • Compatibility over ISDN using aptX Enhanced encoding with Worldcast, Prodys Prontonet and Mayah.
  • Selectable fixed or automatic jitter buffer: 5 automated settings available to manage network connectivity and avoid dropouts (includes configurable min and max buffer settings).
  • Configurable Forward Error Correction (FEC).
  • Highly advanced error concealment strategies.
  • Real-time IP connection packet statistics.
  • Real-time POTS line quality and IP link quality displayed.
  • Support for Line Hunt dialing/answering and caller IDs using Tieline IP.

operation

  • Full hardware front panel interface including navigation, LCD display, PPM meters and dialing key pad.
  • User-friendly HTML5 Toolbox Web-GUI enables codec configuration and control remotely over WANs.
  • Toolbox Scheduler supports loading/unloading, connecting and disconnecting programs.
  • Auto switching, dual redundant internal AC power supplies.
  • Automated failover to backup connections.
  • IPv4 & IPv6 compatible and ready.
  • Asymmetric algorithmic encode/decode.
  • Low latency in-band RS-232 aux data channel.
  • Configurable software rules engine via web-GUI for Control Port (4 inputs/outputs) functions, plus WheatNet-IP LIO compatibility.
  • Upgrade firmware from USB sticks.
  • Backup and restore configuration via USB sticks.
  • Automated firmware upgrade notifications via Web-GUI.
  • Support for multiple languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
  • Backward compatible with all Tieline IP codecs.

security

  • User name and password protection of codec and Toolbox Web-GUI.
  • Support for SSL Security Certificate installation
  • SIP Whitelists and Blacklists allow filtering of SIP URIs and User Agents.

*Modules sold Separately

*MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson Licensing.

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