NAMM 2020 was pretty big for Ethernet audio equipment as RME, Antelope, and AVID made headlines with powerful products. Millennia Music & Media Systems joins the LAN party with the HV-316 rackmount preamp.
A 16 channel unit, the HV-316 is named like a piece of military equipment, which is not coincidence. The unit is made out of military-spec aliminum and features a medical-grade, redundant power supply along with extensive RF shielding to stop potential interference.
The HV-316 uses Millennia’s HV-3 mic preamps and is able to output 32-bit/192kHz audio over Dante. The preamps can operate on a single network, offering up to 384 audio channels. Remote control is available over Gain, Polarity, Pad, Mute, Link, HPF and mic type (ribbon/phantom) for each of the 16 channels. Also supported are unlimited scene recall (via scripts) and virtual scribble strips.
AD/DA is handled by AKM converters while the device’s operating system and audio engine are dealt with by a Linux Beagle processor. It’s a generic plug-and-play unit which allows for easy replacement should it ever fail. All in all, Millennia presents a well thought-out piece of professional audio equipment. Alas, price and availability details are still unknown.