At InfoComm 2016, Crown by Harman introduced Crown CDi DriveCore Series amplifiers (prices TBA). The amplifiers offer the power and capabilities of Crown’s DriveCore Install (DCi) Series amplifiers with a streamlined set of options targeted to deliver optimal value to small and medium-sized installations. The Crown CDi DriveCore Series amplifiers are expected to ship in August 2016.
Like the flagship DCi Series amplifiers, the new CDi DriveCore amplifiers offer DriveCore technology for energy-efficient power handling. The amplifiers are available in two or four channel versions at 300 watts or 600W per channel. They provide the capability for low impedance (4/8 Ohms) amplification as well as constant voltage amplification with no transformers required, with both 70-volt and 100V options for installations worldwide. Each model is also available in a version with BLU link, Harman’s proprietary high-bandwidth, low-latency and fault tolerant digital audio bus.
For optimal sound, the CDi DriveCore Series includes Digital Signal Processing (DSP) to achieve precise speaker tuning. Commercial integrators and technicians can configure amplifier inputs/outputs, modify DSP settings and recall created settings from the built-in front panel, offering the ability for fast and simple configuration without a PC. Users wanting comprehensive configuration of the CDi DriveCore as well as other HARMAN audio products can use Harman’s Audio Architect software.
The option of using digital audio with BLU link simplifies pairing with other Harman products, such as a BSS Soundweb London BLU-50. This simplifies audio wiring when used with the large variety of Harman products that employ BLU link while optimizing audio fidelity.