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Mackie M1400i FR-Series High-Current Professional Power Amplifier

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When Mackie introduced thier FR Series(tm) High Current Power Amplifiers some folks went, "Huh Power amps from Mackie" After all, they've mostly been known for their precision, studio quality mixers.

Three years later, the "Huh's" have turned to "WOW!'s." FR Series amps are everywhere! And with good reason. They've racked up a strong record of reliability in demanding sound reinforcement applications. And tens of thousands of satisfied owners have come to appreciate FR Series sound quality and extra system-enhancing features. Now they've proliferated inside the powered mixers, active sound reinforcement speakers, and Mackie's industry-standard HR824 near-field studio monitors.

FR Series power amps don't pull power out of the ozone or switch on and off a gazillion times a second. They're traditional "lead sled" designs with massive toroid transformers, huge storage capacitors, state-of-the-art output devices, and cooling systems that outperform all amps in their price ranges. They deliver enormous amounts of current into extremely low impedances -- and they have dynamic power reserves to spare. The reason FR Series amps are so affordable is because of Mackie's huge investment in automated manufacturing technology, not because they cut any corners.

Cutting to the chase: FR power amps sound better than their competition when driven into clipping (overload). Since that's how 99 out of every hundred PA systems are usually operated, this is a major point.

When an amp clips, you start hearing harmonic distortion. So conventional amps use something called negative feedback to help control clipping distortion. The output section of the amp sends a signal back to earlier stages to "throttle the system down." The trouble is, this "solution" causes its own problem: During clipping, when the amp relies on negative feedback, it electronically "confuses" earlier amp stages, causing them to latch in a clipping mode instead of recovering quickly. Latching causes the amp to sound really awful when pushed too hard -- which it inevitably will be.

To effectively deal with clipping, an amp must be able to recoup almost instantaneously. That's what is meant by Fast Recovery. FR Series amps use very sparing amounts of negative feedback. Then they use complementary Baker Clamp circuits on the positive and negative voltage amp stages, which prevent the stages from saturating (and latching) during periods of overdrive. An additional transistor senses when the Baker Clamp is active and then activates the FR Series amplifiers' internal limiting circuits. The result is no latching, instant recovery from overdriving the amp, and way better sound.

The more heat you can conduct away from an amp's output devices (transistors) the longer they'll last. The better physical contact that can be made between a transistor and its heat exchanger, the more heat can be pulled away and dissipated in the air. All four FR Series amplifier models have a mirror-polished heat exchanger that maximizes thermal transfer. This requires hand polishing the exchanger extrusion, but they think it's worth it to achieve better reliability and performance.

The exchanger itself is transverse mounted with its air inlet in the middle. Cool room air enters the front of the amp, then travels down two short cooling tunnels and exits on the amplifier's sides. This T-Tunnel design provides a more constant thermal gradient than one long cooling tunnel -- in other words, two short air passages keep all transistors closer to the same temperature instead of getting processively hotter as the air temperature increases down one long exchanger.

A big advantage to owning an FR Series amp is that you get important extra features. Features other amp manufacturers make you pay extra for or leave out all together.

Variable low cut filters for tighter bass. All PA cabinets only reproduce bass down to a certain point, called the tuned frequency. Below that point, you get audio sludge and potential woofer damage. FR Series variable low cut filters let you feed your system only the frequencies it can handle. You can "dial in" any tuned frequency from 5Hz to 170Hz. All models also include an infrasonic stabilizer circuit that cuts the really low frequencies that cause visible woofer cone flutter.

Constant Directivity Horn EQ for smoother treble. To improve high frequency reproduction, many sound systems use constant directivity (CD horns). They improve treble dispersion by more evenly distributing high frequencies. But in doing so, they actually create a frequency "dip" that reduces important frequencies anywhere from 2.5kHz to 5kHz. The old way to compensate for this was a special crossover module (hard to find and usually expensive) or a graphic equalizer (nice try, but the "cure" is worse than the problem). The M

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Maximum Power at 1% Distortion
4 ohms bridged mono; 8 ohms bridged mono
2 ohms
4 ohms
8 ohms
1400w
1000w
700+700w
500+500w
300+300w
Continuous Average Ouput Power (both channels driven -- 20Hz-20kHz)
4 ohms
bridged mono
8 ohms
bridged mono
2 ohms
4 ohms
8 ohms
1260w
< 0.050% THD
850w
< 0.025% THD
630+630w
< 0.050% THD
425+425w
< 0.025% THD
250+250w
< 0.012% THD
Power Bandwidth
20Hz-70kHz (+0, -3dB)
Frequency Response (1 watt, 8 ohm load)
20Hz-40kHz (+0, -1dB)
10Hz-70kHz (+0, -3dB)
THD, SMPTE IMD, TIM (250 mW to rated power)
2 ohms
4 ohms
8 ohms
< 0.150%
< 0.050%
< 0.025%
Load Angle
2 ohms
4 ohms
8 ohms
2(1+jx) time dependent, T > 2 min.
4(+jx) time dependent, T > 6 min.
8(+jx) time independent
Power Consumption
At idle
65w
With musical program fully loaded
2 ohms/side or
4 ohms bridged
900w
4 ohms/side or
8 ohms bridged
550w
Continuous sine wave
8 ohms
850w
4 ohms
1500w
2 ohms
2500w
AC Line Power
US (M
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Mackie M1400i Power Amp Customer Review
Sound: Thats the beaty it can't get any better for plug and play non techies. Quality: Rock solid for amps for three years lots of moving, no problems. If only the rest of my sytem were this good. Value: A little pricey for the little guy but worth every cent. Manufacturer Support: Who needs it ? This is simply the best amp I have used or come across in twenty-five years in the business. Overall: Forever I buy every used one I can find for less than 400.00
Style of Music: Mostly new country and light rock, Oldies
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