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TC Electronic Clarity X

Clarity X is an ultra-flexible monitor controller, covering channel formats up to 7.1 surround with several advanced meters that allow you to never compromise on clarity.

And most of them have to do with consistency, which is absolutely essential when it comes to delivering great-sounding mixes.

Not just this mix done in this room on these speakers for this format, but every time for any delivery format.

Calibrated Listening
Our ears and brain react differently to various listening levels. Voices live in the mid-range and that has been important throughout evolution. So, at low levels, our brain emphasize the mid-range, while we allow more bass and treble at higher listening levels.

Consequently, if you mix at low levels you would be likely to boost the low and high areas more than you would at a higher listening level.

That is why you should always mix on a calibrated monitoring system: Playback at the same SPL simply ensures that your mixes remain consistent.

The calibration wizard and perfectly adjusted measuring microphone gets you there.

Visual Feedback
You should always mix with your ears first, but having visual meters as well can be a great help.

Clarity X gives you 5 dedicated meters covering loudness/true-peak, center channel balance, SPL, downmix compatibility and dose usage. On the loudness side, you get our brand new LM8 that covers any channel formats up to 7.1 surround.

The best way to check downmix compatibility is to hit the remote and listen to your mix in stereo, but with the Stereo deviation meter you may save some precious time.

In short, let your ears be your pilot, but allow your eyes to be your guide.

Speech Intelligibility
When mixing content with spoken words, it is absolutely crucial that what's being said is clear. Yet this issue is the single most common complaint broadcasters receive today.

Clarity X helps you create mixes with greater intelligibility in many ways, but a key component is the meter showing the
Center Ratio.

We have analyzed dialogs from film, drama and TV shows to determine the ideal loudness balance between the center channel (foreground) in a surround mix and the other channels (background).

If the actors mumble or the recording itself is poor, there is little we can do, but we can help you keep an eye on the general balance which just may be what you need to always keep speech intelligibility at its best.
Features
  • Consistency Between Rooms: Create the same reference level across different mixing studios and editing suites.
  • Consistency Between Sessions: Ensure the same reference level every day of the week.
  • Consistency Between Speaker Sets: Mix at the same reference level when you switch between speaker sets and formats such as stereo and surround.
  • Specifications
    General
    Frame Configuration :
    Clarity X AES3, Analog, Optical and MADI Ready.With 5.1/7.1 remote control and 3600A Reference Microphone

    Front Indicators/Control :
    Status LED: Runnnig, Net, Remote and Sync. IP address reset button.

    Finish :
    Black anodized aluminum face plate. Plated steel chassis

    Dimensions : 19 x 1.75 x 13.2 inches (483 x 44 x 334 mm), 1 RU

    Weight : 9.0 lbs. (4.7 kg)

    Mains Voltage : 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz auto-select

    Fan : High quality fan

    Power Consumption : 20 W typ

    EMC :
    Complies with :
    EN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2, FCC part 15 class B, CISPR 22 class B

    Safety :
    Certified to :
    IEC 60065, EN 60065, UL 6500 and CSA E65

    Environment :
    Operating Temperature : 32° F to 122° F (0° C to 50° C)
    Storage Temperature : -22° F to 167° F (-30° C to 70° C)
    Humidity : Max. 90 % non-condensing

    Control interface :
    Ethernet and TC Icon Remote Control : 2 ports, RJ45, 10/100 Mbits/s, Base-T, SNMP-enabled
    Clarity X 5.1/7.1 Remote Control : RJ45 connector

    Clarity X 5.1/7.1 Remote Control :
    Controls : 12 buttons with LEDs, 1 "Valid" LED, 1 high-end potentiometer

    Finish : Black anodized aluminum face plate. Glass blasted anodized chassis

    Dimensions : 4.8 x 3.0 x 1.9 inches (122 x 77 x 48 mm)

    Weight : 0.7 lbs. (0.3 kg)

    Max cable length : 100 m

    General Processing (some features depend on licenses installed and sample rate):
    Number of Meters :
    2 x LM8 Loudness Radar Meters, 2 x True-peak Meters, SPL Meter, Dose Meter, Stereo
    Deviation Meter, Center Ratio Meter

    Input Audio Format : 2.0, 5.1, 7.1

    Output Speakerset Configuration 44.1-48 : 7 ch Surround + 0 or 1 Subs (software license required), 5 ch Surround + 0 or 1 Sub, Stereo + 0 to 2 Subs
    Output Speakerset Configuration 44.1-96 : 5 ch Surround + 0 to 2 Subs, Stereo + 0 Subs, Stereo + 0 Subs

    Number of Audio Channels Processed : 8 in, 8 out

    Audio Processing Delay : 100 samples, 2.08 ms @ 48 kHz (digital in to digital out)
    Adjustable On-line Delay : 0 - 1000 msec. Unit: ms, frames 24, 25, 30, 50, 50. Resolution: 1 ms or 0.1 frames
    Adjustable Per-Speaker Delay : 0 - 100 msec. Resolution: 10 usec
    Speaker Calibration Standard : EBU R128, SMPTE RP200, ATSC A85
    Total Speaker Calibration Precision : +/- 0.5 dB
    Inter-speaker-channel Calibration Precision : +/- 0.05 dB
    SPL measurement : 48 to 130 dB(A) SPL
    Frequency Response DIO : DC to 23.9 kHz +/- 0.01 dB
    Audio Processing Resolution : 40 bit precision, bit transparent
    Internal Sample Rates : 44.1, 48 kHz & 96 kHz
    Internal Clock Precision : +/- 30 PPM
    External Sample Rates : Same as internal +/-1.5 %
    Interface Function : Synchronous, bit transparent
    Digital IO Engine : TC developed DICE™ core
    Jitter Rejection Engine : Upgraded JET™ technology. Based on System 6000
    Jitter Tolerance (input) : > AES3-2009 (master and slave input)
    Jitter Rejection Low-Pass Filter : < -3 dB @ 10 Hz, < -100 dB @ 600 Hz, 4th order
    Jitter Gain (in-to-out) : < 1 dB
    Output Jitter (@ clean source) : < 1 ns peak, BW : 700 Hz to 100 kHz

    AES Input / Output :
    Connectors : D-SUB-25 incl. cable for XLR, 110 Ohm, Yamaha pinout, M2.6mm thread
    Number of Channels : 16 in, 16 out (for AES channel 9-16, a software license is required)
    Formats Supported : AES/EBU (24 bit), AES3
    Status Bits : In: Accepts all, Out: Pro-status bits
    Complies with Standards : AES3-2009
    Digital Output Phase : < 0.5 % of sample period
    Input Variation Before Sample Slip : ±49.9 % of sample period
    Input Signal Tolerance : 0.2 to 7 Vpp
    Output Signal Level : 3.3 Vpp ±20 %, terminated

    TOS Input :
    Format : AES/EBU (24 bit), S/PDIF (24 bit), EIAJ CP-340, IEC 60958
    Type : Optical (Tos-link)
    Number of Channels : 2
    Input Variation Before Sample Slip : ±49.9 % of sample period

    Analog Output :
    Connectors : D-SUB-25, Yamaha/Tascam pinout, M2.6mm thread
    Number of Channels : 8 out
    Format : Ground sensing design
    Ouput Impedance : 20 Ohm
    Full Scale Output Level @ 0 dBFS : +12 dBu max, with analog -18 dB DIM
    Dynamic Range : > 121 dB (incl. -18 dB DIM), unweighted, BW 20-20kHz
    THD+N : < -99 dB @ 1 kHz, -3 dBFS (@ +12dBu), < -96 dB @ 1 kHz, -3 dBFS (@ -18 dB DIM)
    Freq Responce : 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0/-0.2 dB
    Crosstalk : < -102 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    D to A Conversion : 24 bit, 128 x Oversampling Bitstream
    D to A Delay : 21 samples, 0.44 ms @ 48 kHz

    Headphones Output :
    Connectors : 1/4" Phone Jack (stereo)
    Format : High drive, Impedance Compensating, Short circuit protected
    Output Impedance : 3.4 Ohm
    Headphones Impedance : 8 to 600 Ohm
    Full Scale Output Level @ 0 dBFS : +21.5, +17.5, +12.5, +6.5 dBu (different headphones impedance settings)
    THD+N : < -93 dB @ 1 kHz, -3 dBFS, 275 Ohm load (">275 Ohm" headphones impedance setting)
    < -86 dB @ 1 kHz, -3 dBFS, 50 Ohm load ("50 to 300 Ohm" headphones impedance setting)
    < -86 dB @ 1 kHz, -3 dBFS, 25 Ohm load ("25 to 100 Ohm" headphones impedance setting)
    < -75 dB @ 1 kHz, -3 dBFS, 8 Ohm load ("8 to 50 Ohm" headphones impedance setting)
    Dynamic Range : > 109 dB, unweighted, BW 20 to 20kHz (all headphones impedance settings)
    Freq. Response : +0/-0.2 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Crosstalk : < -102 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Power : 112 mW @ 600 Ohm load (">275 Ohm" headphones impedance setting)
    263 mW @ 32 Ohm load ("25 to 100 Ohm" headphones impedance setting)
    D to A Conversion : 24 bit, 128 x Oversampling Bitstream
    D to A Delay : 21 samples, 0.44 ms @ 48 kHz

    Aux Input :
    Connectors : 1/8" Phone Jack (unbalanced, stereo)
    Input Impedance : 500 Ohm
    Full Scale Input Level @ 0 dBFS : +5 dBu
    THD+N : < -98 dB @ 1 kHz, -3 dBFS
    Dynamic Range : > 105 dB, unweighted, BW 20 to 20kHz
    Freq. Response : +0/-0.1 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Crosstalk : < -75 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    A to D Conversion : 24 bit, 128 x Oversampling Bitstream
    A to D Delay : 29 samples, 0.60 ms @ 48 kHz

    Calibrated Microphone (Included) and Microphone Input :
    Model Number : TC Electronic, 3600A Reference Microphone. Microphone holder included (5/8" and 3/8")
    Characteristic : Omni, Random Incident optimized in DSP

    System Complies with Standard
    : IEC 61672 (where applicable)

    Cable length:
    : 100 m

    MADI Ready (MADI operation requires software license) :
    Connectors : 1 BNC In, 1 BNC Through. 75 Ohm
    Function : Audio input and MADI through
    Number of channels : 28, 32, 56, 64 in
    Samples Rates : 44.1, 48 kHz, 96 kHz, no varispeed supported, 96 kHz legacy mode not supported
    Complies with Standards : AES10-2008 r2014
    Digital Output Phase : < 0.5 % of sample period
    Input Variation Before Sample Slip : ± 25 % of sample period
    Input Signal Tolerance : Complies to AES10-2008 r2014
    Output Signal Level : Complies to AES10-2008 r2014
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