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ELKHART, IN – March 2005 -- Expansion to the Commercial Audio Series was announced by Crown International at NSCA, with the addition of mixer and amplifier models and a higher-power mixer-amplifier. Larry Baker, Director of Marketing for Installed Sound at Crown made the announcement: “The first products in our new Commercial Audio Series, the 180MA and 280MA mixer-amplifiers, are being very quickly adopted and we are pleased at how well they are being accepted. We’ve now broadened the series into what is now a complete line of mixer and amplifier products. It is now very easy to mix and match components to assemble a solution for any number of inputs or zones.”

The Crown Commercial Audio Series are high-value mixer and amplifier products for commercial and industrial audio. The line is targeted toward applications including schools, hospitals, factories, restaurant/retail, houses of worship, fitness facilities, A/V boardrooms, prisons, and small offices. Typical uses are paging, background music, security and evacuation instructions.

Mixer input routing allows each input to be assigned to any output, often greatly reducing the need for additional mixers or amplifiers (or both) when systems require either more inputs or outputs. Other features include priority muting, phantom power, four-tone generator, independent volume, bass and treble controls for each channel, and capability for remote volume control. Amplifier models provide 4-ohm and constant-voltage outputs (70V and 100V).

Power ratings and number of inputs and outputs for the new models are as follows:

  • 1160MA mixer-amplifier: 4 inputs and one 160W power amplifier
  • 180A amplifier: 1 input and one 80W power amplifier
  • 280A amplifier: 2 inputs and dual 80W power amplifiers
  • 1160A amplifier: 1 input and one 160W power amplifier
  • 14M mixer: 4 inputs and 1 output channel
  • 28M mixer: 8 inputs and 2 output channels

Crown International manufactures amplifiers, microphones, and systems control products for professional audio markets worldwide, with corporate headquarters located in Elkhart, Indiana. For more information, visit Crown online at Crown is a member of the Harman Professional (HPro) group of Harman International companies. Other HPro audio brands include AKG, BSS Audio, dbx Professional, Lexicon Pro, JBL Professional, Soundcraft, and Studer. Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR; is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and electronic systems for the consumer and professional markets.