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Applied Research and Technology’s (ART, booth #6555, Hall A) SLA 2 Studio Linear Power Amplifier is now shipping to dealers worldwide. The 2-channel power amp delivers 200 watts per channel at 8 ohms (560 watts mono bridged) and occupies a single rackspace.

Based on the SLA-1, the SLA-2 offers more features and doubles the power capability of the previous model. For fixed-install applications, a Euroblock barrier strip and front panel tamper-proof cover are included. For studio use, SmartFan technology cools the unit with the fan speed dependant on the amplifier workload. The SLA-2 is also suitable for moderate live performance needs.

The recently announced USB Micro•PRE acts as an interface between a computer and a wide variety of analog and digital sources. The analog inputs are switchable between phono and line-level signals and a low-cut filter removes rumble and wind noise. The front gain trim control and signal/clip LED allow the user to optimize A/D for a wide range of input sources. The front panel USB monitor/headphone jack and the optical output on the rear panel can monitor audio output from a computer. The built-in low-noise phono preamp circuit conforms to the RIAA standard. The line output jacks are connected to the input preamps signal for source monitoring.

Housed in an all-aluminum black-anodized case, the USB Micro•PRE can be powered by either an external power source or directly off the USB port for remote recording purposes. Optical Toslink inputs and outputs, and S/PDIF inputs allows the USB Micro•PRE to be used as a digital audio to USB interface, as well. The USB Micro•PRE is fully compliant with the USB 1.1 specification and uses USB adaptive mode for playback and USB asynchronous mode for record. It will work with the USB audio device drivers built into Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP or Macs with native USB support OS 9.1 or greater; no special drivers are needed.

The MSRP on the USB Micro•PRE is $99 and will be in April 2005.

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