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Reliable Dante™ Format Converters for Modern Professionals

With the NIO xcel series, users now have access to a professional as well as flexibly scalable Dante™ environment for stage applications, in production studios and for installations.
These Dante™ format converters meet the highest requirements and prove to be reliable partners in live situations. The devices are very convenient network-based I/O modules: they can be located right next to their sources and destinations and dispense with DI boxes. Developed with live situations and frequent, fast change-overs in mind, the devices are easy, quick and intuitive to install.

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Technical Data of the NIO xcel Series

  • Digital I/O – Dante™

    • Sample rates: 44.1kHz / 48.0kHz / 88.2kHz / 96kHz / 176.4kHz / 192kHz
    • Sample depth: 16bit / 24bit / 32bit (transparent) [1]


    [1]: only supported when connected to DELEC oratis or unito devices
    [2]: Internally as well as for the AES 3 output, NIO xcel uses the Dante™ sampling rate



  • Digital I/O – AES 3

    • Input format: AES 3, S/PDIF, transparent [1]
    • Output format: AES 3, transparent [1]
    • Sample rates[2]: 44.1kHz / 48.0kHz / 88.2kHz / 96kHz / 176.4kHz / 192.0kHz
    • Sample rate converter on AES inputs: 8kHz ... 192kHz
    • Galvanically isolated
    • Input / Output impedance: 110Ohm
    • Input level: 0.5Vpp to 7Vpp
    • Output level: 3Vpp (110Ohm)



  • Analogue I/O – Line Output

    • Output type: electronically balanced [3]
    • Max. output level: +24dBu
    • Output impedance: 0Ohm (typ.)
    • Idle-channel noise: > -95dBu(A) (typ.)
    • Frequency response: 20Hz – 22kHz (Fs=48kHz), 20Hz – 40kHz (Fs=96kHz)
    • SNR: > 119.5dB(A) (typ.)
    • THD+N: < -98db (0.0012%)


    [3]: For unbalanced operation leave XLR pin 3 = Signal (-) floating. Use XLR pin 1 = GND and XLR pin 2 = Signal (+)
  • Analogue I/O – Line Input

    • Input type: Electronically balanced
    • Max. input level: +24dBu
    • Input impedance: ca. 47kOhm
    • Idle-channel noise: > -120dBFS (A) (typ.)
    • Frequency response: 20Hz – 22kHz (Fs=48kHz), 20Hz – 40kHz (Fs=96kHz)
    • SNR: > 120dB(A) (typ.)
    • THD+N: < -100dB (< 0.001%)
    • CMRR: 89dB (typ.)




  • Analogue I/O – Microphone Input

    • Input type: electronically balanced
    • Max. input level: +24dBu
    • Input impedance: 5,56kOhm
    • Idle-channel noise: - 152dBFS (A) (typ.)
    • Frequency response: 20Hz – 22kHz (Fs=48kHz), 20Hz – 40kHz (Fs=96kHz)
    • SNR: > 152dB (A) (typ.)
    • THD+N: -98dB (<0.0012%)
    • CMRR: 100dB (typ.)
    • 4-way splitter in each input



NIO xcel

  • Excellent Quality and Reliability

    The NIO xcel series comprises four devices to cover the whole range of live applications, installations, and studio environments.

    The development goal for the series was to create products which are perfect for the stage and which provide professional connectors and supreme audio specifications. For example, NIO xcel 1201 is equipped with excellent microphone preamps and a 4-way splitter for each microphone input. All NIO xcel models include filters, a mix function, and can be configured very rapidly because of the integrated web service.
  • Web Service Configuration

    Simple and intuitive configuration of the SALZBRENNER NIO xcel devices is possible thanks to their web service. Units connected to the network can easily be named and configured all the way down to filter coefficient settings. Device configurations can be stored, imported, and exported for a considerable reduction of setup time for large installations.
  • Easy Networking

    Naturally, the NIO xcels offer redundancy in Dante™ network connections as well as in their power supplies, and ensure perfect synchronization, even across several switches.

    Dante™ networks are based on conventional IP networks so they can be configured quickly and cost-effectively. An advantage of SALZBRENNER NIO xcel is that the devices can be placed near the musician—similar to a DI box—to provide the necessary inputs and outputs for any situation. Furthermore, they can be effortlessly integrated into the network. All NIO xcel models are equipped with two Ethernet ports to be connected to a redundant network structure or to be daisy chained. They work in networks with 100Mbps, 1Gbps and 10Gbps, and do not require any specific network infrastructure which saves on costs, and facilitates network design as well as handling on tour.
  • About Dante™

    Dante™ is an uncompressed, multi-channel digital media networking technology offering near-zero latency and synchronization.

    It is the networking solution adopted by more professional audio manufacturers than any other, so you can connect to hundreds of compatible products. Dante™ is true IP networking, using the same Layer-3 technology that powers computer networks around the world. It supports hundreds of channels per device and is designed to work with industry-standard network equipment. It is easy to use, with true plug-and-play operation. Free Dante™ Controller software provides automatic device detection, one-click routing of signals and user-editable names for devices and channels, and works with all Dante™-enabled products. Dante™‘s Audio-over-IP networking leverages the key computing technologies that are driving innovation the world over, ensuring continued development and expansion of capabilities for years to come.
NIO xcel in Two Versions

NIO xcel in Two Versions

All NIO xcel devices by SALZBRENNER include rubber bumpers in their standard delivery. They protect the devices as well as additional equipment when moving from stage to stage. Furthermore, 19" mounting frames are available, so several devices can be mounted into 19" racks to be easier to handle in big numbers.
NIO xcel 1101

NIO xcel 1101

NIO xcel provides 8 AES 3 outputs on the front plate and 4 AES 3 inputs in the back. This makes the device perfect for feeding digital power amplifiers.
NIO xcel 1102

NIO xcel 1102

This version of NIO xcel contains 6 AES 3 inputs and outputs and is ideal for connecting effects devices in a side rack.
NIO xcel 1201

NIO xcel 1201

NIO xcel 1201 supplies 8 microphone inputs and 4 line outputs for the musician. Furthermore, it is equipped with a 4-way splitter for every microphone input. This makes it perfect for mic/line inputs for musicians and line outputs for monitoring
NIO xcel 1202

NIO xcel 1202

The fourth version of SALZBRENNER NIO xcel is equipped with 8 line outputs and 4 line inputs. This makes it versatile for feeding analogue power amplifiers, monitoring, press feed, etc.