Marani DPA480A 4 x 8 Input / Output Speaker Management System

Marani DPA480A 4 x 8 Input / Output Speaker Management System

Marani DPA480A 4 x 8 Input / Output Speaker Management System

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The Marani DPA480A 4 x 8 Input / Output Speaker Management System from Marani is the company's flagship digital speaker management system. Designed for maximum versatility, it provides all the processing and control necessary for both live and fixed installation use. It offers 4 analog inputs, 8 analog outputs and 2 digital S/PDIF inputs, managed by a powerful DSP Engine, in addition to high performance 24 Bit AD/DA converters.

Each input channel provides a choice of EQ with 5-band parametric equalizer, noise gate function, gain control and configurable delay. In addition each input includes a pink/white noise generator, which may be used for tuning sound reinforcement systems during installation. Each output offers up to 7-bands of parametric equalization, in addition to the crossover filters which themselves provide slopes from 6dB/octave up to 48dB/octave. Each output path also features an RMS compressor, peak limiter and configurable delay.

The DPA480 supports a full matrix mixing mode where inputs may be routed/mixed in any ratio to any output. For remote configuration and control the DPA480 can be connected via Ethernet, USB or RS485. The control remote PC software allows simultaneous control up to 32 units, setting all parameters and showing real time levels.

  • 24-bit high end converters
  • 48kHz sample rate
  • 4 inputs, 8 outputs with full matrix mixing
  • 5 band parametric equalization per input channel
  • 7 band parametric equalization per output channel
  • Each band can be switched to Bell, Low/High Shelving, Low/High-Pass, All-Pass, Band-Pass and Notch
  • Low/High Shelving, Low/High-Pass, can be selected as 1st and 2nd order, variable Q response
  • Crossover filters with slopes from 6dB/Octave up to 48dB/Octave including Butterworth, Bessel, Linkwitz-Riley and customizable topologies
  • Each output features a precision dynamic range controller composed of a Peak Limiter and a RMS Compressor with selectable ratio and variable knee
  • Adjustable Delay time up to 850 ms for every input and output channel
  • Pink/White noise internal generator per input channel for setting and tuning audio system
  • Front panel USB connector for direct PC communications
  • Ethernet interface, RS485 connection for system setup, monitoring and control via manageable remote PC software
  • Front panel interactive LCD display for local access and configuration
  • Front panel 7-LED level meter indicators per channel
  • Front panel Memory Card reader/writer for preset storage
  • Simultaneous control up to 32 units via PC software


In the Box
Marani DPA480A 4 x 8 Input / Output Speaker Management System
  • Remote Control
  • Power Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Marani DPA-480 specs

    Analog I/O 4x XLR electronically balanced inputs, 8x XLR electronically balanced outputs
    Digital Input 2x SPDIF; gain 0 dBu
    Minimum Load Impedance 150 ohm
    THD+N 0.001% at 1 kHz 0 dBu
    S/N >110 dBA
    Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz; -0.5 dBu at 20 Hz and 20 kHz
    Converters 1x AK5388 24-bit
    4x AK4396 24-bit
    DSP Dream SAM3716, 24-bit (data) x 96 bit (coeff.)
    Internal DSP Resolution 24 × 32-bit for filtering process
    96-bit resolution on intermediate computation results
    Parametric Equalizer 5 filters per input selected as Bell or Shelving
    7 filters per output selected as Bell or Shelving
    Filter Type Bell, 1st /2nd Order Shelvings with -3dB at cutting Freq.; Symmetrical Shelving with variable Q; Low/High-Pass with variable Q, 1st /2nd Order; All-Pass (90°/180° Phase rotation at the cutting freq.), Band-Pass and Notch
    Gain Control From -15 dBu up to +15 dBu by 0.5 dBu resolution steps
    Center Frequency Selectable with a 1/24th of octave resolution step from 20 Hz up to 20 kHz
    Bandwidth Control Q from 0.3 up to 20 by 0.1 resolution steps, BW from 4.8 up to 0.009
    Crossover Butterworth 6/12/18/24/48dB per octave, Bessel, Linkwitz-Riley and custom 12/18/24/48dB per octave, Filter resolution 1/24th of octave
    Dynamics Threshold from 20 dBu up to -10 dBu

    Attack time from 5 ms up to 200 ms (1ms resolution up to 20 ms, 10 ms resolution up to 100 ms and 20 ms resolution up to 200 ms)

    Release time from 0.1 sec up to 3 sec (0.1sec resolution)

    Ratio from 1:1 to 32:1 (compressor only)

    Adjustable Soft or Hard Knee (compressor only)


    Delay 848,998 ms 21 us increment/decrement steps per channel
    Presets 8 user presets + 8 memory card
    Front Panel 2x24 character LCD display with white/blue LED backlight
    7-LED meter per input channel -20dBu to +15dBu, clip
    7-LED meter per output channel -15dBu to +15dBu, clip and limiter mode
    Red/blue LED (Edit/Mute) per channel
    PM1/ENTER, PM2/ESC, PM3/UTILITY rotary encoder push buttons
    EDIT/MUTE push button per channel
    PC card reader
    USB type B connector
    Rear Panel 4 x XLR female connector (input)
    8 x XLR male connector (output)
    2 x RCA connector (SPDIF input)
    2 x RJ45 for RS485 in/out connection
    1x RJ45 for Ethernet connection (10/100 TCP-IP)
    IEC C13 16A connector; power on/off switch
    AC 90 - 240 VAC (50/60 Hz) - 40 W
    Dimensions 19 x 1.75 x 9" (483 x 44 x 229 mm), 1RU
    Weight 7.71 lb (3.5 kg)

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