AudioControl Redefines the Performance of the 70-Volt Amplifier Category 

New 70-volt Dual-Mode CM Series amplifiers leverage powerful technology first used for avionics and satellite applications

Seattle, WA May 5th, 2022 – AudioControl (audiocontrol.com) has continued their nearly 5-decade long legacy of best-in-class solutions by introducing a groundbreaking audio amplifier platform leveraging GaN (Gallium Nitride) semiconductors from GaN Systems. AudioControl engineers have created a circuit that establishes a new bar for power and sound quality, now available in the CM Series 4-channel, 3-channel, and 2-channel 70-volt Dual-Mode amplifiers.

“I am so excited about the GaN amplifiers we have developed and the opportunities that CM Series amps represent for A/V integrators,” explained AudioControl President Alex Camara. “Our new Dual-Mode design effortlessly drives 70-volt speaker systems and standard 4/8-ohm speakers simultaneously, achieving bass clarity and definition far beyond the capability of traditional 70-volt solutions. CM Series Dual-Mode amplifiers also incorporate AudioControl’s award-winning DSP engine, enabling integrators to fine-tune each zone for optimized sound quality.”

THE CHALLENGE

The AudioControl engineering team was tasked with elevating the performance standard for the 70-volt Dual-Mode audio amplifier category. 70-volt amplifiers are useful for driving many loudspeakers but have always suffered from performance limitations, often lacking clarity and reduced bass extension. Now, in burgeoning resimercial markets such as bars, restaurants, retail outlets, and corporate offices/boardrooms as well as large residential/outdoor entertainment projects, the sound quality of 70-volt amplifiers had to be elevated to satisfy discerning clients. 

THE SOLUTION — AUDIOCONTROL’S GAN-BASED AMPLIFIERS

AudioControl CM Series amplifiers have set a new standard for power and sound quality—but how was this achieved? GaN (Gallium Nitride) is a semiconductor material that was initially designed for the challenging demands of avionics, space, satellite, and 5G wireless applications. By using GaN Systems’ power semiconductors as the foundation for a new amplifier platform, AudioControl engineers were able to achieve high-output power, unparalleled efficiency, reduced distortion and ultra-low signal-to-noise resulting in outstanding sonic rendering from a highly efficient circuit that fits elegantly inside a sleek form factor. 

“The AudioControl GaN amplifier design is a great example of combining system engineering innovation with the newest offerings in power semiconductors,” said Jim Witham, CEO of GaN Systems. “Customers across the market spectrum are taking the lead in their industry by leveraging the many performance advantages of GaN.” 

ALWAYS THERE FOR INTEGRATORS WITH THE FINEST SOLUTIONS AVAILABLE

AudioControl has a 45-plus year history of creating award-winning products for integrators and backing them up with superior customer service and a 5-year warranty. Engineered and manufactured in Seattle, WA, the GaN audio amplifier platform and CM Series 70-volt Dual-Mode amplifiers are further examples of a best-in-class, innovative product design from AudioControl. 

GaN-powered AudioControl CM Series amplifiers are available now.

PLEASE VISIT AUDIOCONTROL AT THE 2022 ISE SHOW IN BARCELONA MAY 10-13, STAND 2Q400

ABOUT AUDIOCONTROL

AudioControl is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative high-performance audio solutions for the residential, commercial, and automotive markets since 1977. Based in Seattle, WA, AudioControl offers premium quality home theater and whole-house entertainment products, distributed audio amplifiers for commercial applications and a legacy of outstanding car audio processors, amplifiers and OEM interface solutions sold and installed worldwide by qualified professionals. For more information visit audiocontrol.com or contact AudioControl at +1 425-775-8461 or email sound.great@audiocontrol.com.

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AudioControl’s Award-Winning Dual-Mode Amplifier Design on Display at ISE 2022 in Barcelona 

ISE attendees will experience the latest multi-zone entertainment solutions from AudioControl highlighted by the new CM Series 70-volt Dual-Mode amplifiers

CM Series amplifiers feature category-defining engineering and performance plus optional Dante® network connectivity along with the benefits of DSP control and channel matrixing capabilities

Seattle, WA, May 2nd, 2022 – AudioControl (audiocontrol.com) is now shipping three highly versatile CM Series amplifiers, winner of several prestigious awards for design, innovation and performance including the 2021 CEDIA Best New Hardware award. AudioControl will showcase their full lineup of multi-zone entertainment and cinema products at the 2022 ISE show in Barcelona at the Fira Barcelona – Gran Via from May 10th-13th, stand 2Q400. 

The AudioControl CM Series amplifiers utilize a highly sophisticated Constant Power Mode architecture featuring GaN (Gallium Nitride) semiconductors—a groundbreaking circuit engineered by AudioControl to deliver more output power, greater efficiency and superb sound quality—far surpassing the performance of conventional 70-volt solutions. CM Series amplifiers are the perfect complement to AudioControl’s best-in-class 4/8-Ohm Architect and Director Series amplifiers, engineered as the ultimate solution for professional integrators.

“The performance we have been able to achieve from the CM Series 70-volt amplifier platform is nothing short of astonishing,” explained AudioControl CEO Alex Camara. “These amps have redefined the value proposition for integrators seeking to deliver best solutions across a vast range of projects. We are thrilled to be able to showcase these amplifiers to ISE attendees in Barcelona.” 

CM Series amplifiers feature optional Dante digital audio networking capability (Dante option available beginning Q1, 2022) along with the flexibility of both 70-volt and 4/8-Ohm (Dual-Mode) compatibility. These ultimate-performance amplifiers are ideally suited for commercial and residential A/V installations, delivering best-in-class audio performance, legendary build quality, channel matrixing and a powerful, intuitive DSP engine that is second to none. The features and performance of CM Series amplifiers enable integrators to precisely tailor the sound by zone to any environment—from Houses of Worship, Boardrooms, Hospitality, Collaboration Suites and more. CM Series amplifiers are compatible with popular smart home platforms such as Crestron, RTi and Control4, enabling control of Dante signal routing as well as volume up/down and power on/off by zone. There are three available channel configurations for the CM Series amplifiers: 

  • CM4-750—4-Channel high-power Dual-Mode DSP-enabled amplifier
  • CM3-750—3-Channel high-power Dual-Mode DSP-enabled amplifier
  • CM2-750—2-Channel high-power Dual-Mode DSP-enabled amplifier 

A POWERFUL STORY

Each CM Series amplifier utilizes a highly sophisticated Constant Power Mode architecture that delivers 750-watts per channel in 70-volt mode or 625-watts per channel at 8, 6 or 4-ohms along with stability into 2-ohms. CM Series amplifiers also deliver 1500-watts bridged in 100-volt mode and 1250-watts bridged into an 8-ohm load. The CM Series Dual-Mode design can simultaneously operate in 70-volt mode while also driving a conventional loudspeaker. Each model offers eight analog inputs (two analog inputs can be set to accommodate a microphone) plus two digital audio inputs (coax and optical). The amplified outputs of each CM Series model can be individually controlled as mono outputs or controlled as stereo pairs, giving integrators the system configuration flexibility, they need to accommodate any system architecture. 

AudioControl has a 40-plus year history of creating award-winning products for integrators and backing them up with superior customer service as well as a 5-year warranty. Engineered and manufactured in the USA, CM Series amplifiers are yet another example of a best-in-class product design from AudioControl. 

AudioControl CM Series amplifiers are available now. The optional Dante capability will become available Q2, 2022. 

PLEASE VISIT AUDIOCONTROL AT THE 2022 ISE SHOW IN BARCELONA MAY 10-13, STAND 2Q400

ABOUT AUDIOCONTROL

AudioControl is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative high-performance audio solutions for the residential, commercial, and automotive markets since 1977. Based in Seattle, WA, AudioControl offers premium quality home theater and whole-house entertainment products, distributed audio amplifiers for commercial applications and a legacy of outstanding car audio processors, amplifiers and OEM interface solutions sold and installed worldwide by qualified professionals. For more information visit audiocontrol.com or contact AudioControl at +1 425-775-8461 or email sound.great@audiocontrol.com.

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AudioControl Introduces the BLX-1K Bi-Directional Signal Extender

Engineered as the ultimate signal-extending solution for professional A/V installers, the BLX-1K provides superior analog audio-over-Ethernet performance up to 1000-feet

Seattle, WA, April 27th, 2022 – AudioControl (audiocontrol.com) has introduced the BLX-1K bi-directional signal extender that sends and receives a fully-balanced, analog audio signal up to 1000-feet over standard Ethernet cable. Professional A/V installers often encounter projects that require long cable runs, and the BLX-1K has been engineered as a premium solution to efficiently address these challenges.

“A/V professionals look to AudioControl for innovative solutions that enhance system performance while improving overall efficiency on the jobsite,” explained Chris Kane, VP of Sales & Marketing at AudioControl. “The BLX-1K delivers superb audio quality over long runs, overcoming a critical challenge for installers while retaining the exceptional clarity and detail customers demand.” 

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HIGHEST QUALITY SOLUTION FOR LONG A/V RUNS

Manufactured to the highest standards by AudioControl, the BLX-1K provides professional A/V installers with a premium, bi-directional signal-extending solution that is ideal for projects with considerable distance between devices. Designed to be used in pairs at both ends of the signal path, each BLX-1K contains a 2-channel receive stage as well as a 2-channel transmit stage, enabling content to travel in both directions across a span of Ethernet cable. The BLX-1K comes equipped with an external power supply for easy connection and ultra-quiet performance. Delivering a stout output of nearly 8-Volts RMS, the BLX-1K rejects noise, providing a pure, crystal-clear audio signal over long Ethernet runs—the ultimate problem-solver for A/V installers.  

The AudioControl BLX-1K has a suggested selling price of $180 is now shipping to dealers.  

VISIT AUDIOCONTROL AT THE 2022 ISE BARCELONA, MAY 10-13 BOOTH 2Q400

ABOUT AUDIOCONTROL

AudioControl is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative high-performance audio solutions for the residential, commercial, and automotive markets since 1977. Based in Seattle, WA, AudioControl offers premium quality home theater and whole-house entertainment products, distributed audio amplifiers for commercial applications and a legacy of outstanding car audio processors, amplifiers and OEM interface solutions sold and installed worldwide by qualified professionals. For more information visit audiocontrol.com or contact AudioControl at +1 425-775-8461 or email sound.great@audiocontrol.com.

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AudioControl Supporting 2022 Master Tech Expo 2022 with Technical Training and New Product Exhibits 

Attendees will experience valuable training, best-in-class products, and powerful installation solutions from AudioControl that deliver superior system performance for customers

Seattle, WA, March 3rd, 2022 – AudioControl (audiocontrol.com) will be offering technical training sessions, one-of-a-kind booth demonstrations, and showcasing new products at the 2022 MasterTech Expo in Mesa, AZ. Attendees can expect to learn how AudioControl’s innovative solutions help to overcome technical challenges for installers, enabling them to efficiently deliver best-performing systems to their customers.

“We are excited to participate in the 2022 MasterTech Expo and share our unique solutions with the premier installers in attendance,” stated Matthew Palumbo, Mobile Audio Sales Manager at AudioControl. “We will be demonstrating the power and simplicity of our DM-RTA as well as our expanded lineup of ACX Series all-weather amplifiers, the new Epicenter Micro, the ACR-U universal volume control and more.”

MASTER TECH EXPO: MARCH 6-9, 2022 – MESA, AZ AT THE MESA CONVENTION CENTER

MasterTech Expo is a collaborative event for automotive aftermarket professionals offering a professional-grade learning experience from leaders in specialties such as interiors, fabrication, audio, and automation. The event offers two days of educational workshops plus an exhibitor area featuring companies that participate in all facets of the aftermarket automotive industry. mastertechexpo.com

DM-RTA TRAINING AT MASTER TECH EXPO 2022

The key to achieving fantastic results in audio systems that retain the factory source unit is to understand the characteristics of the audio signal at the outputs. With the AudioControl DM-RTA, this process is simple and opens a world of opportunities to satisfy new and existing customers while winning business with better solutions over competitors. The DM-RTA empowers installers to deliver outstanding system upgrades, even when head units are on backorder! Using the DM-RTA to produce predictable results means better sounding systems and happier customers all leading to an avalanche of referral business.

ABOUT AUDIOCONTROL

AudioControl is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative high-performance audio solutions for the residential, commercial, and automotive markets since 1977. Based in Seattle, WA, AudioControl offers premium quality home theater and whole-house entertainment products, distributed audio amplifiers for commercial applications and a legacy of outstanding car audio processors, amplifiers and OEM interface solutions sold and installed worldwide by qualified professionals. For more information visit audiocontrol.com or contact AudioControl at +1 425-775-8461 or email sound.great@audiocontrol.com.

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AudioControl Introduces The ACR-U Universal Volume Control

The ACR-U audiophile-grade level control is ideal for countless applications including OEM system upgrades, subwoofer level adjustment, zone volume control for marine installations, and more

Seattle, WA, February 16th, 2022 – AudioControl (audiocontrol.com) has introduced the ACR-U universal volume control, the ultimate premium performance, highly-durable level control that will improve the performance and user experience for OEM audio upgrades, classic car entertainment systems, marine audio installations and more.

INTRODUCING THE ACR-U UNIVERSAL VOLUME CONTROL

The innovative ACR-U universal volume control offers the superb performance and ease of installation that installers have come to expect from AudioControl. The ACR-U is a passive control (requires no power) and takes RCA audio inputs into a compact receiver that connects to the volume control via standard Ethernet cable for wire runs up to four hundred feet with zero loss—ideal for luxury yachts and other large-scale projects. An ideal solution for a great many applications, the ACR-U delivers flat response even in the bass region, not suffering from extraneous noise, voltage drop or premature roll-off that plague lower quality solutions. Users will appreciate that the ACR-U is a linear control, offering a smooth, even increase/decrease in output with the rotation of the knob. The ACR-U has been conformal coated for durability against the elements and comes complete with a standard-length Ethernet cable. An optional extended-length Ethernet cable is available. The AudioControl ACR-U is available now and shipping to dealers.

KEY SOLUTIONS FOR 12V DEALERS AND INSTALLERS

AudioControl offers class-leading audio products engineered for car, marine and mobile sports applications, plus ultimate-performance OEM interface solutions that enable 12-volt dealers to upgrade sound systems while keeping the factory in-dash systems in place. These products are vital for automobiles featuring integrated multi-media systems that cannot easily be replaced. For 45 years, AudioControl has established the benchmark for performance and reliability, delivering the 12-volt audio products and support services dealers and installers must have to be successful.

ABOUT AUDIOCONTROL

AudioControl is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative high-performance audio solutions for the residential, commercial, and automotive markets since 1977. Based in Seattle, WA, AudioControl offers premium quality home theater and whole-house entertainment products, distributed audio amplifiers for commercial applications and a legacy of outstanding car audio processors, amplifiers and OEM interface solutions sold and installed worldwide by qualified professionals. For more information visit audiocontrol.com or contact AudioControl at +1 425-775-8461 or email sound.great@audiocontrol.com.

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