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Yes. Analog inputs and outputs are still available with configurable gain, and even an available microphone boost setting.
No. The change to support AES/EBU requires both a new main board and new chassis.
Yes. Since the Z/IP ONE encodes just one stereo pair, you must choose which of the input options to use for encoding. However, decoded audio is simultaneously available on Analog, AES/EBU, and Livewire outputs. You can even set the inputs to ‘fail over’ from Livewire to AES/EBU to Analog in case of input failures.
Loss of frame synchronization is used to determine whether to change input sources from Livewire or AES/EBU. Silence is not considered.
The AES/EBU design has a new main board with a new digital audio controller. Aside from minor changes necessary to configure AES/EBU, the new Z/IP ONE design has the following major differences:
Yes, many. The 2.0 software that accompanied the AES/EBU hardware release was our largest change set to date. You can see a complete list of changes in the release notes at: ftp://ftp.zephyr.com/pub/ZIPone/Updates/Release Notes.pdf
No. The 2.0 software is the first that supports the new audio hardware. For this reason, the software update web page will not permit you to downgrade to earlier software.
Yes. The manual has been updated and is hosted both on the Z/IP ONE’s internal web pages and at: http://www.telosalliance.com/images/Manuals/ZIP%20ONE-Manual-v2.0.1.pdf