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Crown Amps Up Amp Series

Crown announced a pair of notable products at InfoComm 09 in Orlando: the CDi 6000 amplifier and the PIP-USP4 module for CTs Series two-channel amplifiers.

Crown announced a pair of notable products at InfoComm 09 in Orlando: the CDi 6000 amplifier and the PIP-USP4 module for CTs Series two-channel amplifiers.

Like other amplifiers in the CDi series, the CDi 6000 has the ability to run both low-impedance two-, four-, and eight-ohm loads, as well as 70- and 140-volt outputs. The amp also features 20 available presets that can be recalled at the touch of a button. All CDi amplifiers can be controlled and configured through Harman HiQnet System Architect.

All CDi series amplifiers havee an intuitive front-panel LCD display that guides installers through their configurations. They all also offer onboard DSP for loudspeaker signal processing. Other features include a switch-mode universal power supply, function indicators, proportional-speed fan-assisted cooling, removable Phoenix-style inputs, and barrier strip outputs for 70/100/140-volt loads.

The PIP-USP4 DSP-based, PIP (programmable input processor) module, a Harman HiQnet series component, connects to an audio control/monitor network using 100 Mb Ethernet hardware, and contains audio distribution, control, and monitoring.

"We are proud to bring the same next-generation OmniDriveHD DSP Engine that is featured in our I-Tech HD line to the PIP-USP4," said Brian Divine, director of marketing for touring and installed sound for Crown, in a statement.

The OmniDriveHD processor gives USP4 users smooth processing with 24-bit, 192 kHz Cirrus Logic SHARC A/D and D/A converters, and true 96 kHz processing. LevelMAX peak, RMS, and transducer thermal voltage limiters combine for a smooth and accurate response, better sound, and high usable SPL, according to the company.

The USP4 is capable of connecting to an Ethernet network, allowing it to be remotely controlled and configured via HiQnet System Architect. Additionally, the USP4 allows the transport of real-time digital audio via CobraNet or Ethernet AVB.

A digital on/off-ramp allows users to send pre- or post-processed analog signals out of the module to adjacent amplifiers-a capability that can reduce DSP cost for a system by up to 40 percent, says the company. Other features of the PIP-USP4 include auto standby for increased energy efficiency, SLM (sweep load monitoring) with system-level diagnostics, 25 user selectable presets, and more than two seconds of delay per channel. Available input options include analog, CobraNet or Ethernet AVB, and AES3 Digital Audio.



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