Versatile JBL DA Series amps bridgeable for more power

posted on Monday, 12th February 2024 by Steve May

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JBL is prepping two versatile new DA Series distribution amplifiers for UK launch. The JBL 8-Channel DA850 and 16-Channel DA1650 have a space-saving 1U design with the ability to bridge stereo channels into even more powerful mono outputs when needed.

Due to go on sale in the UK during Q1, the models are engineered to work with existing JBL architectural loudspeakers, and have a flat stackable design. The amplifiers feature local and bus inputs and channel output level controls.

The 8-channel DA850 and 16-channel DA1650 provide four and eight zones of audio, respectively.

Both models offer 50W for each of their Class D channels into 8ohm loads and 110W into 4ohm loads. By bridging their outputs, integrators can increase rated power to 185W into 8ohm loads.

Each audio zone can also feature an independent source, or a single source can be shared across all zones using a global audio input. Zones sharing an audio source can be expanded across multiple amplifiers using the global audio output.

The DA amplifiers offer three power mode control options: 12V trigger, audio-sensing inputs, and always on. They also have overcurrent and thermal protection to prevent potential speaker damage.

"These models feature a host of installer-friendly features and powerful amplification, said Jim Garrett, Senior Director, Product Strategy and Planning, HARMAN Luxury Audio Group. “They are the perfect companion to our portfolio of JBL architectural loudspeakers, delivering a single-brand system solution from one of the most recognised names in audio."

The DA850 and DA1650 will be available in the UK during the first quarter of 2024, priced at £1,299 (/€1,400 / $1,550) and £1,599 (€1,800 / $2,000), respectively.

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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