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Technomad Amps Up Power For Distributed Audio Systems

PowerChiton

The PowerChiton is a nearly bomb-proof, amplifier-in-a-shell. The new high-power PowerChiton4 begins shipping in July.

New PowerChiton4 weatherproof amplifier ideal for powering large-area outdoor installations

BOSTON, June 7, 2010 – Technomad LLC, a leader in advanced loudspeakers and audio systems since 1995, is adding more power to its range of PowerChiton weatherproof amplifier modules. Able to produce 1600 watts for 8-ohm systems and 1800 watts for 4-ohm systems, the new PowerChiton4 offers more than three times the power of the current highest-power model (500 watts) in the same compact, NEMA-enclosed package.

The PowerChiton, with its IP66 protection classification, is a practically bomb-proof amplifier-in-a-shell. The IP66 rating confirms ingress protection (IP) for persons (such as electrical safety) and equipment (dust, dirt and water penetration). The latter makes PowerChiton amplifiers ideal for outdoor installations for protection against the elements. Its low-profile, modular design also gives systems designers and integrators the freedom and flexibility to place the amplifiers closer to the loudspeaker (including wall and pole-mount systems) without hassle – or to install the modules to the back of the loudspeaker with specialized hardware.

The PowerChiton4 retains all of these protection features while vastly increasing power, creating new opportunities for designers and integrators to specify and install PowerChiton amplifiers within distributed audio systems.

“We developed the PowerChiton4 in response to requests to offer a weatherproof amplifier solution for high-power applications, especially those covering large areas,? said Rodger von Kries, vice president of Technomad. “This could include anything from large stadiums to campus-wide public address and emergency announcement systems. The Ethernet/Audio-over-IP-networking capabilities of the PowerChiton4 add benefits for large-area installations that are establishing zone control and tying multiple audio points to a centralized infrastructure.?

All four PowerChiton amplifiers (including the 130- and 250-watt modules) are available with three networking options: Ethernet/IP, RF and twisted-pair. Its efficient design employs a single passive radiator for amplifier cooling and eliminates all moving parts to minimize failure points.

Other features include a broadcast-quality balanced line input for improved site-wide audio that is ideal for both voice (paging) and musical output; and a second input that can be used for local audio or as a secondary audio source. An internal mixer balances, improves and maintains audio levels out of the amplifier modules en route to loudspeakers.

The PowerChiton4 begins shipping in July. Technomad is also developing a powered option for its new Oslo subwoofer based on PowerChiton technology.

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers eight models ranging in power from the 60-watt Vernal 15 to the 800-watt Chicago 15/12 subwoofer. In 2000, Technomad introduces its range of complete Turnkey PA systems that have turned previous complex integration jobs into simple, one-line orders. In 2007, the company introduced two non-loudspeaker products to its inventory: The Schedulon automatic mp3 player and recording system, and the PowerChiton series of compact weatherproof amplifier modules. Please contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

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