June 17, 2011
| by Rachel Cericola
Harman seems to be doing its part to heat up summer’s A/V market. The company just announced that it’s now shipping Lexicon’s DD-8 Multi-Room Amplifier.
The eight-channel amp promises 1,000 watts of power via Lexicon’s own DriveCore amplifier technology, but in a smaller, sleeker package. That translates into 125 watts for each of its eight channels, from a chassis that measures 1.7 (H) by 17.3 (W) by 14.9 (D) inches and weighs just 9.2 pounds.
Inside, the DD-8 uses the new DriveCore amplifier IC chip, which the company co-developed with Texas Instruments. It’s a Harman exclusive.
“DriveCore technology advances amplifier design on several significant levels—smaller size, lighter weight, greater efficiency, more environmentally friendly manufacturing—and better sound,” says Jim Garrett, the market manager for Harman’s High Performance A/V division. “Thanks to its many advantages, Harman is also incorporating DriveCore into its automotive and pro audio products.”
That DriveCore chip has a lot to do with the component’s compact size, as well as its ability to reduce power consumption and heat production. That’s because it combines the amplifier drive stage into the power output stage, along with additional audio-signal functions. The chip also allows the amp to switch into low-power standby mode when not in use, for even lower energy consumption.
Designed with multiroom audio, custom installation and home theater in mind, the DD-8 comes with Phoenix speaker connectors, bus inputs and outputs, local channel inputs and mono/stereo selection for each channel output pair. It also has independent output level adjustment for each channel, as well as 5-15VDC trigger control ports.
The Lexicon DD-8 Multi-Room Amplifier is available now, with an MSRP of $2,500.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.