Announced at Cedia 2019 in Denver, NAD has launched its all-new advanced amplifier targeted squarely at high performance distributed audio systems. Delivering 8 x 120 watts per channel into 8 Ohms, the CI 8-120 DSP offers unique installer-friendly IP-based features including DSP calibration, IP control and remote testing.
The CI 8-120 will be available this November at a MSRP of £2499.00.
Key Features of the NAD CI 8-120 DSP Amplifier
- Platform accessed through IP control
- Custom web app manages DSP calibration, IP control and more
- 8 Channels x 120 Watts @ 8 ohm
- Bridgeable to 4 channels x 200 Watts @ 8 ohm
- Renowned NAD sonic performance
- Effectively handles long cable runs and difficult speaker loads
- Dual global Inputs/Outputs
- 1U Rack height
- 0.5W Standby Mode, 3W Network Standbyu 12V Trigger In; IR In/Out
- Auto Sense Turn-on
- Universal AC Power Supply
While the CI 8-120 will deliver a conservative 8 x 120 watts per channel @ 8 ohm, it is also bridgeable to 4 x 200 watts per channel @ 8 ohm. IHF Dynamic Power in bridged mode is 4 x 350 watts per channel @ 4 ohm. The hybrid digital amplifier platform delivers stable and efficient power with high current capability, all in a slim 1U rack space. To make this level of performance possible, the CI 8-120 DSP uses a customized version of the proven Hypex UcD output stage. This allows for massive power with extremely low distortion and noise in the audible range. Every detail of this design has been carefully executed to wring out every last drop of performance. Designed to deal with the demands of the CI world, it was made to handle long cable runs and difficult speaker loads.
Network Accessible Features
NAD’s newest generation of distribution amplifiers will offer the brand’s signature sonic performance along with a host of technological features demanded by today’s custom integration market. For example, the CI 8-120 DSP allows installers to program and control a variety of functions which can be accessed through a web browser. The custom web UI can manage DSP calibration and IP control as well as offer several helpful diagnostic features. Once the installer has accessed the unit from within the network, the amplifier can be set up, calibrated, as well as reboot, factory reset, restore custom settings, and update firmware.
NAD is keenly aware that reliability is paramount for a professional installer so all models will be based on tried and true amplification platforms delivering stable and reliable performance. The CI 8-120 amplifier is stable at 4 ohm impedance. A variety of power methods are available as well as an Eco mode setting for minimal power consumption.
NAD’s Audiophile Performance – anywhere, anytime.
For custom installers looking for the very best audio performance combined with the simplicity and reliability of a dedicated network music system, try the CI8-120 with the NAD CI-580 BluOS Network Music Player. The resulting 4-zone audio system can be easily integrated in to all of the main automated home systems, including Control 4, Crestron, AMX, Rti etc., whilst delivering NAD’s legendary audiophile sound.