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One key to outstanding home theater sound is proper amplification. Power is how you bring a movie soundtrack to life. Even though they are aimed at the pro market, Crown offers a collection of new amps - the DCi series - that look to be perfect for the job.

Achieving THX reference levels can be a challenge for even the mightiest AVRs. Advanced systems that use dedicated processors require external amplification. To that end, Crown offers a series of highly flexible, powerful multi-channel amplifiers. Available in two flavors - 'Network' which features DSP including limiters, EQ and mixing... and 'Analog' because there is no integrated DSP capability. With either option, the new line features a number of configurations to best match the intended application. The DCi Network and Analog lines both come in 2/4/8 channel models rated at 300 and 600 watts/channel, for a grand total of twelve new models.

The new amps boast high efficiency - over 90% - and low power consumption on standby - under 1 watt. An optional auto-sleep mode turns the amp off if no signal is received for 30 minutes.

At the top of the line is the 8-channel, 600-watt DCi 8/600. Let's use it as an example: The DCi series features bridgeable channel pairs, so configuring a single amplifier to run a 7.1 system couldn't be easier - bridge one channel pair for 1200 watts of power and run the subwoofer(s) off that channel, the rest of the channels get 600 watts of power each (or 300 watts at 8 ohms). That should be enough power to get levels up to THX reference, even in a large HT. Don't need to power a sub? Then you're good to go for amplifying a 9.2 system. Want a souped-up 5.1 rig? Bridge three channel pairs and run LCR off of them (1200 watts/channel), and run the surrounds off the last channel pair.

A headline feature of these new amplifiers is switchable 70/100 volt operation with 1.4/2.0 volt input sensitivity, which can be selected on a per-channel basis. All the models share the same chassis and weigh less that 30 lbs. Availability is Spring 2013 and Crown offers a 3-year, fully transferable warranty on all the new models. The new DCi is a direct replacement for Crown's CTs series so even though pricing has not been announced, it should be in the same range.

http://www.crownaudio.com/usa/installed-sound/drivecore-install-series.html
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“In introducing the DCi Series we had to exceed the benchmarks set by our acclaimed CTs Series, which has established itself as the de facto amplifier standard for installed sound applications,” said Daniel Saenz, business segment manager, install sound, Crown. “It was no easy task, but our new DCi Series offers an entirely new level of unsurpassed performance that will be appreciated by audio professionals worldwide.”
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The DriveCore Install series represent the latest in amplifier technology. Based on proprietary and patented Harman DriveCore technology, these amplifiers are the next generation of PWM technology using cutting-edge Class D amplifier topologies.

The DriveCore Install series includes:

100Vrms Direct Drive Operation that is critical in running long speaker runs over smaller wire
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Has anyone had any experience with these amps? I just placed an order for a DCi 8|600 N
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Has anyone had any experience with these amps? I just placed an order for a DCi 8|600 N
Have you received the amp yet? Whats your impression? I currently have 3 CTs1200 and 2 CTs2000 in my theater and I could replace all 5 amps with 2 of the new DCi's and have even more power for the subs by bridging one DCi. So they are very interesting for me.

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Have you received the amp yet? Whats your impression? I currently have 3 CTs1200 and 2 CTs2000 in my theater and I could replace all 5 amps with 2 of the new DCi's and have even more power for the subs by bridging one DCi. So they are very interesting for me.

How do they sound?

Where can I buy them

http://www.crownaudio.com/media/wysiwyg/DCi/DCi_DataSheet_101113_int.pdf
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How do they sound?

Where can I buy them

http://www.crownaudio.com/media/wysiwyg/DCi/DCi_DataSheet_101113_int.pdf
I can only speak for the CTs series and they sound great. Have not heard the DCi series yet but I am still curious.

It looks like you can get them at Performance Audio.

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They have no XLR AND speaker connections?
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They have no XLR AND speaker connections?
They do indeed have speaker connections (Just not the gold plated audiophile voodoo connections). You are right about XLR though. They use another balanced connection-type.

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They do indeed have speaker connections (Just not the gold plated audiophile voodoo connections). You are right about XLR though. They use another balanced connection-type.

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What's the price for these DCi amps? Will it be as cheap as the XLS series? I'm drooling at the 2|300 and 8|300 biggrin.gif
http://www.crownaudio.com/usa/drivecore-install-series.html

Is 34db amp gain too much for home installation? The SNR is much higher than XLS series. With the high amp gain and used with high sensitivity speakers, I hope there will be no hiss issue.

What say you?
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What's the price for these DCi amps? Will it be as cheap as the XLS series? I'm drooling at the 2|300 and 8|300 biggrin.gif
http://www.crownaudio.com/usa/drivecore-install-series.html

Is 34db amp gain too much for home installation? The SNR is much higher than XLS series. With the high amp gain and used with high sensitivity speakers, I hope there will be no hiss issue.

What say you?
In Europe where I live, the 2-channel DCi (2x600) is almost three times as expensive as the XLS2500. So unfortunately not as cheap as the XLS.

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In Europe where I live, the 2-channel DCi (2x600) is almost three times as expensive as the XLS2500. So unfortunately not as cheap as the XLS.
Are you looking at the network version?
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This things rocked at cedia ATMOS DCI demo fed with blu-link-it was a synthesis platform .
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What's the price for these DCi amps? Will it be as cheap as the XLS series? I'm drooling at the 2|300 and 8|300
http://www.crownaudio.com/usa/drivec...ll-series.html
The price for the 8|300 looks to be around $4,000 in the US, 4.000€ in Europe and £5,000 (considerably dearer) in the UK.

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XLS with 12 volt triggers would be fine for me.

I am not a fan 30min standby since amps will turn off randomly during quiet times in a movie or non multichannel. Then you grt delays in the amps turning on leading to those artifacts.

Low wattage standby on XLS coupled with 12v triggers AND fanless for home theater use would be awesome.
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At a similar price you could get the new NAD NCore amp: http://nadelectronics.com/products/m...ower-Amplifier

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The NAD is less channels, lower power, without digital input, without dsp. I wouldnt really call it a competitor.
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I was comparing it to the DriveCore Install Analog. For those wanting a silent solution with proven pedigree (NCore) I think it is a decent alternative. I/O is more consumer friendly as well.

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