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bsfreq wrote:


I’ve been using MADI optical so far, so I did’t have to think about termination earlier.

Now, as the H9000 MADI uses only 32 channels (half of the available 64 MADI channels on my interface), I would like to connect my H9000 to my interface via MADI coaxial to free the MADI optical for other use. 

The H9000 MADI expansion came with install instructions only, with no additional information, and no mentioning about internal termination. (At least there's no setting for MADI termination H9000 settings, only one for word clock.)


Is this the correct way to connect and terminate? :


From RME MADI out coaxial -> 75ohm BNC cable -> 

BNC T-connector -> H9000 MADI in coax.

                    |___  ->75ohm resistor at the other end of the T-connector.


from H9000 MADI out coaxial -> 75ohm BNC cable -> RME MADI in coax (with internal 75ohm termination)


If I understand this correctly, each Coaxial MADI out works the same way as WORD CLOCK out, so that each MADI output has to be terminated at the end of the chain, even when only using one sending, and one receiving device??

So MADI out / in loop between two devices would have to be terminated at the input of both devices?

I should also mention that my interface sits on top of my H9000, so the BNC cable lenght will be short, only 0,5m or less. I read somewhere, that short cables with no T-connectors would not need termination, but I would like to know for sure, and hear from Eventide what is the case here.



Thanks for your help.


I will forward your question to someone who knows more about these things than I do and follow up with the answer, but I can tell you that in my test setup in my office, I use an RME MadiFace connected to the H9000 MADI card using coax cables with no T-pieces or external termination at either end without any issues.  My cables are probably 3-4 feet long if I remember correctly.