Crest Audio Prepares First Wave of RoHS-Compliant Amplifiers

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The European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) initiative took effect on July 1. Per directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament, all electronics imported in the E.U. must be certified RoHS compliant by July 1, 2006. RoHS-compliant products must contain less than 0.1% by weight in homogeneous materials for lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyls ethers (PBDE), as well as less than 0.01% for cadmium.

Crest Audio is providing contractors and installers in that market with an assortment of RoHS-compliant amplifiers. Crest Audio adopted RoHS-compliant components in its designs in February 2005. Crest Audio marks one year of RoHS-compliant product designs with its Pro 200 Series, CD Series and new network-ready Ci Series power amplifiers, the first shipping RoHS-compliant products from the company.

"Crest Audio has always been committed to upholding environmental standards," stated CEO Hartley Peavey. "We respect the European Union's standards and have worked diligently for three years to ensure full compliance with RoHS. By investing significant time and resources, we're able to deliver Crest Audio amplifiers into Europe's most innovative audio and communications projects as a model of RoHS compliance."

The Pro 200 Series, CD Series and Ci Series are manufactured through a lead-free surface-mount process that ensures compliance with RoHS environmental standards. Crest Audio has also assembled lead-free component libraries and tested lead-free printed circuit board and solder materials, and the company's efforts continue in the elimination of lead in all solder applications. The company's Crest Performance MI product line will also comply with RoHS standards.

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