CEDIA EXPO 2014
Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association
Parasound ZoneMaster 1250 12 Channel Power Amplifier
has debuted their ZoneMaster 1250 ($2495), which is a 12-channel power amplifier. This high power multi-channel amplifier can be used in multiple configuration modes, can be placed on a shelf or be mounted within a 2U high standard rack. Connections for 24 speakers combined with 2-Ohm stability allow the use of two speakers per channel. It is rated at 12x50 watts into 8 Ohms, and 12 x 90 into 4 Ohms. Each channel pair can be bridged to deliver 6x160 watts into 8 Ohms and 6x200 watts into 4 Ohms.
There are independent unbalanced RCA line inputs and level controls for each channel. There are two Bus inputs with looping outputs, plus a speaker-level input that can be routed to any zone. The Parasound ZoneMaster 1250 has independent 12-Volt and audio triggers with looping trigger outputs for each zone, and a global 12-Volt trigger. Detachable Phoenix-style speaker connectors accept up to 12-gauge wire. The Model 1250 offers exceptionally "green" power consumption with 0.5 watt standby power consumption and is Energy Star and European Union compliant. All amplifier channels operate in Class AB for the input stageand Class D for the power output stage.
"The ZoneMaster Model 1250 is a game changer in a category populated by mediocre generic IC amplifiers," said company president, Richard Schram. "The Class AB input stage and premium Class D power stage generate performance consistent with Parasound's heritage. It is as useful for distributed audio as it is for home theater, where it could augment an AV receiver with 3x160 plus 4x50 watts."
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