The new ARC Series of amplifiers are the most technically advanced and best-equipped amplifiers ARC Audio has produced to date. Featuring the latest designs from Robert Zeff, the three new ARC Series amplifiers represent a bold step forward in how consumers and retailers perceive mobile amplification.
The ARC Series Amplifier Family includes three primary 1000 watt foundation models sharing a common high-pressure die-cast aluminum heat sink with a rough-grain black anodized finish and CNC-machined accents. The amplifiers feature integrated mounting feet in the corners of the heat sink and include plastic hex-head trim caps for a finished look once installed.
Known for their computer-controlled forced induction cooling solutions, the new ARC amps draw cool air in through vents at the ends of the heat sink. That cool air passes over the power supply switching and output devices and is exhausted through an opening on the front edge of the amp. The onboard micro-controller controls the cooling fan speed to keep the amp quiet.
All three Arc Series amps produce roughly 1000 watts of power. The four-channel ARC 1000.4 produces 250 watts per channel into 2 or 4 Ohms and is bridgeable to a two-channel configuration, each of which can produce 500 watts into a 4-Ohm load. All amplifiers feature fully balanced differential inputs to reject common electrical noise and allow for connectivity to OEM amplifiers. Speaker level input adapter plugs attenuate the signal from a factory amp by to simplify OEM integration. Each pair of channels has an adjustable sensitivity control. Multi-channel amps include a source selection switch to negate the need for Y-Cables. All three amplifiers include dual DC offset and signal detection remote turn-on detection circuits.
Low-impedance filter chokes on the amplifier power connections reduce RF noise by preventing power supply switching artifacts from being radiated by the power wires. Ultra-low ESR capacitors before and after the power supply ensure smooth power delivery under even the most demanding of musical passages. The astute among you may notice that each amp includes a micro-USB port. This port provides access to the amp's micro-controller. Top panel illumination color adjustment, strapping configuration, remote output delay timing and system firmware upgrades are all configurable using ARC Audio’s new IPS 8.8 Software Suite and a Windows-based PC. Robert Zeff and his design team have developed truly revolutionary power supply and Class-D switching device control solution for the ARC Series amplifiers. In the unlikely event that the master clock and output switching frequency of an ARC Series amplifier interferes with radio reception, keyless entry systems, or causes beat frequencies with another amplifier; the installer can adjust the Master Clock frequency of the power supply and output circuits within the IPS8.8 Software Suite. This is all courtesy of ARC Audios new TAMB technology (Patent Pending) that is equipped on all ARC Series amplifiers.
Signal Processing Functions ARC Audio designed the ARC Series for use with premium source units that include crossovers or in DSP controlled systems. As such the ARC Series 1000.4 doesn't include any crossovers. The two pairs of outputs next to the RCA inputs provide a full-range signal (when using the default analog input signal card) to drive additional channels of amplification. Another way the new ARC Series amplifiers set themselves further apart from the competition is their compatibility with the brand new ARC Audio IPS 8.8 DSP Module. By removing eight screws on the bottom of any of the amplifiers, the 8-channel IPS 8.8 DSP (Sold separately) module replaces the analog input board that comes with the amp. With dual signal mixers, advanced crossovers, precise signal delay, 248 bands of equalization, and full compatibility with the ADS Maestro AR amplifier replacement modules (Sold Separately); the IPS 8.8 establishes a new benchmark for mobile signal processing, OEM integration flexibility, and precision system tuning capabilities.
The ARC Series amplifiers produce massive amounts of power from a compact 15-3/8 by 6-3/8 by 2-1/4-inch footprints. Their simple and elegant cosmetic design, amazing sonic transparency and efficient performance make them perfect for integration into almost any audio system. One their own, or when combined with the IPS 8.8, the new ARC Series amplifiers will redefine how consumers enjoy music in their vehicles.