At ISE 2020 in Amsterdam, NAD Electronics revealed a new advanced amplifier that's designed specifically for high performance distributed audio systems.
The CI 8-150 DSP delivers 8 X 150 watts per channel @ 8 ohms, and is also bridgeable to 4 x 365 watts per channel @ 8 ohms. The hybrid digital amplifier platform delivers stable and efficient power with high current capability, all in a slim 1U rack space. To make this level of performance possible, the CI 8-150 DSP uses a customized version of the proven nCore output stage. This allows for massive power with extremely low distortion and noise in the audible range. Designed for the CI world, it was made to handle long cable runs and difficult speaker loads.
Installers can program and control a variety of functions that can be accessed through a web browser. The custom web UI can manage DSP calibration and IP control as well as offer several helpful diagnostic features. Once the installer has accessed the unit from within the network, the amplifier can be set up, calibrated, as well as reboot, factory reset, restore custom settings, and update firmware.
The CI 8-150 amplifier is stable at 4 ohm impedances; a variety of power methods are available as well as an Eco mode setting for minimal power consumption.
Designed to fit in a 2U rack space, the CI 8-150 will deliver audiophile level performance, says NAD, capable of offering highly detailed sound to demanding reference loudspeakers. In addition to a dual bus system and analog inputs, the CI 8-150 will also offer optical and coax inputs.
"NAD's newest CI 8-150 distribution amplifier highlights one of the brand's strongest features, which of course is our performance amplifier platforms," says Joe de Jesus, Lenbrook's Product Manager for CI. "The brand has a stellar 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 8-150 DSP adheres to the same stringent sonic tests as our best traditional amplifiers. Quite simply, that sonic signature is what separates NAD from the rest."
The NAD CI 8-150 is slated to be available in April and will sell for an MSRP of US$3,999.