"We’ve already seen tremendous success with our higher power Connect Series models in the market. But the demand for our 80 Watt and 160 Watt models was clear from the beginning,” says Blake Augsburger, Founder and CEO of LEA Professional. "Now that these units are shipping, we’re excited to see LEA product fulfilling the needs of integrators in smaller-scale settings. And with the recent release of our Cloud platform, now integrators can really offer their clients a truly differentiated amplifier experience."
The startup from South Bend, Indiana, turned industry player in amplifier and systems design, is now shipping the eight, low-power models of IoT-enabled, professional connected amplifiers to provide system designers and integrators simple and cost-effective solutions for professional-grade, small-scale system installations. The new models consist of the Connect Series CS84, CS88, CS164, and CS168 in both Network and Dante. All eight of the Connect Series low-power models are built with fully-routable analog input/outputs, as well as three network connection options: using the built-in WiFi Access Point, connect to an existing WiFi network, or using a Local Area Network Ethernet connection. Once connected to a network, integrators have access to LEA’s new cloud platform, leaprofessional.cloud for remote control and monitoring.
Designed and engineered to optimize configuration capabilities and control for integrators, the Connect Series amplifiers also feature DSP with built in crossovers, PEQ, limiters, and load monitoring. The models also feature LEA Professional’s proprietary Smart Power Bridge, universal switch mode power supply, and direct LoZ and HiZ selectable per channel in a-one-rack-unit chassis.
LEA Professional in the Cloud
LEA Professional launched the LEA Professional Cloud Platform in early June. The platform provides systems integrators with powerful, reliable and secure remote monitoring and control capabilities across the entire lineup of IoT-enabled LEA Professional Connect Series amplifiers.
“When LEA Professional was established 18 months ago, we set out to merge elite amplifier technology with the quickly evolving Internet of Things. By partnering with experts in cloud integration, we wanted to provide integrators with new recurring revenue business opportunities and end-users with greater performance, reliability, and feature-sets,” explains Blake Augsburger. "This platform comprehensively achieves those goals and transforms the pro audio industry and the day-to-day operations of every integrator who utilizes it.”
Unique within the industry, all LEA Professional amplifiers leverage the built-in Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT Core. This cloud platform allows integrators to control and monitor critical operational data points that are integral to maintaining system health securely and remotely. The capability delivers greater visibility and response time which enhances preventative maintenance, simplifies troubleshooting, and cuts down or even eliminates on-site maintenance requirements. All of this together provides a unique opportunity for new recurring revenue streams for integrators to add to their service contracts.
By leveraging a built-in Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT Core, system integrators can import their Connect Series systems into the LEA Professional Cloud with 256 bit SSL encryption. Once in the Cloud, individual amplifiers or entire venues of amps can be accessed and controlled securely, from anywhere in the world without the need to VPN into a Local Area Network.
"The vision for LEA Professional was built entirely around this cloud platform and we are excited to launch it at a time when the industry is actively seeking this solution," add Augsburger. "We built the cloud platform knowing that it was the future, what we didn’t realize was just how soon that future would arrive."
Users can create their own LEA Cloud account and start importing their amplifiers for free by visiting www.leaprofessional.cloud from any web browser.