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Live Sound Amplifiers

Buyer’s Guide

Behringer EUROPOWER EP2500

Features: Two-channel, parallel or bridged mono, 1,200W per channel @ 2 ohms, 2,400W @ 4 ohms bridged; selectable limiters per channel; signal and clip LEDs; low-frequency filters (30Hz or 50Hz) balanced XLR or 1/4” TRS inputs; Neutrik Speakon outputs.

Price: $519

Contact: Behringer at 425-672-0816,

Carvin DCM2500

Features: Two-channel; 500W per channel @ 8 ohms, 850W per channel @ 4 ohms, 1,250W per channel @ 2 ohms, 1,700W @ 8 ohms bridged; high-transparent 50V slew rate; M/F balanced XLR inputs; 5-way binding post, Speakon, 1/4” outputs; limiter; ground lift; paralleling, bridge switches; recessed attenuators; LED indicators; soft start; advanced protection relays; variable-speed fan; 3U

Price: $599

Contact: Carvin at 800-854-2235,

Crest Audio CC 5200

Features: Two-channel; Class H output stage; 1,200W per channel @ 8 ohms, 1,900W per channel @ 4 ohms, 2,600W per channel @ 2 ohms, 5,200W @ 4 ohms bridged mono; combination XLR and 1/4” TRS inputs, Binding posts and Speakon outputs; ACL, signal, active and temp LED indicators

Price: TBA

Contact: Crest Audio at 866-812-7378,

Crown Macro-Tech i Series

Features: Two-channel; Class I circuitry; standard Ethernet networking and Harman Pro’s HiQnet and System Architect software; (MA-5000i) 1800W per channel @ 2 ohms (with 2565W 20mS burst), 4000W @ 8 ohms bridged; (MA-9000i) 2500W per channel @ 2 ohms (with 4570W 20mS burst), 6000W @ 8 ohms bridged; (MA-12000i) 3500W per channel @ 2 ohms (with 5900W 20mS burst), 8000W @ 8 ohms bridged.

Prices: $4,255, $5,200, $6,855 (MA-5000i, MA-9000i, MA-12000i, respectively)

Contact: Crown Audio at 574-294-8200,

D.A.S. PowerPro PS-1400

Features: Two-channel; 450W per channel @ 8 ohms, 700W per channel @ 4 ohms; 1,400W @ 8 ohms bridged mono; low-noise fans; low-weight toroidal transformer; ground lift; voltage sensitivity; rear switches; 2U

Price: $850

Contact: D.A.S. Sound Products at 305-436-0521,

Dynacord Power H Series

Features: Two-channel; (Power H 2500) 850W per channel @ 8 ohms, 1,450W per channel @ 4 ohms, 1,900W per channel @ 2 ohms; (Power H 5000) 1,500W per channel @ 8 ohms, 2,500W per channel @ 4 ohms, 3,500W per channel @ 2 ohms; 3-stage Class H; auto-switching 100V-250V, 50Hz-60Hz; remote DSP, diagnostics via IRIS-Net; 2U

Price: $3,800, $4,400 (Power H 2500, Power H 5000)

Contact: Dynacord at 800-392-3497,

Electro-Voice TG-7

Features: Two-channel; 2,500W per channel @ 4 ohms, 3,500W per channel @ 2 ohms; 3 step Class H topology; microprocessor-controlled management; optional RCM26 module for remote IRIS-Net supervision

Price: $4,450

Contact: Electro-Voice at 952-884-4051,

Face Audio F1200TS

Features: Two-channel; stereo, parallel mono and bridged modes; 650W per channel @ 8 ohms, 1,200W per channel @ 4 ohms; Class H; advanced protection circuitry; balanced XLR, 1/4” TRS inputs; Speakon, binding post outputs; power up/down muting; clip limiters; 2U

Price: $1,169

Contact: Face Audio at 877-525-1163

FBT Kempton KA Series

Features: Two-channel; 500W per channel @ 8 ohms, 840W per channel @ 4 ohms, 1,100W per channel @ 2 ohms; 1,500W @ 8 ohms bridged, 1,950W @ 4 ohms bridged; Class H; selectable 30Hz low-pass filter; stereo, parallel, bridge switch

Price: $589

Contact: FBT USA at 800-333-9383,

Inter-M Q-4300

Features: Two-channel; 750W per channel @ 8 ohms, 2,600W @ 8 ohms bridged mono; variable speed fans (front-to-back); XLR, 1/4” TRS inputs; Speakon, 5-way binding post outputs; on/off muting; advanced protection circuitry, 2U

Price: $2,360

Contact: Inter-M Americas at 562-921-0313,

Lab.gruppen FP10000Q

Features: Four-channel; Class TD; 1,300W per channel @ 8 ohms, 2,100W per channel @ 4 ohms, 2,500W @ 2 ohms; 5,000W @ 4 ohms bridged; adjustable gain, voltage peak limiters; detented front controls; protection indicators; network monitoring.

Price: $6,945

Contact: Lab.gruppen/TC Electronic at 818-468-8432,

L-Acoustics LA4

Features: Four-channel, two inputs; 1,000W per channel @ 4 ohms; onboard DSP with preset library; sophisticated driver protection system; Ethernet I/O ports for remote control/monitoring; LCD; 2U.

Price: $5,775

Contact: L-Acoustics US at 805-604-0577,

Mackie FRS Series

Features: Two-channel; 1,300W, 1,660W and 2,800W @ 4 ohms bridged (FRS-1300, FRS-1700, FRS-2800, respectively); Fast Recovery circuitry with switching power supply; 6-segment LED meter per channel, defeatable clip limiter, subsonic filter, and onboard protection circuitry (short, under-impedance, over-current and thermal).

Prices: $519, $649, $769 (FRS-1300, FRS-1700, FRS-2800, respectively)

Contact: Mackie Designs at 425-487-4333,

Martin MA Series 18K, 12K, 9.6K Digital Power Amplifiers

Features: Two-channel; 20,000W @ 2 ohms bridged; Switch-Mode, PWM technology employs 95 percent input power; Power Factor Correction steady current draw; mains voltage variation immunity; DSP via front panel LCD; RS 485 interface; optional SHARC card

Price: POA

Contact: Martin Audio at 519-747-5853,

NADY Systems XA-1100

Features: Two-channel; 300W per channel @ 8 ohms, 475W per channel @ 4 ohms, 730W per channel @ 2 ohms; 1,100W @ 4 ohms bridged; detented volume controls; balanced XLR, 1/4” TRS inputs; binding post outputs; ground lift switch; dual-speed cooling fans; soft-start; noise-free on/off; DC offset; advanced circuitry; 2U.

Price: $499

Contact: Nady at 510-652-2411,

Peavey Commercial Series CS 4080 HZ

Features: Two-channel; 2,040W per channel @ 4 ohms, 1,250W per channel @ 8 ohms, 4,080W @ 8 ohms bridged; two variable speed fans; speaker protection; 2U.

Price: $1,599

Contact: Peavey at 601-483-5365,

Powersoft K3 Digital Amplification System

Features: Two-channel; 2,800W per channel @ 2 ohms; XLR inputs, Speakon outputs; Power Factor Correction (PFC); LCD matrix interactive display with load impedance, output power, mains voltage measurements per channel; digital gain attenuator control and max output power select per channel; remote control with RS 485 interface.

Price: $5270, $5800.00 (standard and K3DSP)

Contact: Powersoft at 973-785-1105,

QSC Audio Model GX5

Features: Two-channel; 500W RMS @ 8 ohms, both channels driven; Class H power supply; built-in crossover; XLR, TRS quarter-inch, RCA Left and Right inputs; concentric NL4/quarter-inch and standard binding post outputs.

Price: $499 list

Contact: QSC Audio at 800-854-4079,

Yamaha P Series II P7000S

Features: Two-channel; 3,200W @ 4 ohms bridged; lightweight; Speakon, 1/4”, 5-way binding post outputs; XLR, 1/4” TRS inputs; high-efficiency EEEngine; sweepable high-, low-pass filters.

Price: $969

Contact: Yamaha Corporation of America at 714-522-9011,

Yamaha Tn Series

Features: Two-channel; 2,300W per channel @ 4 ohms, 5,000W @ 4 ohms bridged (Tn5); 2,000W per channel @ 4 ohms, 4,400W @ 4 ohms bridged (Tn4); 1,400W per channel @ 4 ohms, 3,800W @ 4 ohms bridged (Tn3); 26dB input gain; copper-plated transformer; EEEngine technology

Prices: $2,399, $2,999, $3,799 (T3n, T4n, T5n, respectively)

Contact: Yamaha Pro Audio at 714-522-9011,

Yorkville AP1020

Features: Two-channel; 400W per channel @ 4 or 2 ohms, 800W @ 4 or 8 ohms bridged; toroidal transformer; recessed knobs; front-panel status LEDs; balanced XLR, 1/4” TRS inputs; Speakon, binding post outputs; advanced protection circuitry; user-defeatable peak limiter; soft turn-on circuit; variable speed fans; rear-mounted ground lift, impedance switches, 2U

Price: $695

Contact: Yorkville at 716-297-2920,

Phonic XP1000

Features: Two-channel; 400W per channel @ 4 ohms, 560W per channel @ 2 ohms; switchable input peak limiter, selectable high-pass filter (30Hz, 50Hz); Fast Recovery design; level and clip LEDs; XLR and 1/4” TRS inputs; Speakon and 5-way binding post outputs; 2U

Price: $469

Contact: Phonic America at 813-890-8872,

Samson SX3200

Features: Two-channel; Class H rail-switching amplifier; 750W per channel @ 8 ohms, 1100W per channel @ 4 ohms; dual variable-speed cooling fan; Speakon and 5-way binding post outputs; XLR and 1/4” TRS inputs; 2U

Price: $829

Contact: Samson Technologies at 631-784-2200,