Yamaha SB168-ES
EtherSound 16 In x 8 Out Stagebox


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The SB168-ES is a 3U-size stage box that utilizes EtherSound technology to propagate digital sound signals. When connected to popular all-in-one digital consoles like the PM5D, LS9, or M7CL, the SB168-ES offers superb support for live sound. 16 channels of sonically-superb remote analog input - each with its own head amp - combine with 8 channels of analog output to let you chain multiple units in sequence for simultaneous use. The SB168-ES functions as both a conventional EtherSound device and an analog input-output box. Compared to a conventional analog console/analog multicore the SB168-ES is noise resistant, and lets you boost quality by keeping the length of microphone cables as short as possible. Even more, the SB168-ES is easy to set up, so that any time, effort, or money needed for equipment installation are significantly reduced.

Perfect Propagation of Digital Sound
Data transmission generally utilizes CAT5e cable, which offers the ability to carry uncompressed 24-bit / 48 kHz or 44.1 kHz high-quality sound over distances up to approximately 100 meters*. You can even activate the SB168-ES head amp remote function from the mixing console to adjust mic gain levels so that they match specific sound scenes. Coupled with the superior sonic quality of the head amps, this capability presents huge advantages for live performance.
* Depending on the type of cable used.

Using EtherSound for Digital Sound Propagation
The SB168-ES uses the well-known EtherSound technology. Of the digital audio signal transmission protocols currently available, EtherSound is highly regarded for its low latency, high-quality bidirectional multi-channel transmission capabilities, and its use of easily obtainable CAT5e cable. Moreover, EtherSound allows you to combine sound signals with control signals for the SB168-ES head amp remotes, or +48V function.

You can daisy chain connections through MY16-ES64 and MY16-EX mini-YGDAI cards to connect to a Yamaha digital console, which makes setting up easy anywhere – from up on stage to front of house. And since the SB168-ES is capable of operating as a generic EtherSound device, you can also use AuviTran Ltd’s AVS-ESMonitor to control its parameters.

Yamaha Reliability
Up to now, digital signal propagation systems were extremely expensive. The SB168-ES was designed from the outset to be used together with Yamaha digital consoles, making high performance affordable. It also features +48V, signal, and peak indicators for each input terminal, providing an excellent environment for active monitoring.


  • 16-ch in with remote HA, and 8 out
  • +48V, signal, and peak indicators
  • EtherSound audio protocol
  • Simultaneous use of up to 4 units
  • 3U rack size
  • Compatible with ES applicable products (can be used as audio interface toES from analog16 in/8 out) and AVS-ESMonitor software
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