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Exstreamer 500

Multiformat IP Audio Encoder/Decoder for Broadcast and Professional Audio Applications

Professional Multiprotocol IP Audio de-/encoder with I/O, balanced audio. Support of Internet Radio and VoIP (SIP, RTP) codecs and protocols make the products the ideal choice for broadcast, professional and VoIP applications.

Main Features

  • MP3, G.711, PCM Encoding
  • MP3, G.711, PCM, AACplus*, Ogg Vorbis* Decoding
  • Shoutcast/Icecast Source capability
  • Audio Level Supervision with SNMP Trap generation
  • IP Streaming via TCP, UDP, RTP, Multicast
  • Balanced Line Level Input (Stereo)
  • Balanced Line Level Output (Stereo)
  • Relay Output (4)
  • Contact Closure Input (4)
  • RS-232 / RS-485 Serial Port
  • USB Flash Memory Interface
  • Supply Voltage 24...48 VDC

* Hardware revision 2 only

Designed in Switzerland and used in thousands of broadcast, pro audio and security installations worldwide, the Barix Exstreamer series is considered the established standard for reliable, easy to use IP Audio codecs.

Technical Specifications


24 to 48 VDC ± 20%

Power requirement: 8 Watt max.

2 pin screw terminal connector



10/100Mbps auto,

RJ-45 connetor with integrated Link & Activity LEDs

Protocols: TCP/IP, UDP, RTP, DHCP, Multicast capable


Analog Inputs & Outputs (stereo)

DB9 female socket


Analog Inputs

Differential input, 18kOhm input impedance

Clipping level 15dBu, 12.3 Vpp

Frequency response (-3dB) 20..20'000 Hz**

Signal to Noise Ratio 87 dB, THD 0.01%

Stereo crosstalk -88 dB

Input level software controllable (-3.. +19.5dB)


Analog Outputs

Differential output, 40..60 Ohm output impedance

Output level software controllable

Full scale output voltage: 15dBu, 12.3 Vpp

Frequency response (-3dB) 20..20'000 Hz**

Signal to Noise Ratio 92dB, THD 0.03%

Stereo crosstalk -66 dB


4 pin screw terminal connector

300..230'400 Baud asynchronous, 7/8 bit


Audio formats

Encoding and decoding MP3 in variable and constant bit rate

( VBR/CBR*, 8kbps..320kbps) at 8..48kHz sample frequency

PCM (L16, uLaw, aLaw) at 8..48kHz sample frequency

Decoding AAC+* (AAC-LC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2)


Discrete I/O

Two 6 pin screw terminal connectors

4 contact closure sensing inputs

4 relay contacts, 24V 0.5A, normally open



Aluminum case, 620g, rack mountable using accessory bracket


Dimensions (W x H x D)

216x38x125mm (8.5x1.5x4.92 inch)



According MIL217F at 25°C

Exstreamer 500 min. 410 000h


* Exstreamer 500 Hardware revision 2 only

** depends on used codec, best results @48kHz PCM


19’’ Rack mount shelf

For up to 4 devices

Order number: 2007.9082

Cable set Audio 2 (XLR)



Order number: 2008.9089

IR Dongle Set



Order number: 2003.9017

VSC Active Adapter



Order number: 2014.0095

Hai Volume Source Control (VSC) Panel



Order number: V2014.9173.VSC

Use Cases

Live IP Audio Encoder for Streaming Applications

Generic, bidirectional full-duplex VoIP module for Paging and Intercom Applications

Paging and Audio Distribution with Amplifier control and monitoring

Shoutcast/Icecast Source Encoder

Confidence Monitoring and Vox Switch for Broadcast Applications

Source Encoder for IP Audio Distribution Applications

Background Music and Music-on-Hold encoder for VoIP Applications

Low latency IP Audio Encoder for multichannel applications

Multiroom IP Audio System Receiver

Digital Annunciator, Message Player, Message Repeater

Commercial Audio Streaming Applications

SIP and IP Paging Zone Device

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Ordering Numbers

  • 2010.9096

    Exstreamer 500 Intl package


    Device, universal power supply, screw terminal connectors, DB9 to XLR adapter cable.

  • 2007.9082 19’’

    Barix Rack mount

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