NAD Electronics has targeted high-performance distributed audio systems with its new CI 16-60 DSP amplifier.

The CI 16-60 DSP is built with the demands of professional installations in mind, delivering 60W/channel at 8Ω into each of its 16 channels, each pair of channels bridgeable to 140W/per channel if more power is required. The hybrid digital amplifier platform delivers stable and efficient power with high-current capability in a 2U-high rack space, using a custom version of the Hypex UcD output stage to deliver load invariant power with extremely low distortion and noise in the audible range. Additionally, it can handle long cable runs and difficult speaker loads.

NAD CI 16-60 DSP amplifierThe CI 16-60 DSP is an IP-controlled amplifier that allows the installer to configure and calibrate via a web-based user interface. The user interface offers access to multichannel DSP providing detailed equalisation control. A virtual patchbay permits any input to be routed to any, or multiple outputs without the need to create physical connections. The UI offers insight into temperature and power status, as well as basic troubleshooting functions like power cycling, factory resetting and updating. Rounding out the CI 16-60’s feature set are loop through jacks on all the inputs making it possible to daisychain sources to multiple amplifiers for larger installations.

‘NAD’s CI 16-60 DSP amplifier joins the CI 8-120 DSP and CI 8-150 DSP distribution amplifiers highlighting one of the brand’s strongest features which of course is our amplifier platforms,’ says Joe de Jesus, Lenbrook’s Product Manager for CI. ‘The brand has a reputation for rock-solid amplification and a tonal balance that seems to shake hands with virtually any speaker it powers. Our clients can expect the same exacting standard. For example, this new CI 16-60 DSP adheres to the same stringent sonic tests as our best traditional amplifiers. Quite simply, that sonic signature and rock-solid reliability is what separates NAD from the rest.’

Key features:

  • Platform accessed through IP control.
  • 16 Channels x 60W/8Ω.
  • Consecutive channel pairs bridgeable to 140W/8Ω.
  • Global Input/Output and Individual Channel Input and Output..
  • 0.5W Standby Mode, 3W.
  • Network Standby.
  • 12V Trigger In; IR In/Out.
  • Multiple Power-up options as well as Eco Mode.
  • Universal AC Power Supply.


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