Blackmagic Design Audio Monitor

Audio Monitor

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Product Highlights

  • 2 x Channel AES/EBU Digital Audio Input
  • L/R Balanced & Unbalanced Analog Input
  • 2 x 27-Segment LED VU Meters
  • Front Panel Illuminated Keypad
  • Front Panel 1/4" Headphone Jack
  • Supports SD/HD/Ultra HD @ 10-bit via SDI
  • 16 x Channels Audio Output via SDI Out
  • 2 x Channels Embedded Audio via HDMI Out
  • Available Dolby Decoder Upgrade Card
  • 1RU-Sized Unit with Class A/B Amplifier

The Blackmagic Design Audio Monitor provides 2-channel audio monitoring of AES/EBU digital audio, audio embedded in SDI and analog audio. Designed to provide you with peace of mind, the unit provides high-quality audio monitoring of signals from decks, video servers, and live transmissions. You can use the unit to check audio levels as you work on your project. Up front and big on the unit's front panel are two 27-segment LED VU meters that provide you with a bright, visual representation of the audio levels from -45 to +3 decibels, and two built-in, full-range stereo speakers provide clear audio. Control of the unit is by a front panel illuminated keypad that allows you to select input sources to monitor. A 2.1" LCD screen for viewing input video (up to 4K), and a headphone jack and headphone volume control for when the listening environment is too intrusive 

Supporting video resolutions up to Ultra HD, the audio monitor allows you to monitor the embedded audio as separate stereo pairs, before passing the signal out through either the SDI loop through port with 16-channel embedded audio or the HDMI 4K connector with embedded 2-channel audio. The rugged aluminum case features a card slot for an available Dolby Decoder card, allowing you an easy upgrade path. The 1RU-sized unit comes with a class A/B amplifier for a balance between high fidelity and power efficiency, dual subwoofer design with extra wide range speakers allow you to sit back and hear the audio. Rackmount ears are built-in for use in a post facility or mounting in a production case.

Audio Inputs

The Blackmagic Design Audio Monitor supports audio from a variety of sources, AES/EBU digital audio, balanced and unbalanced analog audio, as well as audio embedded in the SDI stream. You can monitor 2 channels of audio at a time, and even select stereo pairs from the 16 channels in the SDI signal.

Audio Output

SDI loop through supports 16-channel embedded audio, and the unit outputs 2 channels of embedded audio in the HDMI output stream.

Front Panel Control and Features

The 2-channel audio meters are selectable between VU and PPM, and show a range of -45 to +3 dB in 27 steps. The audio level meter brightness is adjustable so the meters are easy to read in either bright or dark environments.
An illuminated keypad on the front panel, allows you to select audio inputs, isolate left and right audio channels, mute, and select audio channels to monitor from within the SDI stream.
The scroll wheel works as a volume control knob.


Two full-range speakers and two subwoofers combine to provide audio that is rich in low frequency and provides sharpness in mid and high ranges.

Video Support

When you are working with SDI video input you can use the Blackmagic Audio Monitor to convert from SDI to HDMI for monitoring with big screen televisions or video projectors. The unit automatically switches between SD, HD, and even Ultra HD 4K. You can monitor in high resolution Ultra HD 4K using the HDMI 4K output with only a single HDMI cable or you can connect a regular HDTV and use the unit's built-in Ultra HD 4K to HD down conversion.
You can also monitor video on the built-in 2.1" LCD panel, which displays video format, audio type, audio channels and volume level.


The Audio Monitor features an internal dedicated Dolby slot so you can add an available Dolby decoder module. The Dolby decoder supports Dolby Digital and AC-3 decoding for 5.1 surround sound monitoring from either the 6G-SDI video input or the AES/EBU audio input

Rackmount Design

The 1RU height of the Audio Monitor makes it ideal for use in either a post production rack system, location production case, or control or mixing room. The built-in rack mount ears make for hassle free mounting into available standard rack systems.
The Audio Monitor features an internal power supply, and runs off of 110-240 V AC at 50/60 Hz.

It’s NAB 2013 time and we have some very exciting products and technology we are announcing today, and I wanted to email you to update you on all the details.

Good quality rack mount audio monitoring has aways been a problem because other solutions are complex to use and don't have the features most people working in video need.

We have designed the Blackmagic Audio Monitor to be attractive but also to include all the features video industry people need. It includes great quality sound with dual subwoofers for a wide frequency response.

To make it the perfect audio monitoring solution for video, it also has SDI inputs, an LCD screen and a HDMI monitoring output built in. The SDI is not just any SDI, but 6G-SDI so it can handle Ultra HD as standard. It switches automatically between SD, HD and Ultra HD and you can select to de-embed audio from any of the SDI audio channels using simple front panel buttons.

The design is all machined metal, and even the speaker grills are machined metal for an amazing look and super tough design. The level meters can be customized to different types of metering and they are a nice large RGB LED based design that looks incredible. We have even designed the volume knob to be contact-less so you don’t get any crackling as the volume control can never wear out!

If you’re monitoring normal audio then we also have that covered with balanced analog input, HiFi analog audio input, and AES/EBU input. The HDMI monitoring output supports Ultra HD televisions, but if you’re running Ultra HD and plug in a normal HD HDMI television, it will even down convert the video to regular HD!

This is an amazing solution for audio monitoring and is fantastic when used with the ATEM Production Studio 4K or with UltraStudio 4K in post production. It looks incredible in a rack and sounds great too!

Blackmagic Audio Monitor will be available in a few weeks


Grant Petty 
Blackmagic Design


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