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SCMS Customer Assessment - BW Broadcast DSPX-AM
KSRM radio group delivers programming on five radio stations serving the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska since 1967.
Located 140 road miles south of Anchorage, KSRM sits between Kenai and Soldotna Alaska and covers an audience of around 40,000 people. Their flagship station, KSRM 920AM has been broadcasting news/talk format for over forty years. It is particularly popular during the morning drive when it pulls in its largest listening figures.
Paul Jewusiak, chief engineer for KSRM, explains how the group retains its listeners. A great sounding radio station will keep listeners coming back. If audio is fatiguing people won’t like what they hear. This often is due to the loudness war. You try to be louder than the competitor, but quality suffers when you push the processor past its limits in the quest for loudness. You could have superior content, but if the audio quality is poor, people will turn off!
In Alaska, we have the disadvantage of being a sparsely populated state. So, KSRM did not want to spend $7,000 on an AM audio processor. As I searched for a lower cost solution, Doug Tharp with SCMS recommended I try the BW Broadcast DSPX-AM. At $2,395.00 the price was right. However, I wasn’t sure about the quality. So, SCMS provided a 30 day try-before-buy. I had 30 days to either return it for full credit or send in our payment for the processor. I decided to give it a try.
I found the DSPX-AM easy to set-up. It was clear that BW Broadcast had spent lots of time building the factory presets. In fact, I ended up choosing a Rock preset to get the desired high energy sound. With built-in sine and square wave generator set-up was fast. I tweaked the sound a little and was impressed with the difference. I then decided to go to the car and give it a listen. With the remote control software I could make changes from the parking lot. It didn’t take long for staff to take notice. The GM was pleased with the sound. The DSPX-AM produces a clean crisp and punchy sound that stands out.
I found the DSPX-AM has a feature set formidable to any processor, at any price. DSPX-AM offers four band limiting and four band window gated AGC processor. The tri-band look-ahead path allows the simultaneous full 20kHz digital radio processing. Of course, we use the asymmetrical clipping to optimize the sound for voice. Add this to
the Tilt Equalization and we have a bright and energized sound unmatched in this market. It has a real time clock for preset scheduling. The DSPX-AM offers dual processing paths if we ever decide to do HD.
We sent our payment to SCMS. We are very pleased with the sound we’ve achieved and the minimal work required to-do so. I’d highly recommend the DSPX-AM to anyone looking in any size market. I’ve used processors that cost much more and have not been able to get these results. I can’t wait to try the BW Broadcast DSPX-FM on my next project.’ The DSPX-AM has a long feature list and is available from SCMS for only $2,175.00.
YOU KNOW WE KNOW RADIO
- Analog and Digital (AES/EBU) Inputs
- High pass filtering
- Adjustable low pass filtering (4 kHz – 10 kHz)
- Adjustable high frequency equalization
- Wideband window-gated AGC
- Linear phase crossover
- 4-Band window-gated AGC
- 4-Band limiting
- Anti-aliased distortion-controlled clipping
- Adjustable clipping asymmetry up to 150% positive
- Transmitter tilt equalization
- Tri-band look-ahead path for simultaneous full 20 kHz digital radio processing
- Built-in sine/square tone generator
- RS232 and TCP/IP Net Interfaces for Remote Control
- Real Time Clock for Preset Scheduling
- Preset Trigger Port
- Full Range of User Presets with A/B Switching
- Security (password) Control
- Software ‘FLASH’ Upgradable