L-Acoustics launches touring version of LA7.16 Amplified Controller

L-Acoustics has unveiled a new touring version of its LA7.16 amplified controllers, designed to offer greater flexibility in live productions.

In 2022, L-Acoustics released the LA7.16i amplified controller, which was built to improve flexibility and efficiency, particularly in multi-channel fixed installation projects. Now, L-Acoustics has launched its touring counterpart, the LA7.16 amplified controller for live productions.

The LA7.16 amplified controller aims to offer enhanced flexibility to meet real-time power needs while offering maximum efficiency and sustainability in modern touring applications. The high-density format - 16x16 architecture in a 2U format - powers more line array speakers than any similar-size amplifier, meaning fewer racks on tour, significant energy and time savings, as well as the ability to address multichannel and hybrid productions.

It also responds to the amplification needs of the new L Series, whose L2 and L2D elements contain 20 drivers and require 16 high-power amplifier channels and 16 state-of-the-art DSP channels. LA7.16 features a touch screen and an encoder wheel to quickly set up initial parameters and a single SC32 connector on the rear for connecting loudspeakers. Using new connection accessories, LA7.16 powers any L-Acoustics line source array up to K2.

The new LA-RAK III touring rack houses three LA7.16 amplified controllers with 48 amplification channels and 48 individual DSP channels totaling more than 60,000 watts of peak power in a 9U rack, with two LS10 switches to support MILAN AVB seamless redundancy.

“LA7.16, with its best-in-market efficiency, is the perfect partner to the newly launched L Series,” said Scott Sugden, director of product management, electronics at L-Acoustics. “The power capacity and energy efficiency are breakthroughs in design and will help rental providers to deploy faster and realise real-life economies in transport and deployment.”

LA7.16 uses L-SMART, a suite of advanced power management technologies that allows designers to mix and match any L-Acoustics loudspeaker onto one amplifier. L-SMART uses proprietary predictive modelling algorithms to manage the power supply unit (PSU) and the individual amplification channels. Hardware sensors within the amplifier supply real-time information, which is analysed by the DSP to dynamically match the loudspeaker system needs. The PSU then provides extremely high short-term peak power, or lower power over longer hold times. This energy is delivered intelligently to the advanced Class-D output stages, assuring optimum system performance at all times. LA7.16 can drive any L-Acoustics loudspeakers up to K2, enabling high-resolution amplification and processing of large-format speakers with less system budget.

LA7.16 ships in October 2023.