48M Series Amplifiers

 

Offering a unique combination of power and audio performance, seamlessly combined with advanced DSP and network control, the 48M Series range of eight channel amplifiers is available in models developing between 400 Watts and 1,250 Watts per channel.

Over designed high capacity power supplies ensure the full power specification can be delivered into 2 ohms with all channels driven while remaining highly efficient.

48M Series Features

  • Eight channels of sonically pure Class D amplification
  • Unique, precise, 96kHz digital signal processing
  • Over‐designed switch mode power supply
  • 85V to 240V Auto-sensing PSU
  • 3,000 to 10,000 watts RMS total output
  • Full front panel user interface
  • Ethernet network for system operation and monitoring
  • Analogue, AES3 and optional DanteTM digital network audio
  • Powerful grouping & multi‐layer EQ
  • Fully designed and engineered in house by Linea Research
  • Manufactured in the UK

RMS per channel, all 8 channels driven
Model 2 Ohms 4 Ohms 8 Ohms 70/100V
48M10 1250W 1250W 1250W 1250W
48M06 750W 750W 750W 750W
48M03 400W 400W 400W 400W

Linea’s 48M Series of eight output channel amplifiers are optimised for live sound applications. Offering a unique combination of massive power and peerless audio performance integrated with unique DSP, the 48M Series represents an unmatched advancement in amplifier technology.

Sharing the same feature set and form factor as Linea's 44M Series of four channel amplifiers the 48M Series is available in models that develop between 400Watts and 1,250 Watts per channel (up to 2,500 Watts for a bridged pair). Unusually these are not, ‘transient’, ‘burst’ or ‘peak’ power figures, they are the power levels that are delivered by all channels simultaneously even when driven with the same dense program material.

With Linea amplifiers there is no need to ration power between channels, you can use all the power you have paid for all the time. This has been independently verified.

Linea can do this because state of the art components and a finely optimised design results in an amplifier that is between 7% and 10% more efficient than any competitive product. This efficiency gain directly translates in to the generation of about half the wasted energy (heat) which is clearly significant. In addition to reducing energy costs high efficiency results in generous power reserves ensuring that pristine sound quality is maintained even under the most extreme conditions.

Uniquely, and across the whole range, each channel can be configured to deliver its maximum power into 2, 4 or 8 Ohm nominal loads as well as 25V, 70V & 100V constant Voltage (CV) lines. This offers designers and integrators unparalleled flexibility and cost effectiveness.

Ethernet is used for remote control and monitoring while a front panel, optimised for use in challenging live environments, allows full local control of all features. Control via Linea’s intuitive Podware PC application provides many convenient and time saving features such as very flexible management of presets, and Overlay grouping of Mutes, Gains, Delays and EQ across an entire system.

The advanced 96kHz DSP is fully integrated into the product and provides an array of unique and genuinely useful features. Because all aspects of the DSP algorithms are designed and hand crafted in house by Linea, they are not available on products from any other manufacturer. For example, LIR linear phase crossover filters which are as easy to use as more conventional filter shapes, and have less latency than FIR filters. Also the powerful VX Limiter suite which sports Peak, RMS and Excursion limiting, as well as multiband limiting for passive 2-way enclosures.

General Specifications­

Number of channels Eight
Total power output, all channels driven 10,000, 6,000 and 3,200 Watts RMS
Audio inputs 4x Analogue, 2x AES3 and 4x DanteTM (factory fitted option)
Digital Signal Processing High performance DSP processing on all inputs and outputs
Control, monitoring and system status alarms

Ethernet network

Volt-free relay and contact closure port

Power-save modes

Standby after user defined time, instant wake up on audio

Deep ECO sleep after user defined time, wake up on command

System sleep and wakeup Front panel switch, network command and audio detection

Power Output

Model 48 Series M10 48 Series M06 48 Series M03
Power specification RMS output power per channel, all channels driven with continuous program material and a nominal ambient temperature of 40degC / 105degF
Crest Factor of 4 (12dB), 2-Ohm nominal load 1,250W 750W 400W
Crest Factor of 2.8 (9dB), 4-Ohm nominal load 1,250W 750W 400W
Crest Factor of 2 (6dB), 8-Ohm nominal load 1,250W 750W 400W
Bridged per channel pair, 4 or 8-Ohm load 2,500W 1,500W 800W
100V line (CV) operation, Crest Factor 4 (12dB) 1,250W 750W 400W
70V line operation, Crest Factor 4 1,250W 750W 400W
25V line operation, Crest Factor 4 625W 485W 355W

Audio Performance

Amplifier topology Linea Research high performance Class D
Amplifier modulation scheme Low feedback, multiple loop, with feed-forward error correction
Dynamic range to amplifier output

Analogue input, better than 113dBA typical

AES / DanteTM input, better than 114dBA typical

Gain (with all DSP level controls set to 0dB) 32dB
Frequency response, 4 Ohm load <7Hz to >30kHz, 4 Ohms, -2.5dB points
Total harmonic distortion, THD <0.05% typical, 1kHz signal, AES17 filter, 4 Ohm load
Inter-channel crosstalk, worst case combination better than -85dBr at 1kHz and -75dBr at 10kHz
Maximum analogue input level +20dBu
Analogue input sensitivity range for full output 0dBu to +20dBu, continuously adjustable
Analogue input (four channels) Input 20k Ohm, electronically balanced, link directly connected to input
Analogue ground scheme AES48 standard compliant
AES3 input (two audio channels) Transformer isolated with unique active cable equalisation for extended range
AES3 link (two audio channels) Active AES3 signal regeneration. Automatic direct bypass to the AES3 input ensuring the audio signal will still flow even when the amplifier is powered down
AES3 supported sampling rates 24kHz to 192kHz (auto locking)

Digital Signal Processing

Resolution 40 bit, Linea Research proprietary algorithms
Sample rate 96kHz throughout
Physical inputs to DSP drive modules 4x analogue, 2x AES & 4x DanteTM inputs can be routed to four DSP drive modules
Drive module input processing

Input signal routing, delay, gain, HPF, Phase, Mute

EQ: 2x low shelf, 6x PEQ / band pass and FIR shelving filters

Drive module output processing

Source, delay, gain, Phase, Mute, crossover filters, VX limiters

EQ: low shelf, 8x PEQ / band pass and shelving filters

Preset management

10 snapshots for device wide setup, 50 presets for loudspeaker settings

Presets can be recalled to sets of outputs or individual outputs as required

Unique high performance processing  
Overlays

Twelve additional independent overlays of EQ, Delay and Gain

Flexible grouping for effective control of many amplifier channels in large systems

Class leading VX limiters See the ‘speaker protection systems’ section
Hardman crossover filters Better out of band rejection than Linkwitz-Riley
LIR crossover filters Unique Linear Phase alignments without the compromises of FIR filters

Power Supply

Topology (main power supply) Linea Research high performance Series Resonant
Topology (auxiliary and standby supplies) Low quiescent Eco-Flyback
Internally stored energy >600 Joules
Nominal mains input voltage range 85V to 240V Power supply automatically detects voltage and configures accordingly
Mains input frequency range 47Hz to 63Hz
Mains inrush current (max for <10ms) 6A at 115V and 12A at 230V

Protections Systems

Under all circumstances the control and protection systems will endeavour to deliver the maximum power possible for a given set of conditions, applying limiters only in extreme circumstances. Muting will only occur when a dangerous situation is detected, normal operation automatically resuming when the condition clears.
System protection Speaker protection
Excessive power supply current or amplifier output current Sustained clipping prevention
Excessive temperature per sub system: PSU, amplifier and DSP DC offset protection
Mains voltage within acceptable limits Excessive HF energy (VHF) limiter
Internal power rails producing correct output  
Fans operating at correct speed VX audio output limiters
  Vx provides a linear phase virtual crossover and two limiter paths on each output. This unique system delivers effective protection for systems that incorporate passive crossovers.
Power distribution protection systems Vx Limit      Multiband peak limiter, two per output
Mains inrush current limiting for soft start and anti-surge Vx Max       Multiband overshoot limiter, two per output
Mains average current limiting for mains breaker management X-Max         Driver excursion limiter
Randomised initialisation when remotely powered up T-Max         Driver thermal limiter (long term power limiter)
   
Monitoring, measurements recorded against time Monitoring, device statistics and counters
Supply current Number of power cycles counted
Supply voltage Number of mains brownout events counted
Thermal Capacity Fan speeds continuously monitored
Each driver current Fan under-speed events counted
Each driver impedance Various protection mute events counted
Protection limiting for each output Driver Impedance continuously monitored
An inbuilt notification system is provided to indicate problems to remote devices either via the network or the Volt-free changeover relay contacts accessible on the rear panel.

Physical

Cooling Dual vari-speed fans, front to back airflow. Washable, tool less change filter media.
Analogue IN and LINK 4x female and 4x male NeutrikTM XLR
AES3 dual channel IN and LINK 1x female and 1x male NeutrikTM XLR
Amplifiers output 4x Neutrik SpeakonTM NL4 connectors
Mains input connector Neutrik 32A PowerconTM
Dante Primary and Secondary 2x Shielded RJ45
Relay output & contact closure inputs PhoenixTM pluggable terminal block (supplied)
Front panel display (backlit) Graphical, high contrast, daylight visible
Front panel encoders Two, indented, velocity sensitive
Front panel push buttons Large, tactile, illuminated
LED indicators Bright, easily differentiated
Enclosure Standard 19” 2U (88mm), 357mm (14”) deep  with handles and optional rear support
Net Weight 12.5kg (27.5 pounds).