Orlando, FL, USA — Alcorn McBride, a leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, introduced two new products at the recent IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) 2014 convention: AmpTraXX, a16-channel amplifier with DSP, and the DVM8500-AB, a single-channel HD video playback unit with built-in amp and DSP.
“It’s always exciting to unveil our latest technologies at IAAPA” says Scott Harkless, Director of Sales at Alcorn McBride. “Our new feature-packed AmpTraXX amplifier is the perfect device for on-board audio applications such as ride vehicles. For kiosk applications that require the excellent video and audio quality, our new DVM8500-AB is a truly unique solution.”
Specially designed for vehicle applications, the compact, energy-efficient chassis of AmpTraXX packs 400W RMS into 16 channels of amplification and DSP. Each AmpTraXX channel can provide up to 25W into 8 ohms and independent DSP capability, including a 9-band EQ, dynamic range and compression control, as well as gain and stereo/mono mixing capability. Channel pairs can also be bridged to provide 50W operation if more power is required.
AmpTraXX is programmed with user-friendly software included with each unit. Set up is simple: Select a channel, click on the DSP element you want to program and type in the desired frequency or gain settings.
All settings are non-volatile; the USB and serial interfaces can also be used for on-the-fly volume and mute adjustments for installations equipped with a control system. AmpTraXX can even be controlled directly from RideTraXX, eliminating the need for an external control system.
Alcorn McBride now offers three models in its Single Channel HD video playback family: the DVM8500, the DVM8500-SYSD and the new DVM8500-AB. The latest addition to the line grew out of a customer request for the museum marketplace.
The DVM8500-AB saves time and money and simplifies systems by enabling users to feed a flat-panel kiosk display and high-quality speakers without the need for a separate DSP and amplifier. The model includes a built-in 25W x 2 audio amplifier and DSP, making it the ideal solution for kiosk applications.
The unit features a solid-state, energy-efficient design, which plays back from CompactFlash so there are no moving parts to break. For user-friendly touch panel control, just team the DVM8500-AB with an Alcorn McBride show controller and ShowTouch solution.
Both the AmpTraXX and the DVM8500-AB resulted from client requests. “Nothing is more important to us than our personal relationships with industry partners” says Harkless. “These two new products are a fantastic example of how close cooperation with those partners can result in new product ideas that benefit the entire industry.”
These products are shipping in early Q1 2015.