Some people build an entire AV system around that one awesome audio receiver. However, there are still a lot of purists that prefer separates. In other words, they would rather have an amplifier running the show. (For more information on amplifier options, check out our article on The Amplifier Class Divide: Amplifier Types Explained.)
NAD Electronics is catering to that crowd with two new multichannel amplifiers, designed for distributed audio systems. The new eight-channel CI 980 amplifier and the four-channel CI 940 amplifier are shipping now.
The CI 980 is rated for 50 watts per channel with all channels driven into 8 ohms. Designed to drive four stereo zones, it allows two channels to be bridged to form one larger channel of 120 watts into 8 ohms. This makes it a flexible option. The CI 940 has a Class AB amplifier design that boasts 35 watts into four channels at 8 ohms. This model also offers the option to bridge two channels for one higher-powered channel of 100 watts into 8 ohms.
Other features include high efficiency amplifier switching technology, thermostatically controlled forced air-cooling, Phoenix speaker connection blocks, and detachable power cords. NAD also says that each model is stable into low impedance loads and fully protected from short circuits.
“With the custom installation market making a strong comeback, we felt there was an opportunity for fresh new thinking in high performance, multi-channel amplifiers,” says Greg Stidsen, director of technology and product planning for NAD Electronics. “NAD has deep roots in the custom market and our new CI amps offer excellent reliability, light weight, energy saving and of course, great sound. We believe these new amplifiers represent a higher level of performance and value to the quality-oriented CI installer and their clients.”
NAD Electronics is making the CI 980 and the CI 940 available through custom installation channels. Both are available now, priced at $1,299 and $799, respectively.