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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.
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  • 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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Dayton Audio MA1260 Multi-Zone 12 Channel Amplifier 60WPC

An efficient, high-density solution to the challenges of distributed audio

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).

All of the input/output options your system could ever need

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.

Just relax and let the MA-1260 do the job it was created to do

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. Use 14-18 AWG stranded two-conductor loudspeaker wire with Phoenix style connectors.

Note: See setup addendum when using in-wall volume controls. You can find this document under "Manuals and Resources" on this page.

Specifications • Rated power output per channel: 65 watts RMS into 8 ohms, 89 watts into 4 ohms • Bridged output: 130 watts RMS into 8 ohms (8 ohm minimum) • THD (20 Hz-20 kHz): 0.032% @ 65W (4 ohm stereo); 0.080% @ 130W (8 ohm bridged) • Circuit topology: Class D • Signal to noise ratio: 115 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, 50/60 Hz • Stand-by power rating: 115V 0.46W.


1. Master Power Switch/Indicator LED
Front panel pushbutton power switch turns the amplifier on and off. When the switch is on and the indicator LED is red, the amplifier is in standby mode. The remote turn on switch (located on the rear) is either in the "trigger" or "auto" position. When the LED is blue, the amplifier is fully active. The master power switch will turn off the amplifier no matter which power mode has been selected.

2. Zone Status Indicators
Each pair of channels or zones has a bi-color LED to indicate its operational status. These indicators provide quick and easy troubleshooting of the system. If the circuitry determines that a channel must be shut down due to excessive heat or low impedance (a short), only the channels that are affected will be turned off causing the zone LED to turn red. The remaining zones will continue to operate and maintain a blue LED status. Once the condition has been corrected for the zone in question, the status LED will return to blue.

Note: When the power LED is red and the zone status LEDS are not lit (off), indicates the unit is in standby mode.


3. BUS Line Inputs/Outputs
The MA1240a has two common or BUS inputs that receives audio signals from standard line-level audio sources and sends them to any or all channels. The BUS line outputs are direct feed-through to allow the BUS inputs to be fed to other amplifiers. Be sure to use high quality RCA cables that feature low impedance, shielding and high quality connectors.

4. Remote Turn-On Switch
This switch selects the turn-on stimuli that will put the amplifier in ready mode. "Trigger" setting relies on 3-30V AC/DC voltage going into the trigger input to activate the amplifier. "Auto" setting senses a signal on the RCA line-level inputs and automatically puts the amp in ready mode. "On" setting puts the amp constantly in ready mode so that it can be controlled by the master power switch on the front panel. In "Auto" mode, the amplifier will take approximately 15 minutes to return from ready to standby mode.

5. Trigger Input/Output
The trigger input is a handy feature when connecting the amplifier to an automated audio system. The 3.5mm miniplug jack will accept a 3-30V AC/DC output from another device, or from a separate power supply. When the trigger input is energized, the amp turns from standby to ON mode. When using the MA1240a with a receiver without a trigger output, the voltage can come from a 12V wall wart (3.5mm tip-positive connector) plugged into the receiver's switched outlet and the trigger input. The MA1240a can also provide an output trigger voltage (12DC @500mA max.) to turn on and off other devices in the audio system. When the amplifier turns off (standby mode), the voltage will drop to zero.

Note: Remember there is a delay of approximately 15 minutes before the amplifier goes to standby when using the "Auto" turn-on mode.

6. Channel Gain Control
Each channel has its own independent level adjustment. This allows the output level of each speaker to be perfectly matched to its area. It can also be used to limit the maximum audio level in a certain area.

7. Bridging Switch
By simply flipping a single switch, two channels can be combined to increase the total power output. This is helpful when extra power is needed in certain areas.

Note: The minimum impedance for bridged channels is 8 ohms. Also, please observe the proper speaker wiring when bridging channels. Input selection and volume settings for bridged channels will be controlled by the left channel. "BR" is bridged mode and "ST" is non-bridged or stereo mode.

CAUTION: Only change switch positions when the amplifier is turned off.

8. Input Selection Switch
Input Selection Switch Each channel is capable of delivering the source from many inputs. The three main inputs are BUS 1, BUS 2 and LINE IN. The selection for these inputs is done via the Input Selection switch associated with each channel. Select the desired source input. Set the Input Selection switch to BUS 1 (will play source connected to the BUS 1 input), BUS 2 (will play source connected to the BUS 2 input) or LINE IN (will play source connected to that channel's LINE IN).

CAUTION: Only change switch positions when the amplifier is turned off.

9. Speaker Output Terminals
The MA1240a uses high quality Phoenix style connectors for the speaker connections. Use 14-18 gauge stranded two-conductor loudspeaker wire. Ensure that at least 2 inches of each conductor are separated. Strip away 1/4 inch of insulation from each conductor. Connect the appropriate conductor to each screw terminal, observing correct polarity. Also, please observe proper speaker wiring when bridging channels.

10. Individual Channel Input
All twelve channels have their own dedicated input that allows the connection of audio sources in addition to the common BUS inputs. This is useful when using the MA1260 with an audio matrix switcher.

11. AC Voltage Switch
The unit is set at the factory for 115V U.S. operation; simply connect the included IEC power cord to your wall outlet. For 230V operation, move the voltage selector switch to the 230V position. When operating at 230V the internal fuse located in the IEC socket should also be changed. In most 230V applications a separate power cord will be required and is not included.

12. IEC Power Connector
The unit comes with an IEC jack that permits removal of the AC power cord. This allows the flexibility of changing the power cord for different countries. The IEC socket also houses the main fuse holder. Plug the power cord supplied with the amplifier into the amplifier and wall outlet or appropriate surge protector.

Dayton Audio MA1260 Multi-Zone 12 Channel Amplifier 60WPC
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelMA1260
  • Part Number300-8150
  • UPC848791001215
  • Product CategoryHome Audio Amplifiers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (6 Reviews)
  • Weight40 lbs.
  • California Prop 65

    Warning: California residents only. Please note per Proposition 65 that this product may contain 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 4.6667 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product and huge bang for your buckI bought both this amp and the MA1240a to compare the two before committing to one. I found a very noticeable difference in sound quality at higher volume levels between the two. The audio in each zone sounded like it was being produced by bigger speakers so it was a no-brainer for me and well worth the additional $100.This amp is effortlessly driving six indoor zones each with in-ceiling Control4 (Atlantic Tecnology) 8" speakers. Totally exceeded my expectations. Simple to setup and auto-on feature seems to be working flawlessly. I couldn't find a better value out there for something as feature-rich as these amps...or with a 5 year warranty!A few months down the road I plan on buying a second 1260 to drive my outdoor zones and will eventually add a multi-zone controller.
Date published: 2015-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't beat the price!I've installed 3 of the new 1260's so far in different homes and they seem to be just as reliable and full of function as the 1240's plus with added power.It's really hard to go wrong with these amp's the price is just really hard to beat, they have all the function that one could expect and so far they have been extremely reliable. I've install probably a dozen of the 1240's and 1260's over the last 2 years and so far not a single one has had a single issue.
Date published: 2015-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ProductI installed this Amp a month ago as a 12 channel system, it works great. Very happy
Date published: 2015-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent value and performanceI have two of these amps on a 8 zone whole house system. There are 24 speakers in the system so the buss feature allows me to have two our three stereo pairs on one input zone. The source is 8 zones of Sonos Connects. The input sensing power on feature works flawlessly. The sound is very good, indistinguishable from the very expensive Crestron amps they replaced. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally a bit more power!The previous version of this amp was a bit underpowered for many of the applications I used it for, but the extra 50% boost in power has really made an impact. Very impressed for the price!
Date published: 2014-08-02
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

Any problems using this amp to power surround and atmos channels in a HT setup if the AVR has unbalanced outputs and trigger out?

Asked by: memarcus
There is no problem at all using this amp for that application.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-12-31


Asked by: MINA
Yes the power input is switchable from 110-230 VAC.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-12-28

can this amp be returned if i'm not satisfied?

Asked by: menace
Yes you have 45 days to return an item. Please see our returns terms and conditions in the link below for details.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-12-04

I already have speakers throughout my house, the wires all go to the basement (12speakers) Can I get this amp to hook up to Sonos connect with my all my speakers? 

Asked by: Dillan
Yes this amplifier will work for that application.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-12-08

can i connect the amplifier to apple airport express? if so, which cable do i have to use and where would it have to be plugged? does it come with a power cord or do i have to buy it separately? thanks

Asked by: zakon
If the Airport Express has a headphone or line output, you will need a 3.5mm male to RCA cable in order to plug it into the amplifier. This amp includes a power cord.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-11-13

I have Problems with random noise on bridged channels (2) and one from another stereo port (white chinch). so i think the red chinch connections have no problems but the white send some noise to the speakers :( what can i do?

Asked by: bigm
Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-11-09
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