IP Audio Streaming and Relocation Server/Client

The Revenstar RC-1 is the simplest and most cost effective turn key solution for transporting audio streams from one place to another over IP/ethernet links. This small device consumes less than 50 watts and employs only two small, low velocity fans for near-silent operation allowing it to be placed anywhere, even in the studio. Both a desktop and 1U rackmount chassis are available.


Because the settings are all software based, the RC-1 can be pre-configured to suit a variety of needs, such as an all digital studio-to-transmitter link over fiber, leased lines, or an 802.11 microwave point-to-point connection, relocation of program sources such as in-store music over the public internet or a corporate intranet, or multicast distribution to multiple endpoints. The configuration can be changed at any time by editing a configuration file stored on an ordinary USB flash drive.

Reliability and Security

The RC-1 boots from a solid state drive for enhanced reliability. It requires no maintenance, DHCP server, or connection to the public internet for plug and play operation. An RC-1 client placed on the same layer 2 network as an RC-1 sever will automatically associate to the server and begin streaming. As configured, the client and server only listen to designated IP addresses and ports, for added security all other addresses and ports are firewalled. Troublesome software upgrades are not required, although the software can be upgraded to take advantage of new and better encoding and streaming protocols. End-to-end encryption is available by running the connection from server to client through an encrypted tunnel, a feature available on nearly all routers.


  • OS: FreeBSD
  • CPU: AMD A10-4655
  • RAM: 2 GB Hynix DDR3-1333
  • Creative Sound Blaster x-Fi Sound Processor
  • Digital Audio I/O Formats: 16/24 bit, 44.1k/48k/192k linear PCM
  • Digital I/O: Optical S/PDIF (Toslink), Coaxial S/PDIF (optional, +$29), AES/EBU (optional, +$39)
  • Analog I/O: Line-level (1v pk-pk) 3.5mm L/R Stereo Jack and L/R Stereo Gold-plated RCA
  • Transport: RTSP (Real-time Streaming Protocol)
  • Transcoding: MPEG I layer 2/3 128-320kb/S, Xiph lossless 640kb/S, PCM 1440kb/S, 1511kb/S
  • End-to-end Latency: Less than 4 seconds


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