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Precision SeriesTM
Power Amplifier
1. 0 dBu = 0.775 V rms.
2. Dual-mode ratings are for each channel,
both operating, unless noted.
3. 120-volt ac line voltage maintained
throughout testing.
Continuous Rated Output Power (2020,000 Hz at less than 0.1% THD, both
channels driven per EIA RS-490),
Dual Mode, 2 Ohms:
1,000 watts
Bridged Mode, 4 Ohms:
2,000 watts
Dual Mode, 4 Ohms:
800 watts
Bridged Mode, 8 Ohms:
1,600 watts
Dual Mode, 8 Ohms:
500 watts
Continuous Rated Output Power (1 kHz,
1% THD, both channels driven per EIA
Dual Mode, 2 Ohms:
1,200 watts
Bridged Mode, 4 Ohms:
2,400 watts
Dual Mode, 4 Ohms:
900 watts
Bridged Mode, 8 Ohms:
1,800 watts
Dual Mode, 8 Ohms:
560 watts
Power Bandwidth (+0, –1 dB, reference
1 kHz), Any Mode, 4 Ohms:
10-30,000 Hz
Frequency Response
(+0, –3 dB, reference 1 kHz/1 watt):
<10-30,000 Hz
Voltage Gain, 1 kHz, Any Mode, ConstantGain Option:1
26 dB
Input Sensitivity, 1 kHz, Dual Mode for
800 Watts into 4 Ohms:
0 dBu (775 mV)
Maximum Input Level (reference 1 kHz):
+20 dBu (7.75 V)
Input Impedance (per channel,
20-20,000 Hz), Balanced:
20 kilohms
Phase Response (at rated power, any
mode, 10-30,000 Hz):
± 22.5 degrees
THD Plus Noise at 1 kHz (at rated power,
measurement bandwidth 80 kHz):
IMD (SMPTE) (60 Hz/7 kHz, typical, at
rated power; see Figure 2):
DIM 30 (composite square-sine wave
band-limited to 30,000 Hz):
DIM 100 (composite square-sine wave
band-limited to 100,000 Hz):
Rise Time (10% to 90% at rated power,
any mode):
<2.5 microseconds
Slew Rate, Any Mode:
>35 V/microsecond
Damping Factor, Any Mode:
Amplifier Protection:
Excessive output voltage; shorted loads;
excessive phase shift; rf interference;
overtemperature; excessive back EMF;
In-rush current limiter
1. Configured for constant-gain option, all Precision SeriesTM
amplifiers, regardless of power rating, have a maximum
voltage gain of 26 dB.
560 watts per channel
at 8 ohms, 900 watts per
channel at 4 ohms, 1,200
watts per channel at 2 ohms
Neutrik Speakon® output
connectors allow use of
heavy-gauge speaker wire
for low-loss connections
Extremely low (<0.01%)
dynamic distortion ensures
excellent sound quality
Three-year parts-and-labor
Load Protection:
Start-up/shutdown transients; dc fault;
infrasonic signals; low ac line voltage;
nonlinear signal limiter
Output Topology:
True complementary symmetry with
ungrounded collectors (no mica insulators
means better heat transfer)
Output Devices,
Total Number: 32 devices
Pd(max) Rating: 250 watts
Ic (collector current): 20 amps dc
Tj(max): 200 °C (392 °F)
Controls and Switches,
Hi-Lo-Cut Filter(On/Off); Bridged Mode
switch (Bridged/Normal); Limiter mode
(Fast/Slow); Circuit ⊥ To Chassis
Switch (Grounded/Ungrounded); Input
Routing (Parallel Mono or Dual Stereo)
Two calibrated input level controls;
power switch
Front-Panel Indicators:
Five LED’s per channel (10 total) for power
on, input signal, output signal, limiter
on and protect on
3-pin female XLR-type connectors for
each channel in parallel with a 3-pin
male XLR-type output connector for
easy signal routing; the XLR connectors are wired according to the IEC 268
standard: pin 1 shield, pin 2 positive,
pin 3 negative
Neutrik Speakon® NL4MP for channels
A, B and for bridged mode
12-gauge, 3-wire, permanently attached
power cable; no ac plug supplied
FIGURE 1 — P2000 Dimensions
FIGURE 3 — P2000 Front and Rear Panel
FIGURE 2 — P2000 Intermodulation Distortion
(SMPTE 60 Hz/7 kHz) vs. Power
Operating Voltage:
120 V, 60 Hz ac
Power Consumption (both channels
operating in dual mode, 1/8 power),
4 Ohms:
800 VA
Dimensions, (See Figure 1)
132.5 mm (5.25 in.)
483 mm (19.0 in.)
426 mm (16.8 in.)
Net Weight:
26 kg (57.2 lb)
Shipping Weight:
30 kg (66 lb)
The Electro-Voice P2000 Precision SeriesTM
amplifier is a very-high-quality power amplifier
designed to elicit maximum performance from
any speaker system. Its ultralow distortion and
powerful amplifiers ensure that program material will be amplified very accurately.
Each channel of the P2000 delivers more than
500 watts continuous average power into
8 ohms, 800 watts into 4 ohms and 1,000 watts
into 2 ohms over the full audio frequency range.
In the bridge mode, the amplifier can deliver
more than 1,600 watts into 8 ohms and 2,000
watts into 4 ohms at less than 1% THD. The
power supply, with its large toroidal transformer,
gives the amplifier impressive headroom and
current output.
The P2000 contains 32 high-power output devices with 8,000 watts of dissipation capability.
These devices are protected from overheating
by four, three-speed, temperature-sensitive
fans. The fans are quiet enough to permit use of
the P2000 in noise-sensitive applications such
as recording studios and houses of worship.
The output devices are mounted to a massive,
extruded-aluminum heat sink that is engineered
to minimize thermal gradients and allow the
amplifier to operate safely into low-impedance
loads. The output devices have a maximum
junction temperature of 200 °C (392 °F), so high
operational temperatures present no problems.
The output devices are mounted directly to the
heat sink without mica insulators to ensure
better dissipation of heat.
Many electronic circuit innovations exist in the
P2000. Among the most novel of these circuits
is the Mirrored Frontend Power Supply BridgeTM.
This design ensures complete symmetry for
each bridged amplifier and both signal polarities, and eliminates asymmetrical rise and fall
times. The Dual Differential Discrete TopologyTM
is part of the front end of the amplifier and uses
discrete electrical components instead of integrated circuits to help the P2000 achieve its
phenomenally low distortion.
The P2000 has sophisticated protection circuits that guard it and the load from problems.
Protection circuits guard against overload,
overtemperature, shorted outputs, radio-frequency interference and dc faults. The output
devices are protected against damage from
reverse feeding of electrical energy (back EMF)
and are switched on via relays to avoid transients which could damage speakers.
The P2000 has built-in limiters to protect speakers from the deleterious effects of amplifier
clipping. The limiter’s action is governed by
very sophisticated input/output comparators
which have acoustically optimized time constants to preserve the integrity of the source.
The limiter’s time constants are switchable fast/
slow, so the limiter may be matched to the
application for which the amplifier is being
The P2000 has built-in switchable high- and
low-cut filters. These filters attenuate infrasonic
and ultrahigh-frequency signals, preventing
them from being amplified; this allows more
effective use of the amplifier’s power and adds
a measure of load protection. These filters are
switchable on/off for use in applications utilizing frontend units (like crossovers or equalizers) which have these filters built-in.
A multifunction display keeps the user informed
of the operating status of the amplifier. Separate LED displays for each channel show power
on, input signal, output signal, limiter on and
protection active.
The P2000 has electronically balanced XLRtype input and output connectors that allow
easy, problem-free connections and signal
routing. The P2000 has an input routing switch
that allows selection of either normal dualchannel operation, or parallel mono operation,
which routes an input to both channels but still
allows for independent level control. The P2000
also has a constant-gain option which allows
the voltage gain to be fixed. This permits different amplifiers to be used in fixed installations
without rebalancing, and ensures headroom is
not wasted.
The P2000’s professional Neutrik Speakon®
output connectors provide a sturdy, reliable
connection and allow use of heavy wire for lossfree signal transmission. There are separate
output connectors for channels A and B, and for
the bridge mode. The bridge-mode connector is
sealed with a plastic cover to prevent connection errors.
To prevent ground loops from occurring, the
P2000 is equipped with a ground-lift switch.
When the amplifier is operated in a rack with
units of different ground potential, the switch
may be adjusted to eliminate hum.
Calibrated, detented potentiometers on the front
panel regulate the gain of the P2000. The panel
nomenclature shows the amount of attenuation
The P2000 also has a constant-gain option
which, with input level controls full clockwise,
provides a 26-dB voltage gain that is identical to
that of all Electro-Voice Precision SeriesTM amplifiers in the constant-gain option, regardless
of power rating. This makes it possible to exchange amplifiers of different power ratings
without upsetting delivered sound pressure levels or spectral balances.
The Electro-Voice P2000 is the choice for serious, professional amplification applications
which require optimum sound quality, speaker
protection, and the highest level of construction
quality and long-term reliability.
Figure 3 shows P2000 front and rear panels.
The block diagram is shown in Figure 4.
The power amplifier shall be a dual-channel
model of solid-state design employing highpower output devices in a true-complementarysymmetry output circuit. It shall be capable of
operating from a 120/200/220/240-V, 50/60-Hz
ac line. The power amplifier shall contain a
modern limiter circuit with switchable time constants to protect the load from damage by
amplifier clipping.
The amplifier shall contain sensing circuitry to
provide protection for the output transistors
against overtemperature, excessive output
voltage, radio-frequency interference, shorted
loads, excessive phase shift and back-EMF
current. The load shall be similarly protected
against infrasonic signals, start-up/shutdown
transients, low ac line voltage and dc.
Rear-mounted panel controls shall include an
input routing switch for selecting dual/stereo or
parallel mono operation, a switch for turning the
infrasonic and ultrasonic filters on or off, a
switch for selecting dual/stereo or bridged operation and a switch for selecting fast or slow
speed for the built-in limiters. Input connections
for each channel shall include a 3-pin female
XLR-type connector wired in parallel with a
male 3-pin XLR output connector for signal
routing. Output connectors shall be Neutrik
Speakon ® NL4MP’s for channels A and B, and
for bridged operation.
Front-panel indicators shall include power on,
input present, output, limit and protect LED’s for
each channel. Front-panel controls shall include
a power switch and level controls that shall be
calibrated, detented potentiometers and have
accurate markings. The amplifier shall have a
constant-gain option that, with input level controls full clockwise, provides a 26-dB voltage
gain that is identical to that of all Electro-Voice
Precision SeriesTM power amplifiers.
The power amplifier shall meet the following
performance specifications: maximum input
voltage, 7.75 V rms; rated output power from
20-20,000 Hz at less than 0.1% THD, each
channel, 500 watts into 8 ohms, 800 watts into
4 ohms, 1,000 watts into 2 ohms, 1,600 watts
bridged into 8 ohms and 2,000 watts bridged
into 4 ohms; hum and noise, at least 100 dB
(A weighted) below rated output power; frequency response, 10-30,000 Hz (+0, –3 dB) at
any output power up to rated output power;
damping factor, >300 at any frequency up to 1
kHz in any mode with an 8-ohm load; THD (total
harmonic distortion), <0.05% at 1 kHz at rated
power; transient intermodulation distortion (DIN
30 or DIN 100), <0.01%; crosstalk, <70 dB
below rated output power. Dimensions shall be
132.5 mm (5.25 in.) x 483 mm (19.0 in.) x 426
mm (16.8 in.) hwd. Net weight shall be 30 kg (66
lb). Color: gray.
The power amplifier shall be the Electro-Voice
Electro-Voice products are guaranteed against
malfunction due to defects in materials or workmanship for a specified period, as noted in the
individual product-line statement(s) below, or in
the individual product data sheet or owner’s
manual, beginning with the date of original
purchase. If such malfunction occurs during the
specified period, the product will be repaired or
replaced (at our option) without charge. The
product will be returned to the customer prepaid. Exclusions and Limitations: The Limited Warranty does not apply to: (a) exterior
finish or appearance; (b) certain specific items
described in the individual product-line
statement(s) below, or in the individual product
data sheet or owner’s manual; (c) malfunction
resulting from use or operation of the product
other than as specified in the product data
sheet or owner’s manual; (d) malfunction resulting from misuse or abuse of the product; or
(e) malfunction occurring at any time after repairs have been made to the product by anyone
other than Electro-Voice or any of its authorized
service representatives. Obtaining Warranty
Service: To obtain warranty service, a customer must deliver the product, prepaid, to
Electro-Voice or any of its authorized service
representatives together with proof of purchase
of the product in the form of a bill of sale or
receipted invoice. A list of authorized service
representatives is available from Electro-Voice
at 600 Cecil Street, Buchanan, MI 49107 (616/
695-6831 or 800/234-6831). Incidental and
Consequential Damages Excluded: Product
repair or replacement and return to the customer are the only remedies provided to the
customer. Electro-Voice shall not be liable for
any incidental or consequential damages in-
cluding, without limitation, injury to persons or
property or loss of use. Some states do not
allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or
consequential damages so the above limitation
or exclusion may not apply to you. Other Rights:
This warranty gives you specific legal rights,
and you may also have other rights which vary
from state to state.
Electro-Voice Electronics are guaranteed
against malfunction due to defects in materials
or workmanship for a period of three (3) years
from the date of original purchase. Additional
details are included in the Uniform Limited
Warranty statement.
Service and repair address for this product:
Electro-Voice, Inc., 600 Cecil Street, Buchanan,
Michigan 49107 (616/695-6831 or 800/2346831).
Specifications subject to change without notice.
FIGURE 4 — P2000 Block Diagram
a MARK IV company 600 Cecil Street, Buchanan, Michigan 49107
© Electro-Voice, Inc. 1995
Litho in U.S.A.
Part Number 532490 — 9530
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