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Bennett Prescott

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Ashly PE Series Amplifiers
« on: September 20, 2006, 09:24:10 pm »

Ashly's line of PE (Protea Enabled) amplifiers are a logical extension of their already excellent Protea DSP system. I've got the PE2400, which produces 700wpc into an 8-ohm load and weighs under 24lbs. It comes with a permanently attached power cord with a 30a twistlock end and a 2-channel analog audio input card. It looks like this:

http://www.campuspa.com/images/ashlype/index-Images/1.jpg
http://www.campuspa.com/images/ashlype/index-Images/0.jpg

The series is available with power ratings between 200 and 1100 watts per channel into 8 ohms, or between 800 and 3800 watts bridged into an 8 ohm load (20-20Khz, 1% THD). The amp will drive a 2 ohm load via either screw terminals or Speakon connectors, and each speakon thoughtfully has the other channel tied to it's pin 2+ and 2-, so bi-amping off one power amp is a breeze. There are switches on the back for lifting the input ground and setting gain, bridge or parallel mono mode, and defeating the clip limiter. Each channel then also has a switchable HPF with settings for off, 30hz, and 50hz.

The amplifier has lots of lovely LEDs for indicating everything from per-channel temperature, current, mute, and signal status. There's also a set of indicator lamps for overall power, standby, protect, bridge or parallel mono, and communications activity.

Now that I've gotten the basic specs out of the way, on to the exciting part. Stock, the amp comes with two analog inputs on Neutrik Combo 1/4" and XLR plugs, with XLR through plugs as well as remote level control and standby switching. See this?
http://www.campuspa.com/images/ashlype/inputs.jpg

Ashly also offers DSP cards that you can put in that spot that have compression, limiting, EQ, high and low pass, and remote monitoring. Added is an AES digital input and two analog outputs for chaining DSP to your other amps. All of this is controllable with a standard web browser over TCP/IP!

Now, a lot of us heard this amp in Revolution Hall and it certainly did everything you'd expect it to. To really kick its tires I've sent it off with Mike Bulter for him to use to power the wedges he took home. When he's run a few dozen acts through it, I'm going to see if I can't find a few other applications and get back to y'all about my experience.
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John Chiara

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Re: Ashly PE Series Amplifiers
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2006, 11:16:15 pm »

Bennett Prescott wrote on Wed, 20 September 2006 21:24

Now, a lot of us heard this amp in Revolution Hall and it certainly did everything you'd expect it to. To really kick its tires I've left it with John Chiara for him to use as stage monitor power at some of his shows there. When he's run a few dozen acts through it, I'm going to see if I can't find a few other applications and get back to y'all about my experience.


Uhhh. I have a Camco here but no Ashly....Mike butler took the Ashly's I think...

John
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Re: Ashly PE Series Amplifiers
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2006, 11:46:32 pm »

Whoops! Sorry, John, my lists have it wrong...
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Re: Ashly PE Series Amplifiers
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2006, 09:30:45 pm »

I noticed this on Ashly's website a little over a year ago and have been wondering in the back of my head ever since.

Are the amps made by Ashly or rebranded, and so by whom?  MSRP?

Potentially looking at different amps here.
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Re: Ashly PE Series Amplifiers
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2006, 01:13:14 am »

Lemme add:

 2: (http://www.ashly.com/press.htm#c-lic)
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 2: (http://www.ashly.com/press.htm#rca)

together.

So that would be CAMCO.
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Re: Ashly PE Series Amplifiers
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2006, 10:31:57 pm »

Yep, it's me with the Ashly PE2400. I was going to start a thread, but since Bennett has already done that I'll just tag along.

My initial reactions are as follows.

First, it is a neat 2-unit package, a reasonable 15 inches deep which fits nicely in most amp racks (unlike the Camco-branded amps, but more on that later). Not as shallow as QSC's famous PLX amps, but plenty compact. The disk that comes with it contains photos, catalogs, manuals, etc. plus the Protea-ne software. Unfortunately the executables are all Windows-only. Memo to Ashly Audio, Inc.: there are some people like Bennett and me who use Mac OS X. No need to supply photos, Bennett has already done a fine job of that. More info to come.
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Re: Ashly PE Series Amplifiers
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2006, 10:46:58 am »

Thank you for the kind words and taking the time to play with the PE amp.

Alexandre: The power amp and switching supply are indeed Camco. The chassis and input card(s) were designed by Ashly.

Mike: OS X memo noted and passed to engineering.

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Re: Ashly PE Series Amplifiers
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2007, 01:12:46 pm »

I have two they are very nice indeed and only around 21lbs..  Very Happy
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Ole Johansen Sjurdal

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Re: Ashly PE Series Amplifiers
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2007, 04:15:26 pm »

any reviews about this amp?????

ole
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Re: Ashly PE Series Amplifiers
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2007, 02:11:44 pm »

What do you want to know exactly?  Cool
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