APx58x

APx58x Series Eight- and Sixteen-Channel Modular Audio Analyzers

Channel count meets broad range of digital I/O for simultaneous, multichannel audio test.

The APx585 is a true multichannel audio analyzer, with 8 simultaneous analog outputs and inputs. It is ideal for designing and testing consumer devices such as home theatre receivers or pro devices such as mixing consoles. The APx586 adds a second input module for 16 simultaneous analog input channels.

The APx582 offers the same 8 channels of analog input as the APx585 in combination with 2 channels of analog output. The APx582 includes the AG52 option for perfect square waves.

All three models deliver the ultimate combination of speed and ease-of-use for multichannel audio test, including:

• Measuring one-to-many or many-to-one crosstalk and phase across channels
• Measuring maximum power across all channels over time
• Support for switchers to enable up to 192 maximum channel capacity

Versatility in I/O
All APx58x Series analyzers have up to 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. Finally, the optional Advanced Master Clock (AMC) module handles input and output clock signals to synchronize the APx58x Series with external equipment (or vice versa), and the AMC also enables jitter generation and analysis (in conjunction with Advanced Digital, Digital Serial or PDM modules).

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FEATURES:

Simultaneous Multichannel Audio Analysis
A true multichannel analyzer allows not just faster testing, but also a complete picture of the performance of all of a device’s input and output channels simultaneously.

Today, the majority of A/V receivers, disc players, TVs, PCs and automotive audio devices have more than two channels, from six channels (5.1) in surround sound applications to 16 or more channels in many cars. The conventional solution for testing multiple channels with a two channel analyzer has been to use switchers.

Such an approach has two major problems. First, even when automated, switching between channels is slow. Second, because only one or two channels are being observed at a time, designers and manufacturers are often blind to interactions between channels. Problems which may go unobserved include output sag in channels during full power output tests as well as phase and crosstalk interactions, particularly the combinatorial complexity of all the output channels interacting with each other.

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.

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.

 

I/O OPTIONS:

AG52 Analog Generator (standard, APx582 only)
The AG52 analog generator option generates exceptionally clean square waves with a rise time better than 2 microseconds and has an improved THD+N of -110 dB (typical). The AG52 generates DIM 100, 30, and B square + sine waveforms and maximum output level is increased from to 26.66 Vrms (balanced).

Advanced Digital I/O (option)
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.

Advanced Master Clock (option)
The AMC module handles input and output clock signals to synchronize the APx52x Series with external equipment (or vice versa). This module also enables jitter generation and analysis in APx500 Series analyzers with Advanced Digital (ADIO), Digital Serial (DSIO) or PDM modules installed.

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 Duo (option)
Audio Precision’s next-generation Bluetooth® module, the APx Bluetooth Duo™, delivers a wider selection of A2DP codecs, faster pair and connection times, an increased feature set within APx500 measurement software, and improved RF shielding for use in production test environments. APx Duo supports Bluetooth core specification v4.2, HFP v1.7, HSP v1.2, AVRCP v1.4 and A2DP v1.3. Note: APx Bluetooth Duo requires v4.5 APx500 software (or later) and can only be installed on “Type E” APx chassis (manufactured after August 2012).

Bluetooth Legacy (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 APx58x Series. 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 APx58x Series. 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
5 Hz to 80.1 kHz

Frequency Accuracy
3 ppm

IMD Test Signals
SMPTE, MOD, DFD

Maximum Amplitude (balanced)
14.4 Vrms
21.22 Vrms (APx582)

Amplitude Accuracy
±0.05 dB

Flatness (20 Hz–20 kHz)
±0.008 dB

Residual THD+N (20 kHz BW)
–103 dB + 1.4 µV

Analog Output Configurations
Unbalanced & balanced

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
160 Vpk

Maximum Bandwidth
1 to 16 channels of analog input 90 kHz

IMD Measurement Capability
SMPTE, MOD, DFD

Amplitude Accuracy (1 kHz)
±0.05 dB

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

Residual Input Noise (20 kHz BW)
1.3 µV

Residual THD+N (20 kHz BW)
–103 dB + 1.4 µV

Individual Harmonic Analyzer
d2–d10

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

FEATURES:

Simultaneous Multichannel Audio Analysis
A true multichannel analyzer allows not just faster testing, but also a complete picture of the performance of all of a device’s input and output channels simultaneously.

Today, the majority of A/V receivers, disc players, TVs, PCs and automotive audio devices have more than two channels, from six channels (5.1) in surround sound applications to 16 or more channels in many cars. The conventional solution for testing multiple channels with a two channel analyzer has been to use switchers.

Such an approach has two major problems. First, even when automated, switching between channels is slow. Second, because only one or two channels are being observed at a time, designers and manufacturers are often blind to interactions between channels. Problems which may go unobserved include output sag in channels during full power output tests as well as phase and crosstalk interactions, particularly the combinatorial complexity of all the output channels interacting with each other.

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.

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

I/O OPTIONS:

AG52 Analog Generator (standard, APx582 only)
The AG52 analog generator option generates exceptionally clean square waves with a rise time better than 2 microseconds and has an improved THD+N of -110 dB (typical). The AG52 generates DIM 100, 30, and B square + sine waveforms and maximum output level is increased from to 26.66 Vrms (balanced).

Advanced Digital I/O (option)
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.

Advanced Master Clock (option)
The AMC module handles input and output clock signals to synchronize the APx52x Series with external equipment (or vice versa). This module also enables jitter generation and analysis in APx500 Series analyzers with Advanced Digital (ADIO), Digital Serial (DSIO) or PDM modules installed.

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 Duo (option)
Audio Precision’s next-generation Bluetooth® module, the APx Bluetooth Duo™, delivers a wider selection of A2DP codecs, faster pair and connection times, an increased feature set within APx500 measurement software, and improved RF shielding for use in production test environments. APx Duo supports Bluetooth core specification v4.2, HFP v1.7, HSP v1.2, AVRCP v1.4 and A2DP v1.3. Note: APx Bluetooth Duo requires v4.5 APx500 software (or later) and can only be installed on “Type E” APx chassis (manufactured after August 2012).

Bluetooth Legacy (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 APx58x Series. 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 APx58x Series. 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
5 Hz to 80.1 kHz

Frequency Accuracy
3 ppm

IMD Test Signals
SMPTE, MOD, DFD

Maximum Amplitude (balanced)
14.4 Vrms
21.22 Vrms (APx582)

Amplitude Accuracy
±0.05 dB

Flatness (20 Hz–20 kHz)
±0.008 dB

Residual THD+N (20 kHz BW)
–103 dB + 1.4 µV

Analog Output Configurations
Unbalanced & balanced

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
160 Vpk

Maximum Bandwidth
1 to 16 channels of analog input 90 kHz

IMD Measurement Capability
SMPTE, MOD, DFD

Amplitude Accuracy (1 kHz)
±0.05 dB

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

Residual Input Noise (20 kHz BW)
1.3 µV

Residual THD+N (20 kHz BW)
–103 dB + 1.4 µV

Individual Harmonic Analyzer
d2–d10

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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