Published On: February 21, 2015

NAD Launches CI 980 and CI 940 Multichannel Amps

Published On: February 21, 2015

NAD Launches CI 980 and CI 940 Multichannel Amps

NAD Electronics has introduced two new multichannel amplifiers designed for the custom-installation market. The CI 940 ($799, shown here) delivers 35 watts into four channels at eight ohms, and the CI 980 ($1,299) delivers 50 watts per channel with all channels...

NAD-CI940.jpgNAD Electronics has introduced two new multichannel amplifiers designed for the custom-installation market. The CI 940 ($799, shown here) delivers 35 watts into four channels at eight ohms, and the CI 980 ($1,299) delivers 50 watts per channel with all channels driven into eight ohms. Both amps are bridgeable to provide more power to fewer channels, and both use high-efficiency switching technology for a lighter weight and cooler operation.

From NAD
NAD Electronics has announced two new multichannel amplifiers primarily designed for distributed audio systems for the custom installation market. The eight-channel CI 980 ($1,299) utilizes the latest high-efficiency switching amplifier technology resulting in lighter weight, cooler operation, energy savings and improved reliability. The four-channel CI 940 ($799) uses NAD’s proven Class AB amplifier design featuring high dynamic power and low impedance drive capability. Both models are in stock and available for immediate delivery.

NAD CI 980
The company’s new CI amplifiers are like all NAD amplifiers in that they are conservatively rated and punch well above their weight. The CI 980 features eight channels conservatively rated at 50 watts per channel with all channels driven into eight ohms. The multichannel amp is stable at lower impedances and with long wire runs. Designed to drive four stereo zones, any two channels can be bridged to form one larger channel of 120 watts into eight ohms. This provides the installer important flexibility in tailoring the CI 980 for a variety of applications.

NAD CI 940
The CI 940 delivers 35 watts into four channels at eight ohms and is the best choice where the highest possible sound quality is desired. Like its larger sibling, two channels can be bridged to form one higher-powered channel delivering two channels of 100 watts each into eight ohms. The CI 940 can easily provide the instantaneous peak current required for controlled bass response by utilizing multiple discrete high power output devices. The power supply features very low impedance for lowest noise and good damping factor.

Reliability is paramount for amplifiers utilized for professional installation. Both the CI 980 and CI 940 are designed for extreme reliability by being stable into demanding loads and fully protected from short circuits. Thermostatically controlled forced air-cooling prevents overheating and helps provide a long-trouble-free life. Cooler operation also allows for using multiple amps in the same location without fear if heat buildup.

Phoenix speaker connection blocks and detachable power cords make installation a snap, and a selectable local or global input further simplifies wiring. Each input has a line input, line output and gain control for presetting maximum zone levels.

Their surprising light weight (the CI 980 weighs under 13 pounds) makes these powerhouse amps easy to handle and install. For further ease of installation, their solid metal chassis comes supplied with 2U ears for rack mounting, if so desired. Easy integration is assured by the choice of DC trigger or signal-sensing auto-on with auto shut-off and half-watt standby.

The light weight and efficient design of the amplifiers also yields an additional benefit in reduced energy usage, something the client will readily appreciate.

Key Features of NAD’s CI 980 and CI 940:
• New generation of high performance amplification for CI market.
• Light and efficient–utilizes latest high efficiency amplifier switching technology. Amplifiers are remarkably light for their power, as well as highly energy efficient.
• Amplifiers are “bridgeable” allowing two channels to be combined into one.
• Ultra reliable–stable into low impedance loads, fully protected from short circuits, thermostatically controlled forced air cooling to prevent overheating.
• Easy to install–2U rack height comes with rack ears for quick easy rack mounting.

Additional Resources
NAD M17 AV Preamp/Processor Reviewed at HomeTheaterReview.com.
NAD Introduces C 510 Direct Digital Preamp/DAC at HomeTheaterReview.com.

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