Versatile New 12 Channel Amplifiers Foster CI Ingenuity

AudioControl's new cool-running Architect Model 860 and Model 660 12-channel amplifiers have versatile input management and intelligent channel protection, giving CI professionals a license to explore new frontiers in whole-house integration.

Whole House Audio Amplifier Architect Model 861
AudioControl's new 12 -channel amplifiers offer many "installation friendly" features

Mountlake Terrace, WA - AudioControl, manufacturer and designer of the best sounding and coolest performing amplifiers, is releasing four new installation -friendly 12 -channel amplifiers. The new cool -running Architect Model 860 and Architect Model 660 have versatile input management, intelligent channel protection, along with legendary AudioControl authoritative power, giving CI professionals a license to explore new frontiers in whole -house entertainment and integration. Additionally, the new Architect Model 861 and Architect Model 661 versions add remote monitoring and control via an Ethernet port for increased system compatibility, function, and off -site system performance verification for each channel.

"The Architect Model 860 and Model 660 were designed to meet the needs of custom installers who work on complex, high -end whole house systems," commented Chris Kane, AudioControl's National Sales Manager. "These systems require designers to be more creative to achieve their customer's visions. The installation -friendly features of our Architect Model 860 and 660 amplifiers simplify their lives, and their bulletproof reliability keeps them simple."

The Architect Model 860/861 and Architect Model 660/661 unite CI specific features and advanced networking capabilities with the authoritative power, pristine sonics, and bulletproof reliability built into every AudioControl amplifier. Both models are built on the cool -running Class H foundation AudioControl has popularized to combat amplifier overheating, which affects a systems sonic performance and reliability. The Architect Model 860/861 has the 5 bands of custom -contoured equalization control for each channel (totaling 60 filters) popularized by their predecessors.

AudioControl amplifiers regularly impress listeners by delivering a more powerful sound than the wattage rating suggests. The Architect Model 860/861 and Architect Model 660/661 are no different. Each amplifier is rated to provide 60 powerful watts per channel into 8 ohms when all channels are driven full. Their ability to bridge channels and handle low impedance loads (stable at 2 ohms) add to their versatility and provide considerable power when needed.

These rugged amplifiers draw many of their performance features from AudioControl's award -winning Architect Model 960 16 -channel amplifier. Input bussing, 12 -volt trigger, and stereo -to -mono summing capabilities simplify installations. Each channel is discretely protected against clipping, shorting, over -temperature, and DC offset as a part of AudioControl's Exclusive LightDrive Anti -clipping Circuitry. LightDrive is a speaker -saving technology that has the unique ability to monitor the incoming signal to prevent the amplifier from clipping, guarding speakers against the harmful harmonics clipping produces.

The five bands of custom -contoured room equalization controls on the Architect Model 860/861 allow custom installation professionals to get the best performance from every speaker. Each of the five frequency centers is the result of an investigative study of in -wall speaker performance in common applications. AudioControl has removed the guesswork from the equalization process and simplified installation by determining the frequencies most often affecting speaker performance.

AudioControl stands behind the reliability of the Architect Model 860/861 and Architect Model 660/661 with an unheard of 5 -year warranty on the amplifiers, covering parts and labor. Each amplifier is designed and manufactured at the company's headquarters in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, located in the northwest corner of the United States.

The Architect amplifiers were released to the public at in Denver, Colorado at the CEDIA Expo 2006and will begin shipping in October.

AudioControl is a U.S. designer and manufacturer of highest -quality home and car audio components, committed to the pursuit of perfect audio systems. The company's headquarters, including research and development, manufacturing, production, and training facilities are located in the State of Washington, in the heart of the rainforest of the Pacific Northwest.


Architect, Architect Model 860, Architect Model 861, Architect Model 660, Architect Model 661, LightDrive, and AudioControl are trademarks of Electronic Engineering, Inc.

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