Crown Audio expands DriveCore Install amplifier range

Harman’s Crown Audio has announced the addition of two models to the DriveCore Install (DCi) Network Series amplifier lineup.

The DCi 4|2400N, DCi 2|2400N and DCi 2|1250N power amplifiers incorporate Harman’s DriveCore technology to deliver a compact, energy-efficient form factor and networked system control capabilities.

“The high-power amplifiers fill out our DCi Network Series amplifier line with channel configurations and power ratings that were unavailable before, including 2-channel and 4-channel models with 2400W per channel,” said Dan Saenz, business segment manager at Crown Audio. “With the introduction of the new amps, Crown is now able to offer a complete range of DCi Network amplifiers for every networked installed sound requirement, from smaller house of worship, restaurant, bar or retail installations to large-scale applications requiring multiple channels of high power.”

Both models deliver 1900W into 8 ohms, 2400W into 4 ohms and 2100W into 2 ohms. All power outputs are minimum guaranteed power ratings and offer direct drive ‘constant voltage’ capabilities for 70Vrms and 100Vrms amplification without the need for a step up transformer.

Crown DCi Network Series amplifiers offer networked monitoring and control capabilities via their primary and secondary Ethernet ports. The amplifiers are compatible with Harman’s HiQnet Audio Architect system setup and control software and utilise TCP/IP-based protocol in HiQnet for network monitoring and control. All the amps offer compatibility with a low-latency, fault-tolerant digital audio bus, capable of routing 256 channels using standard Cat5e cable over a distance of up to more than 300 feet between devices.

The DCi 2|2400N and DCi 4|2400N incorporate Harman’s proprietary DriveCore amplifier chip for a lighter-weight, installation-friendly 2RU form factor. The Class D PWM DriveCore circuitry combines the amplifier driver stage into the power output stage along with additional audio-signal functions.

Both amplifiers provide networking and control features including continuous load monitoring, comprehensive error reporting, pilot tone monitoring and programmable general purpose input/output (GPIO) ports. The amplifiers also offer DSP features including LevelMAX limiters, an input compressor, input and output delay, input and output EQ, built-in crossovers and a built-in signal generator.

The amplifiers incorporate an exclusive Power Factor Corrected universal power supply that is designed to deliver maximum power and efficient operation, while the cooling system minimises heat and noise.