Crest Audio Debuts C1 Series Contracting Amplifiers with DSP and Dante-C

Crest Audio has unveiled the new C1 Series range of contracting and installation amplifiers — Class D designs with on-board digital signal processing, Dante protocol networking and USB/Ethernet connectivity for monitoring and control. The new C1 Series amplifiers are aimed at contractors thanks to the addition of Euro connector inputs and barrier strip outputs as well as fault relays and CV (control voltage) inputs.

The C1 Series currently comprises four models:

  • C1 86k eight-channel amplifier with 750 watts per channel into 4 ohms
  • C1 48k four-channel amplifier with 2000 watts per channel into 4 ohms
  • C1 44k four-channel amplifier with 1000 watts per channel into 4 ohms
  • C1 25k two-channel amplifier with 2500 watts per channel into 4 ohms

All models incorporate an efficient switch mode power supply and Class D circuitry with full bandwidth PWM modulators for ultra-low distortion, high efficiency and superior circuit protection. The clip/limiter function provides output monitoring to prevent speaker damage with gentle gain reduction at clip threshold as well as efficient heat dissipation and overheat protection for uncompromised reliability.

In addition to being powerful workhorses, C1 Series amplifiers are also capable and sophisticated loudspeaker processors thanks to a powerful internal DSP engine with sampling rates of 96 kHz/24bit and high performance 24bit AD/DA converters. Everything you need to optimize a loudspeaker system is at your fingertips; IIR HP/LP crossover filters, RMS compressor, parametric EQ, alignment delays and white/pink noise.

Users can set parameters, select input source and load presets via the convenient front panel LCD touchscreen. A Dante network module enables primary and redundant connectivity to a digital audio network and allows seamless external control and monitoring of the amplifier. The C1 Series amps will be fully integrated with Peavey’s MediaMatrix hardware and NWare software, allowing signal distribution, control and monitoring of the C1 Series amps in MediaMatrix projects. The C1 Series power amps may also be integrated with other DSP/control platforms that support Dante audio networking. Applications for these powerful, networked multi-channel power amps include stadia, transportation hubs, theme parks, arenas, convention centers, retail spaces or any other projects requiring high quality, reliable networked audio.

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