Omnia-5ex HD+AM Debuts At NAB

World's First Dual Purpose HD/ Analog AM Processor Now Shipping

19 April 2004, Las Vegas, Nevada USA

Omnia Audio, makers of market-leading Omnia-6 audio processors, will be debuting Omnia-5EX HD+AM at the 2004 NAB convention. Omnia-5EX HD+AM is the world’s first DAB / HD Radio + analog dual-purpose AM processor, designed to address immediate or eventual needs for digital transmission.

Following in the footsteps of the popular Omnia-6EX, the Omnia-5EX HD+AM includes a dual processor structure that routes audio from the multiband mixer to separate, simultaneous output stages. The first stage is optimized for AM broadcasts, the second for HD Radio and DAB, webcasting, satellite and digital distribution networks.

“Our new Omnia-5EX HD+AM is designed to prepare AM stations for the digital future while offering immediate improvement to AM broadcasts,” says Omnia President Frank Foti. “The improvement in fidelity will be very dramatic and greatly enhance conventional AM broadcasts.”

Omnia-5EX HD+AM employs a unique feedback/feedforward design that produces more open, natural texture in higher frequencies and warmer, fuller low bass sound. A two-band AGC, plus wideband AGC and five-band limiter, helps restore warmth, clarity and detail to AM broadcasts. The HD Radio/DAB section features Omnia’s unique program-adaptive Look-Ahead limiter, plus adjustable low-pass filtering and high-shelf EQ.

Omnia-5EX HD+AM features include:

  • Asymmetrical modulation capabilities with selectable output polarity which allow users to specify modulation of up to 150% (in 1% steps), resulting in more sideband energy for extra dial presence and improved coverage.
  • Advanced new AM-specific processing algorithms that provide clear, clean reproduction of solo voices and instruments.
  • Omnia’s renowned Bass Management controls, with two new Bass Limiter functions, “Tight” and “Girth”, giving users fine control over low frequency.
  • Encrypted password protection for processing presets to increase security and prevent tampering.
  • Three-way remote control via built-in Ethernet and serial ports, or optional PCMCIA modem card.

Recent surveys find Omnia in use on more than half of the 100 highest-rated FM stations in the US – more than all other brands combined. Virgin Radio, NRJ, The BBC, Sony, Deutsche Telekom, Bayerischer Rundfunk, WDR, RTL, Skyrock, NRK, YLE and many other leading broadcasters also rely upon Omnia.

AM and FM versions of Omnia-5EX are shipping now. For more details, call Caroline Dorsey at +1-216-241-7225, or


Omnia, a Telos company, is world-renowned for its digital audio signal processing expertise. Omnia audio processors for FM, AM, TV, HD Radio & DAB, Internet, and audio production are setting new standards for professional audio quality.

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