APx555

APx555 High-Performance, Modular Two-Channel Audio Analyzer

The New Standard - performance and versatility in audio analysis

A culmination of 30 years’ experience making test equipment recognized as the standard of the audio industry, the APx555 is a two-channel audio analyzer without compromise. Developed for R&D engineers and production technicians who need the highest possible performance, a broad range of digital I/O options and fast, intuitive software, the APx555 is the new standard for audio analyzers.

Unprecedented Performance
With a typical residual THD+N of -120 dB and over 1 MHz bandwidth, the APx555 surpasses the analog performance of all other audio analyzers, including a 5 dB improvement compared to our 2700 Series analyzer. Add to this FFTs of 1.2 million points and full 24-bit resolution, and you have performance unmatched by any other instrument.

Maximum Versatility in I/O
APx555 has two balanced and two unbalanced analog inputs and outputs plus 216k digital inputs and outputs via AES/EBU, TOSLINK and SPDIF. Additionally, I/O may be expanded with optional Digital Serial, HDMI with ARC, PDM and Bluetooth modules. A new Advanced Master Clock (AMC) module handles input and output clock signals to synchronize the APx555 with external equipment (or vice versa), and the AMC also enables jitter generation and analysis. AMC is standard with the APx555 and is an option for the APx52x Series and APx58x Series Audio Analyzers.

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Jitter Analysis
Jitter in digital audio systems may cause audible distortion in the form of jitter sidebands in the output signal. Jitter tolerance testing can reveal jitter induced distortion but is often neglected in the design of circuits and components because it is difficult and time consuming. Audio Precision APx analyzers provide jitter generation and jitter analysis features to simplify jitter testing.

Made to Measure for Power Amp Designers
Measure continuous maximum output and peak maximum output automatically, DIM measurements, view power spectrum graphs with a regulated frequency sweep and take other measurements as specified by the CEA-2006 and CEA-490A standards. In addition to conventional balanced common mode rejection measurements, APx555 also enables CMRR measurements in accordance with IEC60268 section 14.15.1.

Code-Free Automation & Complete API
APx500 Measurement Software is the most advanced audio measurement interface available. Complex procedures that include user prompts, limits, and calls to external applications can be created directly in the GUI, saving time and money while ensuring painless updates over time, as no development is required.

Create custom interfaces and application-to-application automation using the comprehensive APx API for integration in VB.NET, C#.NET, MATLAB, and LabVIEW development environments. Projects and automation can be shared with other APx units anywhere in the world.

Common Software Platform
From a practical perspective, all APx audio analyzers use the same software, making tests and results easier to share. All settings for a test are saved in a single project file, making it easy to replicate test setups between R&D and production facilities anywhere in the world. Project files are compatible with all APx instruments and each project is self-contained, so there’s never any worry about dependencies or broken links. Users can even embed waveform files and images within a project file.

For customers, contract manufacturers or management, APx automatically generates rich graphic reports, with highlighted pass / fail limits and options to export as PDF, HTML, Excel, CSV, RTF or MATLAB files.

Digital Protocol Analysis
Modern consumer devices such as televisions, Blu-ray players, and receivers typically use a digital interface such as S/PDIF, Toslink, HDMI to transmit audio signals. In addition to the digital audio data, these interfaces also carry auxiliary information about the audio signal, metadata. The APx Metadata monitors decode and display metadata values as they are received from the device under test.

Advanced Digital I/O (standard)
Provides AES3, AES/EBU balanced digital I/O on XLR; unbalanced SPDIF digital I/O on BNC; and TOSLINK optical digital I/O. The APx ADIO module enables the generation of advanced impairments for sophisticated test of devices via AES/SPDIF/TOSLINK. It also includes the Advanced Master Clock (AMC) module, which handles input and output clock signals for synchronizing an APx with external equipment (or vice versa). AMC also provides jitter generation and measurement functionality for jitter-enabled I/O modules such as ADIO, DSIO and PDM.

ASIO (standard)
PC audio interfaces with installed ASIO drivers appear within the APx500 software as one of APx’s I/O options, with support for up to 16 bidirectional channels. All measurements and test sequences in APx may be used via the ASIO interface, allowing for complete characterization of the connected audio device.

Bluetooth (option)
APx’s Bluetooth module, with built-in radio and software stack, allows engineers to measure their Bluetooth devices directly. All Bluetooth controls are integrated into the analyzer software and APx supports A2DP, HFP 1.6, and AVRCP profiles. Codec support includes SBC, aptX, CVSD, and wideband speech (mSBC).

Digital Serial I/O (option)
Digital serial capability is essential in R&D for evaluating designs at the circuit board level. The Digital Serial I/O (DSIO) option provides a direct multichannel connection to chip-level interfaces such as I2S, TDM, and other popular serial interface formats including left-justified, right-justified, and DSP. Jitter capable.

HDMI + ARC (option)
The APx HDMI option allows engineers to measure HDMI audio quality and audio format compatibility on devices such as surround sound receivers, set-top boxes, smartphones, tablets, TVs, and DVD or Blu-ray Disc™ players. APx can stream both lossless and compressed formats from pre-encoded audio test files, making it easy to troubleshoot component compatibility and issues related to downsampling, downmixing, or transcoding.

PDM (option)
The APx PDM option provides direct connectivity for audio devices that have a PDM (pulse density modulation) output such as a MEMS microphone, or an input such as the decimator on a smartphone chip. In addition to standard audio measurements, APx provides variable DC voltage, variable sample rate, and PSR (power supply rejection) measurements for testing devices’ full operating parameters. Jitter capable.

SOFTWARE OPTIONS

APx500 software options provide measurements and functionality beyond the core set of capabilities standard for the APx555. A variety of options are offered, suited to different specific test applications and requirements.

Software options are enabled by one or more “iButtons” that mount on the rear of the APx555. Each iButton enables a particular feature or set of features, and can be moved from analyzer to analyzer as needed.

Electro-Acoustic Production Test (SW-SPK-PT)
The SW-SPK-PT option enables high-speed production test of electro-acoustic devices, providing key loudspeaker measurements in a single one-second sweep. Results include Rub & Buzz detection, essential Thiele-Small parameters, and impedance magnitude and phase. A proprietary modulated noise measurement is also provided to aid in detecting enclosure air leaks.

Electro-Acoustic R&D (SW-SPK-RD)
The SW-SPK-RD option delivers a complete suite of measurements and results tailored to the needs of designers and engineers developing electro-acoustic audio products. It includes key measurements and results such as complete Thiele-Small characterization; time-gated, quasi-anechoic Acoustic Response; Impedance analysis; plus the Loudspeaker Production Test measurements.

POLQA Perceptual Audio Test (SW-POLQA-2)
Perceptual audio measurement returns a subjective assessment of speech quality using the next-generation POLQA algorithm for wide-band speech devices or devices with acoustic coupling. (Successor to PESQ with support for HD Voice, 3G, 4G/LTE and VoIP technologies)

PESQ Perceptual Audio Test (SW-PESQ)
Widely-used, enhanced perceptual measurement for subjective assessment of speech quality on
low-bandwidth devices. (PESQ algorithm)

Speech Transmission Index (SW-STI)
SW-STI is a plug-in for conducting Speech Transmission Index (STI) measurements using the STIPA method.

GENERATOR PERFORMANCE
Sine Frequency Range
0.001 Hz to 80 kHz, DAC
5 Hz to 204 kHz, Analog

Frequency Accuracy
3 ppm, DAC
0.35%, Analog (10 Hz to 100 kHz)

IMD Test Signals
SMPTE, MOD, DFD, DIM

Maximum Amplitude (balanced)
26.66 Vrms

Amplitude Accuracy
±0.03 dB

Flatness (5 Hz–20 kHz)
±0.008 dB

Residual THD+N (22 kHz BW)
–117 dB + 1.0 µV
Typically <–120 dB (1 kHz, 2.0 V)

Analog Output Configurations
unbalanced, balanced, CMTST

Digital Output Sampling Rate
27 kS/s to 200 kS/s
27 kS/s to 108 kS/s Optical

Dolby / dts Generator
Yes (encoded file)

ANALYZER PERFORMANCE
Maximum Rated Input Voltage
230 Vpk

Maximum Bandwidth
>1 MHz

IMD Measurement Capability
SMPTE, MOD, DFD, DIM

Amplitude Accuracy (1 kHz)
±0.03 dB

Amplitude Flatness (10 Hz–20 kHz)
±0.008 dB

Residual Input Noise (22 kHz BW)
=1.0 µV

Residual THD+N (22 kHz BW)
–117 dB + 1.0 µV
Typically <–120 dB (1 kHz, 2.0 V)

Individual Harmonic Analyzer
H2–H10

Max FFT Length
1248K points

DC Voltage Measurement
Yes

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
• PC with 2 GHz or faster multi-core processor (2 or more cores)
Note: the Intel Atom dual-core processor does not have sufficient performance to run APx software.

• 2 GB or more RAM (4 GB or more recommended for Windows 7/8).

• Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 (32- or 64-bit in each case).

• More detailed information is available on our AP Software and Windows Compatibility chart

• Download System Requirements Document

NOTES
• System performance is sensitive to processor speed; faster processors will yield faster results.

• APx500 is data intensive and it is recommended that other data-intensive applications not be run concurrently. This includes Audio Precision AP2700, APWIN or ATS.

FEATURES

Jitter Analysis
Jitter in digital audio systems may cause audible distortion in the form of jitter sidebands in the output signal. Jitter tolerance testing can reveal jitter induced distortion but is often neglected in the design of circuits and components because it is difficult and time consuming. Audio Precision APx analyzers provide jitter generation and jitter analysis features to simplify jitter testing.

Made to Measure for Power Amp Designers
Measure continuous maximum output and peak maximum output automatically, DIM measurements, view power spectrum graphs with a regulated frequency sweep and take other measurements as specified by the CEA-2006 and CEA-490A standards. In addition to conventional balanced common mode rejection measurements, APx555 also enables CMRR measurements in accordance with IEC60268 section 14.15.1.

Code-Free Automation & Complete API
APx500 Measurement Software is the most advanced audio measurement interface available. Complex procedures that include user prompts, limits, and calls to external applications can be created directly in the GUI, saving time and money while ensuring painless updates over time, as no development is required.

Create custom interfaces and application-to-application automation using the comprehensive APx API for integration in VB.NET, C#.NET, MATLAB, and LabVIEW development environments. Projects and automation can be shared with other APx units anywhere in the world.

Common Software Platform
From a practical perspective, all APx audio analyzers use the same software, making tests and results easier to share. All settings for a test are saved in a single project file, making it easy to replicate test setups between R&D and production facilities anywhere in the world. Project files are compatible with all APx instruments and each project is self-contained, so there’s never any worry about dependencies or broken links. Users can even embed waveform files and images within a project file.

For customers, contract manufacturers or management, APx automatically generates rich graphic reports, with highlighted pass / fail limits and options to export as PDF, HTML, Excel, CSV, RTF or MATLAB files.

Digital Protocol Analysis
Modern consumer devices such as televisions, Blu-ray players, and receivers typically use a digital interface such as S/PDIF, Toslink, HDMI to transmit audio signals. In addition to the digital audio data, these interfaces also carry auxiliary information about the audio signal, metadata. The APx Metadata monitors decode and display metadata values as they are received from the device under test.

OPTIONS

Advanced Digital I/O (standard)
Provides AES3, AES/EBU balanced digital I/O on XLR; unbalanced SPDIF digital I/O on BNC; and TOSLINK optical digital I/O. The APx ADIO module enables the generation of advanced impairments for sophisticated test of devices via AES/SPDIF/TOSLINK. It also includes the Advanced Master Clock (AMC) module, which handles input and output clock signals for synchronizing an APx with external equipment (or vice versa). AMC also provides jitter generation and measurement functionality for jitter-enabled I/O modules such as ADIO, DSIO and PDM.

ASIO (standard)
PC audio interfaces with installed ASIO drivers appear within the APx500 software as one of APx’s I/O options, with support for up to 16 bidirectional channels. All measurements and test sequences in APx may be used via the ASIO interface, allowing for complete characterization of the connected audio device.

Bluetooth (option)
APx’s Bluetooth module, with built-in radio and software stack, allows engineers to measure their Bluetooth devices directly. All Bluetooth controls are integrated into the analyzer software and APx supports A2DP, HFP 1.6, and AVRCP profiles. Codec support includes SBC, aptX, CVSD, and wideband speech (mSBC).

Digital Serial I/O (option)
Digital serial capability is essential in R&D for evaluating designs at the circuit board level. The Digital Serial I/O (DSIO) option provides a direct multichannel connection to chip-level interfaces such as I2S, TDM, and other popular serial interface formats including left-justified, right-justified, and DSP. Jitter capable.

HDMI + ARC (option)
The APx HDMI option allows engineers to measure HDMI audio quality and audio format compatibility on devices such as surround sound receivers, set-top boxes, smartphones, tablets, TVs, and DVD or Blu-ray Disc™ players. APx can stream both lossless and compressed formats from pre-encoded audio test files, making it easy to troubleshoot component compatibility and issues related to downsampling, downmixing, or transcoding.

PDM (option)
The APx PDM option provides direct connectivity for audio devices that have a PDM (pulse density modulation) output such as a MEMS microphone, or an input such as the decimator on a smartphone chip. In addition to standard audio measurements, APx provides variable DC voltage, variable sample rate, and PSR (power supply rejection) measurements for testing devices’ full operating parameters. Jitter capable.

SOFTWARE OPTIONS

APx500 software options provide measurements and functionality beyond the core set of capabilities standard for the APx555. A variety of options are offered, suited to different specific test applications and requirements.

Software options are enabled by one or more “iButtons” that mount on the rear of the APx555. Each iButton enables a particular feature or set of features, and can be moved from analyzer to analyzer as needed.

Electro-Acoustic Production Test (SW-SPK-PT)
The SW-SPK-PT option enables high-speed production test of electro-acoustic devices, providing key loudspeaker measurements in a single one-second sweep. Results include Rub & Buzz detection, essential Thiele-Small parameters, and impedance magnitude and phase. A proprietary modulated noise measurement is also provided to aid in detecting enclosure air leaks.

Electro-Acoustic R&D (SW-SPK-RD)
The SW-SPK-RD option delivers a complete suite of measurements and results tailored to the needs of designers and engineers developing electro-acoustic audio products. It includes key measurements and results such as complete Thiele-Small characterization; time-gated, quasi-anechoic Acoustic Response; Impedance analysis; plus the Loudspeaker Production Test measurements.

POLQA Perceptual Audio Test (SW-POLQA-2)
Perceptual audio measurement returns a subjective assessment of speech quality using the next-generation POLQA algorithm for wide-band speech devices or devices with acoustic coupling. (Successor to PESQ with support for HD Voice, 3G, 4G/LTE and VoIP technologies)

PESQ Perceptual Audio Test (SW-PESQ)
Widely-used, enhanced perceptual measurement for subjective assessment of speech quality on
low-bandwidth devices. (PESQ algorithm)

Speech Transmission Index (SW-STI)
SW-STI is a plug-in for conducting Speech Transmission Index (STI) measurements using the STIPA method.

SPECIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS

GENERATOR PERFORMANCE
Sine Frequency Range
0.001 Hz to 80 kHz, DAC
5 Hz to 204 kHz, Analog

Frequency Accuracy
3 ppm, DAC
0.35%, Analog (10 Hz to 100 kHz)

IMD Test Signals
SMPTE, MOD, DFD, DIM

Maximum Amplitude (balanced)
26.66 Vrms

Amplitude Accuracy
±0.03 dB

Flatness (5 Hz–20 kHz)
±0.008 dB

Residual THD+N (22 kHz BW)
–117 dB + 1.0 µV
Typically <–120 dB (1 kHz, 2.0 V)

Analog Output Configurations
unbalanced, balanced, CMTST

Digital Output Sampling Rate
27 kS/s to 200 kS/s
27 kS/s to 108 kS/s Optical

Dolby / dts Generator
Yes (encoded file)

ANALYZER PERFORMANCE
Maximum Rated Input Voltage
230 Vpk

Maximum Bandwidth
>1 MHz

IMD Measurement Capability
SMPTE, MOD, DFD, DIM

Amplitude Accuracy (1 kHz)
±0.03 dB

Amplitude Flatness (10 Hz–20 kHz)
±0.008 dB

Residual Input Noise (22 kHz BW)
=1.0 µV

Residual THD+N (22 kHz BW)
–117 dB + 1.0 µV
Typically <–120 dB (1 kHz, 2.0 V)

Individual Harmonic Analyzer
H2–H10

Max FFT Length
1248K points

DC Voltage Measurement
Yes

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
• PC with 2 GHz or faster multi-core processor (2 or more cores)
Note: the Intel Atom dual-core processor does not have sufficient performance to run APx software.

• 2 GB or more RAM (4 GB or more recommended for Windows 7/8).

• Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 (32- or 64-bit in each case).

• More detailed information is available on our AP Software and Windows Compatibility chart

• Download System Requirements Document

NOTES
• System performance is sensitive to processor speed; faster processors will yield faster results.

• APx500 is data intensive and it is recommended that other data-intensive applications not be run concurrently. This includes Audio Precision AP2700, APWIN or ATS.

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