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Dayton Audio MA1260 Multi-Zone 12 Channel Amplifier 60WPC

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Dayton Audio's MA1260 12-channel Class D amplifier packs versatility and efficiency into a compact package that is suited ideally for zoned sound distribution.
  • 12 channels (6 stereo zones) in one convenient enclosure
  • Efficient Class D design delivers superior audiophile sound quality and performance
  • Independent and bus inputs enable unparalleled flexibility
  • Bridgeable channel outputs provide additional power when needed
  • Independent channel gain controls allow the output of each speaker to be perfectly matched
  • Converts easily from rack-mount to tabletop configurations
  • Installer-friendly setup and connections
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Weight: 40 lbs.  
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Dayton Audio MA1260 Multi-Zone 12 Channel Amplifier 60WPC

The Dayton Audio MA1260 freestanding, 12-channel amplifier was created for custom multi-room sound distribution. Its intelligently engineered and versatile design integrates easily into high-end whole house audio systems. An efficient Class D output stage delivers superior audiophile sound quality and performance. The MA1260 can be stacked with other audio components, and includes removable ears for mounting in standard audio racks (2RU).

Two common or BUS inputs feed audio signals from standard line-level audio sources to any or all channels. Each of the twelve channels has its own dedicated input and independent level adjustment to provide further flexibility. By simply flipping a single switch, two channels can be bridged to increase the total power output for that zone. This is helpful when extra power is needed in certain areas or zones. Manual, automatic on/off, or triggered 12V input turn-on modes facilitate easy integration into automated systems. For quick and easy troubleshooting of the system, each pair of channels or zones has a bi-color LED to indicate its operational status.

Specifications • Rated power output per channel: 60 watts into 8 ohms, 100 watts into 4 ohms (1% THD) • Bridged output: 170 watts into 8 ohms (1% THD) • Circuit topology: Class D • Signal to noise ratio: 100 dB A-weighted • Efficiency: 93% • Frequency response: 7.5 Hz to 48 kHz • Dimensions: 16.7" W x 4" H x 14.25" D (tabletop configuration) • Power requirements: 115/230 VAC, 50 Hz/60 Hz • Stand-by power rating: 115V 0.46W.

Product Specifications
  • Power Output (RMS Per Channel @ 8 ohms)60 Watts
Dayton Audio MA1260 Multi-Zone 12 Channel Amplifier 60WPC
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelMA1260
  • Part Number300-8150
  • UPC848791001215
  • Product CategoryHome Audio Amplifiers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Weight40 lbs.
  • California Prop 65

    Warning: California residents only. Please note per Proposition 65 that this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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Dayton Audio MA1260 Multi-Zone 12 Channel Amplifier 60WPC is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Things to be aware ofI just received this amplifier. Unfortunately, I could not immediately install it, because the two input buses limit the components you can utilize. On an expensive amplifier I think I should be able to expect 5 or 6 input buses. I need input for a phonograph; CD player; tape player; tuner; and IPOD. So I had to go out and buy an audio source input selector box. Just another expense to add to the $600 amplifier. In addition, all my previous amplifiers have A/B connections for the speakers, where I can play only A speakers or B speakers or both A/B speakers. This amplifier offers only connections for one pair of speakers per zone, unless you parallel wire them. If you parallel wire them, you will need a wall volume control, because the two pair of speakers will play at the same volume and/or you cannot shut down one pair while playing the other pair within the zone. Therefore, I was forced to go out and buy another box. This time a speaker selector box was added, which allows me to shut down individual pairs of speakers within a given zone when I have 2 pairs of speakers in that zone. Again, I would expect A/B connectors on a $600 amplifier. Once I get all these extra devices wired, I will offer a review of the playablility of this amplifier.
Date published: 2014-06-27

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Dayton Audio MA1260 Multi-Zone 12 Channel Amplifier 60WPC

Solution for active 4-way speaker system (all 8 drivers are 4 ohms)?  I am assuming that I could send each of the 8 analog outputs from DSP to inputs on this amp that would then drive each of the eight drivers?  Bridging for 8 ohm loads only?

Asked by: gjensen
This amplifier will only handle 8 ohm loads in bridged mode. You could use each individual channel for 4 ohm loads but this will limit output power. This and the MA1240 have been used for active setups with good success.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-07-08

Does this amplifier use an internal fan for cooling, or is it convection-cooled?

Asked by: Don162
This amplifier is convection cooled.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-05-02

Whats the difference between this and MA1240? What improvements, features, etc..? Thanks!

Asked by: HCeline
The MA1260 is a newer, more efficient class D design which provides more output power per channel at a few less pounds. The MA1240 is a class AB which produces more heat and less power. The features and functionality are virtually the same between them.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-04-21

The weight: "40 - 49 lbs".  Okay, that's just weird.  Weighs 40 lbs when listening to New Age music, but increases to 49 lbs with heavy metal?  This can't just be from adding the rack ears...

Asked by: haef
This is a weight range for shipping purposes. The amplifier weighs 40 lbs when it is packaged and ready to ship so it falls within this shipping weight range.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-04-21

Could someone speak more to the Class D design?  I assume this means it is not Tripath specifically, which is a design I like the sound of.  What might I expect sonically from this amp?

Asked by: haef
The hallmark of a Class D amplifier is its efficiency. The Tripath integrated circuits (ICs) were probably the first to make a Class D output stage topology viable for high fidelity consumer audio applications. Though the MA1260 is a Class D amplifier, it does not use Tripath ICs. Class D amplifiers are quite common these days, and it is suspected that some of the ideas that the Tripath engineers came up with are being utilized in other Class D designs. The audio quality of the MA1260 is very similar to that of the Tripath amplifiers.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-04-21

Standby power is spec'ed at 0.46w.  Is this at idle, no channels driven, or when off, waiting for a trigger or audio signal? Power outpu spec of 60w/ch: Is this with all channels driven full power?  What does the "Power" spec of 51-100w represent?

Asked by: haef
The MA 1240 and the MA1260 are both designed to power down when they enter standby mode. Most amplifiers to date do not do this. Standby mode in many amplifiers just opens the audio input path to the amp, and changes the color of the power LED to indicate standby. Some amplifiers can draw as much as 30W or more while idling, and do so 24/7. The Dayton 12 channel amps have a small monitoring circuit that opens a relay, completely cutting power to the transformers when it enters standby mode. The .46W standby power draw is from this small circuit, which has its own power supply and operates from the 120VAC line voltage. When an input signal is sensed, the monitoring circuit closes the relay and the large power transformers and the amplifiers come back up and are ready to go. With no input to any zone or channel, they will power down again after about 15 minutes.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-04-21

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