The celebrated C-Audio name is set to come back in a major way when new owner the Proel Group relaunches the brand at next week’s Prolight + Sound, writes David Davies.
The C-Audio brand name - formerly owned by Harman - was acquired by Proel late in 2008 and the UK-based amplifier brand is now to be managed by loudspeaker manufacturer Turbosound, which was itself added to the Proel brand portfolio in February 2007.
Speaking to PSN-e, Turbosound managing director Simon Blackwood says that securing the C-Audio name is the next step in being able to satisfy “requests from a large number of our channel partners who would like a wider range of products to sell with our speaker line, and obviously an amplifier line is a relevant addition. The C-Audio name carries a considerable heritage and, even though it has been inactive for a while,the brand still enjoys a high level of recognition in the marketplace.”
The opening gambit of this new C-Audio era takes the form of four competitively priced GB series amplifiers. All feature the same compact 2U rack mount format, but range in output power from the GB15 at 900 watt per channel (at 4 ohms), through to the GB20 (pictured) at 1,100 watts per channel, the GB35 at 1,800 watts per channel, and the GB50 at 2,500 watts per channel.
Lightweight switchmode power supplies, selectable input sensitivity, and front panel LCD display screens which provide operating information including gain, heatsink temperature and protection status round out the GB products’ specification.
C-Audio, however, won’t be restricted to amplification products alone as Messe also sees the brand deploying its Class D amplification designs together with its 96kHz and 40 bit floating bit processing platform in the new Proel NEOS ASX loudspeaker product line, as well as in the Proel PC240 and PC260 range of 1U processors – branded as “Core processed by C-Audio”.
With the new Flashline Line Array system and accompanying 20000DP amplifier – the latter developed in collaboration with Lab.gruppen, Lake and Audinate (http://www.prosoundnewseurope.com/main-content/full/turbosound-collaboration-with-lab-gruppen-lake-audinate) – among several other developments to be showcased in Frankfurt next week, 2011 finds the Turbosound brand entering a new period of international prominence.
“Essentially, we are three years into our five year product strategy to grow the Turbosound business,” confirms Blackwood. “Last year our business increased in the range of 15% - and that was up by 15% on the previous year so it feels like we’re out performing the market. Looking ahead, we have a whole raft of class leading new products in development, so this is really just the next step in expanding the Turbosound business.”