MNA at ISE reflects growing importance of network interoperability

MNA at ISE reflects growing importance of network interoperability in AV

Media Networking Alliance, Bothell, Washington, USA. With the ever-increasing pace of adoption of IP based networking in AV, there is a mounting lobby for standardization and interoperability based on open standards. Consequently, the Media Networking Alliance (MNA) – the professional AV industry alliance, charged with promoting awareness and adoption of AES67, the open standard that provides for the common interchange of digital media between different IP networking platforms – is exhibiting for the first time at ISE.

MNA members and member manufacturers will be undertaking a program of educational and communication activities and events throughout the exhibition.

Of major interest, to AV manufacturers, integrators and end users alike, will be a live demonstration of audio networking interoperability on the MNA booth (7-X230), featuring 22 commercially available networked-audio products from 11 different manufacturers, employing various market leading audio networking technologies. AES67-specific extensions to the different network platforms enable the common interchange of digital audio between them.

The demonstration features products from ALC NetworX, Archwave, Axia Audio, Digigram,DirectOut, Focusrite, Lawo, Merging Technologies, QSC, Solid State Logic, Telos Systems Inc. and Yamaha, between them employing Dante, Livewire, Q-LAN and RAVENNA AoIP protocols. These are a mixture of hardware devices, software products and hardware development kits, withthe predominance of hardware products reflecting the accelerating trend of manufacturers readily enabling AES67 in existing network devices. Primarily a multicast demonstration, devices areconnected to a simple network with a single Ethernet switch; AES67 can transport high quality audio, via Ethernet and layer 3 network connectivity, over any VoIP capable network infrastructure.

Speaking for the MNA, Solid State Logic product manager Tom Knowles, coordinating the demonstration at ISE, says, “Following on from our first public demonstration at last year’s AES show, the MNA believes it is important and impressive to demonstrate interoperability at trade shows and in other ‘public’ arenas, enabling manufacturers and potential end users to
experience, first hand, the power and versatility of AES67.”

In addition to audio transport, some of the manufacturer-specific discovery, control and monitoring functions, that augment AES67 audio interoperability and coexist on the same network, will be demonstrated.

MNA members will be on hand throughout ISE, including representatives from member companies with extensive experience of deploying AES67 in the field, to discuss all aspects of AES67 implementation and answer queries from AV industry professionals. In addition, on Wednesday 10 February at 13:00-14:00 in Room D403, Rich Zwiebel MNA Chairman and Vice President, Systems Strategy QSC, will moderate How Will AES67 Affect the Industry?, an open discussion with a panel of network audio specialists.

Zwiebel will also present two InfoComm FlashTrack sessions – entitled Using AES67 – on Booth 12-N100. The 20 minute sessions are on Wednesday 10 February at 14:00 and Friday 12 February at 14:00.


Tom Knowles, product manager Solid State Logic, coordinating the MNA live AES67 demo


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About the Media Networking Alliance (MNA)

The MNA is a not-for-profit corporation with membership available to all manufacturers, organizations, companies and individuals who are interested in the objectives and purposes of the alliance.

The MNA’s objectives are:

  • to promote the adoption and standardization of AES67 as an audio interoperability standard through marketing and education.

  • to develop future AES67 specifications and other documents that augment, enhance or extend the primary AES67 specification for the purposes of enabling and promoting increased interoperability and reliability.

  • to provide developer support for AES67 products, and actively support those members producing AES67 compliant products, including, but not limited to, AES67 System Development Kit and AES67 Test Tools.

  • to provide a forum and environment in which members of the alliance can meet to review standards development and compliance programs, and to foster the development of new products based on the AES67 standard.

  • to educate the business and end-user communities about the value, benefits and applications for AES67.

  • establish and maintain relationships with educational institutions and other technology associations and organizations that help to promote the use and development of AES67 products.

A full list of member companies and other information can be found at


Editors’ contact:

Keith Grant

KGa marketing & media

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Media Networking Alliance ISE booth contact:

Tina J. Lipscomb

Media Networking Alliance, Inc.

Administrator Phone: +1 425-870-6574



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