Bowers & Wilkins CDA-16 Distribution Amplifier

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CDA-16 has been engineered to work with any existing Bowers & Wilkins custom installation speaker. With the ability to drive 16 channels or 8 zones in a compact 1U design, CDA-16 gives you the maximum performance with the minimum rack space.

The power to impress
Ensure the best possible sound from your in-wall or in-ceiling Custom Installation loudspeakers with our powerful yet compact distribution amplifier.

Compact powerhouse
Offering 16 channels of power, the CDA-16 can enable your whole home with sound yet takes up minimal space thanks to its compact 1U design.

Mighty flexible
CDA-16 has a configurable specification supporting bridging of its Class D stereo channels into even more powerful mono outputs when needed.


  • Audio Specifications
    • Load impedance range: >3Ω per channel (>6Ω in bridge mode)
    • Output Power per channel, non-clipped: >50W into 8Ω, >100W into 4Ω
    • Output Power bridge mode, non-clipped: >200W into 8Ω
    • Output Power total, all channels: >400W short term, >200W continuous average
    • DC offset voltage: <50mV
    • Frequency Response (-3dB): <10Hz to >50kHz, any load impedance
    • Frequency response accuracy 20Hz-20kHz: ±0.5dB
    • Signal to Noise ratio (Ref. 50W/8Ω): > 100dB A-Weighted
    • THD+N (1kHz, 12.5W, 4Ω): typically 0.05%
    • Voltage Gain: 34.9dB to - infinity, adjustable
    • Input impedance: 15KΩ
    • Maximum input voltage: 6.8V peak (4.8V rms sine wave)
    • Signal sense threshold: 2.5mV (independent of Gain setting)
    • Wake-up time: <0.2s (If other zones active) <2s (From all zones inactive)
    • Turn-off time: 15 minutes from last signal detected
    • 12V trigger input threshold: typically 3V (recommended input is 5-15V)
  • Controls & Indicators
    • Front panel
      • 1 x Power LED (unit active – White, Fault – Red)
      • 8 x Zone status LEDs (Signal present – White, Fault – Red)
    • Rear panel
      • 8 x 2-position DIP switches (link to global input)
      • 1 x 3-position switch (power mode: on, auto detect, 12V trigger)
      • 8 x input gain control with Clip indicator LEDs
    • Connectors
      • Input: 8 x RCA (pair) Phono socket, line in (global in shared with Zone 8)
      • Output
        • 1 x RCA (pair) Phono socket (global out)
        • 8 x 5.08mm Pitch 4-way Phoenix Combicon style
    • 12V trigger control
      • 1 x 3.5 mm jack - 12V trigger IN
      • 1 x 3.5 mm jack - 12V trigger OUT (Maximum 100mA pass-through)
  • Power consumption
    • <0.5W All zones inactive
    • <45W All zones idling
    • 300W maximum average
    • 1,000W peak
  • AC supply: 100-240V 50/60Hz
  • AC inlet: IEC C14, switched
  • Dimensions
    • Height: 44.5 mm (1.8in) 1U [55.5 mm (2.2in) plus feet]
    • Width: 437 mm (17.2in)
    • Depth: 310 mm (12.2in)
    • Net weight: 4.5kg (9.9lb)

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