"As you know, Hafler has been in the amp business for over 60 years and our engineering team has been developing amplifiers going back to the 1980s. After much discussion with our reseller partners, it only seemed natural that we come out with amps to address the growing demand for multi-room amplifiers for use in smart homes, restaurants, social houses and community centers. Hafler brings several important attributes to market including innovative designs with real-world contractor-friendly solutions and unparalleled reliability so that the contractor is not going back to make costly after-sale service calls," says Hafler Senior Engineer, Kevin Knoll.
Hafler will be releasing three multi-zone amplifiers: the 6 channel CI-6120, the 8 channel CI-855 and the 12 channel CI-1255. Although all three amps are similar, they all have slightly different features. Common features include a compact footprint that is only 3.5" (8.9 cm) high, 17" (43.2 cm) wide and 11.5" (29.2 cm) deep, gold plated RCA inputs and an all-channel bus input for easy routing. This global stereo bus input can be used to feed all channels simultaneously from a single source. This bus is also paralleled on the front panel with a 3.5mm input to easily connect an iPhone, tablet or other portable device, and facilitates testing of the system during installation.
All models features Class-AB circuit topology for the most demanding listening needs, Hush-Tone fan cooling technology, rear-panel level controls and signal status LEDs, and easy to use detachable Euroblock (Phoenix style) speaker connectors for quick and secure termination. To save energy, all three amps are equipped with ecoSYSTEM - an innovative circuit that shuts the amp off when not in use after 1 minute, and automatically restarts individual amplifier channels in less than 10 milliseconds.
The CI-6120 delivers 120 watts per channel to 3 stereo zones and is equipped with RCA throughputs and balanced detachable Euroblock connectors for greater connectivity options. The CI-855 delivers 55 watts per channel to 4 stereo zones and channels 7 and 8 may be bridged mono to power a subwoofer with over 120 watts at 8 Ohms. The CI-1255 also delivers 55 watts per channel but this time to 6 stereo zones and is equipped with the same bridge-mono functionality using channels 11 and 12. All three amplifiers are equipped with Omniport - a plug-in module that can be used to add various functions such as Euroblock connectors, Jensen-transformer isolated inputs, or a Dante digital networking card to connect the Hafler amp to an Ethernet hub. Power may be derived from either a 115V or a 230V supply via the internal dual-tap toroidal transformer to accommodate installations around the globe.
The CI series is expected to start shipping spring 2017.
MAP: $899.99 USD (CI-6120), $799.99 USD (CI-855) and $899.99 USD (CI-1255)