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At this year's Winter NAMM show, Behringer introduced the the digital 24-Bit/96 kHz ULTRA-DRIVE PRO DCX2496 (US $439.99 MSRP) digital loudspeaker management system. The DCX2496 satisfies system requirements for both live and studio applications. The DCX2496 ships worldwide in early 2003.

With its 3 analog inputs and 6 analog outputs, one DCX2496 can drive a true 3-way system, or 3 bi-amp outputs for monitors, while one of the inputs can be used as a digital stereo AES/EBU input, qualifying the unit for studio monitoring applications. A link option via RS-485 network interface enables cascading multiple ULTRA-DRIVE PROs for even larger 4-, 5- and even 6-way systems. AKM 24-Bit/96 kHz A/D and D/A converters give the unit a dynamic range of 112 dB.

The DCX2496's individual crossover filter offers filter characteristics from Butterworth, Bessel to Linkwitz-Riley and selectable roll-off characteristics from 6 to 48 dB/octave. Precise dynamic EQs facilitate level-dependent equalization, while "zero"-attack limiters on all output channels guarantee optimal signal protection and failsafe operation. Adjustable delays are available for all inputs and outputs that allow manual or automatic correction for room temperature, phase and arrival time differences. The DCX2496 houses a PCMCIA memory card slot for comfortable storage of preferred settings, while the unit's open architecture allows future remote Windows software updates.

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