BRIC-Link II

High-performance, low-cost, point-to-point IP audio codec.

Product Overview

The Little Black Box That Works

The BRIC-Link II is a low-cost, high-performance solution for audio-to-IP conversion. Like its predecessor, the BRIC-Link, BRIC-Link II provides an elegant way of moving linear or compressed audio with very low delay. BRIC-Link II is simple to use, and can be deployed over a wide range of IP links. While it carries an entry level cost, BRIC-Link II maintains superb audio specifications and hardware reliability, making the system perfect for STLs and other mission critical applications.

“There are so many things to do in a show, there’s just certain equipment you don’t want to think about. You want to know your microphone works, you want to know your mixer is working, and you want to know your codec is reliable. The BRIC-Link runs so smoothly, I haven’t thought about it in a year until yesterday when I remembered I was supposed to speak to you.”
Brent Seltzer, The Brent & Meg Show, Genesis Communications

Features

  • Works on variety of data networks: T1/E1, ISM Band IP Radios, Satellite, WANs and LANs, public Internet connections
  • Low delay – less than 25mS in linear modes, less than 30mS in FLAC modes
  • Codecs – Stereo and mono linear mode, FLAC modes, AAC/HE-AAC modes, Opus, G.722 and G.711
  • Web-based user interface
  • Small size – 2 BRIC-Link IIs occupy 1U of rack space
  • Streaming server capabilities

Transmission Modes and Delay

BRIC-Link II is a true codec, offering a full-duplex stereo encoder and decoder in each box. The BRIC technology incorporated includes a jitter buffer manager that automatically balances delay and stability, dynamically increasing and decreasing delay based on network performance. End to end coding delay in linear modes is less than 25mS and FLAC modes are less than 30mS.

CrossLock

CrossLock technology employed by BRIC-Link II enables you to use multiple networks at once. By sending two identical streams through two separate networks, CrossLock provides a fail-safe in the event that the primary network falters. With seamless transition between the two audio paths, listeners will be none-the-wiser if one of your networks completely fails. With additional tools, such as forward error correction (FEC) and dynamic jitter buffer, CrossLock gives you confidence.

Audio Coding

For users concerned about delay and coding artifacts, BRIC-Link II offers a robust stereo or mono linear mode that does not compress audio. BRIC-Link II is also the only real-time audio codec to offer FLAC lossless compression. Additionally, BRIC-Link II offers AAC/HE-AAC modes as standard, along with Opus, and VoIP standards G.722 and G.711.

User Interface

BRIC-Link II acts as a web interface, allowing the user to access all controls through an intuitive web interface. The page displays connection status, extensive network diagnostics, and audio level meters for remote monitoring. From any location, users are able to configure profiles for various connections with point-and-click connection commands.

Streaming Server Mode

BRIC-Link II can function as a streaming server, delivering multiple streams to computer based media players that support HE-AAC – up to 40 streams over a T1 Internet connection at once. BRIC-Link II also offers the ability to act as a source feed for both SHOUTcast and Icecast servers – with a single BRIC-Link II, you can expand your radio presence to the Internet without the need for a dedicated PC.

App Compatibility

Both BRIC-Link II and BRIC-Link are compatible with smartphone applications, including Linphone and Luci Live. Connect to your codec from your smartphone quickly and easily for easy drop-ins and spontaneous remotes.

Codec Commander

Codec Commander is a Microsoft Windows™ application you can use to control your audio codec. You can manage your connections, check statistics, view audio metering, adjust audio profiles or change system settings. Click here to learn more.

Accessories

BRIC-Link II Rack Kit

Mount a single or two side-by-side BRIC-Link IIs in your 19″ rack.

*BRIC-Link II Rack Kit includes: Rack shelf, customized front panel and mounting screws.

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Switchboard TS License

Enables use of Switchboard Traversal Server for BRIC-Link and BRIC-Link II

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Specifications

  • Audio Connections: Balanced stereo XLR line-level audio input (0dBu), balanced stereo XLR line-level audio output (0dBu), AES3 XLR Digital audio input (through left XLR input when switched), AES3 XLR Digital audio output (through left XLR output when switched), Headphone jack
  • Other Connections: Ethernet port (1000baseT), Contact closures (9-pin mini DIN), Serial port (8-pin mini DIN), Power (4 pin connector for external 24VDC supply)
  • Audio Levels: Balanced audio input level: 0 dBu; Balanced audio output level: 0 dBu; Full scale is 20 dB above nominal
  • L& R tri color LEDs display audio level
  • Power and Physical: External supply (24VDC 20 Watts); Size (8.5” W x 6.25” D x 1.75” H; 21.59 cm W x 15.88 cm H x 4.45 cm H); Weight (2.16 lbs; 0.98 kg)
  • USB port (When used with a USB to Ethernet adapter, allows for connection of a second network.  Comrex recommends the Linksys USB3GIGV1 adapter)
  • Card slot (for future use)

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Parts

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Serial Cable

$25

DB9F to mini-DIN 8M.

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Contact Closure Cable

$25

DB9M to mini-DIN 9M.

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Power Cord (EAC Socket)

$8
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BRIC-Link/BRIC-Link II Power Supply

$75

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