08.07.08

Amplified processor hailed as “revolution”

AUTHOR: Inavate

Biamp Systems has combined its Audia Digital Signal Processor with a multi-channel modular amplifier to create a system claimed to provide enough DSP power to drive a system on its own.

Biamp Systems has combined its Audia Digital Signal Processor with a multi-channel modular amplifier to create a system claimed to provide enough DSP power to drive a system on its own.

CobraNet-enabled, AudiaFUSION allows decentralised system configuration and what Biamp describes as “freedom from the rack.” The company says that allowing components to be placed close to speakers can minimise labour.

AudiaFUSION joins the Audia family, in a move claimed to bring together open-architecture DSP, Multi-Channel Amplifier technology, and device- and load-monitoring capabilities. It features an 8-channel modular amplifier, 16x16 I/O via CobraNet, and DSP with optional amplifier channel-to-amplifier channel and device-to-device failover.

The DSP can support up to 8 amplifier cards that are individually software configurable from 100–600 watts for up to 2400 watts of power, with software-selectable 70V, 100V, and low impedance outputs per card. Intuitive software provides audio system design via PC computer and allows selection, viewing and calibration of numerous audio components. Once a system design is compiled, it is downloaded into AudiaFUSION, where it can be
controlled via AMX, Crestron, other third-party control systems, or via computer running daVinci control software.