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Parasound ZBreeze Quietly Cools Rack-mounted AV Gear Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 March 2006
Parasound has added a rack-mounted cooling fan to its Zcustom family of custom installation problem-solving components. The Parasound Zbreeze uses three whisper-quiet fans mounted in a compact half-rack width Zcustom chassis. It is designed to provide targeted ventilation to prevent localized hot-spots from building up in racks and cabinets to supplement otherwise adequate overall ventilation. Pockets of heat can build up and quickly roast a component, often damaging its microprocessor and causing eventual failure that isn’t evident until much later. Zbreeze prevents such trapped air and moves heat into the general airstream to prevent these costly problems, according to Parasound.

The Zbreeze uses three 3.6” (92mm) diameter fans with three speeds delivering up to 90 cubic feet per minute airflow .These long-life ball-bearing fans have a noise level of less than 35 dB. It has three turn-on modes using either a standard 12-Volt DC trigger signal, 120 VAC, or a front-panel button.

The Zbreeze also features a unique turn-off function. It can be instantaneous, or the installer can set a 10 minute delay before powering down to continue air movement even after the rack’s main cooling fan is turned off – the time when units are most vulnerable to damage.

The Parasound Zbreeze is available now, with a suggested retail price of $200.

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