The new PDA-1000R provides PreSonus’ Active Integration technology to create networkable Dante-enabled loudspeaker systems with powerful DSP that can be controlled by a computer running WorxControl (a loudspeaker management and remote control/monitoring application for AI-enhanced WorxAudio loudspeakers) over a standard LAN. With its versatile design, the new PDA-1000R offers the flexibility of being mounted directly into a standard equipment rack.
As a 2-channel, Class D power amp with 500W per channel, the new PDA-1000R offers a comprehensive feature set. The unit incorporates 2 onboard presets, high pass filter, temperature, signal, -3 dB, limit and clip indications, XLR input, XLR pass thru, and Dante, which offers a self-configuring, true plug and play digital audio networking experience. Central to the PDA-1000R’s capabilities is WorxControl, which provides a suite of advanced editing controls that enables one to customize the system to compensate for room anomalies, create delay systems, eliminate feedback, and more.
Key features of WorxControl include an 800 ms alignment delay adjustable in 0.1 ms increments so operators can perfectly align delay systems, center fills, and more. There’s also a limiter with fully variable threshold that enables one to control dynamics without a mixer or an output processor as well as a compressor with fully variable attack, release, threshold, ratio, and make-up gain. Additional functionality includes an 8-band parametric EQ, or selectable low/high shelving filters for each loudspeaker in the system, 8 notch filters for removal of unwanted frequencies (to eliminate feedback), a low pass filter with selectable filter types, plus Input level and gain reduction metering.
In addition to its provisions for advanced loudspeaker customization, WorxControl also provides easy group management, enabling sound technicians to manage multiple loudspeaker system groups from within a single venue preset. WorxControl includes loudspeaker mapping, which creates a custom map after any loudspeaker is added to a speaker group. Each loudspeaker’s settings are stored in its position within the speaker group map. Any changes to a loudspeaker’s settings are also stored in this map. WorxControl provides performance monitoring for input metering, clipping, limiting, real-time temperature display, and for excursion Limit. There’s also a user layer that keeps track of every setting created.
With Dante audio networking capability, all of the PDA-1000R’s capabilities come with the added benefit of streamlined system cabling. Known for its ability to transport low latency uncompressed audio over standard IP Ethernet networks with sample accurate synchronization, Dante provides automatic device and channel discovery as well as easy-to-use signal routing. Dante audio networking provides control over audio feeds from remote locations and enables users to build sophisticated SR systems by deploying Cat5 cables throughout the venue as opposed to running conventional audio cables.
Hugh Sarvis, managing director for the PreSonus / WorxAudio Loudspeaker Division, commented on the new PDA-1000R, “Our PDA-1000R brings a wealth of functionality and intuitive control to sound system design and implementation. The combination of DSP capabilities, Dante networking, and WorxControl make the process of deploying world-class sound reinforcement systems far more streamlined—with quick and easy access to just about anything a front of house engineer could want. We are extremely happy to be moving forward with our WorxControl and we have every intention of adding many new features in the near future.”
The WorxAudio PDA-1000R Power Amplifier with Integrated DSP and Dante is available now. The unit carries a MSRP of $1,780.