Blustream Releases Dante-Enabled Networked Power Amplifier
Blustream announced the release of the NPA100DA Dante-enabled networked power amplifier for both commercial AV or residential AV installations. For conference and meeting rooms, the NPA100DA is a solution for delivering amplification for presentation and background audio. With its microphone input and integrated audio-ducking capabilities, Blustream says it is also ideal for live event applications (such as lecture halls and small auditoriums). The company also says its size and single-cable connectivity were aimed at small to medium-sized rooms where a larger amp would be costly and unnecessary.
The Blustream NPA100DA networked power amplifier features a 2x 50W digital amplifier (1 x 100W mono) or 70V/100V high-level constant voltage output, dedicated LFE subwoofer output, Dante audio integration, and two-channel balanced/unbalanced audio outputs. It supports a variety of inputs, including two-channel Dante audio, HDMI ARC, MIC audio with 48V phantom power support, optical audio, and two-channel balanced/unbalanced analog audio.
The NPA100DA can be powered via PoE++ from a compatible network switch for placement in areas where a power outlet is not available, or locally should the switch not support PoE++. The unit also includes the ability to lower the amplifier power output subject to PoE capabilities. Its 70-100V speaker outputs can feed commercial-grade audio over large distances for in-wall/in-ceiling/pendant speakers as typically found in commercial applications.
Blustream says the implementation of HDMI ARC input with CEC volume control broadens its residential applications, where it can be used as an amplifier to standard 4- or 8-ohm speakers for rooms that need two-channel audio distribution, such as bedrooms, bathrooms or kitchens. The built-in crossover and line-level output for use with a subwoofer enables a 2.1 audio experience.
The NPA100DA also features support for combined or independent LAN and Dante connections, audio delay for lip sync correction, independent gain control for audio inputs, and control via front panel, IR, RS-232, TCP/IP, web GUI or 12V trigger. The integrated DSP includes a 31-band equalizer, a 12V trigger and phantom power for pro microphones.