New Custom Installation Amplifiers introduced by Rotel

Rotel has today revealed its latest custom installation amplifiers, the C8 and C8+.

The new Class AB amplifiers leverage Rotel’s 60-year audio engineering heritage to deliver eight channels of high-performance multizone audio. Powered by an oversized, in-house manufactured toroidal transformer, it feeds an array of high current dedicated output devices comfortably driving even the most demanding loudspeakers.

The C8 Custom Installation Amplifier delivers 70 watts of power per channel into 4-ohm loads, while the C8+ Custom Installation Amplifier delivers 150 watts of power per channel into 4-ohm loads, with all channels driven.

Zone outputs are bridged delivering 140W and 300W respectively into 4 ohms and an auto-sensing, auto-switching PA Override feature ensures ultimate installation flexibility. Both units feature four analogue source inputs available to all zone outputs through internal matrix switching, which is further customisable with independent volume, balance, bass, and treble settings. The C8+ also has two optical and two coaxial digital inputs supporting 24-bit/192kHz audio matrixed to the outputs.

A graphic display is included on the front panel of each amplifier featuring control to give a user-friendly set up and operation. This includes selection of the active matrixed input source and volume control of each zone in real time.

Using the included rack ears and for efficient rack mounting, the custom engineered 2U height chassis does not require top or bottom clearance spacing.

Speaker outputs utilise detachable Phoenix connectors for pre-wire installation with secure screw-locking mechanisms. Ethernet, RS232 and 12V trigger connections provide easy integration with popular control systems, emphasising the customisation available to incorporate these units into virtually any systems.

The C8 Custom Installation Amplifier has an MSRP of £2,350 / €2,600 / $2,599. The C8+ Custom Installation Amplifier has an MSRP of £2,850 / €3,200 / $3,199.

They will both be available in the US in a black finish with shipments beginning in May 2022 and will be available to the rest of the world shortly after.


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