Linea Research new C Series of amplifiers draws on the success of the company's M Series of touring amps and offers it in an installation targeted, contractor-friendly package. Comprising three four-channel and three eight-channel models, C Series amplifiers all offer full-featured DSP control and an optional Dante interface in a compact 2U-high chassis with a tamperproof front panel.

Linea Research 88C10 amplifierThe line’s 44C variants comprise the high power 44C20 with 4x5kW @ 2Ω/channel, the 44C10 with 4x2.5kW @ 2Ω/channel and the 44C06 4x1.5kW @ 2Ω. Eight-channel 88C versions range from the 8x1250W 88C10 to the 8x750W 88C06 and the 8x400W 88C03. All 88C amplifiers can deliver their full rated power into 2Ω, 4Ω or 8Ω loads, or into 70/100V systems, selectable on a channel-by-channel basis.

In common with M Series touring versions, C Series amplifiers can operate on any supply voltage from 100V to 240V, and the highly efficient design ensures lower current draw and thermal dissipation than other amplifiers in their class.

 ‘This efficiency is one of the reason’s we’re able to deliver our power ratings with all channels driven, even with a sine wave source’ explains Linea Research Engineering Director, Ben Ver. ‘Our truly unique power supply and amplifier design puts us ahead of the curve and allows us to provide impressive performance without having to resort to ambiguous specifications.’

Amplifier set-up is achieved using Linea Research’s System Engineer software. Additional third-party control via the built-in contact closure, fault relay, RS232, RS485 and TCP/IP interfaces ensure the C Series can be seamlessly integrated into new or existing control architectures.

‘It may be a cliché, but hearing really is believing,’ says Rik Kirby, Vice President of Linea Research’s US operation. ‘While it may be difficult to choose between two competing amplifiers on paper, when we plug them in and listen the benefit is clearly audible and easily measurable. That’s why we’ve been investing so heavily in getting evaluation product into our reps and customers hands, we are in the audio business after all so shouldn’t we be listening with our ears as well as our eyes?’


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