If you want an amp that delivers exceptional sound/reliability, ultra-light weight, models from 200w to 3800w and made in the USA quality, Carvin's DCM-L Series is the answer. You should seriously consider the ultra-light feature, which comes in part from its heavy-duty aluminum frame. Aluminum is more expensive than steel, but worth every penny to keep your rack as light as possible. Expect 2/3 to 3/4 savings over conventional amplifiers - 50 lb to 60 lb amps becomes 15 lbs. High power, uncompromised sound and maximum reliability is at its best for both touring systems and fixed installations. Each amp is Audio Precision™ tested, which includes a burn-in under full load to assure reliability & specs. The concert stage is the ultimate test of professional audio and for the last decade the DCM has made its mark serving top artists and concert venues night after night, year after year. The DCM is a proven American made workhorse backed by over 60 years of manufacturing excellence.
- Ultra-light 14 lbs
- Highest value, lowest priced lightweight amp
- Power supply designed for superior bass
- Go "Green" - save energy and cost
- Quiet hum-free operation with noise less than -106dB for studio applications
- Ultra-low THD: 0.03% at 8 ohms
- Handles difficult mismatched or reactive loads
- Soft-start power-up prevents tripping AC breakers
- Speaker Guard™ protects from harmful DC
- Multi speed fans - rear to front flow for cooler racks
- Distortion-free limiters to help protect drivers
- Independent thermal overload protection
- Recessed front to prevent control damage
- Percentage of power, clip, bridge, protect and power indicators
- Balanced XLR and 1/4" TRS inputs
- Twist-lock, Binding Post, 1/4" TS outputs
- Convenient Ground Lift & Parallel Input switches
- Shock-proof SMT reliability
- Heavy-duty galvanized steel chassis
- Fit all racks - only 266mm (10.5-inch) deep
- Full 3-year warranty (USA) - Made in the USA
Applications: Mains/Monitors/Subwoofers, Concerts, Events, Houses of Worship, Clubs/Restaurants, Auditoriums, Convention Centers, Mobile DJ's
SERIOUS POWER - The CLASS D linear topology features high current bipolar output devices that reduce distortion to a near theoretical zero limit while delivering high slew rate performance for crystal clear highs and chest pounding bass - every note is vibrant, pure and natural. The DCM's headroom reveals its high dynamic power from the Switchmode power supply that operates at 130,000 Hz. Extreme currents are delivered to the most demanding subwoofer system, which are driven under 4 ohm bridge - 2 ohm operation. Every DCM easily handles the most difficult mismatched or reactive loads and is AC generator friendly.
COOL EFFICIENT DESIGN - A high efficiency heat transfer system offers the most advanced cooling, which is one of the keys to reliable power. Five high ratio 6063-T5 flow-through aluminum heat sinks remove heat fast with multi-speed fans that runs quiet under 2 ohms loads. Air is pulled from the rear and exhausted to the front to keep the rear of your rack cool. R & D designed a "direct mount" system for the power output devices to be directly mounted to the heat sink, which eliminates any thermal barrier to keep your amp running cool.
ACCESSORY GROUP - The accessory group features recessed front controls with status indicators that won't get bumped or easily moved. A rear "Ground Lift" switch eliminates ground loops. A "Parallel Input" switch eliminates the "Y" adapter typically used for paralleling channels. The mono "Bridge" switch delivers the full power of the amp (both channels) into one output. The limiters are available at the push of a button to help control peaks protecting your drivers. Connecting is done with balanced XLR and 1/4" TRS inputs. Three types of outputs feature Twist-lock, binding post, and 1/4" phone connectors for every possible hookup. The soft-start circuit gently turns the DCM on to prevent AC breakers from tripping.
- Built-in limiters help protect drivers
- LED indicators: power, clip, 3 levels, protect, bridge
- Balanced XLR and 1/4" inputs
- Twist-lock output connectors
- 3rd Twist-lock connector for bridging
- Heavy-duty output binding posts
- Rear switches: bridging, limiter, channel paralleling, ground lift
- Recessed knobs offer better protection against damage
- Each amp is Audio Precision™ tested, which includes a burn-in under full load
1 CHANNEL RMS continuous
- 8 ohms: 400 watts
- 4 ohms: 700 watts
- 2 ohms: 1150 watts
BOTH CH RMS continuous
- 8 ohms: 350/350 watts
- 4 ohms: 550/550 watts
- 2 ohms: 1000/1000 watts
BRIDGED RMS continuous
- 8 ohms bridged: 1200 watts
- 4 ohms bridged: 2000 watts
Peak Power: 2800w (2 cycle pulse power)
- Frequency Response: +-.5 dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz
- THD< 0.03% @ 50% output, <.1% 20-20 kHz @ 90% output
- Output Topology: CLASS D
- Power Supply: Switchmode - 60% reserve - see kick drum test
- Damping Factor: >500
- Slew Rate: bridged mode >50v/µs
- Sensitivity (@ 8Ω): 1.4 Vrms
- Signal to Noise Ratio: Greater than 106 dB
- Input Impedance: >20K ohm balanced
- Speaker Guard™ DC protection for drivers
- Soft-start power-ups: prevents AC breakers from tripping
- Over-Current: protected
- Under-Voltage: protected
- Thermal: protected
- Fan: variable speed
- Shock-proof SMT construction
- FR4 fire retardant circuit boards
- Aluminum chassis
- Air Flow - "rear to front" for cooler rack
- AC generator friendly
- AC Input: 120VAC 60HZ
- Fuse: 25 amps
- 2RU rackmount
- Dim: 19" (48cm) wide x 10.5" (26.6cm) deep x 3.5" (9cm) high
- Weight: 14 lbs (6.4kg)
- Made in the USA
- 3 year warranty
Geo Ft. Wayne, IN
"I wanted a single system that could reproduce piano / synthesizer sounds AND amplify my custom guitar sounds ranging from mondo-metal through rock, blues and Jazz, plus acoustic. No one wants to lug around separate rigs for all that, so the obvious solution was to find good small mixer and a hi-fidelity power amp. I already had a good small mixer. Finding the right amp was a problem, especially for a guy on a budget. This single-space Carvin amp is the solution.
It can be LOUD, but it's always noise-free. It's clean, reliable, small, lightweight and brings stereo effects alive. Although I like QSC amps and ART SLA series too, I chose this one for both my economy and our economy because it's MADE IN THE USA.
I get some gigs partly because I am competent and versatile, but I know that having a great portable rig enhances my chances. With my little system powered by this unassuming little amp, I don't frighten singers or sound-men. Everybody I work with comments on my tone and clarity even at Jazz lounge volumes. Yet when I need to crank it, this little beast bears fangs. For outdoor concerts, I have connected it to my old 4x12 stacks and it KILLS!
Considering the amount of use I get from this amp, the low price, pro connectivity and that unique EQ function, this is one of the best deals on Earth."
Steve T. Quad Cities, IA
"Our band is upgrading our PA and I just bought two of these to drive our four LSx1502 main speakers. We only use 1 pair of LSx1502s and a single DCM2000L (bridged) for our club gigs but this amp has provided all the headroom that we've been needing and more. The amp runs very cool and the sound quality is pristine. The bar staff at our last gig asked what was new about our sound system and they were very complimentary, saying that they could hear the vocals clearly. We were previously a bit under-powered but no longer! Having been a long-time user of the DCM series amps, I'm very comfortable recommending the DCM2000L. The comparatively lighter weight of this amp is a welcome bonus!"
Thomas Luptak Ottawa, ON
"I've been a Carvin believer since my first purchase in 1998. Prior to this, I've rented all brands of Sound Re-enforcement Equipment. Owning my own gear allowed me to streamline my set-up/tear down time. Recently, I've added the DCM2000L to my list of equipment. Although I use in-ear monitors, our guitarist feeds his signal to two Carvin 742 (mounted with the 600watt carvin 15's) When we tested the amp out for the monitors, his reaction was: "WOW! the presence is totally different than with the DCM2000 non lite version amp"! Our guitarist has now requested that I use the new DCM2000L for his monitors for every show from here on in. Thank you CARVIN!"
Andrew MacMorran Bloomington IN
"I am extremely pleased with the DCM2000L. I am using it for a dual channel bass rig to 2x500 watt cabinets. It's more powerful than I'll ever really need, but it's nice to always have plenty of headroom available for outdoors or larger rooms. It's easy on my back and runs quietly. Very fast response, notes jump right out of my passive basses. I have already recommended it to friends."
Andrew Leffel Springfield, OH
"I have the DCM2000L and an old DCM600 and wow, I am never buying another pice is p.a. gear that does not say Carvin on it."
Greg Minard Illinois
"I purchased two TRX12N speakers and a DCM2000L amp for a stereo guitar rig. The speakers sound fantastic and are very compact. This setup has crystal clear cleans and can handle all the distortion you can throw at them. I thought the amp would be too powerful but it works great with no noise, and offers all the head room I'll ever need. It even sounds great at bedroom volume."
Bob Ingram Shreveport, LA
"THIS AMP ROCKS!!! Typical DCM-L series: loaded with all the right features, lightweight, sounds great. I have replaced all my heavy amps with these new DCM-L's, and I'm glad every time I load. With this 2000L for low, 2 - 1000L's for mids and highs, and 2 - 2004L's for sidefills and 6 monitor mixes, this is a sensible club PA that has plenty of power, it's easy to handle, reliable, and bulletproof. I said it before and I'll say it again: These new Carvin DCM-L series amps are the best deal in America today!!!"
Shannon Hultz Hilham, TN
"I just recieved my first DCM2000L and it has lived up to my expectations. Crystal clear output. Light weight. Great value for the money. I have owned higher priced competitors power amps and they are no better than my Carvin and cost twice as much. I chose Carvin because they are still made in the USA. I plan to soon buy 3 more. I also own Carvin LS1802N's and LS1523's. Carvin is the best value for the money in Pro Audio Gear!"
Mike Bacciarini, Audio Flair Sound Reinforcement Cambria, CA
"We upgraded our older 1584/SW1801 speakers to 4 sets of TRx153N/TRx218N, powered by 6 DCM2000L all in bridged mode. Wow! Tremendous power and fidelity, light weight, and at a price that allowed it all to happen. Thanks, Carvin..."