Two product lines introducing new, cutting-edge Ashly technologies are now shipping worldwide: the CA Series and FA Series Power Amplifier lines.
“Both product lines are designed specifically to meet integrators’ major needs,” said Noel Larson, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Ashly. “Further, the specific enabling technologies we’ve developed to bring these solutions to market are truly cutting edge.”
A promise of Ashly over the past year has been to offer a complete, end-to-end pro audio solution – from amplification to speaker. Ashly recently began shipping new speaker offerings and a new, unique integrated product in its mXa-1502 mixer-amp.
That said, upgrading Ashly’s traditional offerings – including power amplification – with innovative technology was also a key component of the new end-to-end solution.
“The CA Series utilizes proprietary designs that show, in our testing, that they are the most efficient amplifiers on the market,” Noel said. “Meanwhile, the FA Series is bringing the form factor of Ashly power amplification down to an incredibly small size, allowing for more integration options across houses of worship, schools, corporate environments, and the retail and hospitality space.”
The new CA Series comes in six different configurations – three two-channel models and three four-channel models – these come in 500-Watt, 1,000-Watt and 1,500-Watt per channel (@ 4 Ohms) versions. The CA Series can also take it down to 2 Ohms without missing a beat, and without a drop-off in power. You can run up to 32 32-ohm selectable IS Series loudspeakers from a single 4-channel CA amplifier. In commercial installations CA can deliver 70V and 100V power with no reconfiguration required.
And while traditionally designed “big” amps are known as gluttons for more juice than one 20A line can put out, Ashly’s all-new, proprietary D-MAX technology brings together smart, cutting-edge amplifier design, a brand-new ultra-fast switching power supply with silicon dioxide semiconductors and diodes, and intelligent power management to deliver ultimate efficiency. This allows you to operate two CA 1.54s (6,000W total each) on a single 20-amp service. That’s higher efficiency than any other currently available amp tested by Ashly, and means you don’t need to call an electrician to run twice as many amps.
The CA Series features Dynamic Power-Factor Correction, which adds a level of intelligence to power utilization efficiency by accurately tracking fluctuations in current, rather than just sampling at the peaks.
Also, new SailFlow cooling design brings a bi-lateral air-cooling system that maintains a low operational temperature. By directing internal airflow strictly over the areas that generate the most heat, rather than arbitrarily over the whole amp, Ashly ensures its CA Series provides reliable and stable operation, even under heavy loads.
These new technologies – combined with installer-friendly Euroblock and XLR combo connectors and stable operation down to 0.2 ohms (0.2Ω) – make the CA Series Power Amplifier line is a perfect fit for integration in the education, house of worship, sports, retail and restaurant spaces.
The FA Series Power Amplifier line defines power density. Two half-RU versions come in four-channel (4 125W) or two-channel (2 125W) configurations. A 1RU is also available in a four channel (4 250W) configuration.
These configurations allow for installation in even the tightest of spaces: under conference tables, beneath reception area counters, behind big-screen TVs, and anywhere else a larger amplifier just won’t fit. With The FA Series, no rack is no problem – the product goes exactly where you need it.
The FA Series also offers unique power sharing features. While a typical 125-watt per channel amp does just that – deliver up to 125 watts to each channel – the FA Series is far more flexible. The FA-125.2 and FA-125.4 can share between channel pairs, up to a total of 250W total per pair. That means you can design a system with a 180W load on one channel and 70W on the other. Or, if only a single channel is driven, 250W can be output to drive a heavier load such as subwoofer.
The FA Series also features cooling technologies that provide energy savings and whisper-quiet fans. This allows even more levels of versatility in the compact solution by ensuring no one is bothered by unnecessary noise.