Cranborne Audio N22 Cat 5 Snake and C.A.S.T. Breakout Box
Our Solution For Tidy, Low-Cost Audio Distribution
N22 is a standalone 4 channel Cat 5 snake and advanced audio distribution system using C.A.S.T.
Put simply, N22 replaces 4 balanced XLR cables with 1 shielded Cat 5e, Cat 6, and Cat 7 cable over distances of up to 100m.
Featuring our C.A.S.T. system, N22 distributes audio around studios or stages by repurposing the internal copper wires of shielded Cat 5e, Cat 6, and Cat 7 cable to transport balanced analogue audio to and from other C.A.S.T. enabled products – such as another N22.
Less Cable Clutter
Using a shielded Cat 5e, Cat 6, and Cat 7 cable instead of 4 XLRs allows you to not only reduce cable spaghetti in your studio but also distribute audio around studios or stages using affordable, readily available network cabling whilst achieving the highest sonic results due to their strict design standards.
Perhaps best of all, N22 is completely passive and requires no external power in order to transport audio at the highest quality level over the longest distances.
Each C.A.S.T. connection on a Cranborne Audio product features unique optimisation to ensure that the maximum signal integrity is transmitted over shielded Cat 5, Cat 6, and Cat 7 cables for distances of up to 100m(330ft) without high-end roll-off and with very low-crosstalk.
Connect N22 (or N22H) into 500R8/500ADAT’s C.A.S.T. Input connectors and then mic/line sources connected to N22’s inputs are sent directly to the interface’s inputs ready for recording via C.A.S.T. Meanwhile, a stereo monitor mix generated by 500R8/500ADAT is carried down the same C.A.S.T. connection and directly into N22’s dual ¼” jack and XLR line outputs.
Standalone Cat5 Snake
Replace cumbersome and expensive analogue multicore systems by using two N22’s to send and receive balanced analogue audio between two locations. Connect N22 to your current audio interface and distribute audio into the vocal booth, into the live room, or temporarily into the hallway using a single shielded Cat 5e, Cat 6, or Cat 7 cable cable.
Our C.A.S.T. system is fully-able to transfer 48v, phantom power from a preamp to N22/N22H to power condenser microphones and DI boxes. Cat 5e, Cat 6, and Cat 7 cables are designed to transfer much higher voltages and current than 48v, so one C.A.S.T. cable can easily transfer up to 4 separate phantom power lines in your studio or live space.
Phantom Power With 3rd Party Preamp or Audio Interface
If you’re using an audio interface or 3rd party preamp, simply connect one N22 to your preamp’s inputs, the other N22 to your microphone, and engage 48v on your preamp! Now you can effortless power and record your sources through a single C.A.S.T. connection!
Phantom Power With 500R8, 500ADAT, Camden EC2
If you’re using a 500R8, 500ADAT, or Camden EC2, simply connect the C.A.S.T. inputs of the device to the C.A.S.T. output of N22, engage 48v on your preamps, and you’re ready to record!
N22’s bigger brother, N22H features all of the same C.A.S.T. facilities as N22 but with the addition of aa reference-quality, reference-grade headphone amplifier strapped across its outputs. Utilising a design based off of our flagship 500R8, N22H’s headphone amplifier is a crucial tool for musicians during tracking, or engineers during mixing/mastering to drive their headphones with plenty of clean power.
Connect N22 and N22H together and now you can use the C.A.S.T. system to deploy headphone amplification where it is needed in your studio – right beside the musician.
With a flat Frequency Response from 0.8Hz to above 250kHz and ultra-low distortion (0.0009% THD+N, 100 kOhm load), N22H can power headphones with clean, transparent power during critical listening, mixing, and mastering. There’s also enough power (up to 950mW per-ear) to drive headphones at high-volumes during tracking – perfect for loud drummers!
N22H can also be powered using the included 9V DC power supply or a 9v battery for up to 10 hours of headphone amplification when power isn’t available nearby.
More C.A.S.T. Possibilities
Any Cranborne Audio product that features C.A.S.T. connectors can be used in part of a great system. Connect our Camden EC2’s C.A.S.T. OUT port to an N22 or N22H and you can send Camden EC2’s preamps directly to the interface’s inputs ready for further processing and recording – allowing you to position Camden EC2 in the live room whilst recording its preamp output in the control room using the N22’s outputs.
You can also connect Camden EC2’s C.A.S.T. IN port to another N22 or N22H – allowing you to easily relocate Camden EC2’s preamp inputs to a remote location such as a vocal booth, live room, hallway, or reverb chamber using shielded Cat 5e, Cat 6, and Cat 7 cable as cheap, high-quality, analogue multicore.