ELECTRONICS: Audio Precision introduced the APx515, a new two channel audio analyzer optimized for production test and starting at only $6200 in the US.
Despite its low cost, APx515 still has excellent performance, with a typical THD+N of -106dB, 24-bit FFTs, and 192k digital I/O. With respect to the other instruments in the APx Series, it sits just below the APx525, whose lower THD+N and chip-level connectivity options make it more appropriate for R&D.
With the High Speed Test option, APx515 can make all the key audio measurements in less than three seconds. In stand-alone mode, test sequences are created by selecting from a list of common audio measurements and saving a single project file. On an automated line, a master application can control the APx515 directly using the .NET API or APx LabVIEW driver. In either mode, the operator can control APx with a keyboard, footswitch or barcode scanner, or the system can be totally automated. Rich graphical reports can be generated from MS Word templates, or data can exported to CSV, injected into a database, etc.
All APx audio analyzers use the same software, making tests & results easier to share between vendors, R&D and production facilities anywhere in the world. Performing quality assurance on the production line, the APx515 operator can save a recording of the actual output of a device under test and email it (along with the 515’s settings) in a single project back to Engineering for further analysis. Every APx515 sold comes with a three year warranty and includes an ISO17025 accredited calibration.
With 14 models across four families, Audio Precision has the widest range of analyzers to serve every aspect of the pro and consumer audio device industry, from the most demanding engineers relying on the 2700 Series, APx585 and APx525 for cutting edge performance and interface design, to the ATS-2 and ATS-1 for service and quality assurance technicians, and now with APx515, fast, reliable and cost-effective production line test.
The APx515 costs $6200 in the USA (prices may vary outside the US). The High Speed Test, Advanced Engineering Measurements and Acoustic Response software options cost $500, $750, and $150 respectively or bundled together for $1000. AP is accepting orders as of May 24, and the first unit will ship in August, 2010.
-Edited by Kelsey Anderson