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Crown now shipping high-power DCi amps

Available in both analogue and Ethernet-linkable configurations, the 4- and 2-channel amps are the part of the range that supercedes the company's CTs series.

Crown Audio is now shipping the four highest-powered models in its DriveCore Install (DCi) Series power amplifiers. Available in both analogue and Ethernet-linkable configurations, the 4-channel and 2-channel amplifiers deliver 1,250w per channel into 2, 4 or 8 ohms and 70Vrms and 100Vrms (all channels driven; 2,500 watts in bridged mode). “As the successor to our long-time industry-standard CTs Series, we introduced the DCi Series as the undisputed new standard in installed sound amplifiers,” said Daniel Saenz, business segment manager at Crown Audio. “As such, having high-power models in the lineup to handle the largest applications was mandatory.”

The DriveCore amplifier IC chip combines the amplifier driver stage into the power output stage along with additional audio-signal functions – yet is about the size of a postage stamp. DriveCore and the DCi Series’ Class D amplifier topologies dramatically reduce size and power consumption requirements and yield much more energy-efficient operation. The DCI Network amplifiers offer networked monitoring and control via Harman HiQnet Audio Architect system software. The network capable DCi Series amps offer digital audio connectivity using the company’s proprietary BLU link as well as analogue inputs. The company says the DCi Series is Crown’s most green amplifier line ever, with a selectable powersave auto-standby mode where the amplifier will power after 30 minutes of no input signal and consume less than 1 watt. In addition to the amplifiers’ balanced 3-pin input connectors and 2-pin terminal strip output connectors, a rear-panel AUX port enables the amplifiers to be integrated into control systems for remote on/off and amplifier fault monitoring.