Orban’s Optimod-FM 8500S model is described by the company as having an 8500 sound in a compact,
cool-running 1U package and at a more affordable price. It ships in FM-only and digital versions; the
FM-only model can be upgraded to the digital model later.
The digital version handles Internet and HD Radio paths as well as analog. The 8500S offers stereo
enhancement, equalization, AGC, multiband compression, low-IM peak limiting, stereo encoding,
composite limiting along with a delay (up to 16 seconds). It includes 20 format-specific presets and is
also network remote operable.
Orban also is tweaking its high-end processors by adding onboard RDS/RBDS generators. The
recipients are the 8600 Digital MPX, 8600S and the new 8500S.