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Crest Audio Launches E-Lite Amplifiers

Crest Audio is rolling out its new E-Lite series power amplifiers at InfoComm 2010 in Las Vegas, includinig the E-Lite 1800 and 3000 and E-Lite 1800 DSP and 3000 DSP. The series features lightweight design with high-power and stable performance down to 2-ohm loads, according to the company.

Crest Audio is rolling out its new E-Lite series power amplifiers at InfoComm 2010 in Las Vegas, includinig the E-Lite 1800 and 3000 and E-Lite 1800 DSP and 3000 DSP. The series features lightweight design with high-power and stable performance down to 2-ohm loads, according to the company.

Company officials said the Crest Audio E-Lite series amplifiers are built on a high-speed, class-D design with a switch-mode power supply that is said to reduce weight while increasing reliability, thermal efficiency, and output power. The E-Lite 1800 and E-Lite 1800 DSP boast 900W per channel, while the E-Lite 3000 and E-Lite 3000 DSP handles 1,500W per channel. Both versions weigh less than 10 pounds. These amplifiers deliver rock-solid performance in parallel, stereo, and bridged modes.

The E-Lite DSP versions feature an onboard digital signal processor that hosts a suite of delays (0-120 milliseconds per channel), adjustable crossover, adjustable limiter, parametric EQ, high-frequency driver EQ, four user preset storage locations, and stereo/mono/bridge operation with lockable security settings. The front-panel LCD screen allows users to identify and assign presets, and the USB port allows users to load presets, enabling external setup and adjustment. The DSP section also integrates Waves MaxxBass Bass Extension technology, which uses psycho-acoustics to create precise harmonic overtones that give the perceived effect of adding low frequencies to the mix, says the company. The level of MaxxBass can be adjusted from 0 percent to 100 percent.

The Crest Audio E-Lite series amplifiers feature two channels with channel-independent, fourth-order, 100-Hz crossovers housed in a steel chassis. The ACL Automatic Clip Limiting circuitry is designed by the company to prevent the amplifier from sending potentially damaging clipped signals to the loudspeakers. Additional onboard protection circuitry includes DC, temp, signal, and active safeguards, all referenced on the front panel with LED indicators.

The E-Lite series is expected to be available in third quarter 2010 from authorized Crest Audio retailers. The company says it's taking orders now.

 


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