Penta 720 Modular  Format Converter

Analog – Dante – AES/EBU – MADI – Pro Tools HDX I/O


The PENTA 720 is a new generation of audio router and audio distribution interface from NTP Technology. It provides a versatile and flexible interface for signal distribution of analogue and digital audio via AES/EBU, MADI, SDI SD/HD/3G embedded audio as well as routing via IP Gigabit Ethernet and optical fibre networks.

The PENTA 720 is a 2U modular audio interface fitted with 2×8-channel AES3 input/output channels, MADI, two IP Audio Ethernet in/outs and an Avid Pro ToolsTM interface.

Up to eight optional cards can be incorporated to match specific operational requirements. The range of available plugin cards includes an 8-channel analogue input interface, 8-channel analogue output, 2-channel SDI/HD/3G embedder interface and a 2-channel SDI/HD/3G de-embedder interface. All cards support hot-swap. A mini-module slot is available for dual SFP MADI optical input/output module, which is also compliant to the NTP HotLink/Dual MADI format.

Key Features:
  • 8 AES/EBU I/O and 1-3 MADI I/O
  • 8 card slots for analogue and digital I/O cards supporting hot-swop
  • Interface for AVID Pro Tools
  • IP audio L3 Ethernet I/O powered by Dante
  • TCP/IP control via NTP Router Control System and
  • Stand alone control applications for PC
  • Single or Dual power supply


Key Benefits:
  • Analogue and Digital audio interfacing
  • Interfaceing and routing of embedded audio in video SDI SD/HD/3G signals
  • Flexible patching and routing of digital audio signals providing
  • Stand alone IP audio interface and format converter
  • Interface for NTP TDM router systems
  • Low latency, tightly synchronised, transport of uncompressed audio over IP networks using off the shelf switches


Signal Routing

The PENTA 720 includes a 1024×1024 multiplexer, enabling all analogue and digital inputs and outputs to be routed in any combination. This enables the unit to also split signals for advanced signal distribution. The multiplexer can be used to establish the static connections of the signal inputs and outputs, and furthermore it incorporates soft switching with a fade down and fade up functionality of the signal level. Soft switching ensures that setting or changing a signal path can be made without any audible click or artefact.


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