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Whole-House Audio Amp from Acurus Rocks Like a Hurricane

The Scorpion's dedicated preamp outputs offer more than 100dB of dynamic range and incorporate full input matrix abilities, as well as the ability to daisy chain multiple Scorpion amplifiers for larger system applications.


Designed specifically for custom installers, Acurus' new Scorpion eight-zone whole-house audio amplifier carries a suggested retail price of $3,599.
Robert Archer · July 14, 2015

Several years ago when Indy Audio Labs debuted its new Acurus and Aragon product lines, the company addressed the home theater and two-channel audio categories.

Now with the announcement of Acurus’ new Scorpion whole-house audio amplifier with integrated preamplifier, the company has turned its attention to the whole-house audio and light commercial markets.

Rated to deliver 40 watts of power to each of 16 channels, the 2U-high unit can be configured in a bridge mode to provide 160 watts into an 8-ohm load, and the Scorpion includes built-in audio matrix options that eliminate the need external audio matrix switchers to save installation time and system costs.

Indy Audio Labs points out the Scorpion also incorporates two dedicated preamp outputs that offers more than 100dB of dynamic range. The outputs, labeled as zones nine and 10 can be used for running higher powered, independently controllable audio zones or the outputs can be setup with additional Scorpion amplifiers to expand a system’s zone capabilities to 16 zones or more in a daisy-chain configuration.

Other features built into the Scorpion include a full-color touchpanel display and DHCP web functionality that facilitate set up, control and automation, and monitoring. Additional installation features such as Ethernet and RS-232 connectivity support IP and serial control, and its 12-volt trigger in-and-out ports can be assigned per zone for additional installation flexibility.



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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 rarcher@ehpub.com

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