Clare Controls has made quite a few intriguing updates to its nascent home automation system, which officially hit the market last year. Its Infostream update this spring played well into the company’s “Cloud Based” approach to home control, adding the ability for dealers to directly communicate with customers via their ClareHome systems, as well as pushing personalized updates without a truck roll. On Friday, though, the company took its offerings into new territory by introducing two Class D amplifiers designed not only for seamless integration into ClareHome ecosystems, but also for use with other home control solutions, as well.
The new new models include the Clare amp.1640, a 16-channel, 8-zone measuring just 1U, with 40 watts per channel into 8Ω. Stable down to 4Ω, the amp.1640 provides a compact, cool-running, and affordable solution for distributed audio systems at $1500.
The second new model, the Clare amp.7150, is a premium 1U seven-channel model that, according to the press release, is intended to be used in pairs for distributed audio systems, although I could certainly see someone using this as the sole amp in a cool-running home theater system. The Clare amp.7150 delivers 150 watts per channel into 8Ω and is also stable to 4Ω and will retail for $999.
Both new amps make use of Bang & Olufsen’s ICEPower Class D amplification technology, which allows for superior sound quality and more flexible design.
With the release of the amp.1640 and amp.7150, Clare Controls is also introducing the Select Program, which allows established custom integrators to sell and install the new amps without having to go through the regular Clare Controls dealer training. Of course, those dealers won’t have access to the ClareHome automation solution, but if you’re a dealer who already has a preferred control solution and just need a new distributed audio amp, drop by the Clare Controls booth at CEDIA Expo and ask about signing up. The company states that these ICEPower amps are merely the first Select Program offerings, with more to follow late this year.