Lab.gruppen launches install dedicated amplifier range with Lucia
New range comprises four models that offer A/V contractors a compact, cost effective and localised solution for small-scale installations
Claiming to have ‘once again redefined expectations’, Swedish brand Lab.gruppen has moved into a new territory with the launch of its new install dedicated amplifier range, Lucia. Optimised for use in small-scale A/V applications where high quality audio is required – all be it without the complication and additional cost of a distributed system with centralised rack-mounted amplification, matrixing and processing – Lucia (Localised Utility Compact Intelligent Amplification) claims to be that solution.
Claiming to offer system designers a more logical and cost-efficient amplification solution, Lucia is said to be of particular benefit for use in corporate boardrooms, classrooms and small lecture theatres, museum multi-media areas and retail units.
Addressing the A/V contractor market’s requirements for high quality, localised audio systems was high on the agenda for Lab.gruppen, resulting in the two-channel Energy Star-compliant Class-D amplifier platform, packed with a host of features and optimised sonic performance characteristics. Designed with speed of install and easy configuration in mind, Lucia combines low-impedance amplifier electronics with advanced DSP in the smallest amplifier the company has ever produced.
The range is comprised of four models across two power configurations; two at 60W and two at 120W – each available with either a four-in, four-out matrix-mixer and configurable DSP features (Lucia 120/2M, Lucia 240/2M) or in a basic two-in two-out configuration (Lucia 120/2 and Lucia 240/2).
While all models are equipped with DSP and are pre-configured ‘out of the box’ for operation in typical applications, the Matrix variants also facilitate easy setup via USB connection (with Windows and Mac Lucia configuration software) to unlock the full potential of the processing and mix-matrix to meet specific system requirements.
Featuring Lab.gruppen limiters and mastering-quality EQ and processing algorithms evolved from TC Electronic’s System 6000, Lucia presents itself as a true synthesis of TC Group’s technologies. Among other advanced DSP features, the new Enhanced Bass Profile is a particular highlight, delivering ‘greatly improved’ LF performance from standard full-range in-ceiling or surface mount loudspeakers, to the extent that the need for a separate subwoofer may be negated – saving both time and cost.
Not stopping there, these intelligent amplifiers also benefit from an Auto Load Sense feature, with the device automatically measuring the impedance of a connected loudspeaker load and adjusting itself accordingly to deliver full power, at all impedances (2-8-ohms).
According to the manufacturer, each Lucia model could drive up to 16 speakers on a localised low-impedance system (eight per channel if the loudspeakers were 16-Ohms). Tailor made presets will be available for Tannoy’s commercial loudspeaker ranges, along with additional hardware accessories to provide mounting flexibility. All Lucia models come with intelligent fan control for silent operation at low volumes, and low-noise even at high output when fan is operational.
‘Lucia breaks new ground for Lab.gruppen, at the same time drawing on our knowledge and expertise in powerful, energy efficient amplification,’ confirmed Klas Dalbjorn, Lab.gruppen’s product research manager for install products. ‘The ease of install, ease of use and relatively low through-life cost make this a very compelling choice in today’s marketplace.’