Rotel Announces C8 and C8+ Installation Amplifiers
From the Japanese audio specialist Rotel comes the announcement of its new C8 and C8+, its latest custom installation amplifiers.
Said to leverage the company's 60-years audio engineering heritage, the new Class AB amplifiers deliver eight channels of high-performance multi-zone audio. The amplifiers are powered by an oversized, in-house manufactured toroidal transformer feeding an array of high current dedicated output devices, comfortably driving even the most demanding loudspeakers in critical listening zones.
The C8 Custom Installation Amplifier delivers 70 watts of power per channel into 4-ohm loads, and the C8+ Custom Installation Amplifier delivers 150 watts of power per channel into 4-ohm loads, with all channels driven.
Zone outputs are bridgeable to deliver even higher output power per channel, and the auto-sensing, auto-switching PA Override feature ensures ultimate installation flexibility.
Both units feature four analog source inputs available to all zone outputs through internal matrix switching, further customisable with independent volume, balance, bass, and treble settings. The C8+ also includes two optical and two coaxial digital inputs supporting 24b/192k audio matrixed to the outputs.
The front panel of each amplifier features a graphic display with controls to ensure user-friendly setup and operation, including selection of the active matrixed input source and volume control of each zone in real-time.
The custom-engineered 2U height chassis does not require top or bottom clearance spacing for ultra-efficient rack mounting with the included rack ears. Speaker outputs utilise detachable Phoenix connectors for pre-wire installation with worry-free secure screw-locking mechanisms.
Ethernet, RS232 and 12V trigger connections provide easy integration with popular control systems, emphasising the customisation available to incorporate these units into virtually any system.
The C8 and C8+ will be available from May 2022 and will sell for US$2,599 and US$3,199, respectively.
StereoNET’s Founder and Publisher, born in UK and raised on British Hi-Fi before moving to Australia where he worked as an Engineer in both the audio and mechanical fields.
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