BOWERS & WILKINS CDA-2HD
BOWERS & WILKINS CDA-2HD
BOWERS & WILKINS CDA-2HD

Bowers & Wilkins CDA-2HD: Powerful and compact 2-channel amplifier

The Bowers & Wilkins CDA-2HD is a highly potent and compact 2-channel hi-fi power amplifier. It’s tailored for powering built-in speakers and passive subwoofers within installations or multi-zone systems where the emphasis is on superior sound quality. Leveraging ICEpower technology, it delivers an impressive 250 watts per channel (500 watts at 4 ohms), making it capable of enhancing the performance of large built-in speakers and high-demand subwoofers.

BOWERS & WILKINS CDA-2HD
BOWERS & WILKINS CDA-2HD

This amplifier allows for the driving of a pair of stereo speakers, such as those from B&W’s prestigious CT8 series, with exquisite hi-fi sound. Alternatively, it can power two subwoofers at 500 watts each or bridge the channels for a massive 1000 watts, providing ample power for the most challenging setups.

Designed specifically for custom installations, the Bowers & Wilkins CDA-2HD prioritizes flexibility and stability. It comes with optimized connections and a web interface for DSP configuration, ensuring tailored sound quality, volume, and music playback in every room.

BOWERS & WILKINS CDA-2HD
BOWERS & WILKINS CDA-2HD

Equipped with a specialized DSP setup for B&W’s subwoofer models and featuring Dynamic EQ and limiters, the CDA-2HD’s efficient Class D ICEpower construction delivers remarkable power while maintaining stability at high volumes, generating minimal heat, and reducing energy consumption—benefiting both the environment and your energy expenses.

The CDA-2HD is available in a sleek black finish and is designed with installation convenience in mind. It features 12V trigger in/out and automatic signal-based switch-on, allowing for seamless integration with your audio system. This design means the amplifier can be discreetly placed, such as in a cupboard, requiring only adequate ventilation for cooling. It automatically powers down after approximately 15 minutes of inactivity.

Its SpeakOn (4-pole) speaker terminals offer customizable connections for single or multiple speakers or subwoofers, facilitating quick and easy setup or disconnection. This thoughtful design is complemented by integrated fan cooling, ensuring the amplifier remains cool under heavy use, highlighting the CDA-2HD’s status as a meticulously designed product for embedded applications.

BOWERS & WILKINS CDA-2HD REAR PANEL
BOWERS & WILKINS CDA-2HD REAR PANEL

Pros

  • Superior power and good hi-fi sound quality, even with long cable runs
  • Stereo channels can be bridged to 1 x 1000 watts
  • Can drive both passive subwoofers and large full-range built-in speakers effortlessly
  • Moderate power consumption and heat development in relation to the performance
  • Both digital and analog audio input
  • 12V trigger in/out / automatic switch-on on signal (can be disabled)
  • Web interface for configuration and sound settings
  • SpeakOn speaker terminals for easy connection
  • Compact design (0.5U width, 2U rack height)
  • Rack handles are included for easy installation in technical cabinets and rack systems
  • Integrated fan cooling

Cons

  • No connection of extra power stage on pre-out
  • Not as flexible as some solutions with multiple audio channels
  • No mechanical switch on the front

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