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Winter NAMM ‘09: New Crown I-Tech HD Series Amplifiers With OmniDriveHD DSP Engine

The new I-Tech HD Series also incorporates Crown’s Class-I amplifier technology, new software that makes I-Tech HD robust and very easy to configure, a wide choice of input options including CobraNet and the all-new LevelMax limiters (Peak, Thermal and RMS).

By PSW Staff January 18, 2009

The new I-T12000 HD, the most powerful of the three models in the new Crown Audio I-Tech HD Series

At Winter NAMM ‘09, Crown Audio introduced new I-Tech HD Series amplifiers featuring a user-inspired DSP engine co-developed with BSS and Linear Phase FIR filters.

The new I-Tech HD Series also incorporates Crown’s Class-I amplifier technology, new software that makes I-Tech HD robust and very easy to configure, a wide choice of input options including CobraNet and the all-new LevelMax limiters (Peak, Thermal and RMS).

Developed in conjunction with sister company BSS, the next generation OmniDriveHD DSP Engine at the heart of I-Tech HD is built on a new architecture specifically optimized for fast and efficient audio processing. The new FIREWALL FIR filter technology provides significantly improved midrange clarity and dramatically improved off-axis response. The OmniDrive HD reduces latency, safeguards sonic integrity and advances system reliability. AudioCore features 24- bit, 192 kHz A/D and D/A converters.

LevelMax limiter technology links the previously independent Peak, Thermal and RMS Limiters, enabling more effective, elegant protection of connected speakers while advancing system performance.

Crown I-Tech HD is easily configured via HiQnet System Architect Software, which has been completely redesigned. System Architect mirrors the typical browser navigation interface to provide tour sound and contracting professionals with a familiar interface to access a host of power configuration and control functions. System Architect includes context-sensitive, alphanumeric keypads, which pop up automatically with relevant parameter units when a value or text entry box is selected with the stylus.

A front panel USB slot is provided for load and recall of amplifier settings. Users can simply pre-load USB keys to quickly, cost-efficiently and accurately configure entire racks by inserting the correct key and pressing the load button. A patent-pending intuitive front panel work surface with LCD display provides fast and easy menu-based system setup and full amplifier diagnostics.

I-Tech HD also boasts standard input options including CobraNet, AES/EBU and analog XLR inputs, allowing distribution of many channels of real-time, high quality digital audio for a vast array of touring and contracting applications.

Protected by a 2U chassis, the I-Tech HD weighs in at just 30 lbs. (13 kg.). Crown Audio’s patented Power Factor Correction (PFC) techniques allow I-Tech HD to draw current from the mains more efficiently,

Power per channel with both channels driven:
I-T5000 HD: 2,000W at 2 Ohms; 2,500W at 4 Ohms; 1,250W at 8 Ohms
I-T9000 HD: 2,800W at 2 Ohms; 3,500W at 4 Ohms; 1,500W at 8 Ohms
I-T12000 HD: 3,750W at 2 Ohms; 4,500W at 4 Ohms; 2,100W at 8 Ohms

For more information:
Crown Audio Website

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