Pro Audio Technology Programmable Modular Amplifier

One of the more interesting press releases to hit my inbox in anticipation of the CEDIA Expo next week was one announcing the Programmable Modular Amplifier (PMA) from Pro Audio Technology (formerly Professional Home Cinema or PHC). Aimed mainly at custom installations, this thing packs a highly configurable punch.

The PMA starts with a 2U rack-mount chassis housing four modules of ICEpower class-D amplification. The output of each module can be 200, 500, or 1000 watts, which allows the installer to configure the amp for different applications. For example, Pro Audio Technology's speakers employ high-efficiency high-frequency drivers, while the low-frequency drivers are somewhat less efficient, so a 200W module could be used for the highs with a 1000W module for the lows in a bi-amp configuration. Also included are a diagnostic noise generator and loop outputs that allow several PMAs to be daisy-chained together so a given signal can be distributed to multiple amp channels in elaborate systems.

A dealer-programmable DSP engine handles all system setup and calibration chores, including digital crossovers and ultra-high-resolution, wideband FIR (finite impulse response) digital equalization. Installers can control all parameters from a Windows utility with graphical user interface, and the front-panel display provides real-time feedback for each channel during setup.

Pricing is determined by dealers and the specific configuration, so there is no MSRP I can quote here. The PMA concept seems like a great idea to me, but I'd love to know what you think, so my thanks in advance for leaving a comment below.

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Dmndjaq's picture

I have seen and heard The PMA Speakers and Amplification Systems, and I think PMA may have struck Gold. The point I think needs mentioning is....a disaster maybe waiting to happen when they leave the pricing of their products to Dealers. If I am reading you correctly? Knowing the Market as we all do, the lack of uniform pricing could easily kill an otherwise High-Quality Product. Not all Dealers are equal: Not in their Professionalism, their pricing, and some are down right crummy! This last point is one that most manufacterers will not admit, or deal with. It's up to consumers to demand better approaches to pricing, or there is no doubt (in my mind at least) they will certainly get the shaft!!

Jarod's picture

The PMA concept to me is extremely cool! Seems like the ultimate in amp customization. I love that you can mix and match modules to suit each speaker. I do wonder why there is only 4 module housings instead of 5 for a typical 5.1 channel system, but maybe I am wrong? The GUI appears to be very user-friendly and straight forward. To me this product could be the start of a whole new breed of amps.

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