The number of audio channels for a wave-field synthesis system easily reaches 200-300 channels for a 5×6m reproduction room. Using MADI and ADAT (like in the system at the TU Berlin) implies high expenses for cabling, complexity and costs for distributing the audio signals.
This was dramatically reduced by using the Dante Audio network from Audinate. It is based on IP Layer 3, thus, commonly used network components (switches, routers) can be used for distributing audio data parallel to user data like command and control or monitoring data.
The modules comprise 2 Dante network connections which can be used either redundantly to switch glitch-free from the primary to the secondary network if one network fails. Or they can be used to daisy-chain the network from one module to the next to minimize cabling.
Thus, using one network cable to the first module and short cables for daisy chaining the modules, audio data, command and control data and arbitrary user data can be distributed.