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MX1260 High Efficiency 60 Watts x 12 Channel (4 Ohm stable) Bridged Mono 80 Watts

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Features & Specifications

Rated at 40 Watts per channel RMS at 8 ohms, the MX1260 is a serious contender for complex audio systems and will distribute sound to 12 different locations without the risk of overload. Equipped with brains and brawn, this sturdy, rack-mountable high current amp includes 6 zones or 12 channels (speakers), so owning this amp is like having six 2-channel amps in one efficient location.

What is a Multi-Channel Amplifier? Multi-channel amps incorporate high-efficiency, space-saving digital technology. Multi-channel amps eliminate the complexity of wiring up multiple two-channel amps, save space by reducing the number of components that must be placed in cabinets, and drive down your amplifier costs by as much as a third over multiple two-channel models, or adding impedance matching equipment to the two channel systems. Having a 12 or 16 channel amplifier will allow you to directly connect 12 or 16 rooms, directly to the amplifier without overloading.

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Other Product Info

Twelve channel bridgeable amplifier with 4 mode Bus system • 60 watts per channel, or any two adjacent channels can be bridged for 180 watts • Max input flexibility: Unique universal buss, direct input or a combination of both. • Three Power-Up choices: Power-On, Signal-Sensing, Sensing on 5-24V Trigger • Individual output level controls for each channel • Brushed aluminum face plate

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

By Luis from San Juan, PR on September 10, 2012
Does this include a remote? If not, how would I select the zones?
By Customer Service - Q&A on September 14, 2012

Answer:
Hi Luis,
The MX1260 allows you to customize what is playing with the controls on the back. This could be adjusting the gains to zero for zones you do not want on or switching to one of the multi-sources that are on and connected or not connected. Also, this unit should be used with volume controls if possible for control in each zone.
CL/MA 1286

By Stanton from Corona, CA on March 9, 2012
I just moved into a new home that has the backyard wired for outdoor audio. There are 5 sets of speakers wired into the entertainment center (10 speakers - 5 sets of wires), plus my indoor speaker system. I currently have it all wired into a 2 zone Onkyo receiver. I want to up-grade my hardware but am not sure what to get. Is the recommendation to wire a 6 zone amp like the MX1260 behind the receiver to provide a dedicated zone and power to each set of speakers? The indoor and outdoor sets can still be run separately if so? Should I run the inside set off the receiver directly and the outside speakers off the amp? Looking for general hardware set up input. Thanks.
By Customer Service - Q&A on March 9, 2012

Answer:
Stanton,
That would be optimal to use the MX1260 its a major step above the amp/ speaker selector system. I cant recommend this amp enough, it leaves you room to expand as well with 6 zones/ 12 channels. You can run your internal setup from the existing receiver and drive the outside with the MX1260 from zone 2 output. Can you tell us which Onkyo Reciever you are using?

CL

By Tim from Chicago,IL on March 11, 2012
Is this unit compatible with Control4
By Customer Service - Q&A on March 11, 2012

Answer:
Hi Tim:

That is really a question for Control 4. If all you need is a 12 volt trigger to work with the Control 4 the answer would be yes. I am thinking though it may need an RS232 connection to properly communicate with the Control 4 system a feature that is not offered on ths amplifier. Again I would contact Control 4.

TL

By Dave "D*Sol" Rivera from dsol@otwproductions.net on March 11, 2012
Would this amp be sufficient to power 10 speakers (AP650 High Definition Pair 6.5" Patio Speakers)?
The application is background music for restaurant. Thanks.
By Customer Service - Q&A on March 11, 2012

Answer:
Hi Dave:

Yes the MX1260 would provide ample power for your 10 speakers (or 5 stereo pairs?). You also have an option of adding Powered Subwoofers to the system as well for after dining time (the unit features dual signal level pre-outs as well). You can also add Volume controls in line for each pair of speakers if so desired (would recommend our VKR120 Resistor based volume controls). Another choice to consider is running a 70V system using the AP650 speakers with the optional 70V tap (a $10.00 additon per pair). The PA90 commercial 70Volt integrated amplifier may be more applicable for your background music. See the PA90 on our site under commercial amplifiers. It features three microphone inputs for paging as well. It would be best to home run all the speaker cables back to the central location so you have the option of either running the MX1260 or the PA90. The PA90 is a single mono connection to each speaker. The MX1260 would connect a left and right to each zone (5 of the 6 zones). Both amplifiers will allow multiple source connections. But only the MX1260 will allow you to play different sources to to select pairs. So if you had a back dining area or seperate area for meetings you could plug in a dedicated source for those areas with the MX1260. So you have options, the MX1260 will provide flexibility plus more than enough power. The PA90 maybe a more affordable solution but limited in output power. Please do not hesitated to contact us if you have additional questions.

TL


By Jason from Dallas, TX on January 1, 2012
I can't tell from the product images but can you select which zone is active from the front or is it all or nothing?
By Customer Service - Q&A on January 3, 2012

Answer:
Hi Jason,

The six zones, or 12 channels, share a common power supply and turn-on method either manually switched (on the front), auto sensing, or from a 12-volt trigger (hard wired). You can select a common source (1 or 2) or connect an independent source per channel or zone but you are restricted to the turn-on option you select for all.

TL/MA



By Jim from Los Angeles, Ca on January 7, 2012
Does the input for this amp have to come from the preamp or can I input directly from the speaker connections on my receiver (the amplified outputs)?
By Customer Service - Q&A on January 9, 2012

Answer:
Hi Jim,

The MX1260 features preamp signal only. There are two sets of universal inputs to choose from or you can input directly to a zone or individual channel. There is no speaker level (amplified inputs). Our high current two-channel amps (AMP200 or AMP300) feature a choice of signal level (pre-amplified) or speaker level inputs (amplified). This along with a speaker selector works better when you do not have a signal level output from your receiver.

TL/MA

By Troy from Cambridge, OH on July 11, 2012
I have six pairs of old, worn out speakers where three pairs are around three sides of my pool; one pair on the patio; one pair in the jacuzzi area and the last pair in the bar area. This amplifier with your AP640 speakers looks to be the ticket. I want to be able to shut off any combination of the six "zones" from one location. Other than individual volume controls, do you offer a speaker selector unit that will do this function after the MX1260?
By Customer Service - Q&A on July 16, 2012

Answer:
Hi Troy:

We do not have a Matrix type Speaker Selector that would feature 6 inputs to six outputs which you would need to work with your application and the MX1260. I would recommend instead our AMP300 with a SSVC6 Speaker Selector. It would give you on/off capability for all six zones plus add some extra control with the internal volume controls. The AMP300 adds automatic source switching between two sources as well. You would have plenty of power as well. The other option is to add volume controls in each zone if accessible. We have excellent outdoor volume controls and recommend utilizing outdoor volume controls for each pair. It really comes in handy when trying to adjust the levels right there where the action is taking place. You would then use our DSM6 speaker selector without the internal Volume Controls. Good luck...
TL

By Dante from Manhattan, New York on January 31, 2012
I'm not sure which amplifier to buy; the MX1260 or the AMP300 High Definition 300W Amp. I have a story home with 12 zones. The speakers upstairs are Zone A and the speakers downstairs, in the garage, on the patio and the deck are Zone B. I've noticed all of the speakers downstairs are not at the same volume as the speakers upstairs. In fact the speakers furtheest away from the audio closet have softer volumes relative to their distances from the receiver. All zones have individual impedance matching volume control and the receiver is the master control volume. The speakers on the patio and the deck are the weakest sounding of all the speakers that are downstairs. I want to add an amplifier to just Zone B but not sure which one will be best. Oh I almost forgot, I have the speakers running through a 6 speaker selector box for each zone.

Specifications on the audio equipment:
Receiver: Pioneer Audio/Video multichannel VSX-918V
All speakers: 8ohm 100watts rating (instaled either in-wall, mounted, or in-ceiling.
Volume controls: 8ohm matching
No subwoofer

Should I turn off the impedance matching on the receiver and let the volume control do it? I am also wanting to install an IR receiver either above or below the volume control on for each zones. Do you have a kit that will do the job? I already ran the IR wire when the volume control wires were being ran. All of the wire was done during construction of the house

Any help or recommendations you have will be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your help with this!!
By Customer Service - Q&A on February 1, 2012

Answer:
Hi Dante:

We would recommend the AMP300 based upon the Pioneeer multi-channel receiver you are using. It does not feature a signal level Pre-amp output. The AMP300 has an option where you can connect the Speaker level outputs from the Speaker B directly to a high level input. It then steps down the amplified signal back to pre-amplified. According to your setup you should have an impedance matching volume control for each and every zone located between the two six zone Speaker selector. Six zones for Speaker output A (also labeled front speakers) six volume controls and six pair of 8 ohm speakers 100 watt speakers. You have the same setup for the downstairs and outdoors on Speaker B, six zone speaker selector, six IM Volume controls and six pair of 8 ohm 100 watt speakers. For both A and B your impedance matching volume controls all should be set to 8X and you should make sure the protection switch on both of the speaker selectors is diables (turned off). Volume on your system should be determined with all volume controls at full volume all the way clockwise (where they have no effect). Set volume at accepatble level and then use the volume controls to turn the sound down. By adding the AMP300 you will be able to increase the volume level of zone B while making the Zone A more efficient once it only has to worry about powering the single speaker output (A).
I like that you have prewired the IR for each zone. Are the preterminated with sensors? We are currently developing our IR product offering. I can recommend a site you may want to contact for more information... Infared Resources on Amazon Marketplace, http://www.amazon.com/gp/aag/main?ie=UTF8&sshmPath=at-a-glance&isAmazonFulfilled=&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&isCBA=&orderID=&asin=&seller=A2P71T2R9F3X04&isPopup=

TL

By Troy from Cambridge, OH on July 25, 2012
OK TL;
Since you are recommending the AMP300 & the SSVC6, should I operate the amp in stereo or bridge mode to get the largest sound from the following speaker setup around my pool & patio areas?
Zone 1-5: (10) AP650 Speakers [(2) Lt Pool, (2) Rt Pool, (2) Patio, (2) Bar, (2) Jacuzzi]
Zone 6: (2) SUB200 Speakers
OR
Is this too much of a load for the AMP300 by itself with the SUB200s and I should add a second amp for just the SUB200s and use the Dual Source version of the SSVC6?
Please advise.
By Customer Service - Q&A on July 25, 2012

Answer:
Hi Troy:

Where are you planning to install the AMP300, the speaker selector and the Source Components? The AMP300 is plenty for whatever you throw at it. Just assume you are planning to have the control center at the bar. You obviously have the location figured for the AP650 indoor/outdoor speakers. But where are the RSUB200 going to be placed. Lets say you plan to interface the sub 200 with the speakers located around the pool. So what you do is run four conductors from the speaker selector on the right and left zone of the pool directly to its own RSUB200 (one for the Rt and another for the Lt) . From there you would connect a pair of the AP650 directly from the sub. One Pair AP650 and SUB200 for the Lt Pool and another pair of AP650 and a SUB200 for the Rt Pool location. That leaves a pair of AP for your Patio, Bar and Jacuzzi. I would suggest purchasing an SSVC4 Speaker Selector (versus SSVC6) and using it to control Zone 1, LT Pool (Sub200 to pair AP650), Zone 2, Rt Pool (Sub200 to AP650 Pair), Zone 3 for the Patio pair of AP650 (directly from Selector) and Zone 4 goes to the Bar pair of AP650. So we have two sub Sat zones around the pool. a pair of speakers on the patio and the fourth pair at the Bar where you have control with the Speaker selectors and its four independent Volume Controls and On/Off switch per zone. The SSVC4 has internal jumper settings for the impedance matching giving you a little more flexibility over the SSVC6. So now for the jacuzzi. Here you will want to connect directly from the Speaker B output of the AMP300 (The SSVC4 will connect to Speaker A). I would recommend adding one of our OVC300 Outdoor volume Controls plus a possible third RSub200 to wire in line with the fifth and last pair of AP650 speakers. Ideally you would want to place the Volume Control close to the Jacuzzi Jets switch. I believe you will find it advantageous to have the control right there at the Jacuzzi. Think about those Fall Evenings when the last thing you want to think about is straying very far from that 98 degree water. Note the beauty of the RSUB200 are that they feature a built in crossover and can be connected directly from the AMP300/Speaker Selector in line with the pair of AP650. I would recommend setting the impedance Jumpers to 4X in the SSVC4 speaker selector (4x for all four Volume Controls). You will have to remove the cover (roughly 8 to 10 screws. Then set the OVC300 to 4 X as well. But wait there is more. If you locate your equipment at the bar you can also add a Powered Subwoofer (like our OSD P-10) to be placed under the bar for more effect. You would connect it to the RCA Line 2 Output with an RCA patch cord. You just need to make sure you use Line 2 for your primary source. Line 2 Output will only output whatever is connected to Line 2 Input. You would still have the Line 1 to input a second source (but no output to the powered sub, the other three sub200 will play from either 1 or 2). I would envision using a Lap Top loaded with your iTunes Library and also hopefully a WiFi connection so you could take advantage of the extensive streaming content on line. That is the beauty of technology today is your source choices are amazing. I would love to see your actual plans. Please feel free to contact me directly at tim@osdaudio.com for further clarification. I would be more than happy to provide a wiring diagram. Thank you for considering OSD Audio branded products.

Good luck...

TL

By Joe from San Diego, CA on July 27, 2012
How are bridgeable output used or why do I need them?
By Customer Service - Q&A on July 27, 2012

Answer:
Hi Joe,
Bridging the MX1260's outputs gives you a mono signal but higher power output. So for each channel you would only use the inside right and left outputs, one positive and one negative.
CL
By Customer Service - Q&A on July 31, 2012

Answer:
Hi Joe:

When you are bridging you are tying two channels together thus doubling the power. So Zone one (channels 1 and 2) become a single channel 40 x 2 or 80 watts. You would then connect left channel input associated with Channel one. Next you would bridge Zone 2 (channels 3 & 4) then connect the right input associated with channel 4. Essentially you have doubled the output power. The amplifier can go from 12 channels at 40 watts per, to 6 stereo zones at 40 watts per channel to 3 Zones at 80 watts per channel. It provides maximum flexibility no matter what your application.

TL

Product Reviews

MX1260 High Efficiency 60 Watts x 12 Channel (4 Ohm stable) Bridged Mono 80 Watts
$549.95
4.5 Stars based on 12 Review(s)
Cy
Palm Beach, Florida
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

WOW
November 16, 2013
Just what I was looking for--representative on phone was extremely patient and helpful. The unit arrived quickly and had accurate tracking. Looks beautiful. Easy hookup, speakers and components, and WOW!!! It's better than great!! Thank you! It puts all the other amps I have tried to shame!!! I'm dancing in all the rooms of my house!

Paul B.
Rockwall, TX
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Waited ten years for this
January 7, 2013
I built my house 10 years ago with 5 rooms wired for speakers. All powered options at the time were very pricey dwarfing the cost of my media receiver. And I never got comfortable running an impedance matching speaker selector and risking over-driving my receiver's zone 2 or 3. Although a little pricey, the MX-1260 has great sound and plenty of power for sound distribution around the house for quite a bit less than the competition. It accepts two input sources for use by all output zones as well as a dedicated input source per output zone. My only complaint would be the placement of all controls and inputs on the back. It would be perfect (5 stars) if an ad hoc input port and the input selectors were located on the front panel. It assumes a pretty static environment and little or no changes between sources in each output zone. Reaching behind and through a lot of wires to change sources seems a bit short sighted. If you're looking for whole house sound distribution, understand this is a multi-zone power amplifier, and the receiver providing the input material needs to provide analog pre-amp outputs to feed the MX-1260. The documentation is a bit thin but sufficient since it is a power amp. Not a lot of bells and whistles to deal with. This unit is perfect for my needs and I have been very pleased I made the purchase.
Pros:
Auto On-off Trigger, Good Power Output, Great Sound Quality, Easy To Set Up, Multiple inputs
Cons:
Thin Documentation, All Controls On Back
Best Uses:
Multiple Rooms / Whole House

Former LA 695 member
Santa Clarita, CA
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great idea when it works.
January 7, 2013
Can't handle high input loads from a McIntosh preamplifier without a pad in between. Zones can be set up, but must have a pad between the amp and speakers to control volume locally. Output from the amps is on the back side and is a one time set up since it can't be easily controlled from the front. The led lights are a sometimes working on auto and sometimes not working on auto. One of mine doesn't get the message although it amplifier works fine whether or not the led goes on or stays off. One incredibly good thing is that the tech guys at OSD are very helpful and easy to contact by phone. This makes all the difference when you are doing set-up on this amp. Kudos to OSD and their staff.
Pros:
Good Power Output, Easy To Set Up, Great Sound Quality
Cons:
Limited Functions, Too Sensitive Input, Lack Of Power
Best Uses:
Okay For Home Use, Basic Systems, Multiple Rooms / Whole House

botches
Austin, TX
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Love it!
February 16, 2012
Love it. Works as you would expect. I contacted support about a wiring issue and they responded quickly with very helpful info. The "auto" power mode works great with my Casatunes card.
Pros:
Energy Efficient, Accurate Controls, Great Sound Quality, Easy To Setup

Jeff in NC
Raleigh, NC
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Worked great! (with the other receiver.
December 24, 2011
The product worked great on my Denon 3310ci, where I could control the volume from my iPad (through DeRemote), but the 3310 does not include AirPlay, which was a deal breaker for me and I had to send back. The 3312ci, which does include AirPlay, but I cannot control the volume of Zone 2 or Zone 3 through DeRemote. So, even though the unit was used (but still looks brand new), OSD agreed to accept the 1260 for a full refund. It will be very close to the 30 days clause, and I didn't have all of the original paperwork, but they said they would accept the return. I haven't yet received the credit, but I doubt that they have received the unit, yet, either. I have also purchased two outdoor speakers, that will be hung today (from OSD) and intend to buy two more. Overall, dealing with OSD is/has been a pleasure. Thanks in particular to Brennan.
Pros:
Good Power Output, Great Sound Quality, Easy To Setup, Accurate Controls
Cons:
Limited Functions
Best Uses:
Multiple Rooms / Whole House, Basic Systems

Tony
Amarillo, TX
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Works exactly as advertised.
October 7, 2011
Works exactly as advertised. Best value I could find.
Pros:
Accurate Controls, Good Power Output
Best Uses:
Multiple Rooms / Whole House

dseeley
Los Angeles, CA
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Good performance
July 21, 2011
We used this device to power our 12.2 channel spatial audio experience. It worked well and delivered a lot of multichannel power in a small form factor. I take off one star because I feel the gain pots should be located on the front panel.
Pros:
Easy To Setup, Good Power Output
Best Uses:
Multichannel installation

Travis
El DOrado Hills, CA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Amp for a Great Price!
July 8, 2011
I researched Multi-Room Amplifiers and seriously looked at the Niles SI-1230. After talking to both Crutchfield and OSD I decided on the MX1260, mainly for the price but it also provides more power. It is well built and attractive (and heavy as hell). I am not an audio enthusiast, but do enjoy crisp, clear audio and this amp does it. I plan to pair it up with an Onkyo TXNR609 home theater receiver to get all of the benefits from the amp. I have six zones with volume control for each zone on the wall. For now it works great by just plugging in my iPod directly to the RCA input. I am very happy with the purchase, especially the price!
Pros:
Easy To Setup, Good Power Output, Accurate Controls, Great Sound Quality
Best Uses:
Multiple Rooms / Whole House

Anonymous
Undisclosed
5 Stars

I am the owner of a ...
April 28, 2011
I am the owner of a telecommunications wiring company and deal with many different suppliers but OSD rates number one on my list. We just put together an audio system for a local Hospital and had questions before we ordered. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. When the parts arrived I was very surprised with the high quality and quick delivery. I placed two orders so far and can't say enough good things about OSD. If I was not completely satisfied with your company I would not take the time out of my schedule to write this. Going forward since locating your company we will be ordering all our future audio equipment from OSD. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous
Undisclosed
5 Stars

I couldn't be happier ...
April 21, 2011
I couldn't be happier with my purchase at OSD. the shipping was fast and accurate. customer service is exceptional. the amp works great for my whole house stereo. great prices. i will recommend OSD to anyone in need of their products or service. thanks OSD!

Anonymous
Undisclosed
5 Stars

I was very pleased with ...
April 19, 2011
I was very pleased with the fast and accurate shipping. Very fair and competative prices, as well as the more you of a product the better deal you get. I recently set up my MX 1260 and couldn't be happier. The sound is awsome. I have speakers set up in six locations throughout my house and absolutley love it. I would reccommend using OSD to anyone looking for speaker/ stereo equipment, as well as use the again in further purchases.

Anonymous
Undisclosed
5 Stars

I used to have a Phoenix ...
February 15, 2011
I used to have a Phoenix Gold 12 channel amp which is a great multi channel amp. This unit has the same function and it seems has a better built-n-finish, plug into my studio project, it produces excellent sound and after two hours running, I can still put my hand on the top and don't feel much heat.