Installation Specific Amplifiers Introduced by d&b audiotechnik

June 22 2015, 03:00
At the InfoComm 2015 show in Orlando, FL, d&b audiotechnik introduced its newest four channel, 2 RU amplifiers - the 10D and the 30D - the first d&b amplifiers tailored for permanent integration. They offer the predictable results and rider friendliness of d&b with features and costs tailored for installation applications.

The 10D and the 30D deliver 700 W and 1,600 W per channel respectively and share the same Digital Signal Processing platform and capabilities as the d&b D20 amplifier and the brand’s flagship D80. Both amplifiers provide comprehensive d&b loudspeaker management and switchable filter functions and they incorporate two 16-band equalizers comprising parametric, notch, asymmetric and shelving filters along with up to 10 seconds of delay for each of the four channels.

Between the two models, the 10D and the 30D cover almost all install applications, differing only in output voltage and loudspeaker setups. The extensive DSP capabilities are also ready for further expansion via future d&b firmware updates.

To ensure seamless integration into existing permanent installations, the 10D and the 30D amplifiers offer five programmable General Purpose Input / Output pins, meaning external devices can be used for control or detection functions. They provide both four analog and four digital AES/EBU inputs, all of which can be summed and routed to any of the four outputs. This extended input matrix allows all eight inputs to be used simultaneously.

In addition, each input features an independent input gain, which means various input sources with different levels can be used without requiring an external mixing device. System status monitoring ensures suitability for sound reinforcement systems for emergency situations.

These devices can be accessed using either CAN-Bus, or via Ethernet using the Open Control Architecture (OCA) protocols. They are controlled using the d&b R1 Remote control software, which presents an entire system graphically, enabling the central control and management of a complete system. Password protection functions restrict access, and AmpPresets enable users to change predefined levels or configuration settings of devices. Alternatively, the 10D and 30D can be controlled using the integrated web interface, allowing individual amplifiers to be controlled using a browser window.

The 10D amplifier is intended for small applications with lower SPL requirements, making it ideal for bars, lounges and conference facilities with flexible room configurations. It features setups for all d&b loudspeakers except the large format flagship J-Series line array, the V-Series and the M2 monitor. 

The powerful 30D amplifier contains configurations for all d&b loudspeakers and is designed for medium to large applications with demanding SPL requirements, like medium sized venues, stadiums, night clubs, musical theatres, houses of worship and town halls.

“These new devices answer the demands for a d&b amplifier designed specifically for installations,” says Product Manager Wolfgang Schulz. “The predictable results from our highly appreciated mobile systems are now available for fixed installations, with very cost effective and efficient results. They offer a new price to performance for our installation customers and the d&b sound quality, reliability and flexibility that everyone has come to expect.”

The new installation amplifiers were on display at the d&b booth alongside the new Y-Series loudspeakers and the new D20 amplifier, which was launched at Prolight+Sound 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. At InfoComm 2015 d&b audiotechnik also introduced visitors the real world functionalities of the 10D and the 30D as part of the d&b Workflow which integrates the d&b ArrayCalc simulation software, including the latest ArrayProcessing feature, the d&b R1 Remote control software and d&b amplifiers.

“The feedback we have received about the new installation amplifiers has been overwhelmingly positive,” noted Amnon. “That’s great news as we renew our focus on providing permanent d&b solutions, with a product portfolio that meets the integrator’s every need. With competitive cost to performance, the four channel 10D and 30D amplifiers will benefit users wherever high quality sound, reliability, usability and flexibility is expected.”

The d&b demo room hosted several sessions each day and guided interested participants through the practical advantages of an installation solution comprising Yi, xC and xS-Series loudspeakers in ArrayCalc and R1.
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