The new SS5 amplifer is the perfect one amp solution to a clean and powerful high performance car audio system. Our customers wanted a single amp capable of driving a real DD system that was small enough for a hidden install application. The new SS5, 125 x 4 at 4 Ohms + 850 at 1 Ohm, can deliver over 2000 watts of dynamic power on demand from a chassis 450mm (17.7") long and 180mm (7.1") wide.
Digital Designs is excited to announce that we have partnered with ATrend, an industry leader in pre-fabricated enclosures. These DD Box approved enclosures were exclusively designed by DD for Atrend to get you the best possible sound for your DD subs! If there is not a dealer in your area, ATrend will be offering these for sale direct!
We would like to thank our dealers for helping DD Audio have its best year ever. DD Audio and our dealers live in a symbiotic relationship and when our dealers prosper, so do we.
Communication in our relationship is critical to our mutual success. Online sales are taking a bigger and bigger share of total sales while slashing margins of what is on the shelves. In response to the increasing number of manufacturers selling products direct and competing with dealers, we have decided to pull more products off our Lifestyle site: DD4life.com. Effective today, consumers can still order shirts, hats and other lifestyle products, but all 12 Volt products have been removed.
We continue to protect dealer territories and appreciate your help in policing those few dealers who either don't understand the strict no-internet sales/transshipping rules or think no one will notice. Dealer feedback helps us identify niches and problem areas in the mobile electronics market. We do listen to your feedback as we plot a course through the mine field of our market as it constantly changes.
Thank you, Jassa Langford
Summer is here and with it comes the heat. Heat is the number one killer of mobile audio equipment, so we should all take extra precaution when temperatures swell.
Thanks to the greenhouse effect, the interior of your vehicle can reach a temperature up to 25 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than the outside temperature. The same is true for enclosed amp racks on boats. This means your amp may be starting out at 125+ degrees, before you even turn it on. This is just a couple of rocking songs away from thermal protection, or worse, amp failure.
A simple and inexpensive way to provide some relief for your hard working equipment is to add a fan, or two, to your install. We recommend placing the fans as close as possible to the amplifier(s) allowing for maximum air movement down the rails of the heat sink. You can use a pair of small square computer style fans and set up a push/pull system, or you can use a high velocity cross flow fan. Both styles draw minimal amperage and can easily be ran off existing power sources already at the amp when used in conjunction with a simple relay turn on circuit.
Our tests averaged a 25 degree sustained temperature reduction at the heat sink, once we added a fan. This enabled our test amps to go from thermal protection after 15-20 minutes of play, to running under their thermal cutoff limits all day long. That made both us and our amps happy. So, have fun this Summer and stay cool.
INSTALL OF THE MONTH
This month's installation comes from our dealer Liquid Audio Styling & Sound LTD., from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.
1988 Honda Civic Hatchback 16 x DD1000 Series 10's 4 x DDM3a’s 6 x DDAW6.5's (midrange drivers) 2 x DDAW5.2's (midrange drivers) 8 x DDAT28's (tweeters) 2 x DDS4b’s 6 x XS Power XPS2500’s Clarion headunit
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Liquid Audio joined the DD family in November of 2011 and have since been working to help establish the DD brand in their region. They definitely made an impression on their customers with the build of their 1988 Civic demo/competition car. The Civic has been retired since August 2012, and they will be starting work on 2 new demo vehicles. We are excited to see what the future holds in the Great White North for DD and Liquid Audio!