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Yamaha SB168-ES

Digital stagebox. Ethersound digital signal
For use with LS9, PM5D, M7CL mixers
16 Channel Input, 8 Channel output XLRs - each with remote controlled head amp
Audio signal runs over CAT5e - over 100m
3U rackable unit

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Product Description


Yamaha SB168-ES

EtherSound Compliant 16in/8out Stagebox

The SB168-ES is an affordable 3U-size stage box that utilizes EtherSound technology to propagate digital sound signals. When connected to popular all-in-one digital consoles like the PM5D, LS9, or M7CL, the SB168-ES offers superb support for live sound. 16 channels of sonically-superb remote analog input ¢ each with its own head amp ¢ and 8 channels of analog output. Multiple units may be daisy-chained in sequence for simultaneous use. The SB168-ES also functions as both as a conventional EtherSound device ¢ an analog input-output box. Compared to a conventional analog console + analog multicore the SB168-ES is noise resistant, and lets you boost quality by keeping the length of microphone cables as short as possible. Even more, the SB168-ES is easy to set up, so that any time, effort, or money needed for equipment installation are significantly reduced.

* Perfect Propagation of Digital Sound.
* Using EtherSound for Digital Sound Propagation.
* Yamaha Reliability.

Perfect Propagation of Digital Sound
Data transmission generally utilizes CAT5e cable, which offers the ability to carry uncompressed 24-bit / 48 kHz or 44.1 kHz high-quality sound over distances up to approximately 100 meters*. You can even activate the SB168-ES head amp remote function from the mixing console to adjust mic gain levels so that they match specific sound scenes. Coupled with the superior sonic quality of the head amps, this capability presents huge advantages for live performance.

* Depending on the type of cable used.
Using EtherSound for Digital Sound Propagation

The SB168-ES uses the well-known EtherSound technology. Of the digital audio signal transmission protocols currently available, EtherSound is highly regarded for its low latency, high-quality bidirectional multi-channel transmission capabilities, and its use of easily obtainable CAT5e cable. Moreover, EtherSound allows you to combine sound signals with control signals for the SB168-ES head amp remotes, or +48V function.

You can daisy chain connections through MY16-ES64 and MY16- EX mini-YGDAI cards to connect to a Yamaha digital console, which makes setting up easy anywhere - from up on stage to front of house. And since the SB168-ES is capable of operating as a generic EtherSound device, you can also use AuviTran's AVS-ESMonitor to control its parameters.

Yamaha Reliability
Up to now, digital signal propagation systems were extremely expensive. The SB168-ES was designed from the outset to be used together with Yamaha digital consoles, making high performance affordable. It also features +48V, signal, and peak indicators for each input terminal, providing an excellent environment for active monitoring.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Manufacturer Yamaha

General Specifications
Mic inputs 16 (Remote HA)
Input channel functions HPF, +48V DC
Output ports 8
Digital I/O EtherSound IN/OUT
Maximum number of simultaneous use 4 units

W 480mm; 18-7/8 inches
H 142mm; 5-9/16 inches (inc. rubber feet); 132mm; 5-3/16 inches; 3U (exc. rubber feet)
D 359.7mm; 14-3/16 inches

Net weight 8kg (17lbs)
Others Compatible with AVS-ESMonitor software

Rack-mount ears are two step recessible 

*SB168-ES HA remote compliant models: PM5D-RH, PM5D, M7CL, LS9, DM2000, DM1000, DME64N, DME24N

*Use only MY16-ES64 or AVY16-ES100 with SB168-ES for multiple device head amp control on an EtherSound network


High Quality, versatile - recommendedReview by Iain - Herts
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We went with the Yamaha LS9-16 and SB168 stagebox plus the required MY16-ES64 card instead of the LS9-32 - this gives us a total of 32ch. The digital stagebox works beautifully and sounds great. As it's a single network cable from stagebox to mixer it's extremely versatile for different set-ups. (Posted on 30/08/2012)

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