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Pro, plus: Lab.gruppen launches successor to PLM at PLASA 2014

Successful, powerful amp range just guzzled a box of steroids

Lab.gruppen’s Martin Andersson invited clients, friends and press to The Crystal building at London’s Royal Victoria Dock to launch the PLM+ series of amplifiers last night (Monday).

PLM+ is the new touring platform from Lab.gruppen, one that offers “the unique performance characteristics, flexibility, and raw power of the 20000Q, but with twice the processing power, twice the throughput and a whole host of additional features and improvements designed to deliver real world benefits and make the life cycle of any production easier, smoother and more efficient, from the system design stage, operating, through to the final load out”.

The PLM+ range offers two models – PLM20k44 and the PLM12k44 – each combining a 4-in/4-out configuration for audio I/O as well as four modules of Lake Processing. In more detail: four analogue inputs, four AES inputs, four power outputs, four Lake Contour modules, 8×8 Dante I/O, a 2-port 1GB network switch, dual redundancy “and more” says the Swedish company.

PLM 12K44 – targeted as a successor to the PLM 10000Q – offers a universal power supply, PFC, 8 x Dante Break in/out, and other “hugely significant benefits never before available in tour sound”. The 12k44 model features Lab.gruppen’s Rational Power Management (RPM) technology, first debuted in the company’s D Series install platform, launched earlier in 2014. RPM enables flexible power allocation across all channels to ensure a more efficient and rational use of total available power output from multiple amplifiers, therefore minimising inventory as well as optimising workflow. RPM technology serves to enhance Lab.gruppen’s position as a leader in ‘real’ green amplifier technology.

Martin Andersson (pictured), product manager for Lab.gruppen and son of company founder Kenneth Andersson, said: “PLM+ is a new platform built on the core of the iconic design of the PLM 20000Q. We knew we could take the typical hallmarks of reliability and performance, but also offer the end user a whole host of additional, real world benefits. Benefits that could amount to saving a lot of time, energy, money, rack and truck space when scaled up into a large scale touring production.”

“Compared to other devices out there, PLM+ is truly exceptional. PLM+ allows you to accurately specify, design, control and monitor all connections and interactions to and from the PLM+ device. No other amplifier platform can do this in such a managed way, and with the trusted and proven reliability and sonic integrity of PLM.”

Andersson said he saw the PLM+ becoming a new industry standard, and a device that was very rider-friendly. An obvious draw would be mid- to large-scale touring events, as well as a use in the installation market. (“This is money in the bank, my friends!” he quipped.)

He said that around 40 units will ship before the end of October, with mass production beginning in November. The PLM 20000Q will be discontinued after March 2015, he confirmed.