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Roland S-1608

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Roland S-1608


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S-1608 description:

The Roland S-1608 is a breakout box for managing large numbers of connections of stage.

The S-1608 Digital Snake is a compact version of the popular S-4000 Digital Snake system. Easy to use and quick to install, the S-1608/0816 Digital Snake system is a small format audio snake solution that offers the highest quality audio signal available in a portable snake system. The S-1608/0816 Digital Snake system is ideal for bands, corporate A/V events, seminars, rental and staging houses, House of Worship and broadcasters that needs the best possible sound quality from their audio without the high frequency losses and bulk of analog snakes.

The snake comes with high quality pre-amp

Unlike analog multicore snake cables, RSS Digital Snake systems are equipped with high quality and remote-controllable mic pre-amps. The pre-amps of RSS Digital Snake systems have been specially designed for live audio applications and is made of high quality components carefully selected by Roland's engineers.

REAC Technology

The REAC (Roland Ethernet Audio Communication) protocol is an industry proven, low latency, high quality 24bit/96kHz audio transfer protocol used by the S-1608 and S-0816. The REAC protocol allows the Digital Snake signal to be “split” to as many positions as required such as monitor, broadcast and recording locations using S-4000-SP REAC Splitter or any standard gigabit Ethernet switch.

High Resolution Sound Quality

By having high quality mic-pres on stage, the sound is amplified and converted at the closest point to the sound source, providing the best possible quality audio. By using Cat5e cable instead of large multi-core copper cable, the S-1608/0816 digital snake system is immune to the “hums and buzzes” caused by electrical noise and ground issues.

Create Multiple Stage Configurations

Use Multiple S-1608/0816 Digital Snake System to create multiple stage configurations such as Left, Right and Center stage unit positions. Simply run Cat5e cables to FOH units in Front of House position for easy cable management.

Ideal Channel Count Expansion for the S-4000 Digital Snake System

The S-1608/0816 Digital Snake System can be used easily expand the channel count of the S-4000 32x8 Digital Snake System to 48x16 or more.
Mix and match S-4000 and S-1608/0816 Digital Snake systems for customizable rental and installation systems.


S-4000R or S-4000RCS provide easy remote control of all input gain adjustment, phantom power and PAD settings.

REAC technology will make easy recording split

Because REAC is based on standard Ethernet technology, the individual audio inputs coming into S-1608/0816 digital snake system can be recorded via the Gigabit Ethernet port of PC computer. DAW software to capture the audio signal is now under development by Cakewalk and will be released in the near future.
This will make multi-channel live recording easier than ever before.

The main features of the Roland S-1608 include:

  • The snake comes with high quality pre-amp
  • REAC Technology
  • High Resolution Sound Quality
  • Create Multiple Stage Configurations
  • Ideal Channel Count Expansion for the S-4000 Digital Snake System

Number of Channels

  • S-1608 : 16 in 8 out
    S-0816 : 8 in 16 out

AD and DA Conversion

  • 24 bit / 96 kHz

Frequency Response

  • -2 dB / +0 dB (@ +4 dBu, 20 Hz to 20 kHz)

Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise

  • 0.05 % or less (Pad: On, Input Gain: +4 dBu, 22Hz to 20 kHz)

Dynamic Range

  • 110 dB

Cross Talk

  • -80 dB or less (Input Gain: +4 dBu, typ.)

Nominal Input Level

  • -65 to -10 dBu (PAD: Off), -45 to +10 dBu (PAD: On)
    (1 dB step, Max. +28 dBu)


  • 20 dB On/Off

Input Impedance

  • 14 k ohms

Nominal Output Level

  • +4 dBu, Max. +22 dBu

Output Impedance

  • 600 ohms

Recommended Load Impedance

  • 10 k ohms or greater

Residual Noise Level (IHF-A, typ.)

  • -80 dBu or less

Equivalent Input Noise Level

  • S-1608: -128 dB S-0816: -124dB

Network Latency

  • 375 microseconds when using REAC cable only (*1)
    (AD > REAC > DA Latency: approx 1.2 ms)


  • S-1608 : 
    Analog Input x 16 (XLR type, balanced, phantom power)
    Analog Output x 8 (XLR type, balanced)
    Digital Output connector x 1 (Optical type)
    REAC Connector x 1 (RJ-45 EtherCon type)
    Remote Connector x 1 (RS-232C, DB-9 type)

    S-0816 : 
    Analog Input x 8 (XLR type, balanced, phantom power)
    Analog Output x 16 (XLR type, balanced)
    Digital Output connector x 1 (Optical type)
    REAC Connector x 1 (RJ-45 EtherCon type)
    Remote Connector x 1 (RS-232C, DB-9 type)


  • POWER Indicator x 1, REAC Indicator x 1,
    REMOTE Indicator x 1, MUTE ALL OUTPUTS Indicator x 1

Power Supply

  • AC 115 V, AC 117 V, AC 220 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V (50/60 Hz)

Power Comsumption

  • 45W

Phantom Power

  • +48 V / 14 mA (each input, remote controlled)

Operation Temperature

  • 0 to +40 degrees Celsius
    +32 to +104 degrees Fahrenheit


  • Power Cord x 1, REAC Connector Cover x 1, Ferrite Cores x 1
    Rubber Foot x 4, Rack Mount Kit x 1, Owner's Manual

Width (W)

  • 401 mm15-13/16 inches

Depth (D)

  • 135 mm5-3/8 inches

Height (H)

  • 177 mm7 inches


  • 5.5 kg12 lbs. 3 oz.

Manufacturer: Roland

This page first created on: 22/08/2014

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