A pub contacted us recently as their sound system had stopped working about a week before they were due to reopen after lockdown ended.
Their amplifier, a literally huge Onkyo that weighed 18Kgs looks like it suffered a typical Onkyo problem that’s difficult to repair. It’s also a bit too heavy to be lugging any distance to a car & workshop.
We suggested a replacement based on a modern class D multizone amplifier designed for restaurants, cafes and bars.
Class D amplifiers generate very little heat compared to older class AB ones as the power stage is digital and thus more efficient.
This one has volume controls for individual zones and multiple speaker terminals which makes connecting up lots of speakers easier. It’s got plenty of power at 4 x 200W, is well priced (about £160 + VAT) and doesn’t weigh a ton!
Built in Bluetooth, USB media socket and card reader along with an FM radio tuner round off the package which made it a great replacement.