Audio Precision APx555B Audio Analyzer
A culmination of 30 years experience making test equipment recognized as the standard of the audio industry, the APx555B 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 APx555B is the new standard for audio analyzers.
With a typical residual THD+N of -120 dB and over 1 MHz bandwidth, the APx555B 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
APx555B 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 it with external equipment (or vice versa), and the AMC also enables jitter generation and analysis. AMC is standard and is an option for the APx52xB Series and APx58xB Series Audio Analyzers.
Audio Precision APx555B
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.
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.
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.
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.
APx500 software options provide measurements and functionality beyond the core set of capabilities standard for the APx555B. 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 APx555B. 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.