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Allen & Heath AB168 Portable AudioRack

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AB168 Portable AudioRack

AB168 is a portable AudioRack, providing 16 XLR inputs and 8 XLR outputs when connected to a GLD-80 or GLD-112 mixer, or to an AR2412 AudioRack.

Featuring 16 mic preamps with Phantom Power indicators and 8 XLR line outs, AB168 runs on Allen & Heath’s proprietary dSNAKE protocol.

The AB168 unit connects over a single Cat5 cable to the GLD mixer or to an AR2412 AudioRack via a secure dSNAKE EtherCon port. A second EtherCon port is provided for daisy-chaining to another AB168 box or connection of a ME personal mixing system. AB168 auto updates its firmware to synchronise with the GLD system.

The rack’s rugged design, including rubber bumpers, renders it highly roadworthy and allows it to be placed on the stage floor during performances. Weighing in at just 4.8kg and featuring a sturdy carry handle, AB168 is also designed for maximum convenience and portability. An optional rack mounting kit is also available.


  • 16 Mic Preamps on XLR
  • Phantom Power LED per Input
  • 8 XLR Line Outs
  • dSNAKE Connection with locking Ethercon port
  • Additional locking Ethercon port for daisy chaining / ME personal mixing system
  • Rubber bumpers
  • Carry handle
  • Optional rack mount kit available

System Specifications


XLR Mic/Line Inputs Balanced

Mic/Line Preamp Fully recallable

Input Sensitivity -60 to +15dBu

Analogue Gain +5 to +60dB, 1dB steps

Pad -20dB

Maximum Input Level +32dBu

Input Impedance  >4kΩ (Pad out), >10kΩ (Pad in)

Mic/Line Channel noise  20-20kHz, Direct Out @ unbalanced out

Mic EIN -127dB with 150Ω  source

Unity gain (Pad in) -90dBu

Low gain (5dB, Pad out)  -93dBu

Mid gain (30dB, Pad out)  -89dBu

Mic/Line Channel THD+N   20-20kHz, Direct Out @ unbalanced out

Unity gain (Pad in) 0.005%  -86dBu @ 1kHz, 0dBu output

Low gain (5dB, Pad out)  0.003%  -89dBu @ 1kHz, 0dBu output

Mid gain (30dB, Pad out)  0.004%  -88dBu @ 1kHz, 0dBu output



XLR Outputs Balanced, Relay protected

Output Impedance <75Ω

Nominal Output  +4dBu = 0dB meter reading

Maximum Output Level  +22dBu

Residual Output Noise  -91dBu (muted, 20-20kHz)


Operating Temperature 0 deg C to 35 deg C (32 deg F to 95 deg F)


Mains Power 100-240V, 50/60 Hz, 20W max









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Launching at Infocomm - Las Vegas - 18-20 June, 2014 For more info see: AB168 is a portable remote AudioRack, designed for use with the Allen & Heath Qu series digital mixers, and with the GLD digital mixing system. Featuring 16 pristine mic preamps with Phantom Power indicators and 8 XLR line outs, AB168 runs on Allen & Heath's proprietary dSNAKE protocol. Adding an AB168 to a Qu or GLD system allows the inputs and outputs to be positioned up to 120m from the mixer over a single Cat5 cable. AB168s can be daisy chained for larger systems, and mixed and matched with the other AudioRacks in the range to create the perfect setup for any event. With its sturdy construction and rubber bumpers, AB168 is made for life on the stage. The AB weighs in at less than 5 kilos and features a sturdy carry handle, making it a convenient, super portable option for live sound and installation.

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