Z/IPStream X/20 and R/20 announced as successors to popular X/2 and R/2 products

Cleveland, Ohio (September 13, 2023) – Telos Alliance®, trusted global leader in broadcast audio for more than three decades, has announced Z/IPStream® X/20 and R/20 as their next generation of stream encoders and processors.

Z/IPStream X/20 is an all-in-one streaming audio software encoding and processing platform for Windows PCs and servers, while R/20 is a dedicated 1RU encoding and processing hardware appliance with AES/EBU, Livewire, and AES67 I/O.

As the successors to the highly regarded X/2 software and R/2 hardware products, X/20 and R/20 retain all of the same high-quality codecs and versatile encoding features as their predecessors, including Adaptive Streaming in support of Apple HLS and Microsoft Smooth Streaming formats, but set the stage for the introduction of new features and processing options to help users create their very best content, now and for years to come.

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Among these is Omnia® Forza, which makes its debut in a Z/IPStream product as a mid-tier processing upgrade between the standard Omnia 3-band offering and the flagship Omnia.9 option. Also available are Nielsen and Kantar watermark encoding for audience measurement.

Both Z/IPStream X/20 and R/20 can also be ordered with Déjà Vu, the surround sound upmixer from Omnia founder Frank Foti, which transforms stereo content into a rich, enveloping multi-channel experience. Déjà Vu uses the MPEG-Surround format, which is easily decoded by a wide variety of streaming players and is fully compatible with stereo playback systems.

“As the audience for streaming audio continues to grow, broadcasters are relying upon tools like our Z/IPStream platform to process, watermark, and encode audio more than ever,” said Geoff Steadman, Omnia Product Manager. “Z/IPStream X/20 and R/20 provide us with the ability to offer more features, options, and processing choices, now and in the future, all with the goal of helping our customers create their best possible content.”

Z/IPStream X/20 and R/20 will be available in mid-October, 2023. Current Z/IPStream X/2 and R/2 customers wishing to take advantage of these new options and any future enhancements or updates will need to upgrade their existing products to X/20 and R/20, which they can do at no charge through October 31, 2024, by contacting their Telos Alliance representative.


About Telos Alliance

Telos Alliance®, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, USA is a global leader in broadcast audio, delivering innovative and intuitive solutions that help inspire, excite and engage professionals and listeners alike. Broadcasters trust our well-known brands: Telos® Systems, Omnia® Audio, Axia® Audio, Linear Acoustic®, 25-Seven® Systems and Minnetonka Audio®; Telos Alliance is also the exclusive global distributor of Jünger Audio™ products. And because broadcasting happens around the clock, we offer 24/7 global technical support to help ensure our clients’ success.