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Re: Research: Axia iQ system
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Subject: Re: Research: Axia iQ system
From: Tom Van Gorkom <tomvangorkom@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2017 09:10:14 -0600
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I fairly sure from what I've seen that they have one small circuit board (maybe 3x6inch) and a few wires running to the switches and faders. They are very much like a computer keyboard.That's why they are called a "control surface". They have one power supply connection and one network cable.

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On Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 9:03 AM, Willie Barnett <wbradiolists@gmail.com> wrote:
I can't go into detail, but suffice to say, the main thing that will be wearing out is the main mic switch, because it's in use 24/7/365. :)

As long as those SWITCHES are replaceable, the rest is not much of a concern... because yes, I know that without special tools, it is impossible to repair those boards with numerous IC's having tiny-spaced pins. ;) (Which I'm SURE these units have in abundance!) There is also the fact that when well-made, those kinds of systems last for many years. I suspect that Axia's build quality is top-notch. :)

One step at a time. :)


On Fri, Nov 3, 2017 at 8:39 PM, Ron Huckeby <huckebyrj@gmail.com> wrote:

The Axia line has a 4 or 5 year warranty. We sent some of the 4 year old IQ surfaces at one of my client's facilities in for refurbishing recently. They came back with new switches and OLEDs. 

If you are going to have 1 IQ, you should have 2 so that you can hot swap the whole surface. They run off of the studio core which is the IP/audio interface box. 

Because much of AoIP is a "works/doesn't work" scenario, the client I am currently help with a 5 studio Axia/Wide Orbit move/build has 1 spare everything on the shelf. 

Stay with analog if you want component level repairs. You won't find much of that in AoIP. 

Back to soldering microphone cables. One of the very few analog devices in the building. 

Happy Friday, 

Ron Huckeby, CBRE
Broadcast Engineer
Butte, MT
406.491.4998 Voice & text

On Nov 3, 2017 9:22 AM, "Willie Barnett" <wbradiolists@gmail.com> wrote:
To the Braintrust:

Does anyone here have direct experience with the Axia iQ system? I'm curious about some aspects of it, like repair-ability.

Specifically, how easily can the channel ON/OFF switches be replaced? (I know that they are physical switches, which is why I'm asking about it.)

I would assume that it CAN be worked on while on-air?

That's it for now. :)


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