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QSC Audio Products Inc. has announced its new 8-channel CX-168 power amplifier. The new CX-168 features eight channels rated at 90 watts per channel at 8 ohms and 130 watts per channel at 4 ohms in a compact 2RU chassis. For added flexibility, each pair of channels may be bridged to deliver up to 260 watts at 8 ohms.

The CX-168 includes features that are standard among QSC’s entire CX Series, including detachable Phoenix-style input connectors that enable the system to be pre-wired prior to rack mounting. Other features include 1-dB recessed and detented gain controls and a custom security cover for tamper-proof installations, user-selectable high-pass filters to reduce transformer saturation and protect speakers, and proportional response clip limiters that are independently defeatable. The CX-168 also features DataPort connectors, allowing each channel pair to be governed by QSControl, QSC’s audio networking system. This enables the system operator to control amplifier gain levels, check clipping and thermal status and monitor numerous additional system parameters. The CX-168 also allows for an interface with the DSP-3.

"The new CX-168 brings a new level of channel density and flexibility to high power amplifiers, making it ideal for multi-zone applications where rack space is at a premium," says Greg McLagan, QSC Marketing Manager for Installed Sound. "And at only 21 lbs., racking and shipping are a lot easier, allowing you to ship pre-wired racks at a much lower cost."

The CX-168 is scheduled to begin shipping worldwide by the end of 2001.

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