|Originally announced at At NSCA in Orlando, Florida, Crown showed its latest expansion to the Crown Commercial Audio Series at prolight+sound 2005, Frankfurt, for the fisrt time in Europe. Additional models are mixer and amplifier models and a higher-power mixer-amplifier. Larry Baker, Director of Marketing for Installed Sound at Crown made the announcement: "The first products in our Commercial Audio Series, the 180MA and 280MA mixer-amplifiers, are being very quickly adopted and we are pleased at how well they are being accepted. We've now broadened the series into what is now a complete line of mixer and amplifier products. It is now very easy to mix and match components to assemble a solution for any number of inputs or zones."
The new models include the 1160MA mixer-amplifier featuring 4 inputs and one 160W power amplifier, the 1160A amplifier providing 1 input and one 160W power amplifier, the 14M mixerwith 4 inputs and 1 output channel, and the 28M mixer offering 8 inputs and 2 output channels. Launched in January 2005, the Crown 180MA has 4 inputs and one 80W power amplifier for single-zone systems, the 280MA features 8 inputs and dual 80W power amplifiers for two-zone systems.
The line is targeted toward applications including schools, hospitals, factories, restaurant/retail, houses of worship, fitness facilities, A/V boardrooms, prisons, and small offices. Typical uses are paging, background music, security and evacuation instructions.
Mixer input routing allows each input to be assigned to any output, often greatly reducing the need for additional mixers or amplifiers (or both) when systems require either more inputs or outputs. Other features include priority muting, phantom power, four-tone generator, independent volume, bass and treble controls for each channel, and capability for remote volume control. Amplifier models provide 4-ohm and constant-voltage outputs (70V and 100V).