Niles Replaces Popular Multiroom Amp With New Model

The latest amplifier products from Niles feature metal-film resistors, high-quality capacitors and oversize heat sinks to provide long-term, reliable quality sound in a variety of system installations.

During the 2012 CEDIA Expo Niles introduced five new amplifiers to provide its dealers with new amplification options for two-channel and multichannel whole-house sound installations.
Robert Archer · December 5, 2012

The California-based company Niles has always taken pride in the quality of its amplifiers and not too long ago, the company introduced five new amplifier products.

Headlining the new amp products is the 12-channel SI-1230 Series 2 amplifier which replaces the company’s original SI-1230 that was inducted into the CEDIA Hall of Fame back in 2011. Joining the SI-1230 Series 2 amp in Niles’ new line of amplifier products are the two-channel SI-250, the SI-2100 and the SI-2150 amps, and the 16-channel SI-1650. Niles says the amps utilize 1 percent metal-film resistors, high-quality capacitors and oversize heatsinks to ensure reliability without having to use noisy cooling fans.

“Niles has a long tradition of designing and marketing audio components of the highest quality, and that level of precision and care has resulted in this new line of five high-power, reliable and installation-friendly amplifiers,” states Paul Starkey, chief marketing officer, Niles. “With a full line of Systems Integration Amplifiers CI [custom installation] professionals now have a Niles amplifier for every installation, whether it’s a home theater, a whole-home multi-zone system or a restaurant or office audio system.”

The SI-250 delivers 50-watts per channel into 8-ohm loads and 100-watts per channel into 4-ohm loads. The SI-2100 is rated to deliver 100 watts into an 8-ohm load and 220 watts into 4-ohm loads. The SI-2150 delivers 150 watts into 8 ohms and 270 watts into 4-ohm loads, and Niles adds the amps can be set up in a bridge mode to operate the amps as monoblocks that deliver 225 watts, 400 watts or 550 watts each respectively.  The SI-1230 Series 2 delivers 30-watts per channel and 80 watts in a bridged mode, and the SI-1650 delivers 50-watts per channel, and it incorporates a high-power mode that enables the amp to deliver 8x100 watts of power.

All of the amps incorporate independent level controls, gold-plated stereo inputs, cascade stereo outputs and five-way binding posts.

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at

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Amplifier · CEDIA Expo · Multi-room Audio · Niles · Two-Channel Audio · All Topics
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