HelixNet Partyline
N E T W O R K PA R T Y L I N E I N T E R C O M S Y S T E M
HelixNet Partyline
Optimum Flexibility and Performance
For Highly-Dynamic Production Communications
HELIXNET PARTYLINE SYSTEM OVERVIEW
Flexible, scalable, and intelligent digital network partyline system
platform for dynamic group communication
The HelixNet Partyline platform is powered by the groundbreaking IP-based I.V.Core
Technology, which gives this system its unique characteristics. Not only can HelixNet
operate over any standard shielded twisted-pair cable (microphone or CAT5/6), but
all audio channels, program audio, and distributed power can run on a facility’s standard IT
network infrastructure via an Ethernet/LAN connection. This capability makes HelixNet
cost-effective and easy to deploy for any size facility.
The HelixNet devices can be powered by Powerline modem, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE),* or
a Universal AC wall adapter. By using a combination of power sources, up to 60 user devices
can effectively be on the system simultaneously. Multiple systems may also be linked together
over a fiber or Ethernet connection to support an even greater number of users.
The legendary “Clear-Com Sound” delivers superior, digital quality sound for a highly
intelligible audio experience. Hardware auto-discovery, intuitive menu operations,
and channel accessibility are also unique features that make system setup and
maintenance effortless.
System Overview
MAIN STATION
OPTIONAL MODULES
ACCESSORIES
(For Main Stations Only)
HMS-4X Main Station
High density, four-channel
digital network system.
HLI-ET2 Ethernet Module
Dual LAN interface to connect to
other HelixNet Main Stations.
USER DEVICES
HRM-4X Remote Station
Four-channel rack-mount system for talk
and/or listen operations.
HLI-FBS Fiber Module
Daisy-chain fiber interface to connect
to other HelixNet Main Stations.
HKB-2X Speaker Station
Four-channel station for talking on two
of any four assignable audio channels.
HLI-2W2 Two-wire Interface Module
Seamless interface between analog
two-wire and digital systems.
HBP-2X Digital Beltpack
Similar to a source assignment panel, the twochannel, full-duplex beltpack can access any
two of the available four system channels.
HLI-4W2 Four-wire Interface Module
Interface connects system over four-wire
audio paths, such as matrix ports, cameras,
and telephone circuits.
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S-Mount
Durable housing for HelixNet
Speaker Station.
*Third party PoE power source
MAIN STATION
The four-channel HMS-4X HelixNet Main Station offers four channels of
full-duplex audio and program audio that can support a combination of
user devices, like beltpacks, remote stations and speaker stations. Using
optional linking and interface modules, Main Stations can further expand
and extend connectivity to two- and four-wire audio systems or other
HelixNet user devices.
MAIN STATION HIGHLIGHTS
High Channel Density. Up to 12 networked intercom
channels and power for beltpacks or a combination of user
devices can be transmitted over a single shielded twistedpair cable (Ex. microphone, CAT5 or CAT6 cable).
No Rewiring Required. System designed to preserve
investment by operating on existing infrastructure.
Single Cable Operation. Fewer cables save time
and cost during setup and configuration.
No Hum. No Buzz. All-digital system offers immunity
to electro-magnetic interference and ground loops.
High User Capacity. A single Main Station, offering four
channels, can support up to 20 beltpacks over one twistedpair cable, or a combination of HelixNet user devices. Main
Stations can be connected over LAN or Fiber to support
many user devices over a network.
Quick Startup. Get up-and-running fast and effortlessly
with easy plug-and-go installation and hardware
auto-discovery.
Seamless Linking. Main Stations share resources over a
LAN or Fiber link so users can select local or remote partyline
channels and program audio feeds. Optional two- or four-wire
interface modules further extends connectivity to existing
analog partyline or matrix intercoms.
MAIN STATION FEATURES
Front Panel
• Remote Microphone Kill
• Stage Announce Out
• Line Status Indication
• Large Format OLED Displays
• Up to 10 Characters for User-defined Labels
• Talk and Call Keys
• Speaker and Program Level Controls
• Rotary Channel Level Controls
• USB-A and USB Micro-AB Ports for System Updates
• XLR Headset Connector
• Microphone and Headset On/Off Key
Back Panel
• Universal Power Connector
• GPIO – DB-25 (Four Relays and Four Opto Inputs)
• Hot Microphone Output
• Stage Announce (SA) Out
• Program Input
• XLR-3M and XLR-3F Powerline Intercom Ports
• Built-in Expansion Bays for Optional Interface and Linking
Easy-to-Navigate Menu. Quick access to system settings
and configuration for fast and painless setup.
Easy Updates. Apply firmware maintenance
and upgrades easily via USB ports.
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USER DEVICES
HRM-4X Remote Station
The four-channel HRM-4X HelixNet Remote Station communicates
with the HelixNet Main Station and other connected user devices
using digital Ethernet/IP technologies. The Remote Station receives
audio data, control data and DC power via the same cable, or it can
be locally powered via an external power supply or Power-overEthernet (PoE) connection.
REMOTE STATION HIGHLIGHTS
• High Channel Density. Up to 12 networked intercom
channels and power for beltpacks can be transmitted over
a single shielded twisted-pair cable (ex. microphone,
CAT5 or CAT6 cable).
• Flexible Power Options. Remote Stations can be powered
by a Powerline modem, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)* or
a universal AC/DC wall adapter.
• No Rewiring Required. System designed to preserve
investment by operating on existing infrastructure.
• Single Cable Operation. Fewer cables save time
and cost during setup and configuration.
REMOTE STATION FEATURES
Front Panel
• Stage Announce Out
• Line and LAN Status Indicators
• Large Format OLED Displays
• Up to 10 Characters for User-defined Labels
• Talk and Call Keys
• Speaker and Program Level Controls
• USB-A Port for System Updates
• XLR Headset Connector
• Microphone and Headset On/Off Key
• No Hum. No Buzz. All-digital system offers immunity
to electro-magnetic interference and ground loops.
Back Panel
• High User Capacity. Remote Stations can be connected
to Main Stations over microphone or Ethernet cables.
With the use of a combination of power sources, up to 60
user devices can be on the same system.
• Ethercon Ethernet Connector
• Quick Startup. Get up-and-running fast and
effortlessly with easy plug-and-go installation
and hardware auto-discovery.
• Stage Announce (SA) Out
• AC/DC Power Connector
• DB-9 (One Relay and One Opto Input + 4-Wire
In and 4-Wire Out)
• Hot Microphone Output
• Program Input
• XLR-3M and XLR-3F Powerline Intercom Ports
• Easy-to-Navigate Menu. Quick access to system
settings and configuration for fast and painless setup.
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*Third party PoE power source
USER DEVICES
HBP-2X Digital Beltpack
Delivering superb digital sound quality, the two-channel HBP-2X Digital
Beltpack enables access to two of any four system channels over a
single cable. Its rugged and ergonomic design offers utmost reliability
and durability for the most demanding production environments.
BELTPACK HIGHLIGHTS
BELTPACK FEATURES
Channel Density. Similar to a source assignment panel,
a single cable gives every connected beltpack the
capacity to access all networked system channels.
• Two Full-duplex Audio Channels
High User Capacity. Up to 20 beltpacks over twisted-pair
cables can connect to a single Main Station.
• User-facing Keyset Controls
Selectable Channels. The full-duplex, two-channel
beltpack can select up to two of the available system
channels, each with individual level control.
• Pushbutton Menu Access
Save Resources. Networked audio is distributed over
a single shielded twisted-pair cable, reducing the number
of cables to yield time and cost savings.
Passive Interconnection. Beltpacks can be set
up in daisy-chain or star configurations without
the need for active splitter boxes.
Clear-Com Sound. Legendary contoured audio
frequency response provides maximum intelligibility
and exceptional sound quality.
Efficient Administration. System configuration
and firmware upgrades are centrally managed
from the Main Station.
Intuitive Operations. Present logical channel labels
on the high-contrast, 10-character OLED display.
• Power and Audio over a Single Cable
• Separate Program Level Control
• Recessed Level Rotary Knob Controls
• Integrated Mounting Strap Guide
• Tabletop Resting Supports
• USB Micro-AB Port
• XLR Lock Release
• Cast Aluminum Alloy Case
• High-resolution, Large Format OLED Display
(Up to 10 Characters for Unique Labels)
• Visual and Vibrating Call Alerts
• Ridge Guide for Tactile Navigation
and Mechanical Protection
• XLR-4M Headset Jack (5-Pin Option)
• 2.5 mm TRS Headset Jack
• XLR-3F Intercom Line
• XLR-3M Intercom Pass-through (Daisy-chain)
Effortless Navigation. Optimally positioned buttons
and volume knobs are easy to locate, identify and
control on the beltpack.
Highly Durable. Fabricated from lightweight cast
aluminum, the beltpack is able to endure the rigors
of intensive applications.
Mounting Flexibility. Sturdy beltclip, rubber bumpons and
integrated strap guide offer useful mounting options.
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USER DEVICES
HKB-2X Speaker Station
The four-channel HKB-2X HelixNet Speaker Station can receive at
least four channels of intercom communications simultaneously over
a shielded twisted-pair cable. It is also able to monitor all four and
communicate on any two of those channels at any given time. The
Speaker Station can be wall mounted into a 4-gang standard electrical
box or in the optional S-Mount enclosure. The Speaker Station can
be powered locally or by Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connection.
SPEAKER STATION FEATURES
Display Positions
• 4-Channel Digital Networked Partyline Station
with Shift Key
• Large Format OLED Displays
• Up to 10 Characters for User-defined Labels
• Talk and Call Keys
• Speaker and Program Level Controls
Upward Tilt
Straight-forward
Downward Tilt
• Fits 4-Gang Standard Electrical Wall Box (US ANSI/NEMA
OS-1 Standard Size) or Optional S-Mount Enclosure
• Display Tilts Up and Down for Best Viewing
S-Mount
The S-Mount is a desktop or wall mounting kit for the
HelixNet Speaker Station. The S-Mount is easily adjustable
to different angles to suit user’s requirements.
S-MOUNT FEATURES
• AC/DC Power Connector
• Ethercon Ethernet Connector
• XLR-3M and XLR-3F Powerline Intercom Ports
• Adjustable Rake for Best Viewing Options
• Anti-slip Feet
• Screw-holes for Easy Wall Mounting
Speaker Station sold separately
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MODULES
HelixNet Main Stations accept optional Linking and Interface modules,
offering seamless linking over LAN or Fiber as well as connection to
common two-wire and four-wire audio systems.
HelixNet Partyline Station-to-Station Networked Linking
Up to three Main Stations may
be linked using any combination
of HLI-ET2 Ethernet or HLI-FBS
Fiber modules.
Linking Modules
HLI-ET2 ETHERNET MODULE
HLI-FBS FIBER MODULE
The HLI-ET2 Ethernet Linking Module provides a dual LAN
interface to connect to other HelixNet Main Stations. Once
connected, stations share partyline channels and program
audio, and make them available to any station and beltpack
on the linked system. All labels are transferred across the
network automatically.
The HLI-FBS Fiber Linking Module provides a daisy-chain
fiber interface to connect to other HelixNet Main Stations.
With Ethernet Modules, stations share partyline channels
and program audio, and make them available to any station
and beltpack on the linked system. Fiber Modules can be
mixed with Ethernet Modules in the same network.
Interface Modules
HLI-2W2 TWO-WIRE INTERFACE MODULE
HLI-4W2 FOUR-WIRE INTERFACE MODULE
The HLI-2W2 Interface Module enables two-channels of
Clear-Com or RTS intercom to transparently interface with
digital HelixNet intercom channels. This two-wire module
preserves the wideband two-wire frequency response
and is easily assignable to any of the HelixNet Main
Station intercom channels.
The HLI-4W2 Interface Module provides an easy way to
interface common four-wire audio paths such as matrix
ports, cameras, and telephone circuits with a HelixNet Main
Station. Each of the two ports employs both transformer
and electrical balancing to ensure incoming and outgoing
audio paths are free of hum and noise.
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About Clear-Com
®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a trusted global provider of professional real-time communications
solutions and services since 1968. We innovate market proven technologies that link people together
through wired and wireless systems.
Clear-Com was first to market portable wired and wireless intercom systems for live performances.
Since then, our history of technological advancements and innovations has delivered significant
improvements to the way people collaborate in professional settings where real-time communication
matters. For the markets we serve – broadcast, live performance, live events, sports, military, aerospace
and government, our communication products have consistently met the demands for high quality
audio, reliability, scalability and low latency, as well as addressed communication requirements
of varying size and complexity. Our reputation in the industry is not only based on our product
achievements, but also on our consistent level of customer engagement as well as continuous
dedication in delivering the right solution for specialized applications and the expertise to make it
work. Around the globe and across markets, Clear-Com innovations and solutions have received
numerous awards and recognitions for our ingenuity and impact to customers.
Americas and Asia-Pacific Headquarters
California, United States
Tel: +1.510.337.6600
Email: [email protected]
Europe, Middle East, and Africa Headquarters
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1223 815000
Email: [email protected]
China Representative Office
Beijing, P.R.China
Sales/Marketing Tel: +86 10 59002608
Service Tel: +86 10 59000198
www.clearcom.com
© 2014. Clear-Com LLC. All rights reserved.
® Clear-Com, the Clear-Com logo and HelixNet are
registered trademarks of HM Electronics, Inc.
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