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Sonifex PS-PLAY

Audio to IP Streaming Decoder
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The Pro Audio Streamers are a range of three IP to audio and audio to IP streamers which have professional analogue and digital inputs and outputs

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PS-PLAY $728.00
PS-PLAYS Rack Mount Version $741.00
  • The PS-PLAY is a freestanding IP to audio converter which is also available in a 1U rack-mount as the PS-PLAYS. It takes an IP audio feed and converts it to one of a number of different stereo outputs: balanced and unbalanced analogue audio, AES/EBU, S/PDIF & TOSlink digital audio outputs.

    As for the PS-SEND, all the configuration settings for the unit are accessed via a local web-server built into it. The unit can decode one of a number of audio streams, such as those generated by the PS-SEND (MP3, G.711 and PCM) and including AAC+V2, Ogg Vorbis and WMA audio files from external USB as well as from sources such as Shoutcast, Icecast (Internet radio), VLC and from RTP servers. The unit can receive streams from HTTP (TCP/IP) and  RTP (UDP) protocols, as well as raw TCP and UDP packets. The unit can also configure its own IP address using  DHCP/BOOTP, IPzator or AutoIP. A readout of the set IP address can be heard on every reset using SONICIP technology, if selected.

    Two red and green front panel LEDs indicate what state the unit is currently in, be it normal operational mode or bootstrap mode, and also indicates the current network connection status. A blue LED denotes power to the unit. The audio output can be monitored on the front panel ¼” (6.35mm) stereo jack socket in combination with a headphone volume knob. The analogue audio outputs can be switched to be either a fixed level output or to be controlled by the front panel volume knob. The volume can also be adjusted, as well as many other features, using an infra-red remote control (available separately).

    The PS-PLAY can be configured with up to 3 sources. The sources are prioritized in number order. If one has failed, the next one will attempt to play. If all fail, an external USB drive will be used as a back-up source. The external USB plugs into the USB socket on the front of the unit. This enables the PS-PLAY to act as a USB audio player, playing any of the audio formats previously mentioned. 

    The rear panel has 2 x RJ45 connectors, one for the 10/100Mbit Ethernet interface and one for GPIO connections. The PS-PLAY has 2 output relay contacts which can triggered remotely over IP from a connected PS-SEND unit. There is a 9 way D-type RS232 serial connection for control of the unit by automation systems and for firmware updates. The unit can be remote controlled via serial connection, TCP or UDP and remote management of the unit is also possible using SNMP traps.


  • Techincal Specification
    Analogue Outputs: 2 x XLR 3 pin (balanced)( L&R)
      2 x RCA phono (unbalanced)( L&R)
      1 x ¼ inch (6.35mm) stereo jack headphone socket
    Analogue Max Output Level: 18dBu XLR balanced
      8dBu RCA phono unbalanced
    Analogue Balanced Input Impedance: <50Ω
    Analogue Unbalanced Input Impedance: <75Ω
    Analogue Output SNR: 94dB
    Output THD: 0.03% Relative
    Interchannel Isolation (Cross Talk): 80dB (Ref FSD)
    Analogue Output Gain Range: -60dB to 18dB via front panel control knob, or optional IR controller
    Mains Input: 1 x AES/EBU XLR 3 pin female
    Digital Outputs: 1 x S/PDIF RCA phono
      1 x TOSLink optical input
    Headphones Output: Drives 150mW into 32ohm to 600ohm stereo headphones
    USB Port: 1 x USB A socket
    GPOs (General Purpose Outputs): 2 x switchable relay contacts (simultaneously switched) controlled from PS-SEND
    Serial Port: 1 x 9 way D-type socket, used to send control commands and update firmware
    Ethernet Port: 1 x RJ45 socket. Remote control commands can be sent via TCP or UDP as well as firmware updates.
    IR Remote Receiver: Remote commands can be sent using optional remote control via built in IR sensor
    Mains Input: Filtered IEC, 85 - 264VAC, 47 - 63 Hz, 10W max
    Fuse Rating: Anti-surge fuse 1A 20 x 5mm
    Audio Codec Specifications 
    Decoder G.711 (U Law/A Law 8kHz to 48kHz sampling rate)
      WAV (IMA ADPCM+ 16bit PCM uncompressed: 8kHz to 48kHz)
      MP3 Layer 1 (32, 44.1 and 48 kHz, CBR +VBR +ABR)
      MP3 Layer 2 (16, 22.05 and 24 kHz, CBR +VBR +ABR)
      AAC+ (HE-AAC v2 Level 3, incl.SBR and PS) 
      Ogg Vorbis (floor 1)
      WMA 4.0/4.1/7/8/9 all profiles (5-384kbps)
    Supported Network Transport Protocols RTP - UDP
      HTTP - TCP
      Raw UDP
      Raw TCP
      Can also act as Icecast/Shoutcast source
      SNMP - traps for remote management
      DHCP, BOOTP, IPZator or AUTOIP - Dynamic IP address resolution
      SonicIP IP Address readout
    Physical Specification
    PS-PLAY Dimensions (Raw): 22cm (W) x 13.7cm (D) x 4.3cm (H)
      8.67” (W) x 5.39” (D) x 1.7” (H)
    PS-PLAY  Dimensions (Boxed): 34cm (W) x 27cm (D) x 6cm (H)
      13.4” (W) x 10.6” (D) x 2.4” (H)
    PS-PLAY  Weight: Nett: 0.84kg Gross: 1.64kg
      Nett: 1.85lbs Gross: 3.6lbs
    PS-PLAYS Dimensions (Raw): 48.3cm (W) x 13.7cm (D) x 4.3cm (H)
      19” (W) x 5.39” (D) x 1.7” (H)
    PS-PLAYS Dimensions (Boxed): 58.8cm (W) x 27cm (D) x 6.8cm (H)
      23” (W) x 10.6” (D) x 2.7” (H)
    PS-PLAYS Weight: Nett: 1.34kg Gross: 2.14kg
      Nett: 2.95lbs Gross: 4.7lbs


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  • 5 starsSonifex audio over IP streamers are in my experience the best und most reliable equipment for an affordable price! My favourite broadcast supplier is BW. Meanwhile we have several BW transmitters running and are very happy with their performance! Best ratings from Marcus C. Diess / Art, Sound &amp; Broadcast Austria

    Marcus from Austria

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