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Starlight is a digital stereo encoder for broadcast applications that has been designed using highly innovative technology.

The result is the most advanced that a stereo broadcasting system can offer, with an exceptional array of features.

Besides guaranteeing excellent stereo separation between channels, AEV’s Digital Stereo Encoder ensures a transparency of sound never before reached, whilst maintaining exceptional stability.
Starlight can be installed instantly and can be matched perfectly to any transmission system without calibration.

It employs a digital modulator at a sampling rate of 32x that generates frequencies at 19 and 38 KHz for respectively the pilot and subcarrier. The employment of a great quantity of “samples” offers a better spectrum clarity and mantains the MPX signal constant. The stereo separation levels are constantly over 65 dB.

In order to limit the overshoots, Stargate uses “DSP-Filtering” system composed with a couple of digital low-pass filters, an exclusive AEV “hybrid”, that allows not only a phase linear design, but also dynamically flat responses together with 115 dB/oct slope.
The qualities of this system grant perfect spectrum clarity up to 15 KHz.
At the modulator output another “Safety Clipping” stage removes the remaining overshoots produced by the filters.

-Digital generation of 19 Khz pilot
-Very high pilot stability
-Maximum stereo separation
– Audio distortion non-quantifiable
-Electronically balanced audio inputs
-SCA and RDS signal inputs
-Selectable preemphasis 50 – 75 m S
-19 Khz pilot synchronization


Analog audio input configuration: Electronically balanced Left & Right

Input level: -10 ÷ +10 dBu

Input Impedance: > 10 KΩ or 600 Ω dip switch selectable

Common mode reject: Greater than 50 dB (30 Hz ÷ 15 KHz)

Connectors: XLR Female, EMI suppressed


MPX Output configuration: 1 output with level control

Composite output level: 0 ÷ +12 dBu

Output Impedance: 50 Ω

Connector: BNC grounded to chassis

Pilot Frequency: 19 KHz ± 0.001% Max over temp.

Pilot injection: 4 ÷ 12 % adjustable internally

Frequency Response: (± 0.1 dB) 30 Hz ÷ 15 KHz

Stereo Separation: Greater than 64 dB 30 Hz ÷15 KHz (78 dB to 1 KHz)

Crosstalk Sub to Main: Greater than 40 dB 30 Hz ÷15 KHz (64 dB to 1 KHz)

Distortion to 1 KHz: Less than 0.005 %

Signal to noise ratio: Greater than 96 dB DIN audio.

38 KHz Subcarrier Suppression: Greater than 80 dB

76 KHz and sideband Suppression: Greater than 90 dB

Preemphasis: 50-75 μSec dip switch selectable

Pilot tone Sync IN/OUT: dip switch selectable

Connector: BNC grounded to chassis

Pilot Reference Output: 1 Vpp square wave

Impedance: 600 Ω

Pilot Reference Input: 1 Vpp sin. wave

Impedance: 10 KΩ

SCA Input: -14 ÷ +6 dBu for 10% modulation of main carrier.

SCA input Impedance: 10 KΩ

Power requirement: 87 ÷ 265 VAC 50 ÷ 60 Hz

Consumption: 8 VA

Dimension (WxHxD): 48.3 x 24 x 4.4 cm 1 rack unit

Weight: 2,5 Kg. (5.5 Lbs)

Operating Temp.: 0 ÷ 50° C

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