The LA88 can run on mains voltage from 90 to 250V, and is compatible with all power supplies worldwide. Up to six cabinets can be powered on one 20A 120V circuit (1/8 power) or for more demanding applications, one 20A 208V circuit (1/4 power). Complete system packages including power distribution equipment are available. A hang of 12 LA88s incorporates 36,000W, provides vertical directivity to 60Hz, runs on two 20A circuits* and weighs only 700 lbs.
Available with IP-65 rated power and signal connectors for use outdoors in inclement weather. The LA88 heat sink and power connectors are available watertight so that once the cabinets are flown there is no need for concern about rain causing damage to powered speakers.
Capable of extremely high output, with a full and rich presence, the LA88 provides remarkable bass output for a speaker of its size. In many ways it outperforms much larger and heavier cabinets. LA88’s frequency response is +-3dB from 50 to 18,000 Hz. The 8" drivers feature a low resonance frequency and outstanding bass performance. This gives the LA88 the voice and character of a much larger enclosure.
The LA88 cabinet is extremely compact, at only 25.25” wide x 19.5” deep and 9.75” high. With the rigging pins inserted in the flyware, the overall width increases to 28.5”. Ready to fly, each cabinet weighs just 55 pounds. A complete rig of 4 cabinets with bumper bar weighs under 250 lbs.
Ultra-wide horizontal coverage of 140 degrees helps to provide consistent, intelligible coverage to audience areas that are to the far left and right of the hangs, filling the center and outer areas extraordinarily well. Using a narrow aperture wave-guide and then rapidly transitioning the output to a flat fascia accomplishes this extremely wide coverage. To further enhance off-axis performance, the entire high frequency wave-guide assembly and fascia is mounted forward of the loudspeaker baffle. This minimizes edge reflections and delivers consistent and extended horizontal dispersion.
High-frequency device vertical coupling is optimized to deliver line-source behavior higher up the frequency spectrum than most line array systems. The vertical spacing of the isophasic high-frequency radiating surfaces on the LA88 is only ¾” and, even more remarkable, that distance is maintained box-to-box, which allows them to couple and efficiently project high frequencies up to 10kHz, nearly double the HF coupling frequency of most line-arrays. This allows the LA88’s HF drivers to perform more efficiently, using less power, with lower distortion, improved clarity and greater reliability.
Midrange horizontal dispersion is maximized using a proprietary multi-aperture summing technology. The technology compression loads the 8” drivers to improve midrange sensitivity and divides the summed acoustical output over multiple small apertures. The apertures minimize acoustic lobe center spacing on the vertical plane, which enhances inter-box coupling to provide improved line-source behavior and extended midrange projection. Horizontally, the apertures also narrow the radiating area of the midrange frequencies, which increases the horizontal dispersion of the midrange.
BASSBOSS subwoofers are available to fly above or support below the LA88s to extend system performance to below 30Hz. The LA88's remarkable low frequency output can be combined with subwoofers for increased LF output level and extended LF response. Several options are available including 15”, 18” and 21” versions. The flyware-equipped subwoofers can be used as ground-supports for arrays of up to 6 LA88 boxes.
The cabinets are made in the USA from premium Baltic Birch. Touring versions are finished in a waterproof black textured coating. Installation versions are available for indoors or in white or black. A fully weatherized version is available for permanent installations outdoors. The outdoor versions have IP rated passive input wiring and their amplifiers are provided in rack-mount chassis.
There are 3 limitations that will be encountered with any professional loudspeaker system. They are excursion, thermal and power. Run out of excursion and you encounter distortion and ultimately failure. Overheating causes a loss of sensitivity and eventually failure. Too much power can lead to both over-excursion and thermal failures, but too little power can cause distortion, leading to the same problems without first providing the necessary output and control. Excess power can be managed so as not to do damage. Inadequate power can’t be overcome by any processing. Loudspeakers can tolerate tremendous dynamic peaks within their operating bands. As soon as an amplifier clips, the frequency limits imposed by high and low-pass filters are rendered irrelevant. Clipped or square-wave signals introduce DC components to the signal, effectively bypassing high-pass filters and destroying drivers. Having what seems to be excessive power on hand ensures that the signal is transmitted to the drivers as it’s intended. Sophisticated and detailed limiter processing allows the amplifiers to deliver massive dynamic power to the loudspeakers without overdriving them where they are sensitive to damage.
The decision to make a 3000W small-format line-array was based on practicality and logic. An extraordinarily capable, small, lightweight and versatile cabinet that can array in multiples for outstanding performance is the best way to take advantage of all the benefits of line-array technology. Longer lines offer better vertical directivity. Multiple smaller line segments provide superior and more detailed control of vertical coverage. Thus for the same weight, a larger quantity of small, powerful boxes offers better performance, coverage and control than fewer, bigger boxes.
• Compact, High Fidelity, High Output
• Ultra-Wide Horizontal Coverage
• Superior Projection of High Frequencies
• Excellent Bass Performance
• Light Weight, Easy Set Up
• 3000W EIAJ Powersoft Class D Amp
• Integrated Digital Processing
• Weatherized Outdoor Version Available
The LA88 is a small-format line-array with big features and big performance. Delivering a remarkable combination of flat frequency response, high output, broad coverage and long throw from a very compact, lightweight and visually attractive cabinet, the LA88 offers an extraordinarily powerful and versatile tool for the professional who needs high-quality sound with outstanding audience coverage.
Self-powered by a 3000W amplifier, the only thing small about the LA88 is its size. When used with a subwoofer system, the LA88s are high-passed above the subwoofer, thus a tremendous amount of dynamic power is available for mid-range and high frequency output. $4731.00 each. Free freight to commercial addresses.
|Cut Sheet||LA88 Cut Sheet PDF Download|
|Loudspeaker Description||Small format Dual 8 in. Line Array|
|Frequency Response (+-3 dB)||50 - 19,000 Hz (Full-Range) 100-19,000 Hz (Satellite Mode)|
|Maximum Sustained Output||129 dB|
|Short-term Peak Output||132 dB|
|Nominal Dispersion (°H x °V)||140 x 8|
|Amplifier||3000 W - two channel Powersoft Class D Digital Amplifier|
|DSP||Integrated comprehensive DSP for High Pass, Low Pass, phase alignment, EQ and limiting|
|Electrical Connectors||Neutrik Powercon in and through|
|Voltage Operating Range||90-250V. Auto-sensing, auto switching universal supply|
|Current Draw, Nominal||3A @ 1/8 power|
|Signal Input Connector||XLR-F|
|Signal Output Connector||XLR-M pass-through only||
|Enclosure Type||2-way line array. Vented LF section with multi-aperture midrange loading, horn-loaded HF section|
LF: Two 8 in. dia (200 mm) neodymium motor woofers with 2 in. (51mm) copper winding voice coil. HF: Two 1.7 in. (44mm) diaphragm compression driver on 1 in. throat isophasic wave guides
|Cabinet Construction||15mm Baltic Birch plywood. Integrated cabinet handles|
|Flyware||Integrated aluminum line array flyware, adjustable in one degree increments, with fixed front pivot point|
24 in. wide x 19 in. deep x 9.5 in. tall (front); 7 in. tall (back) without flyware; 26.25 in. wide x 11 in. tall (front) x 7 in. tall (back) x 19 in. deep with flyware
|Net Weight||55 lbs|
|Shipping Weight||65 lbs|
|Exterior Finish||Weatherproof bonded high-pressure polyurethane|
|Grill||Diffraction aperture cut aluminum fascia||
|Array Frame (Bumper Bar)||Support frame Light for up to twelve cabinets or Heavy for up to twenty four cabinets|
|Case||Heavy-duty clam-shell hard case|
|Wheel Dolly||Multibox rolling cart/ground support bracket|
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We sincerely believe you will be thrilled with every BASSBOSS product. To assure that, we offer a 30-day money back guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply return it. We're happy to work with you to find the best solution for your needs. You may exchange your order for another model or the purchase price will be refunded in full. Return shipping costs are not included in this offer.
You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in most cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (1 to 3 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).
If you need to return or exchange an item, contact us for personalized service and an RMA, or call (512) 368-3268 for immediate assistance.
BASSBOSS Warranty - Sound Defense
Sound Defense is a fully-transferable, enhanced warranty program that adds coverage of all driver components, including subwoofer voice coils, for two years. With Sound Defense if a driver fails within the program term, it will be repaired or replaced without charge.
BASSBOSS self-powered loudspeaker electronic components, amplifiers and digital processors are warranted for a period of three years from the date of purchase. Customers can also extend the “Sound Defense” program beyond the initial term through an annual subscription. Shipping costs are not included.
STANDARD CABINET WARRANTY
BASSBOSS loudspeaker cabinets (wood, joinery and fasteners) are warranted for a period of six years from the date of purchase against defects in materials and workmanship. This warranty does not cover items that are intended to wear and can be replaced if worn or damaged. Examples of items not covered by this warranty are cabinet feet, grills and the finish or coating applied to the cabinet.
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