The Shure MXN5-C Microflex Networked Ceiling Loudspeaker provides high-quality speech reproduction for A/V conferencing applications. With a low-profile design optimized for easy installation in drop ceiling configurations, the MXN5 integrates seamlessly with other Shure networked PoE-enabled audio devices using the Dante audio networking protocol.
Loudspeaker technical elements
Software-based configuration and control
Clean design elements
Designer's optimize workflow speeds up the process of connecting systems with at least 1 microphone and 1 audio processor. Optimize also creates mute control routes in rooms with MXA network mute buttons. When you select Optimize in a room, Designer does the following:
The settings are optimized for your particular combination of devices. You can customize settings further, but the optimize workflow gives you a good starting point.
To use the optimize workflow:
If you remove or add devices, select Optimize again.
After optimizing a room, check and adjust settings to fit your needs. You may need to:
For ceiling tile installations, use the tile bridge accessory to support the weight of the loudspeaker. You can install the loudspeaker in other types of ceilings if the material safely supports the weight of the loudspeaker.
To install, you will need:
All Other Ceilings
The pre-construction bracket helps distribute the weight of the loudspeaker in the ceiling.
Connecting the Loudspeaker
This device requires Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) or PoE to power it.
Use one of the following to provide PoE+ or PoE:
The PoE/PoE+ source must also be a gigabit device.
|LED Behavior||Device State|
|Solid green, then off||Device powering on|
|Green flashing for 30 seconds||Device identify|
|After 4 seconds, green flashing||Network reset|
|Green flashing after 4 seconds, green solid after 8 seconds||Full factory reset|
|Red||Error (Check event log for details)|
|Solid amber||Firmware update in progress|
You can paint the loudspeaker's grille to match the surroundings. For best results:
To access the reset button, remove the grille.
There are 2 hardware reset options:
Network reset (press button for 4-8 seconds)
Resets all Shure control and audio network IP settings to factory defaults. Power LED flashes green.
Full factory reset (press button for longer than 8 seconds)
Resets all network and Designer settings to the factory defaults. Power LED flashes green, then solid green after 8 seconds.
To control this device's settings, use Shure Designer software. Designer enables integrators and system planners to design audio coverage for installations using MXA microphones and other Shure networked devices.
To access your device in Designer:
Learn more at shure.com/designer.
You can also access device settings using Shure Web Device Discovery.
Applies to Designer 4.2 and newer.
Before setting up devices, check for firmware updates using Designer to take advantage of new features and improvements. You can also install firmware using Shure Update Utility for most products.
When updating firmware, update all hardware to the same firmware version to ensure consistent operation.
The firmware of all devices has the form of MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH (e.g., 1.2.14). At a minimum, all devices on the network, must have the same MAJOR and MINOR firmware version numbers (e.g., 1.2.x).
You can monitor and manage this device using Shure SystemOn software. Install SystemOn to:
Learn more at shure.com.
The loudspeaker has 2 Dante input channels and 1 Dante output channel.
The 2 Dante input channels are summed and sent to the loudspeaker's output. These input channels are useful if you need to send a far-end signal and program audio to the loudspeaker.
The Dante output is useful if you need to send the loudspeaker's signal to another loudspeaker or to an AEC reference channel. There are 2 processing options for Dante output signal:
Sends a pre-DSP signal to the Dante output (DSP is still applied to loudspeaker output). Use this option to send the signal to another loudspeaker. This option prevents DSP blocks from stacking on top of each other.
Sends a post-DSP signal to the Dante output. Use this option to send the loudspeaker's signal to an AEC reference channel on an MXA910.
To route audio to the loudspeakers, you can use Shure Designer software or Dante Controller software.
If you're sending a signal from one loudspeaker to another, use a pre-DSP signal.
In rooms with multiple loudspeakers installed, you can route a signal from one loudspeaker to another using the Dante output channel, or you can route the signal to each loudspeaker individually.
Use this method when:
Learn more about Dante flows in our FAQs or from Audinate.
If you're using a Shure P300 or other devices with high unicast Dante flow limits, route a signal to each loudspeaker individually using Designer or Dante Controller.
Use this method when:
Learn more about Dante flows in our FAQs or from Audinate.
If you encounter unicast Dante flow limits, route from one loudspeaker to another using the Dante output channel.
To accurately display loudspeaker coverage, set the device height and listener height in Designer.
EASE files are available at shure.com.
Maximize the loudspeaker's audio quality by adjusting the frequency response with the parametric equalizer (PEQ).
Common equalizer applications:
Parametric: Attenuates or boosts the signal within a customizable frequency range.
Low Cut: Rolls off the audio signal below the selected frequency.
Low Shelf: Attenuates or boosts the audio signal below the selected frequency.
High Cut: Rolls off the audio signal above the selected frequency.
High Shelf: Attenuates or boosts the audio signal above the selected frequency.
Select the center frequency of the filter to cut/boost..
Adjusts the level for a specific filter (+/- 18 dB).
Adjusts the range of frequencies affected by the filter. As this value increases, the bandwidth decreases.
Adjusts the range of frequencies affected by the filter. The value is represented in octaves.
Note: The Q and width parameters affect the equalization curve in the same way. The only difference is the way the values are represented.
If you're installing loudspeakers in a large area, you may need to time-align some speakers using delay. This ensures that the signal arrives to all parts of the room at the same time for even coverage.
MXN5-C delay range: 0-160 ms
Use the limiter to prevent output signals from clipping or distorting. To use, enter a dBFS value for the threshold. With the limiter enabled, the output signals will not exceed the threshold.
Note: This loudspeaker also has an internal safety limiter to protect the hardware. This limiter only turns on if the output signals reach the loudspeaker's maximum sound pressure level (SPL).
The signal generator plays 4 different signals to help you tune your system and balance sound levels. Dante inputs get bypassed when you use the signal generator. The signal generator is pre-EQ, so you can apply EQ to the signal.
Gain adjustment at 0 dB is referenced to 76 dB SPL at 1 meter.
Equal energy per octave. Use to check levels and to verify coverage in multi-speaker installations.
Equal energy at each frequency. Use to check levels and to verify coverage in multi-speaker installations.
Plays a tone at the selected frequency. Use to check levels, assess comb filtering effects, and identify possible standing waves.
Plays a tone at every frequency that the loudspeaker can reproduce, starting from the lowest frequency and sweeping up to the highest. Use to identify possible mounting deficiencies, such as rattling or buzzing.
The loudspeaker has multiple mute points for different scenarios:
Encryption operates at the room level, meaning that all devices included in the room must have these settings. Audio is encrypted with the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES -256), as specified by the US Government National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) publication FIPS-197. Encryption is not supported with third-party devices.
To activate encryption:
The other options allow you to re-key the encryption or disable it if encryption had previously been enabled and you no longer want it.
Important: For encryption to work:
AES67 is a networked audio standard that enables communication between hardware components which use different IP audio technologies. This Shure device supports AES67 for increased compatibility within networked systems for live sound, integrated installations, and broadcast applications.
The following information is critical when transmitting or receiving AES67 signals:
|Shure Device Supports:||Device 2 Supports:||AES67 Compatibility|
|Dante and AES67||Dante and AES67||No. Must use Dante.|
|Dante and AES67||AES67 without Dante. Any other audio networking protocol is acceptable.||Yes|
Separate Dante and AES67 flows can operate simultaneously. The total number of flows is determined by the maximum flow limit of the device.
All AES67 configuration is managed in Dante Controller software. For more information, refer to the Dante Controller user guide.
Third-party devices: When the hardware supports SAP, flows are identified in the routing software that the device uses. Otherwise, to receive an AES67 flow, the AES67 session ID and IP address are required.
Shure devices: The transmitting device must support SAP. In Dante Controller, a transmit device (appears as an IP address) can be routed like any other Dante device.
Switches and cables determine how well your audio network performs. Use high-quality switches and cables to make your audio network more reliable.
Network switches should have:
Ethernet cables should be:
For more information, see our FAQ about switches to avoid.
Dante flows get created any time you route audio from one Dante device to another. One Dante flow can contain up to 4 audio channels. For example: sending all 5 available channels from an MXA310 to another device uses 2 Dante flows, because 1 flow can contain up to 4 channels.
Every Dante device has a specific number of transmit flows and receive flows. The number of flows is determined by Dante platform capabilities.
Unicast and multicast transmission settings also affect the number of Dante flows a device can send or receive. Using multicast transmission can help overcome unicast flow limitations.
Shure devices use different Dante platforms:
|Dante Platform||Shure Devices Using Platform||Unicast Transmit Flow Limit||Unicast Receive Flow Limit|
|Brooklyn II||ULX-D, SCM820, MXWAPT, MXWANI, P300, MXCWAPT||32||32|
|Brooklyn II (without SRAM)||MXA920, MXA910, MXA710, AD4||16||16|
|Ultimo/UltimoX||MXA310, ANI4IN, ANI4OUT, ANIUSB-MATRIX, ANI22, MXN5-C||2||2|
|21||TCP||FTP||Required for firmware updates (otherwise closed)||Closed|
|22||TCP||SSH||Secure Shell Interface||Closed|
|53||UDP||DNS||Domain Name System||Closed|
|67||UDP||DHCP||Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol||Open|
|68||UDP||DHCP||Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol||Open|
|80*||TCP||HTTP||Required to launch embedded web server||Open|
|2202||TCP||ASCII||Required for 3rd party control strings||Open|
|5353||UDP||mDNS†||Required for device discovery||Open|
|5568||UDP||SDT (multicast)†||Required for inter-device communication||Open|
|57383||UDP||SDT (unicast)||Required for inter-device communication||Open|
|8023||TCP||Telnet||Debug console interface||Closed|
|8180||TCP||HTML||Required for web application (legacy firmware only)||Open|
|8427||UDP||SLP (multicast)†||Required for inter-device communication||Open|
|64000||TCP||Telnet||Required for Shure firmware update||Open|
*These ports must be open on the PC or control system to access the device through a firewall.
†These protocols require multicast. Ensure multicast has been correctly configured for your network.
See Audinate's website for information about ports and protocols used by Dante audio.
EASE files are available for this device at shure.com.
This device receives logic commands over the network. Many parameters controlled through Designer can be controlled using a third-party control system, using the appropriate command string.
A complete list of command strings is available at:
Power over Ethernet (PoE) Class 0 or PoE Plus Class 4
|Power over Ethernet (PoE)||12 W maximum (11 W typical)|
|PoE Plus||24 W maximum (23 W typical)|
6.5 lbs (2.95 kg)
12 x 12 x 4 in. (304.8 x 304.8 x 101.6 mm) H x W x D
UL 2043 (Suitable for Air Handling Spaces)
−6.7°C (20°F) to 40°C (104°F)
−29°C (-20°F) to 74°C (165°F)
120 Hz to 20 kHz
At 1 meter
|Power over Ethernet (PoE)||92 dB SPL|
|PoE Plus||98 dB SPL|
Average of 1 octave band centered on 4 kHz
Delay, Limiter, Signal Generator, Equalizer (4-band Parametric)
Not including Dante latency
|New construction bracket||A-MXN5-NCB|
|Magnetic grille and Shure logo||RPMXN5-G|
|Clamp cover conduit||RPMXN5-C|
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|This symbol indicates that dangerous voltage constituting a risk of electric shock is present within this unit.|
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The equipment is intended to be used in professional audio applications.
Note: This device is not intended to be connected directly to a public internet network.
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Shure Incorporated could void your authority to operate this equipment.
CAN ICES-003 (B)/NMB-003(B)
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003. Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
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This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the manufacturer's instruction manual, may cause interference with radio and television reception.
Notice: The FCC regulations provide that changes or modifications not expressly approved by Shure Incorporated could void your authority to operate this equipment.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
The CE Declaration of Conformity can be obtained from: www.shure.com/europe/compliance
Authorized European representative:
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75031 Eppingen, Germany
Phone: +49-7262-92 49 0
This product meets the Essential Requirements of all relevant European directives and is eligible for CE marking.
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