Compact, Powerful, Cool-running Amplifiers Set New Benchmark for Multi-room Custom Installation Applications
ELAN Home Systems, a leading manufacturer of award-winning Multi-Room audio/video and home control systems, announced today that the company is bringing high end digital efficiency and power to its popular D-Family of Multi-Channel Amplifiers. The company is now shipping the D12 Amplifier, first in a new class of high efficiency amplifiers to be followed by the D16 Amplifier in March 2010. “The only thing these products have in common with their predecessors is the number of binding posts on the back panels. These green, powerful, self-correcting amplifiers are what our Dealers have been asking for – and our design team delivered in a big way,” said Bob Farinelli, ELAN’s President and Chief Technology Officer.
Utilizing state–of-the-art technology from Texas Instruments (TI), these products have been engineered from the ground up to establish a new benchmark in reliability, flexibility and performance. The digital design behind each amplifier, provides cool power at an 85%-90% efficiency rating, and simultaneously delivers 115 watts at 4 ohms into 12 channels on the D12 and 75 watts at 4 ohms into 16 channels on the D16.
- The D12 is now available at an MSRP of $2,400
- The D16 will be available in March at an MSRP of $2,600
ELAN engineers worked closely with TI in developing the D12’s and the D16’s cool-running, digital amplifier technology. TI’s state-of-the-art analog-to-digital modulation was coupled with 8X oversampling and 5th order noise shaping to ensure highly reliable and sonically pure designs. The result of this collaboration is an all-new platform that is equally robust and efficient. This new design enables “green-friendly,” low-power standby consumption while at the same time provides nearly instant turn-on for predictable operation. In addition, at just over 5-inches tall, the D12 and D16 are up to 40% slimmer than many competitive amplifiers.
“Our compact, high-efficiency design coupled with sleek new front panel aesthetics excites not only the energy friendly, but the design conscious as well,” said Mr. Farinelli. “Add front-panel readouts and stand-alone IR for remote volume control applications and the D12 is without a doubt the installer’s best choice for delivering high-impact music in multi-room installations. With four more channels, the D16 is the perfect solution for larger installations where entertaining or business use would require more coverage at normal listening levels.”
While the ELAN’s D12 and D16 amplifiers are small in stature, they are big on sonic power. The D12 will drive up to six stereo pairs of speakers, 12 mono speakers or any combination of the two. The D16 expands coverage with eight stereo pairs of speakers, 16 mono speakers or any combination of the two. With stability down to 4 ohms, two 8 ohm ELAN speakers can be connected to each channel without the need for impedance-matching volume controls. Plus each channel can be configured for mono, stereo, bussed mono or bussed stereo. The need for extra patch cables and Y-cords has been eliminated by equipping two universal stereo buss inputs with buffered outputs.
D12 – Rear
The D12 and D16 feature an IR control system that allows the volume for each stereo pair to be independently adjusted using a remote control in each room. Combine this with the stereo buss feature, and both the D12 and the D16 can be used with an inexpensive stereo receiver to provide a moderately priced, high quality whole house music distribution system with independent volume control in up to six rooms.
ELAN’s industry-leading, patent-pending ACE™ (Automatic Clip Eliminator™) technology is also a key feature of both amplifiers. This microprocessor-controlled, dynamic leveling circuit eliminates clipping without the typical audio degradation of traditional compressor-based clipping circuits. Sophisticated Digital Signal Processing controls constantly monitor the temperature and power output for each of its individual channels and continuously work in the background to maintain crystal clear sound at any volume.
“With its best-of-breed feature set, ELAN’s installer-friendly design and a strong backlog of preorders, there is every indication these amps will become a specialty dealer favorite,” added Mr. Farinelli.
- D12 – High power output, 115W x 12 into 4 Ohms (75W x 12 into 8 Ohms) all channels driven.
- D16 – Power output, 75W x 16 into 4 Ohms (50W x 16 into 8 Ohms) all channels driven
- Texas Instruments Class-D topology with 8X oversampling and 5th order noise shaping
- Cool-running, high-efficiency output
- Low-power standby with instant turn-on
- Thermal and short circuit protection with ACE™ anti-clipping
- Software lockable gain settings for increased speaker protection
- IR volume control for stand-alone use
- Two-year manufacturer’s warranty
About ELAN Home Systems:
ELAN Home Systems is a leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning Multi-Room audio/video and home control systems. Based in Lexington, KY, the company’s systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third-party products to create a seamless, easy-to-use “whole house” experience. The company’s unique products provide complete lifestyle, feature-rich solutions yet can be configured to fit the specific needs of every homeowner. ELAN products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select Dealers and Distributors throughout the United States, Canada and 58 countries worldwide.