QSC Introduces CX-Q Series Network Amplifiers for the 
Q-SYS Ecosystem

February 6 2019, 00:15
QSC announced new network power amplifiers for its expanding Q-SYS networked ecosystem at the ISE 2019 show. The CX-Q Series audio amplifiers feature four- and eight-channel models that combine the QSC legacy of high-performance and reliable amplifier design with the native network transport, control and monitoring capabilities of the Q-SYS Ecosystem. QSC also announced a partnership with  Audinate to develop cross-platform networked technology between QSC solutions and Audinate licensed products.

As a native peripheral of the Q-SYS Ecosystem, the new CX-Q Series network amplifiers can take advantage of network routing capabilities as well as advanced processing, control, monitoring and loudspeaker output load. These amplifiers also assist Q-SYS in deploying signature QSC technologies like Intrinsic Correction, which maximizes QSC loudspeaker performance and protection.

“QSC has a 50-year legacy in building the most reliable and powerful amplifiers on the market. This 5th generation amplifier platform redefines the category with a solution that delivers reliable, flexible power distribution and even better sound quality,” says Sanjay Kulkarni, Senior Director, Amplifier Product Development, QSC. “Coupled with the award-winning Q-SYS Ecosystem, CX-Q Series allows integrators to take advantage of a native approach to AV&C and build a system that offers far greater value and superior performance beyond that of a system using third-party amplifier solutions.” 

CX-Q Series network amplifiers utilize a highly efficient, Class-D hybrid powertrain design built upon the dependable PL380 PowerLight amplifier platform, which has been installed in mission-critical installations around the world. They also feature two QSC amplifier innovations – FlexAmp and FAST (Flexible Summing Amplifier Technology) that combine to offer superior fluid power distribution options in a single amplifier — essential in a networked audio amplifier system.

FlexAmp allows for asymmetric output channel loading by drawing from large power reserves and distributing customized output power levels per channel. FAST allows channels to be combined to deliver either higher voltage loads (up to 200 Vrms output) or higher current loads (up to 35 A). Together, these technologies help expedite installation while decreasing overall system cost by reducing wasted power and channels.

Both four- and eight-channel models include “Q” versions, with network inputs as well as routable mic/line audio inputs that provide additional on-ramps to the Q-SYS Ecosystem, as well as “Qn” versions, that feature only network audio inputs to reduce system cost when additional inputs are unnecessary. 

QSC showcased the CX-Q Series network amplifiers for the first time at ISE 2019 in Amsterdam. Also, during the Amsterdam show, QSC and Audinate announced a partnership to develop cross-platform technology that will promote truly unique integrations between QSC solutions and Audinate licensed products. The first round of co-developed solutions are scheduled for availability later in 2019.

“QSC is committed to bridging the gap between disparate AV systems, peripherals and protocols by providing an agnostic, open-standard approach to audio, video and control,” says Trent Wagner, Audio Product Manager, QSC. “By partnering directly with industry-leading manufacturers like Audinate, we are able to pursue unique solutions that will not only advance the capabilities of the QSC portfolio, but also push the entire industry towards providing more native interconnectivity options. Audinate has already been a tremendous partner for the Q-SYS Ecosystem, and we look forward to deepening our relationship over the coming months and years.”

“Audinate and QSC have both been instrumental to the growth of AV networking over the last decade," says Joshua Rush, SVP, Marketing and Products for Audinate. "We look forward to expanding our partnership by bringing the benefits of Dante to even more of the QSC product portfolio and customer base in exciting new ways.”
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