Mark, thanks for the details.
While this might seem a little cumbersome vs a fully passive version, realize we can offer 4-10dB greater sensitivity over ~70% of the speaker's operating range with this solution, while maintaining the very compact size of the Spark.
This single channel version of the Spark XC1 will sell for $795 each
. Appropriately powered, pro audio amplifiers with integrated DSP can be had for as little as $200-500 per channel, or our optimal solution will be $700-800 per speaker. Over the course of the next year we will be developing amplifiers with greater channel density and more DSP channels per chassis, which is the limitation at the moment. This version will be designated XC1 indicating the single channel amplification.
Does the placement of this statement, "
Over the course of the next year we will be developing amplifiers with greater channel density and more DSP channels per chassis, which is the limitation at the moment.
" in the Spark XC1 section indicate that these new amps are only intended for the XC1, and not for the XC2?
Previously you had mentioned hoping to come out with a single amplifier to power four of what you're now calling Spark XC2 in a single chassis. Is that still in the works?
Same basic amplifier. Our amplifiers with DSP can be configured for most any usage given we have enough inputs. Once we have a new DSP developed with more inputs/outputs and the density to fit all the connectors on the back of the chassis we can allow for 4-8 speakers to be powered from a single chassis. The tweeter and woofer use the same 300W ICEpower module, but I err toward reality in rating it at a real 200W into the HF load it's driving rather than the 300W label on the amplifier. For anyone wiring up for surrounds now, I recommend running 4 conductor wire to each speaker so you have either option of bi-amp or single channel operation now or in the future.
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