The new CDA-16 distribution power amplifier can power up to eight individual rooms in the home with high-quality stereo sound, all from one compact component.
Bowers & Wilkins, global premium audio brand, has announced a new product release within its Custom Installation product portfolio for whole-home audio. Available from April, the Bowers & Wilkins CDA-16 has been engineered to work with any existing Bowers & Wilkins custom installation speaker. With the ability to drive 16 channels or 8 stereo zones, the CDA-16 gives installers the maximum performance with the minimum rack space thanks to its compact 1U design, says the maker.
The product’s configurable specification also allows installers to bridge its Class D stereo amplifier channels to create even more powerful mono outputs, if required.
As standard, CDA-16 offers 50W to each of its 16 channels into 8ohm loads, rising to 100W with 4ohm speakers. Select the bridging function and that rises to an impressive 200W into 8ohms, ensuring ample control and authority whatever the installation requirements. Connecting sources is simplicity itself, says the product’s creator, with eight pairs of RCA phono inputs for line-level analogue connection with the option of using one set of inputs as a ‘global’ connection that shares the same signal across all outputs.
Suitable for rack-mounting, the compact CDA-16 uses cool-running Class D amplification to ensure maximum power output coupled to high energy efficiency. At just 44.5mm high, it’s easily accommodated in both Hi-Fi and installation rack systems.
CDA-16 key features
• 16 x 100w into 4ohms giving eight stereo zones, or 8 x 200w in 8ohms in bridged mode.
• Eight RCA analogue inputs for stereo sources per zone, plus the option of a global source for all zones.
• Three power mode options for control – on, auto-source detect and 12v trigger.
• Robust, reliable protection features to prevent damage due to overload, short-circuit or heat.
• Ultra-compact 1U rack-mount design for easy installation and configuration.