[NAMM] Focusrite VRM Box
Focusrite's latest innovation is VRM Box, a headphone monitoring system featuring the VRM (Virtual Reference Monitoring) technology.
VRM Box functions as a 24-bit/48kHz USB audio playback interface. There's no need for a power supply or batteries, because it gets the power it needs from your computer's USB port. VRM Box also features a digital (S/PDIF) input, which supports sample rates up to 192kHz. This allows you to run it in conjunction with your Pro Tools HD system, or any other interface with an S/PDIF output.
With VRM Box, you can mix anywhere, using monitoring headphones. The accompanying software lets you choose your mixing environment and the virtual speakers you wish to monitor on, then processes the audio before feeding it to the hardware. Built into VRM technology are models of a variety of studio monitors, including the Genelec 1031A, KRK's VXT8, the Auratone 5C and the Yamaha NS10M. There are also models of speakers found in domestic environments, so you can check your mixes on a variety of virtual systems. VRM processing can be bypassed; an LED on the hardware illuminates when it's active.
VRM Box has a dynamic range of 108dB. A volume dial gives you control over the output level.
Operational note: In order for VRM processing to operate, a USB connection to a computer running the included VRM Box software is permanently required, even when using the S/PDIF input.
Pricing & Availability
VRM Box will be shipping worldwide in February 2011, priced:
- USA: $124.99 MSRP / $99.99 at dealers
- UK: £79.99 inc. VAT typical street price
- DE: €111.00 inc. Tax UVP (MSRP)
For more, visit Focusrite.