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JBL Professional DSi 2.0 Amplifiers Unveiled

JBL introduces its first branded cinema amplifiers with high power output, DSP and extensive networking options

Northridge, CA (December 10, 2019)—JBL Professional has introduced its JBL DSi 2.0 Series cinema amplifiers, providing power output, DSP and networking capabilities for the entire range of JBL cinema loudspeakers.

As the first-ever JBL branded cinema amplifiers, DSi 2.0 Series builds on the legacy of Crown DSi Series amplifiers to combine the DSP of Crown’s CDi DriveCore Series amps with a new high-power design in an effort to deliver efficiency, reliability and audio fidelity.

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The DSi 2.0 Series includes three power configurations—350W, 700W and 1,200W—available in analog and analog-plus-digital versions with Dante/AES67 and SNMP connectivity.

DSi 2.0 Series amplifiers provide four channels of amplification with bridgeable outputs in a 2RU footprint, and are PowerMatched for JBL Cinema loudspeakers. DSi 2.0 Series amps can power up to four JBL surround speakers with one channel in high-power-density 2Ω mode.

With 96 kHz/32-bit floating-point DSP, DSi 2.0 Series amplifiers offer a variety of  signal processors, including parametric EQ, FIR processing, LevelMAX limiting and more. Crown’s proprietary DriveCore technology eliminates hundreds of components within each DSi Series amplifier, reducing the variability of component values. Built-in presets for JBL cinema speaker tunings manage voltage levels, crossover settings and more.

Analog-plus-digital DSi 2.0 Series amplifiers offer AES67 connectivity, which enables networked audio distribution from any AES67 or Dante-compatible device and direct interfacing with Dolby Atmos Connect without the need for additional processing hardware.

Dual network audio ports allow for primary and secondary networks configured as switched (daisy chain) or redundant (star) topologies. Analog-plus-digital DSi 2.0 Series amps also feature SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) connectivity for interfacing with third-party theater-management systems and Cinema Control (NOC) systems for remote status and fault monitoring. A HiQnet port provides access to HARMAN Audio Architect software, for controlling, configuring and monitoring amplifier operation through a standard TCP/IQ network.

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The DSi 2.0 Series consists of six amplifier models intended for cinemas, theaters and large-format rooms.  The LA4 and LA4-D deliver 1,200 Watts at 8 Ohms, the MA4 and MA4-D deliver 700 Watts at 8 Ohms, and the SA4 and SA4-D deliver 350 Watts at 8 Ohms.

The JBL DSi 2.0 LA4-D ($3,749), LA4 ($3,399), MA4-D ($3,349), MA4 ($2,999), SA4-D ($2,349) and SA4 ($1,999) are available now.

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