Crest Audio Intros PCX 1616 Digital Matrix Speaker Management Processors

Crest Audio just introduced the PCX 1616

Crest Audio just introduced the PCX 1616 digital matrix speaker management processors. The PCX 1616 offers processing technology supporting 32 input and 32 output channels, with 16 analog inputs and 16 analog outputs and 16 digital inputs and 16 digital outputs via the optional Dante card allowing signal to be routed in multiple configurations to meet virtually any requirement. Harnessing power and flexibility to perform loudspeaker management functions as well as matrix mixing, room combining, and other audio processing functions, the PCX 1616 is well-suited for installed and portable sound systems.

On each PCX Series processor, the crossover filters are fully adjustable, and any input can be routed to any output via the digital matrix system, allowing for any speaker management cabinet configuration.

The PCX 1616 has a 96kHz sample rate processing with an exceptionally quiet and accurate AD/DA interface (24-bit Delta Sigma) and filter response. Crest Audio’s software and advanced DSP (digital signal processing) algorithms offer professional audio-grade signal processing and control features to manage, optimize, and protect the FoH (front of house); monitor and multi-zone the speaker systems; and ensure exceptional audio signal clarity and integrity without loss or coloration.

The front panel offers quick and simple visual LEDs to indicate functioning signal paths. Alternatively, an RJ-45 Ethernet port, located at the back panel, allows for a higher-resolution graphical user interface configuration. The PCX 1616 can be controlled with the intuitive PCX Editor Software via back-panel Ethernet or front-panel USB interface. Serial control is possible via RS 232 and RS 485. A security lock feature is included.

Each input and output features 5-segment LED meters. Input features include gain, mute, HP/LP, 5-band PEQ (parametric equalizer), polarity and up to 680ms of delay. Each output features an additional 5-band PEQ, gain, compressor/limiter, polarity, delay, mute, and crossover/band-pass filters. EQ filter types include PEQ, Low-Shelf, Hi-Shelf, Low-Pass, High-Pass, All-Pass1 and All-Pass2. In addition, the PCX 1616 offers the distinctions of 5-band PEQ and phase on both input/outputs and +48V phantom power, noise gate, feedback, and an Automix channel on input.

To round out the PCX 1616’s adaptability, the firmware of each processor can be field updated. Additionally, each processor provides the ability to save presets that are nameable with a descriptive text entry. Each unit has an integrated power supply accepting AC mains voltages of 95 to 240VAC, 50/60Hz.

Rack-mountable and lightweight, at no more than 10 pounds, the PCX 1616 is designed for the touring or fixed sound installation markets, wherever a reliable solution is required for loudspeaker management.