RAMP-PM ROOM AMP
Audio Design Associates (ada), the brand of excellence in home cinema and custom installed sound introduces a magic box designed to make your TV sound as good as it looks.
New York, NY – June 19, 2012 Audio Design Associates (ADA), the recognized brand of excellence in high-end home cinema and custom installed electronics, announced the introduction of the Ramp-PM Room Amp at the CEA’s Lines Show, during CE Week.
Designed specifically for today’s flat-panel TVs, the Ramp-PM makes it possible to power quality speakers regardless of the TV’s output connectivity. Featuring analog and digital audio inputs, the Ramp-PM decodes (Dolby Digital, DTS and PCM) as well as preamplifying and amplifying the TV’s audio signal. The Ramp-PM is the ideal component for sound-bars and architectural stereo speakers making it possible for the TV to sound as good as it looks.
“The Ramp-PM is a game-changer. Finally, you can have sound from your flat-panel TV that is on par with its phenomenal HDTV image.” states Richard Stoerger, ADA’s vice president and chief operating officer. “It proves that great things do come in small packages.” With its chassis measuring about 8 inches square and under 2 inches in height, the Ramp-PM can fit behind a TV or anywhere else in the room.
The Ramp-PM decodes Dolby Digital, DTS and PCM digital audio signals. “The decoding feature is key because many of today’s TVs no longer feature analog outputs. The Ramp-PM’s ability to downmix complex multi-channel signals to stereo is a critical design feature because one can encounter multiple types of bitstreams even when just flipping through TV channels.” notes Albert Langella, ADA’s president and chief design engineer. “Regardless of how you connect the Ramp-PM, it does everything automatically including powering up, decoding and even finding the active input.”
The Ramp-PM has four inputs including a digital TOS-Link, digital coax, analog stereo, and a speaker bypass input that permits the speakers to play audio from a music system when the TV is off. The multiple inputs can also connect to Blu-ray players, set-top boxes and iPod docks making the Ramp-PM ideal for the hospitality market. It’s “ADA” caliber power amplifier delivers an impressive 30 Watts per channel and the line-level audio output can be set to drive an amplifier or powered subwoofer. The Ramp-PM has an RS-232 port for setup and control (integration) and even low-voltage input and output triggers. While fully automatic right out of the box, it is also completely configurable for those integrating it into a control system.
The Ramp-IR, a small add-on box, captures any IR command, mapping them to Ramp-PM functions including input advance, volume up & down, and mute/unmute. Langella adds “The Ramp-IR plugs into the Ramp-PM and makes it easy to have the TV or set top boxes remote control Ramp functions. There is even mini-jack IR input for low-profile IR receivers.”
The Ramp-PM is scheduled to begin shipping this summer with a MSRP of $799. The Ramp-IR has a price of $199.
About Audio Design Associates
Headquartered in White Plains, New York, Audio Design Associates (ADA) is recognized as the brand of excellence and has been the undisputed leader in the fields of high-end home theater and multi-room audio technology since 1977. Its mission is to provide timeless electronics that enhance lifestyle through entertainment. Albert Langella, ADA’s Chief Design Engineer, CEO and President, received CEDIA’s most hallowed award, The Lifetime Achievement Award, in 1994, in honor of his achievements with the company and technological contributions to the marketplace. In 2006, COO and VP Richard Stoerger received recognition as CEDIA Manufacturer Volunteer of the Year.