The LA12X relies on a proprietary switch mode power supply (SMPS) equipped with a DSP-controlled PFC, capable of delivering 12,000 W regardless of mains voltages (from 240 V down to 100 V.) The PFC offers high immunity to unstable mains and lowers typical power consumption by up to 40% for the same usage conditions i.e., more power is available to the output stages from a given circuit (16 A at 230 V mains, 30 A at 120 V mains).
In addition to the high raw RMS power rating, the ability to deliver energy (power x hold time) yields the best performance from loudspeaker systems, especially in LF reproduction.
The four LA12X inputs are available in analogue, AES and AVB. Four cascaded 24-bit and 96 kHz A/D converters at the front-end yield an impressive encoding dynamic of 130 dB. AES/EBU digital inputs operate with sample rate converters from 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz. Automatic fallback functions make the creation of redundant audio paths possible with constant delay and constant level.
Operating at 96 kHz with 32 bit float precision, the DSP combines IIR and FIR filters to generate perfectly linearized phase curves and significantly improved impulse responses for an even, more natural, transparent and realistic sound experience.
Positioned after the DSP block dedicated to gain, delay and polarity adjustment of the system, the advanced DSP tools can be used along the live engineering workflow, comprising three steps from overall system settings to specific adjustments:
First, setting the frequency response of the line source with Array Morphing: the System Engineer can easily achieve the same tonal balance for different geometry line source arrays and combine different line source speakers in the same installation while offering the same sonic signature.
Second, ensuring the linearization of HF using plateau FIR filters and the air absorption compensation filter. In long throw applications, high frequency propagation can be strongly affected by air absorption. Compensation of this phenomenon re-establishes the original frequency response of loudspeaker enclosures, up to a limit dictated by the need to preserve a maximum of the driver resources.
Third, tweaking the system response (EQ station features) using the pool of 8 IIR filters to fine tune the system within its environment and notch out frequencies.
The latest L-DRIVE protection system carries out an advanced analysis of signal level. When transducers operate in the nonlinear domain, either at high excursion, high temperature or high voltage, L-DRIVE acts as a smart power regulator to extend the component durability, while maintaining the highest dynamic range. The L-DRIVE circuit has been designed to preserve the sonic transparency of the system.
The design of complex systems is made possible by the integration of the L-NET Ethernet-based network. Thanks to its high speed data transfer protocol of 1 Gbit/s, up to 253 units can be controlled and monitored in real-time by the LA Network Manager software. Multiple network topologies such as daisy-chain, star, and hybrid, are quickly and easily configurable for full flexibility in the required system architecture. The computer running LA Network Manager and the units are connected to each other by using industry standard CAT5e U/FTP fitted cables.
Optimized for Mac® and Windows® platforms, LA Network Manager relies on a purely graphical approach and allows amplified controller units and groups to be dragged and dropped in a workspace that reflects their location in the field.
It is designed to quickly take the user through the workflow process of Setup, Tuning, and Live by implementing the tools required for each task into the dedicated page for each process. An advanced network engine allows automatic discovery of connected units. Multiple-group assignation capability, comprehensive real-time monitoring with event logging, as well as numerous productivity tools underpin the remarkably practical and application oriented network management software.
For third party management solutions, L-Acoustics provides SNMP support to facilitate the integration via third party control and monitoring systems. As a certified member of the QSC®, CRESTRON® and EXTRON® partner programs, L-Acoustics also provides software modules allowing control integration into their automation systems, for ultimate convenience in cultural and event centers, universities, houses of worship, sport facilities, etc.