Yamaha SB168-ES EtherSound Stage Box

16-channel Digital Snake with EtherSound Connectivity, 16 Remote-controllable Mic Preamps, and 8 Analog Outputs
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Yamaha SB168-ES EtherSound Stage Box
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The Cure for the Overly-complex Live Rig

The Yamaha SB168-ES EtherSound stage box gives you 16 channels of superb-sounding remote analog input, each with its own amp head. On top of that, you get eight channels of analog output to let you chain multiple units in sequence. Best of all, the SB168-ES utilizes EtherSound, which lets you ditch your bulky analog snake in favor of a single Cat 5e cable. At Sweetwater, we've found digital snakes like the SB168-ES to be more noise resistant than conventional analog stage boxes, and they also provide you with stellar sound quality by keeping your microphone cables as short as possible. If you want an easy, efficient way to get audio from point A to point B, the Yamaha SB168-ES EtherSound stage box delivers!

Yamaha SB168-ES EtherSound Stage Box at a Glance:
  • Yamaha digital console + digital snake = huge advantage
  • EtherSound gives you high-quality, bidirectional, multichannel routing
  • Economical and value-packed with the features you need
Yamaha digital console + digital snake = huge advantage

Using state-of-the-art technology, the Yamaha SB168-ES EtherSound stage box lets you pipe uncompressed 24-bit/48kHz digital audio over Cat 5e cable over distances of up to approximately 328 feet. On top of that, you can activate the SB168-ES's amp heads remotely from your Yamaha digital console, letting you tweak your mic gain levels without leaving FOH. When combined with the stellar sonic quality of the SB168-ES's amp heads, this capability provides you with a huge advantage for live performances.

EtherSound gives you high-quality, bidirectional, multichannel routing

When you're trying to mix a live show in real time, latency can be a major drag. Luckily, the Yamaha SB168-ES stage box utilizes EtherSound technology, which is renowned for its low latency, high-quality bidirectional multi-channel transmission capabilities. On top of that, you can daisy chain connections through mini-YGDAI cards to connect the SB168-ES to a Yamaha digital console, making setup child's play. And since the SB168-ES is capable of operating as a generic EtherSound device, you can also use AuviTran's AVS-ESMonitor to control its parameters.

Economical and value-packed with the features you need

Digital signal propagation used to be prohibitively expensive. Not any more! The Yamaha SB168-ES EtherSound stage box works in perfect harmony with Yamaha digital consoles, providing you with an economical, value-packed live sound solution with the features you need, such as +48V, signal, and peak indicators for each input channel, providing you with an excellent environment for active monitoring.

Yamaha SB168-ES EtherSound Stage Box Features:
  • EtherSound technology for high-quality, bidirectional, multichannel routing
  • 16 remote-controllable mic preamps let you tweak levels without leaving FOH
  • 8 analog outputs let you chain multiple units in sequence
  • +48V phantom power for powering condenser microphones
  • Highpass filter eliminates stage rumble
  • Signal/peak indicators let you monitor your levels
The Yamaha SB168-ES EtherSound stage box is a value-packed digital stage solution!

What Does "Special Order" Mean?

A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

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