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Technomad Amps Up Its Amp

Technomad announced it has added more power to its range of PowerChiton weatherproof amplifier modules.

Technomad announced it has added more power to its range of PowerChiton weatherproof amplifier modules. According to the company, the new PowerChiton4 is able to produce 1,600 watts for 8-ohm systems and 1,800 watts for 4-ohm systems, and offers more than three times the power of Technomad's current highest-power model within the same compact, NEMA-enclosed package.

The PowerChiton's IP66 protection classification confirms ingress protection for persons, such as electrical safety, and equipment, such as dust, dirt, and water. The latter makes PowerChiton amplifiers well-suited for outdoor installations. Its low-profile, modular design also gives systems designers and integrators the flexibility to place the amplifiers closer to the loudspeaker, including wall- and pole-mount systems, without little hassle, or to install the modules to the back of the loudspeaker, says the company.

"We developed the PowerChiton4 in response to requests to offer a weatherproof amplifier solution for high-power applications, especially those covering large areas," said Rodger von Kries, vice president of Technomad, in a statement. "This could include anything from large stadiums to campus-wide public address and emergency announcement systems. The Ethernet/audio-over-IP-networking capabilities of the PowerChiton4 add benefits for large-area installations that are establishing zone control and tying multiple audio points to a centralized infrastructure."

All four PowerChiton amplifiers, including the 130- and 250-watt modules, are available with three networking options: Ethernet/IP, RF, and twisted-pair. Their design employs a single passive radiator for amplifier cooling and removes moving parts to minimize failure points.

Other features include a broadcast-quality balanced line input for improved site-wide audio that works for both voice and musical output. A second input can be used for local audio or as a secondary audio source. An internal mixer balances, improves, and maintains audio levels out of the amplifier modules en route to loudspeakers.

The PowerChiton4 is scheduled to begin shipping in July.


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