Brax, Helix Getting New Components



Rockford is expanding its selection of Brax-brand autosound components and replacing two Helix-brand component speaker systems.

Brax is positioned as a luxury brand of amplifiers and speakers, and the company likens Helix’s series of amps and speakers to a lower-priced series in the BMW line of cars.

In late 2010, Rockford acquired the exclusive North American distribution rights to the brands, which are owned by Audiotec Fischer of Germany.

The new products will be shown later this month at the KnowledgeFest convention hosted by the Mobile Electronics Retailers Association (MERA). They’re targeted to ship in October.

In the Brax line, the company is adding a new amp series called Nox and replacing its current MX series, introduced at January’s International CES.

The Nox series consist of the Nox 4 and Nox 4 DSP four-channel amplifies at a suggested $2,999 and $3,499, respectively, and the $4,500 MX4 four-channel amp. A two-channel MX2 is also planned. The Nox 4 DSP will be the first DSP-equipped amplifier in the Brax lineup.

The Nox models are lower-power versions of the brand’s current MX series of amplifiers and use most of the same MX technology.

The $2,999 Nox 4 is rated at 4x105 watts into 4 ohms, 4x180 into 2 ohms, and 2x380 bridged from 20Hz-20kHz with THD of less than 0.001 percent and a signal-to-noise ratio of more than 102dB. It features two line-level outputs to add subwoofers. The $3,499 Nox 4 DSP adds six-channel 56-bit DSP processor to adjust equalization, time alignment and phase on the four amplified channels and two line-level outputs.

In the MX series, Brax will replace the MX models shown at CES with two new models that incorporate a completely redesigned circuit layout to improve efficiency and signal quality, a new power supply design, and a realignment of the signal input/output section to shorten signal paths and improve sound quality.

The new $4,500 four-channel MX4 and the twochannel MX2, whose price wasn’t available, are designed like their predecessors to be pure amplifiers, lacking filters and equalization features but offering gain adjustments.

In Helix, the company is launching the C62C two-way component speaker system at a suggested $999/pair and the three-way C63C componentspeaker system at $1,749/pair. They’ll replace current models in the brand’s Competition series and add multiple enhancements, including new long-fiber sisal woofer cones with increased structural damping, the company said.

Other new features and attributes include aluminum die-cast woofer baskets, low crossover frequencies for the tweeters, virtually compression-free conversion of the amplifier power into sound pressure, and crossover with tweeter-level adjustment and doublewoofer mode.

Both are 4-ohm models with 6-inch woofers. The two-way C62C delivers 150-watt RMS power handling with 300-watt peaks, frequency response of 47Hz-25kHz, 91dB sensitivity and mounting depth of only 0.26 inches.

The three-way C63C delivers 190-watt RMS power handling with 380-watt peaks with the same frequency response, sensitivity and mounting depth as the C62C.


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