Lab.gruppen, a pioneer in the DSP integration concept and amplifier control, recently introduced the new localized utility compact intelligent amplification (LUCIA) decentralized installation amplifier range.
Putting power and audio processing where it is required, Lab.gruppen’s LUCIA is a compact, two-channel, Energy-Star compliant, Class-D amplifier platform. Designed with installation speed and easy configuration in mind, LUCIA combines cutting edge low-impedance amplifier electronics with advanced DSP into the smallest amplifier the company has produced.
LUCIA is designed for small-scale AV applications where high-quality audio is required, without the complication and additional cost of a distributed system with centralized rack-mounted amplification, matrixing, and processing. LUCIA also offers system designers a logical and cost-efficient solution that is ideally suited for corporate boardrooms, classrooms, small lecture theaters, museum multimedia areas, and retail units.
The company offers four models with two power configurations—2 × 60 W and 2 × 120 W—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 the models are equipped with DSP 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 meet specific system requirements.
Its new Enhanced Bass Profile, a DSP feature, delivers improved low-frequency performance from standard full-range in-ceiling or surface-mount loudspeakers, which may negate the need for a separate subwoofer.
These amplifiers also offer an Auto Load Sense feature, in which the device automatically measures a connected loudspeaker load’s impedance and adjusts itself to deliver full power at all impedances (2 to 8 O).
All LUCIA models also come with intelligent fan control for silent operation at low volumes and low noise even at high output when the fan is operational.
Each LUCIA model could conceivably drive up to 16 speakers on a localized low-impedance system (eight per channel if the loudspeakers were 16 O).