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Monthly Archives: February 2014

  • Watching the Olympics in the US

    Ward-Beck Systems has supplied equipment to Olympic games broadcasters since the summer games in Montreal in 1976. That year a large contingent of audio consoles and intercom systems that would later be integrated in to the CBC network country wide were ordered by the CBC.


    The M1002 a ten channel portable console, for venue production, was designed to specifications issued by CBC's ORTO. Later this console was re-issued as the T1202 with inputs increased to twelve. We dubbed this a transportable console since the weight as described by our US sales person, Bill McFadden, was "heavier than a dead priest" and required two persons to move. Many of these M1002 and T1202 consoles are still doing yeoman's work in music production today.

    2014 and many Olympic games later, watching the Olympic coverage from Sochi on NBC while in Florida, what a different experience for a Canadian. You get a totally different perspective on the games. In Canada we are so used to be able to switch between local and international coverage. NBC, CBC and BBC coverage is readily available on cable and satellite services.

    Regardless, the NBC production is top-notch with great video and crystal clear audio. One can only marvel at extent of technological progress and innovation that our industry has has gone through in a relatively short 38 years.

    Thanks to all the athletes participating, congratulations to all the winners and to Canada's team, "Go Canada Go!"

  • We've been busy at WBS

    2013 saw our move to new premises at 945 Middlefield Road in the Steeles Avenue and Markham Road area of Toronto.

    In 2013, we celebrated 46 years in business and the 20th year of ownership by Colleen and Eugene Johnson, a truly remarkable feat in the history of Canadian broadcast manufacturers.

    We have been busy making improvements to our designs to provide greater versatility and cost savings to our clients. Products where improvements have been made include the IMP Series (AES impedance converter baluns), PODS Series, AMS Audio Monitor Series and Demuxer Series.

    Improvements to PODs

    POD10A ThreeQuarter

    All PODs are going through a migration to SMT designs. This transition allows us to update designs and to control costs. Pricing of POD products remain unchanged. We have added more versatility to AES switching with the replacement of POD10 by POD10A (in both 75 and 110 Ohm versions) which now offers an eight by one or dual four by one switchers in the same package at the same cost. POD12A replaces POD12 offering an eight output AES distribution amplifier or dual four output distribution amplifiers with SRC (sample rate conversion).

    IMP Series


    A slicked up design for the entire product line allows us to drastically reduce the price of the single in-line converters (IMP-1F and IMP-1M). The new design also allows us to increase the panelized versions of the BNC to XLR from 12 circuits in a 1 RU rack mount panel to 16 circuits at the same price! Now available are the following models:

    IMP-1F - providing a single 110 Ohm XLR-F connector to 75 Ohm, BNC connector
    IMP-1M - providing a single 75 Ohm BNC connector to 110 Ohm XLR-M connector
    IMP-16F - providing sixteen 110 Ohm XLR-F connectors to 75 Ohm, BNC connectors in 1RU
    IMP-16M - providing sixteen 75 Ohm, BNC connectors to 110 Ohm XLR-M connectors in 1RU
    IMP-8M8F - providing eight each of XLR-M and XLR-F to BNC connectors in 1RU
    IMP-20 - providing 20 75 Ohm BNC to110 Ohm Phoenix 3-pin pluggable connectors in 1RU
    IMP-20A - providing 20 75 Ohm BNC to110 Ohm Phoenix 3-pin pluggable connectors located on the same panel surface in 2RU

    IMP-8M8F XLR

    All impedance circuits with XLR-F and Phoenix connectors can be factory configured to add a 10 dB loss pad. This is desirable when an AES signal will be distributed using an analog video amplifier.

    DEMUX 4

    A new 3G dual input Demuxer can now be added to all our monitor and metering equipment. DEMUX 4 will also be available in a "throw down" package and as a stand-alone POD. Keep watching for news.

    What else?...

    Come visit us at NAB2014 Booth N1202 to see what else is happening at WBS. MADI monitoring, AVB...hmmm

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