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Asia Games Host Broadcaster takes 60 Bel HD Monitors


A total of 60 Bel Digital Audio HD audio monitors/de-embedders are being deployed by the International Host Broadcaster (IHB) of the Asia Games, in Incheon, South Korea.

The seventeenth Asia Games will commence on the 19th September and the latest version of Bel’s 1U 16 channel audio confidence monitors will form an integral part of the infrastructure for the International Host Broadcaster’s coverage.

The BM-A1-16SHD units are compact 1U devices and will be in use across each IHB venue and in broadcast trucks thought the course of the games, which will be run over a two week period. The monitor/de-embedders were supplied via Bel Digital’s South Korean distributor Soundfox International, based in Seoul.

The units were chosen for the Asian Games because of their compact size, which is achieved without sacrificing any of the functionality thanks to its clever design. Additionally, Bel was able to supply the units to very tight deadlines to meet the IHB’s schedules. The devices are capable of monitoring 3G/HD/SD video and multi-channel audio sources and each provides a pair of auto-detecting 3G/HD/SD SDI inputs, also accepting eight analogue audio inputs and four AES-3id pairs.

Integral to the BM-A1-16SHD is a display to enable easy device configuration through Bel’s trademark simple rotary control system, which also provides signal status information.

Audio inputs are displayed on eight high-resolution tricoloured LED bargraphs. The user selects whether they wish to view channels 1 through 8, or 9 through 19. Each channel can be routed to the magnetically shielded front panel speakers using dedicated push buttons located below each bargraph. Audio channels 1-8 are also provided as AES-3id and analogue outputs on the rear panel. An SDI re-clocked loop-through connector is provided, enabling connection to downstream equipment.

The BM-A1-16SHD is suited to operation in Master Control Rooms, Outside Broadcast Vehicles, or anywhere where audio monitoring of SD, HD and 3G SDI sources is required, especially when within a space conscious environment.

The Asian games will consist of 439 events in 36 sports and take place across 49 venues and 48 training facilities. 37 of the competition venues are located in and around the host city of Incheon with ten venues created especially for the games, including the first ever purpose built cricket ground in South Korea. The main stadium is called the Incheon Asiad Stadium and has all-seater capacity of 61,074. The stadium was designed by Populous who also designed the London 2012 Olympic stadium, Wembley Stadium, Phillipine Arena in Manila and the new Estadio Da Luz, home of Benfica football club in Lisbon.