switchmode power amplifier
renowned MC2 sonic performance and build quality
Class D design for low weight and incredible power reserves
Power Reduction Circuitry
Full DC and short-circuit protection
Bridge/mono operation
The AQ-10 is a lightweight switchmode four-channel power amplifier designed to give the best performance from any loudspeaker within
the EM Acoustics product range.
Designed by MC2 Audio, the AQ-10 utilises proprietary Class-D amplifier technology, combined with a dual feedback loop system to give
excellent transient response. The resonant power supply has a very large power reservoir, which allows the AQ-10 to deliver high
transients without any perceptible “bass sag”. This, along with the aluminium chassis construction are the keys to the very low weight,
which makes the AQ-10 as ideal for touring applications as it is for fixed installations. The design of the AQ-10 utilises a progressive
switching rail output, which enables the high voltage swings required to produce peak power capability without compromising the sonic
performance. As such, the AQ-10 is as at home amplifying the nuances of a theatrical performance as it is reproducing bass lines in a
nightclub or touring environment.
The AQ-10 also features newly designed limiters, which are linked to the output current monitors and power supply which keep mains input
and output currents within safe operating limits at all times, whilst maintaining the transparent sonic performance required. The inbuilt
Power Reduction Control is also tied into these limiters – as well as the power supply, and continually monitors these as well as load,
temperature and other operating parameters. Activated via recessed switches on the rear panel, the PRC effectively reduces the available
power output from the amplifier. This allows the user to set the AQ-10 to have a maximum power below its rated output, ensuring the
best possible match to a wide variety of different loudspeakers and improving overall system reliability.
The front panel for the AQ-10 carries the AC mains power switch and indicator LED, as well as a simple and intuitive set of indicators. 5segement LED meters show audio signal presence and level (-24dB, -12dB, -6dB, -3dB and limit). Indicators for channel input link, PRC
activation, bridged mode and audio protection are provided. Each channel also has a multi-detent analogue level control allowing precise
signal level settings when in use. Amplifier protection is also an area where the AQ-10 delivers completely. A soft-start sequence with
complete inrush protection means the AQ-10 powers up completely muted, and then gradually fades the input up to the previous level. A
comprehensive diagnostic circuit constantly monitors load, temperature and other parameters and automatically adjusts the power supply if
overheating or any other problems occur. Output short circuit and DC output are also protected – and the AQ-10 will only require a
manual restart if output short circuits occur.
The AQ-10 is built around a 2U all-metal chassis, which provides a roadworthy package whilst keeping the weight low. Handles are
included within the front 5mm thick fascia panel. A rackmount kit is also supplied to enable the amplifier to be secured at the rear for
additional stability. Low-noise variable speed fans are fitted to the AQ-10 (cooling is from front to rear), along with a reticulated foam dust
filter which can easily be removed for cleaning.
The rear panel houses the Neutrik XLR input connectors, along with output connectors on SpeakONTM NL4. The captive AC mains power
cable is also presented on the rear panel, along with the recessed switches for bridged mode (channels bridge in pairs), input signal link
(link A-B, link B-C, link C-D) and the PRC controls for each channel.
Amplifier class & channels :
Output Power :
Gain/Sensitivity :
Frequency Response :
Power Consumption :
Input Impedance :
Input CMRR :
Damping Factor :
Signal-to-noise Ratio :
Signal Limiters :
Protection :
Dimensions (HxWxD) :
Net Weight :
Shipping Weight :
D, 4 channels
1150W/ch @ 8 ohms, 2250W/ch @ 4 ohms, 3200W/ch @ 2 ohms
4500W @ 8 ohms (bridged), 6400W @ 4 ohms (bridged)
(Measured with continuous sine wave @ 1kHz)
<0.08% @ 1kHz, <0.15% 20Hz - 20kHz (measured @ 1dB below max output power)
26 / 32 / 36dB, Sensitivity for maximum power +16 / 10 / 6dBu
20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.5dB
7.0A nominal @ 240V, 14.0A nominal @ 120V (with 4 ohm load)
20k ohms (active balanced)
> 60dB
400 (8 ohms / 1kHz)
Better than 105dB (unweighted, 22Hz - 22kHz)
Operate at maximum power to prevent signal clipping
Output short circuit, DC output, over-temperature, mains in-rush control
88 (3.5) x 482 (18.9) x 428 (16.8) mm (ins)
AQ-10 Datasheet v1.0 Jan 2013
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