AV distribution provider Blustream released the NPA100DA Dante-enabled networked power amplifier. The amplifier will help deliver advanced audio integration to commercial or residential AV installations, says the company. Based in Shakopee, Minn., the Australian company develops a wide range of HDBaseT and HDMI solutions for advanced AV integration.
For conference and meeting rooms, the NPA100DA is a versatile solution for delivering amplification for presentation and background audio. It also features microphone input and integrated audio-ducking capabilities. This makes it ideal for live event applications such as lecture halls and small auditoriums. Additionally, its compact size and single-cable connectivity make it perfect for small to medium-sized rooms. Boasting an array of switchable inputs, this versatile amplifier can connect to both consumer and professional equipment.
“The NPA100DA is a multipurpose powerhouse,” says Martyn Shirley, Blustream general manager. “Integrators can’t go wrong selecting it wherever Dante-enabled power amplification is needed. It’s feature-packed and especially flexible with its small footprint. It’s as comfortable in the family room as it is in the boardroom.”
The Blustream NPA100DA networked power amplifier features a 2x 50W digital amplifier (1 x 100W mono) or 70V/100V high-level constant voltage output. It also has a dedicated LFE subwoofer output, Dante audio integration and two-channel balanced/unbalanced audio outputs. Alongside this, it supports a variety of inputs. These include two-channel Dante audio, HDMI ARC, MIC audio with 48V phantom power support, optical audio and two-channel balanced/unbalanced analog audio.
The NPA100DA is powered via PoE++ from a compatible network switch for placement in areas where a power outlet is not available, or locally should the switch not support PoE++. The unit also includes the ability to lower the amplifier power output subject to PoE capabilities. Its 70-100V speaker outputs can feed commercial-grade audio over large distances for in-wall/in-ceiling/pendant speakers as typically found in commercial applications.
The unique implementation of HDMI ARC input with CEC volume control broadens its residential applications. Here, it can be a compact amplifier to standard 4- or 8-ohm speakers for rooms that need two-channel audio distribution. These include bedrooms, bathrooms or kitchens. The built-in crossover and line-level output for use with a subwoofer also enables a 2.1 audio experience.
The NPA100DA also provides support for various applications. These include combined or independent LAN and Dante connections, audio delay for lip sync correction, independent gain control for audio inputs and control via front panel, IR, RS-232, TCP/IP, web GUI or 12V trigger. The integrated DSP offers a wide array of processing, including a 31-band equalizer and a 12V trigger. It also provides phantom power for professional microphones. Thus, it provides many of the features found in larger amplifiers but in a compact package. This package can then address smaller spaces without compromising audio quality or functionality.