Bowers & Wilkins intros 16-channel eight zone amplifier

posted on Friday, 2nd April 2021 by Steve May

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Bowers & Wilkins has added an eight stereo zone distribution amplifier to its Custom Installation range. The CDA-16 has been engineered to work with any existing Bowers & Wilkins custom installation speaker and has the ability to drive 16 channels, or eight stereo zones, for whole home audio applications.

The CDA-16 adopts a compact 1U (44.5mm high) design for easy rack mounting and uses cool-running Class D amplification for maximum power output and energy efficiency. There are three power mode options for control: on, auto-source detect and a 12v trigger.

Integrators have the option to bridge stereo channels for more powerful mono outputs. By default, the CDA-16 offers 50W to each of its 16 channels in to 8ohm loads, rising to 100W with 4ohm speakers. Using the bridging function, that rises to 200W into 8ohms.

CDA-16 Front Angle With Rack Fixing And Reflection

Connections comprise eight pairs of phono inputs for line-level analogue connection, with the option of using one set of inputs as a ‘global’ connection that shares the same signal across all outputs.

The CDA-16 is available from April 15, and retails for £1,800.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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