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PL+S 2016: Huge L-Acoustics package for AED includes 300 subs

In the slipstream of L-Acoustics’ launch of the new KS28 subwoofer and LA12X amplified controller, Glenn Roggemann’s AED group has become the the first outfit to place a substantial order for both products.

Over the years, AED group has constantly grown its L-Acoustics gear inventory – currently, the company has a total stock, across its various European bases, of some 4,000 L-Acoustics speakers.

The announcement, at this year’s Prolight + Sound, of an additional commitment to L-Acoustics latest kit follows the investment earlier this year in some 700 L-Acoustics X-series (X8, X12 and X15) monitors and 100 K2 line array boxes.

“All this is part of our role as a certified L-Acoustics provider,” explains Koen Conaerts, sound engineer/account manager with AED Rent. “At AED, the equipment is handled and used according to L-Acoustics’ quality standards, which is a guarantee for A/V professionals who pick up L-Acoustics equipment with us when they need additional kit.”

AED group’s recent purchase includes 300 KS28 subwoofer cabinets and 150 LA12X amplifiers. “The big advantage is the amplifier’s compatibility with all of L-Acoustics’ systems like K1 and K2,” Conaerts says. “Both the LA12X, with an output capacity of 4x 3,300 watts, and the KS28 speakers are for use on bigger events and festivals. We expect a first shipment before the end of May, just in time for the festival season.” Of the 150 amps in the order, 120 will be integrated into L-Acoustics LA-RAK II racks for practical applications.

Conaerts adds that L-Acoustics is highly in demand with Benelux A/V companies, but that the brand is rapidly growing as part of AED group’s pan-European rental operations. “From the very moment L-Acoustics launches a new product, their story is ready to go – both on the technical side with presets and amplifiers worked out in every detail as well as in marketing and communications, so the end-users are aware of the specifications of the new gear.”

“AED has a long history of investing in and providing the latest and yet most proven technology,” concludes Jochen Frohn, director of business development for L-Acoustics (pictured, top right, with a playful Roggeman, at PL+S). “Their rapid investment in a substantial purchase of KS28 and LA12X shows their trust in the L-Acoustics brand and commitment to continuing their strategy of offering the highest quality and most efficient audio products on the market.”

L-Acoustics equipment makes out the bulk of AED group’s audio rental inventory, with JBL/Harman kit accounting for some 10% of stock. With its range of QSC systems, AED targets smaller and budget-related requirements.