Crown promises ‘new industry standard’ with DriveCore series
Claiming to be ‘the new standard for installed sound’, Harman’s Crown Audio has launched the DriveCore Install (DCi) series power amplifiers. Successor to the brand’s CTs series, the DCi analogue stereo and multichannel amplifiers take on a wealth of improvements, including Harman’s DriveCore technology.
Comprising 12 models and ranging from 300 to 600W (into 4- and 8-ohms and 70Vrms and 100Vrms), the amplifiers incorporate a power factor corrected global power supply that is designed to deliver maximum power in any country.
At the heart of the DCi series lies Harman’s small DriveCore amplifier IC chip, which combines the amplifier driver stage into the power output stage along with additional audio-signal functions. The technology also dramatically reduces the footprint of the amplifier by replacing over 500 parts from a typical amplifier design with one single IC.
Cited to be Crown’s ‘greenest’ line yet due to its Power Factor Corrected (PFC) power supply, each unit also includes a rear-panel AUX port, enabling the amplifiers to be integrated into control systems for remote on/off and for fault monitoring.
The 2U rack models carry a three-year, no-fault fully transferrable warranty.
In another announcement, Crown also recently launched the USBX, an accessory that enables Crown’s XTi, CDi and DSi series amplifiers with a USB port to be operated via an Apple iPad or iPhone using the ‘Powered by Crown’ app. The app allows wireless control and monitoring of Crown Ethernet-enabled devices and JBL loudspeakers that are equipped with DrivePack DPDA built-in amplifiers.
As the app uses the same protocols as Harman’s HiQnet System Architect, users can import custom control panels from System Architect into ‘Powered by Crown’ for added functionality.