When I first got into ISDN, I connected through AudioTX. Not that many people are familiar with it.
AudioTX is a UK firm with a 14-yr track record in connectivity. The equipment is nothing like a Telos or Musicam codec. No box at all. You get a dongle, some software, and then you have to purchase a terminal adaptor and an ISDN modem. I kept having issues with it…probably due to the fact that with the AudioTX configuration, the computer does a lot of the heavy lifting, and at the time, I had an old, slow computer.
I most recently wrote about AudioTX earlier this year when they were touting their STL-IP technology.
Right now, my AudioTX rig is collecting dust. But a friend reminded me about AudioTX last night. Natalie Cooper — my Brit friend who was just visiting here in the US last month — sent me a link to an article about AudioTX written by a Piers Gibbon.
Piers lays out the advantages of the AudioTX system including:
- using it as a phone patch (Telephone Balance Unit he calls it)
- using it as a low-res VOIP solution
- using it as a hi-res IP recording solution
- using it as a convenient distance-recording mobile unit with your laptop
- taking advantage of the 10,000 AudioTX global directory
- lossless recording
- higher quality than ISDN
Piers also runs down a comparison of how AudioTX stacks up against more recent contenders in the field: ipDTL, Source-Connect, NOW, Skype, SoundStreak, and others, and expresses some compelling arguments for reconsidering AudioTX in this arena.
See Piers Gibbon’s article: AudioTX Review: Global Directory and lossless VoIP quality, free upgrade 1.7