8-channel multi-room power amplifier
Our take on the AudioSource AMP800VS by Crutchfield's Kramer Crane
Drive your multi-room system
AudioSource's AMP800VS makes playing music through your whole-house system easy. It's perfect for music in the bedrooms, the kitchen, and the dining room — all at the same time. It's flexible, too. Play the same source through all four zones, or play a different source in each of your rooms.
Great for indoor and outdoor speakers
Power up to four pairs of speakers simultaneously for music indoors or out. The '800VS delivers 40 watts per channel at both four and eight ohms. Need more power to drive your patio or floor-standing speakers? Bridge two channels together and get a robust 80 watts per channel at eight ohms.
Versatile inputs and outputs
The AMP800VS offers two pairs of RCA inputs. These let you play connected sources through one or more zones at the same time. Say you have a Sonos CONNECT hooked up to input 1 and you're listening to Paul Simon's Graceland on Spotify®. You can have one, two, or even all four zones play Graceland. Let's say you also have a CD player hooked up to input 2. Two zones can jam to Paul Simon, while the other two play a CD.
Each zone also has a dedicated pair of RCA inputs to play a connected source through a single zone. Want to expand your multi-room system? Use the RCA outputs to daisy-chain two amplifiers together and play the same source through both.
Multiple power-on options
Use the front-panel power button to toggle the '800VS on and off. It can also turn on automatically when it detects a source. 12-volt trigger compatibility makes for flexible system configuration. It lets the amp turn on when another piece of equipment is fired up.
Precise volume control for each zone
Each zone of the '800VS has individual volume adjustment for the left and right channels, giving you precise control over your system. If you have a big room that needs more volume to get to your preferred listening level, you won't blast the other zones when you turn up your source or preamp.
- 8-channel amplifier with 4 independent playback zones
- play the same source through all 4 zones, or play a different source in each zone
- 40 watts x 8 into 4 or 8 ohms
- 80 watts x 4 into 8 ohms bridged
- high-efficiency switching amplifier design
- extensive internal circuitry protects against overheating
- detachable speaker connectors
- rear-mounted independent level controls for each channel
- Bus 1 and Bus 2 RCA inputs can be assigned to any channel so that different sources are available for each zone
- each pair of bus inputs has a corresponding RCA output that can be daisy-chained to another amplifier
- discrete pair of RCA inputs for each zone
- flexible power modes include on/off, signal-sensing, and 12-volt trigger
- rack-mountable with included hardware
- frequency response: 10-50,000 Hz (+0 dB, -3 dB)
- signal-to-noise ratio: 100 dB
- 16-1/2"W x 4"H x 14-1/4"D
- weight: 27 lbs.
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- 8-Channel power amplifier
- 6' AC power cord
- 2 Rack-mount brackets
- 4 Short screws
- 4 Long screws
- Owner's Manual
Features and Specs
|Number of Channels||8|
|Power Output per Channel (8 ohms)||40|
|Power Output per Channel (6 ohms)||---|
|Power Output per Channel (4 ohms)||40|
|Bridged Power per Channel||80 watts|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|Number of Inputs||10|
AudioSource Amp Series: AudioSource AMP series amplifiers are designed for home and commercial audio distribution systems where high quality sound, flexibility, and reliability are essential. The AMP series offers exceptional value and many features that will make their installation and use easy and convenient.
8 Channel Amplifier: The AudioSource AMP800VS employs a Class A/B amplifier design with 8 channels of amplification that can be used in a Stereo (4 to 8-ohm) or Bridged (8-ohm) configuration.
- Stereo (8-ohm): 40 watts x 8 channel, 20-20kHz, <0.2% THD+N
- Stereo (4-ohm): 40 watts x 8 channel, 20-20kHz, <0.2% THD+N
- Bridged Mono (8-ohm): 550 watts x 4 channel, 1kHz, <0.2% THD+N
4 Zones: The 8 channel power amplifier is divided into 4 Zones. Each Zone can consist of either a pair of speakers in Stereo or a single Bridged mono speaker.
2 Bus Inputs/Outputs: The AMP800VS has two common or BUS inputs that receives audio signals from standard line-level audio sources and sends them to any or all channels. The BUS line outputs are direct feed-through to allow the BUS inputs to be fed to other amplifiers.
8 Independent Channel Inputs: All eight channels of the amplifier have their own dedicated input that allows the connection of audio sources in addition to the common BUS inputs.
Phoenix-Style Speaker Connectors: The AMP800VS uses high quality Phoenix-style connectors for the speaker connections. Use 14-18 gauge stranded two-conductor loudspeaker wire.
Controls: The AudioSource AMP800VS is equipped with the following controls to fine-tune your distributed audio system.
- Channel Gain Control: Each channel has its own independent level adjustment on the back of the amplifier. This allows the output level of each speaker to be perfectly matched to its area. It can also be used to limit the maximum audio level in a certain area.
LED Status Indicator Lights: Each pair of channels or zones has a bi-color LED to indicate its operational status. A Blue light indicates normal operation, a Red light indicates that the amplifier's protection circuitry has been activated, and no light indicates the unit is in standby mode. These indicators provide quick and easy troubleshooting of the system.
Power On/Off Modes: The AudioSource AMP800VS offers 3 Power On/Off Modes - Manual, Auto, and Trigger.
- Manual: In this mode, you can simply turn the AMP800VS On or Off by pressing the Power button on the front of the amplifier.
- Auto: Set to Auto for signal sensing, which allows the amp to turn on when an audio signal (>5mV) is detected at on of its inputs. The front-panel power switch must be in the On position (pushed in) for the Auto feature to operate. When there is no audio signal present, the amplifier will return to Standby mode after 15 minutes.
- Trigger In/Out: The 12V trigger input and output allow the AMP800VS to be powered on by other electronics or to power on other electronics via a 3.5mm minijack cable. The trigger input can operate with voltages between 3 and 30VDC.
Protection Circuitry: If the amplifier's protection circuitry determines that a channel must be shut down due to excessive heat or low impedance (a short), only the channels that are affected will be turned off. The remaining zones or channels will continue to operate. Once the condition has been corrected for the zone or channel in question, audio will be output again.
Mounting Options: The AudioSource AMP800VS power amplifier features four rubber feet and can simply be placed on top of a flat surface; like a table-top, shelf, or stand. You can also remove the four rubber feet and rack-mount the amplifier using the included rack-mount ears and screws.
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For assistance with that, you'll want to contact one of our Advisors directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. They can go over what you have, what you want, and recommend the components & cabling you'll need to complete the installation. I hope that helps! [ Larry Dec 02, 2016 ] Staff
You can use up to four Sonos Connect players plugged into the RCA inputs on the AudioSource AMP800VS for individual playback/control in each room or zone. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. I hope that helps! [ Larry Dec 02, 2016 ] Staff