Phoenix Gold Preps CEA Car Audio Launches

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Clearwater, Fla. - Phoenix Gold will expand its autosound selection at International CES with the first models in its Elite series of high-end car audio amplifiers, subwoofers and speakers.

The new series is targeted to audiophiles and will join the entry-level R series and the competition-oriented Ti series.

The company will also expand its SD series of miniature Class D amps at the show.

In the Elite series, the initial products on display consist of three amplifiers, a subwoofer, and a set of component speakers. The Elite.1, Elite.2 and Elite.4 amps are among the most powerful ever made by the company, with a mono amp rated at 3,200 watts into 1 ohm and 2,400 watts into 2 ohms. Likewise, the 12d subwoofer is rated at 1,600 watts RMS and 3,200 watts peak. Pricing wasn't announced, but shipments are tentatively slated for March.

The amps feature Burr Brown op-amps, usually seen in home audio components, to deliver ultra-low distortion and noise and high speed, thus delivering "maximum musical resolution," the company said. They come with included remote bass knob.

The three amps include the Elite.1 monoblock amplifier rated at 2,400 watts into 2 ohms and 3,200 watts into 1 ohm. It features low-pass range of 30Hz to 300Hz with a slope of 24dB/octave, subsonic filter with 24dB/octave slope, and 0 to +18dB bass boost.

The Elite.2 Class-A/B two-channel amp is rated at 2x450 watts into 1 ohm, 2x375 into 2 ohms, and 4x250 watts into 4 ohms. It comes with low- and high-pass filters with 16dB/octave slope and ranges of 40Hz to 4kHz and 20Hz to 4kHz, respectively. The Elite.4 Class-A/B four-channel amplifier is rated at 4x300 watts into 1 ohm, 4x225 watts into 2 ohms, and 4x150 watts into 4 ohms with low- and high-pass filters like the Elite.2.

The Elite.12d subwoofer features dual 4-ohm design and 3-inch long-throw voice coil to handle 1,600-watts RMS/3200-watts peak. It's optimized for sealed or vented enclosures.

The Elite.65cs component speaker includes a 25mm silk-dome tweeter and 24dB/octave external crossovers. The tweeter housing is machined from a single block of aluminum and threaded with an aluminum retaining nut for solid, easy installation, the company said. The aluminum also acts as a heat sink for the neodymium motor structure. Power handling is rated at 150watts RMS and 300 watts peak with a frequency response of 50Hz to 20kHz.

In addition to launching the Elite series, Phoenix Gold plans to add four models to its SD series of miniature Class D amps to bring the range to seven. The company will also show a new version of its iSeries OEM integration amp/sub combo kit.

The SD additions include two mono amps, one of which is rated at 900 watts into 2 ohms and 1,300 watts into 1ohm. The other mono amp is rated at 200 watts into 2 ohms and 300 watts into 1 ohm.

The other two amps include a 5-channel model rated at 4x80 watts into 4 ohms plus 1x500 watts into 4 ohms. Into 2 ohms, it delivers 4x125 watts plus 1x800 watts. A two-channel amp is rated at 2x75 watts into 4 ohms and 2x100 watts into 2 ohms. Price and ship dates were unavailable.

The company's current OEM-integration amp/sub kit, designed for 2010/2011 Camaro, replaces the factory amp, plugs into the factory wiring harness, and retains all factory electronics features, including factory steering-wheel controls, head unit functionality, Bluetooth, OnStar and chime functions. Details on the new version weren't available.


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