USB Controlled Loudspeaker & Microphone Test Interface
AmpConnect™ISC is the only piece of hardware you need with SoundCheck for testing loudspeakers and microphones
AmpConnect makes loudspeaker, headphone, headset and microphone testing simpler AND more cost-effective. It replaces a soundcard, an impedance box, amplifier, microphone power supply and digital I/O card with one simple USB controlled piece of hardware. AmpConnect provides all the necessary calibration, voltage, & current signals to perform acoustic and electronic tests such as frequency response, sensitivity, distortion, and impedance. It can also drive sound sources (e.g. mouth simulators) for testing microphones.
This reduces operator error as multiple hardware items are replaced by a single rugged, rack mountable unit, and the only connections required are a USB cable to the computer and cables to your device under test and test microphone. AmpConnect is fully controllable via SoundCheck which means that adjustments of parameters such as gain can be included in test sequences. AmpConnect will self-calibrate with SoundCheck and is more immune to ground loops than off-the-shelf components.
AmpConnect ISC can route/select all test signals, and contains an integral power amplifier to drive the device under test (or mouth simulator). Two selectable internal reference resistances to measure device impedance offer much simpler impedance measurements than conventional methods. No additional external equipment is required to realize a complete acoustic test platform for a wide range of devices – simply connect your device to AmpConnect ISC and SoundCheck, and start testing.
No additional external equipment is required to realize a complete acoustic test platform for a wide range of devices – simply connect your device to AmpConnect and SoundCheck, and start testing.
AmpConnect ISC can be controlled either using the switches on the front-panel, or remotely via a USB-connected PC. This makes it equally suitable for use as a standalone device (e.g., in a lab or during production line setup), or with a PC on a production line. An eight-bit digital I/O port provides digital control and/or status monitoring of external devices for operator feedback, test fixture control, etc.
Connection to SoundCheck (or any other test system) is simple via USB. Two user-selectable inputs enable 2 measurements to be made simultaneously. In the case of a loudspeaker test, this may be an acoustic signal and an electrical signal such as impedance, or for headphones two acoustical signals simultaneously. In the case of a microphone test a reference microphone may be measured at the same time as the microphone under test for comparison purposes.
Two sets of output connections for the devices under test, either of which can be selected as the active output, permit one test to be performed while simultaneously setting up a test on the other output to increase production line testing throughput. A headphone output on the front may be used for testing headphones or monitoring input signals.
Two separate inputs allow the output from an external electrical test signal (typically the output of a measurement microphone) to be routed through and selected by AmpConnect and communicated to SoundCheck. This frees the operator from having to handle external signal switching during testing. Both inputs provide voltage and IEPE bias, supporting transducers requiring either type of powering. The bias can be removed to allow direct connection to a microphone power supply or preamplifier.
The amplitude of signals can be adjusted for maximum dynamic range without the need for external amplifiers or attenuators. Both the reference input signal and the signal from the device under test, can be attenuated by 10 or 20 dB, or amplified by 0, 10, 20, 30, or 40 dB before being output to SoundCheck.
Simplicity and ease of use has been carried through to the user display, with three-color LEDs on the front panel (as well as a signal to the computer via the USB) to provide a clear visual signal to the user that the reference, device-under-test, and power amplifier levels are operating within maximum dynamic range.
2 Channel, balanced inputs and outputs, Supports up to 44.1 kHz sample rate and 24 bits.
Input Dynamic Range: 110 dB typical
Output Dynamic Range: 114 dB typical
Input/Output Coupling: AC
Amplitude linearity: ± 0.3 dB
Amplitude Flatness: 20 – 20 kHz ± 0.25 dB
THD @ 1 kHz: 0.001% typical
Crosstalk @ 1 kHz: -110 dB
Phase Linearity: ± 5 degrees
Continuous Output Power: 60W RMS into 4 Ohms, 47W RMS into 8 Ohms
Frequency Response: -3dB at 4Hz & 90kHz
THD at 60W, 4 Ohms: 0.019%
Voltage Gain: +26.4dB, +/-0.1dB
Loudspeaker Current Measurement:
Z-High = 1V/A +/-1%
Z-Low = 100mV/A +/-1%
Output Impedance = 0 Ohms
Reference & DUT Inputs:
Gain: -20dB to +40dB in 10dB steps
Maximum input at –20dB: 100V RMS
Maximum input at +40dB: 100mV RMS
Frequency Response: -3dB at 20Hz & 150kHz;
IEPE Bias: 10mA, 20VDC (max)
ECM / Electret Bias: 10 VDC through 2.2k Ohms
Internal Sine Generator:
Output Level: 1V RMS +/-TBD dB
Output Frequency: 1kHz +/- TBD Hz
USB 2.0 Interface:
All front panel functions USB controllable
Front panel can be locked out via USB
Outputs automatically disabled upon USB disconnect or PC shutdown
Without rack mounting flanges: 17 in. wide, 2-Unit (3-1/2 in.) high, 11 in. deep
Weight: 7 lbs (3.2kgm) approx.
Power: 85 – 264VAC 50/60 Hz, 150 Watts (max)