Crest Audio

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Crest Audio, Inc is an American company that produces professional sound equipment, including audio mixers, power amplifiers, and loudspeakers. Crest Audio was founded in the late 1970s by Jean-Pierre Prideaux in California. Dallas Music Industries (DMI) acquired Crest Audio in the 1980s and subsequently, Crest Audio was acquired by Peavey Electronics in 1999,[1] and has since been based in Meridian, Mississippi. The company has an international network of distributors.[2]

History[edit]

The company was founded in the late 1970s by Jean-Pierre (John) Prideaux to build power amplifiers for the tour sound industry. The first amplifier, the P3500, delivered 475 watts-per-channel in a chassis that occupied a two-rack space at a time when competitors were offering 400 watts in a four-rack space. In 1983, the 4001 amplifier was the first to provide two-ohms in a three-rack space chassis. Four years later the 8001 power amplifier became an industry standard concert sound amplifier. It was superseded by the 8002 model in 1998.[3]

In 1989, Crest audio diversified into mixing consoles with its Gamble EX series. Two years later the company introduced NexSys, a computer-based network amplifier control system that became the basis of a range that addresses every aspect of installation configuration and control.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peavey Corporate Information". Retrieved 2009-06-09.
  2. ^ 'Contact', Crest Audio. Retrieved 4 October 2006. Archived March 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b 'Company', Crest Audio. Retrieved 4 October 2006. Archived March 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.