UK based provider of professional audio, video and broadcast equipment, Canford Audio has announced an extra flexible CAT7-F cable which has been approved by Waves Audio for use with Soundgrid systems and has been tested up to 150m on a 1GB Dante network.
This AoIP cable has been designed specifically for professional audio and video users to “handle like a typical microphone cable”.
Canford Audio CA7-F Dante Range Features
Suitable for DMX512
Overall braid maintains Category 7 performance
Rugged outer jacket
Suitable for use with standard RJ45, Neutrik Ethercon and most other ruggedised RJ45 connectors
Canford Audio explain…
“Increasing use of network and data cables between audio and video devices on location calls for a Category 7 cable that is designed specifically for deployable use. Basic Category 7 cable is a relatively inflexible installation cable, and even the slightly more flexible patchcord type still has very poor handling characteristics in deployed (as opposed to patching) applications. This Category 7 cable has been designed specifically for the professional audio and video user, and is intended to handle like a typical microphone cable. It has recently been approved by Waves Audio for use with their Waves Audio Soundgrid systems. It has an extra-flexible individually screened 4 pair core structure with an overall braid screen that maintains Category 7 performance, then a rugged polyurethane outer jacket, to give superb flexibility and handling characteristics.”
It is suitable for use with both standard RJ45 connectors (round entry version), the Neutrik Ethercon and most other ruggedised RJ45 designs, or any other connector with a suitably sized entry gland. The cable is also suitable for DMX512 applications.
What Is Category 7?
The Category 7 standard provides performance up to 1000MHz, and is suitable for Gigabit Ethernet, 1000Base-T and other high speed applications, as well as analogue and digital audio. Category 7 defines more stringent specifications than those applicable to Category 6/6A, particularly in crosstalk between pairs.
CAT7-F Dante Range Tested
Canford Audio have tested this new CAT7-F cable in a lab environment to see what kind of cable lengths will work out in the field…
130m of Dual Channel Unicast Dante on a 100MB Network Connection
150m of Multipath TCP on a 1GB Network Connection
Conductors: 7/0.16mm (0.14 sq.mm) bare copper
Insulation: Foamed polyethylene, 1.0mm O.D.
Lay-up: Two insulated conductors twisted together, pairs twisted together.
Pair screens: Aluminium laminated plastic foil
Overall screen: Tinned copper braid, 5.1mm O.D.
Overall jacket: Flexible polyurethane, 6.4mm O.D.
Impedance: 100 +/- 15 ohms
Minimum bending radius: 52mm
Reel length: 500 metre reels
Cut lengths: Available in any multiple of 1 metre
Price: £4.89 per meter excluding UK VAT