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Architect Model 1280 EQ
12 Channel Multi-Zone Amplifier with EQ

12 channel amplifier. 65 watts per Channel (All Channels Driven). Five Band, 12 Channel Speaker Equalization. Class H Design for Energy Efficient Cool Operation. Low standby current draw of less than 1 watt. Compact Design Fits into 3 Rack Spaces. LightDrive Anti-Clipping Protection Circuitry. Flexible Dual-Bus Input Selection. Remote/Local Zone Input Trigger. Signal-Sensing Mute Control for Each Channel Pair. Input Bussing and Level Controls. Mono-switch for Improved Bridging. Beefy Rack Mount Brackets Included. Five Year Warranty.

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Architect Model 1280 EQ
12 Channel Multi-Zone Amplifier with EQ

The Architect Model 1280 EQ 12-channel amplifier combines all of AudioControl’s award-winning features, like zone equalization, independent zone triggering, signal sensing and bussable inputs, in one compact chassis. Its robust power provides at least 65 watts per channel at 8 ohms when all 12 channels are driven. A flexible bussing system combined with local inputs and 12-volt triggers on each pair provides the versatility demanded by today’s control systems. Five bands of equalization control per channel allows the user to optimize the sound in each zone for superior audio performance.

AudioControl’s revolutionary Class H topology provides the cool-running, energy efficient performance required of a multi-channel amplifier. 5-bands of speaker equalization adjustment optimizes the performance of all speakers connected to it’s 12 channels. Manufactured in the USA, the Architect Model 1280 EQ carries AudioControl’s Bulletproof 5 Year Warranty, but is designed to last a lifetime.


  • 65 watts per Channel (All Channels Driven)
  • Five Band, 12 Channel Speaker Equalization
  • Class H Design for Energy Efficient Cool Operation
  • Low standby current draw of less than 1 watt
  • Compact Design Fits into 3 Rack Spaces
  • LightDrive Anti-Clipping Protection Circuitry
  • Flexible Dual-Bus Input Selection
  • Remote/Local Zone Input Trigger
  • Signal-Sensing Mute Control for Each Channel Pair
  • Input Bussing and Level Controls
  • Mono-switch for Improved Bridging
  • Beefy Rack Mount Brackets Included
  • Five Year Warranty



  • Inputs: 6 Stereo Local Inputs, 2 Stereo Bus Inputs
  • Input Sensitivity: Variable 0-1 Vrms
  • Input Impedance: 20kΩ


  • Amplifier Channels: 16
  • Power Output (8Ω): 65W per channel
  • Power Output (4Ω): 100W per channel
  • Power Output (Bridged Mono): 200W
  • Minimum Speaker Load: 4Ω


  • Damping Factor: >200
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.15% (Full Power, 20Hz-20kHz)
  • Signal to Noise: >105dB, A-wtd ref Full Output
  • Crosstalk: >80dB @ 1kHz
  • Equalizer Frequencies: 75Hz, 250Hz, 700Hz, 2.5kHz, 12kHz


  • Remote Power Trigger: +12 VDC or Dry Contact Closure


  • Power Consumption (Idle): 24W
  • Power Consumption (loud listening level): 240W
  • Power Consumption (maximum): 1600W
  • BTU/Hour Heat Dissipation (Idle): 85
  • BTU/Hour Heat Dissipation (loud listening level): 330
  • BTU/Hour Heat Dissipation (maximum): 1460
  • Protection: clipping, short circuit, thermal, ultrasonic, DC offset, stable into reactive or mismatched loads

Weights & dimensions

  • Dimensions: 17” W x 16” D x 5.25” H (3U)
  • Weight: 51.0lbs (23.1kg)

In the boxArchitect Model 1280 EQ, Speaker Connectors, Remote Connector, Power Cord, Manual, Warranty

Immediate Shipping of AudioControl’s New Architectural 12 & 16 Channel Distributed Audio Amplifiers with Increased Power, Low Energy Consumption, Zone Equalization, Low Impedance Capability, Network Control, and More!

Seattle, WA. October 11th, 2012  – AudioControl today announced the launch of its new series of Architectural amplifiers. AudioControl’s ‘Architect’ line of multi-channel amplifiers provides authoritative power, pristine sonics and installer-friendly equalization controls without sacrificing valuable rack space. The new Architect models are designed for any whole-house audio system that demands high levels of audio performance squeezing 12 or 16 channels of cool running, great sounding, high power amplification into just three space efficient rack spaces.

AudioControl’s new Architect amplifiers come in four primary models:

  • Architect 1680 EQ – 16 Channel amplifier with speaker equalization
  • Architect 1660 – 16 Channel amplifier (without speaker equalization)
  • Architect 1280 EQ – 12 Channel amplifier with speaker equalization
  • Architect 1260 – 12 Channel amplifier (without speaker equalization)
  • All 12 and 16 channel Architect models have the option of adding optional Ethernet control for remote monitoring and network control

The Architect Model 1680 EQ and Model 1280 EQ combine AudioControl’s award winning features, including zone equalization, bussable inputs and LightDrive™ anti-clipping circuitry, into one compact chassis. With power output levels of at least 65 watts per channel into 8 Ohms, and even more into lower impedances, AudioControl sets the industry standard for high performance multi-zone audio amplification, also achieving less than 1 watt in standby mode, meeting stringent energy requirements around the world.

Alex Camara, CEO of AudioControl commented, “our team has a relentless enthusiasm for perfect sound performance and have lived these values for nearly four decades. The introduction of our new high-power Architect amplifiers is another example of the passion we have to ‘make good sound great’ in all our products, every day. The introduction of the Architect Model 1680 EQ and Model 1280 EQ meets the needs of the Architects, Designers, Custom Installers that use our products everyday in their work and our customers in providing whole-house audio systems that that ‘make good sound great’ and they can rely upon”.

Camara added, “with features such as bussable inputs, mono switching, custom equalization as well as our rack-saving, cool running amplifier topology, we are excited to launch our latest Architect models to compliment our complete line-up of successful architectural and network amplifiers. In addition all our 12 and 16 channel Architect models now have the option of adding Ethernet control for remote monitoring and network control”.

About AudioControl

AudioControl is a U.S. designer and manufacturer of the highest quality theater processors & amplifiers, distributed audio amplifiers, car audio, signal processors and precise analysis products, celebrating nearly four decades of ‘making good sound great’. The company’s headquarters, including research and development, manufacturing, production, and training facilities continue to thrive in Seattle, Washington heart of the rainforest of the Pacific Northwest. For more information visit AudioControl products are manufactured in the U.S.A and come with AudioControl’s legendary reliability and warranty service.

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