Lab.gruppen is pleased to announce the D Series, an innovative new install-dedicated 4-channel DSP amplifier platform.
The D Series draws upon the experience and new technologies developed from the PLM 20000Q high end touring amplifier, which has become a staple for consultants designing stadia and arena sound reinforcement systems. The new D Series – available in 3 power configurations (8000, 12000 and 20000 Watts total power output) – represents the most advanced install-dedicated platform ever conceived by Lab.gruppen.
Total integration is the core philosophy behind D Series, delivering a platform with genuinely open interoperability. The amplifier integrates seamlessly with a wide range of digital audio and control protocols, bringing unique features and performance capabilities to virtually any high performance fixed-install project.
The D Series platform is available in two variants – Lake or Tesira (Biamp Systems) – both with unique capabilities and advantages. The Lake variant offers Lake Processing DSP with analog, AES and a dual-redundant Dante network solution. It is supported by the development of new custom software to provide extensive integration with most key systems manufacturers.
The Tesira variant represents a new collaboration between Lab.gruppen and Biamp Systems which has resulted in dedicated models equipped with Tesira DSP and AVB audio and control. The models offer unheralded amplifier and DSP platform integration, designed to ensure seamless interoperability between respective systems.
Also unique to the D Series is the debut of Lab.gruppen’s ground-breaking Rational Power Management™ (RPM) technology. Unlike other amplifiers where ‘flexibility’ often involves compromise (eg. reducing channel count or reducing the total power), RPM allows truly flexible power allocation across all channels to ensure the most efficient and rational use of total amplifier inventory.
At the heart of RPM lies the ability for each model to deliver up to 5000 W output on any single channel, even on the lower power models, leaving the remaining available power to be allocated freely to the other channels. This enables more optimized system design, with each channel being tailored to the precise requirement of the load, rationalizing the system to achieve most efficient use of the total amplifier inventory.
D Series reinforces Lab.gruppen’s position as a leader in green amplifier technology which evolved from the tested and proven amplifier and patented power supply technology found in the PLM 20000Q. The power supply delivers best-in-class Power Factor Correction and low peak mains current draw to power output ratio.
Augmenting those green credentials is a new software suite called CAFE (Configuring Amplifiers For the Environment). In addition to providing full system surveillance capabilities as well as RPM configuration, CAFE also includes an innovative design aid in the form of ESP (Equipment Specification Predictor) that provides an optimized recommendation for specifying D Series into the project. The recommendation includes model and number of amps, heat generated, channel distribution and current draw. All coming together to enable more accurate mains management, avoiding over-specification of UPS (where required, such as in mission-critical PA/VA applications) and installed cooling systems.
D Series will be available for shipping mid-summer 2014.