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Introduction

Powersoft is the world leader in light-weight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies.

The pioneer of ‘GreenAudioPower’, Powersoft is proudly contributing to a sustained environment by green manufacturing, e.g. utilizing solar energy, and by dramatically reducing the power consumption of sound systems with its unique, advanced and extremely efficient amplifier technologies. Powersoft products are approved and specified by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited design consultants.

Venues equipped with Powersoft amplifiers profit directly from significantly reduced energy cost savings, while portable sound system benefit from greater output power from smaller, lighter racks without the need for upgrading mains power distribution. Advanced DSP technology and software makes Powersoft a class leader in system integration, manageability and audio performance. Continuously striving for perfection in design and craftsmanship, Powersoft delivers ultimately reliable product with outstanding sonic response.

History

It all began in 1995 when three friends put together three ingredients in their kitchen: love for music, passion for technology and curiosity for experimentation. Luca Lastrucci, his brother Claudio, and their mutual friend Antonio Peruch began by modifying amplifiers and sometimes building them from scratch; they succeeded in doing what others had tried to do before but with limited success in making an Class D amplifier perfectly operational and stable for high levels of power.

The company had no employees at the time but a lot of ideas that eventually led to the introduction of extremely powerful, efficient and innovative products into the market. 18 years later Powersoft has become a prime example of Italian excellence, one of the leading companies in the pro-audio industry to produce advanced products and technologies based on three product lines – Touring Amps, Installation Amps and Amp Modules – with several patents and over 650 million watts out there in the market.

Today Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches, cinemas and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies.

Recent Results and Number

In terms of sales and market share, Powersoft recently announced that they had surpassed 600 million watts of audio power milestone spread out over the world. This impressive figure has been 15 years in the making, in which time Powersoft has strived to supply the pro-audio industry with power amplifiers that have the highest quality and efficiency. This result confirms the value and acceptance of Powersoft amplifiers and of the Switching Mode technology in a market that can sometimes be skeptical. While the idea of 600 million watts can conjour up images of pollution and huge energy bills, in truth what needs to be evaluated is the other side of the coin – how much energy has been saved?

If done well, switching mode technology for power amplification is intrinsically efficient and Powersoft has always paid a great deal of attention to maximizing these features and design products that minimize energy consumption. “If we compare our top level touring amplifiers with those of our competitors using more traditional technology the benefits quickly add up, Powersofts Marketing and Communication Francesco Fanicchi says.

Philosophy

Reliability

Powersoft products are universally recognized as top quality/performance products in the Pro Audio industry. We can proudly say this is achieved by keeping the products entirely made in Italy. Two different production sites, focused on rack mount amplifiers and amp modules, are located respectively in S. Giovanni in Persiceto (Bologna) and Ronchi dei Legionari (Gorizia) in Italy.

Both sites are characterized by a specular organization and by the following key characteristics:

  • a strict quality control process through the entire production cycle using special testing tools designed and developed by Powersoft to maintain consistency and minimise the time in the testing phase. This strict process includes functional tests at board level and burn-in at product level on 100% of production.
  • state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and equipments to guarantee top level production quality in the electronics industry
  • contribution to a sustainable production with leadfree equipment but also with an extensive use of solar energy. The entire production of Powersoft products is carried out using green energy; this is another great addition to the Green Audio Power value.

Passion

Powersoft invests over 10% of its turnover in the research and development of technologies applied to products and solutions dedicated to the pro-audio industry.  This makes it an unconventional company. The company has a different philosophy from mainstream thinking: Product development is not dependent on the sole analysis of the opportunity for better business or revenue, but on the experimentation and curiosity of breakaway technologies which can potentially help to create innovative products which do not cater to the requests but create them.

Innovation

Almost 20 years ago, Powersoft was the first company to introduce pulse width modulation technology (PWM) in a way that has enabled them to achieve efficiency and power which were unthinkable at that time, in addition to power factor correction (PFC). The company believed in active speakers and it was the first to develop amplifier modules that could be integrated into the speakers. With the IPAL product it patented the differential pressure control (DPC) allowing close integration between amplifier and speaker, while M-Force resulted in a revolutionary approach to creating a transducer for subwoofers.

Sustainability

The importance of ecology-efficient technologies is becoming ever more relevant in today’s world. Integrating these technologies into products has always been part of the underlying philosophy at Powersoft both to save customer money and as a contribution for preserving the environment.

Saving energy has been an integral part of our DNA since the birth of Powersoft, but the mission to design and manufacture truly energy efficient products now grows exponentially based on global warming and increasing cost of petroleum-based products. These phenomena, Powersoft CEO Luca Lastrucci says have produced a marketing trend that has been particularly well received in the entertainment industry where there is a special consciousness about what is environmentally friendly or green.

As a manufacturer of professional power amplifiers, Powersoft is one of the few companies that have always paid close attention to producing products that can minimise energy consumption and – like no other – the green concept is core to all Powersoft products.

Green Audio Power is a Powersoft registered trademark that identifies environmental friendly products. This concept involves two different aspects that, when combined, represent a big step forward in terms of the development of power amplifiers:

  • Class D PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) high efficiency output stage
  • Power Factor Correction (PFC) integrated into switching mode power supply
  • Smart Rails Management Implemented into amplifiers and power supply
  • Back EMF energy recovery
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X SERIES

THE AMPLIFIER PLATFORM THAT REDEFINES POWER AMPLIFICATION FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

Powersoft X Series raises power amplification to a new standard of quality and usability. Powersoft X Series innovates the concept of amplifier platform: it implements a new system of channel routing, new worldwide compatible three phase power supply and a revolutionary full featured DSP.

Powersoft X Series natively supports AES3, two redundant Dante™ by Audinate® digital streams and analog inputs, providing up to 4 different selectable input sources per channel.

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K SERIES

The K Series is the flagship of Powersoft’s technologies, ranking in the “Top Class” amplification of the global pro audio market. Offering various power ratings in 6 models ranging from 2 x 2400 W/ch @ 4 Ω to 2 x 9000 W/ch @ 2 Ω, still maintaining the 1 unit size, the K series represents a new milestone of switch mode amplification providing incredible power with the lowest weight and highest efficiency.

Its sonic performances set a new target for professional audio market. By using the Step-Up procedure it is now possible to increase the output power without having to change amplifier.

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M SERIES

The M Series represents a superb value from a premium brand with unparalleled efficiency, good for the environment and easy on the power bill. The size and weight is an absolute minimum thanks to the 1 U standard and the reduced depth of the equipment. M Series models are available in 4 channel – providing up to 1250 W/ch on 4 ohm – and two channels  – offering up to 1500 W/ch on 4 ohm

All M Series amplifiers are available in HDSP+ETH version, offering remote control and advanced signal processing abilities thourgh Powersoft’s Armonía Pro Audio Suite™ (Interface available forMediaMatrixCrestronAMX and monitoring systems).

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OTTOCANALI SERIES

8-channel power amplifiers with up to a total of 12,000 W at 4 ohm - ideal for multi-zone applications in mid to large-scale installs.

All versions in the Series feature switchable main and aux signal inputs per channel, adequate GPI/O, alarms, Lo-Z and Hi-Z output connections as well as mono-bridgeable channel pairs. These 2 RU models, namely the Ottocanali 4K4, 8K4 and 12K4, implement two redundant universal switch mode power supplies with PFC and patented SRM (Smart Rails Management) technology that maximizes the efficiency of the system as well as drastically reduces power consumption. The 1204 model is a1 RU model for multi-zone applications.

New Ottocanali DSP+D versions feature innovative signal processing and support two redundant Dante™ by Audinate® digital streams.

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DUECANALI SERIES

The Duecanali 5204 and the Duecanali 3904 stem from an efficient and reliable energy saving design in a compact 1U rack space, while still maintaining high-output wattage and crystal clear audio.

The design offers 40% to 60% savings on operating costs over traditional amplifiers of the same power rating.

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