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IPD Series. Now 1U can have it all.

The

Overview

Power amplification: new rules.

Until today, your choice of amplifier involved a balanced compromise: between performance, features, build quality and cost. Something always had to give. But IPD Series changes all of that. Now you can benefit from superior capabilities and renowned reliability, without compromising on affordability.

Lab.gruppen has effectively rewritten the rule book with the IPD Series, changing everything you’d expect from a compact and moderately priced 1U amplifier. First, we took no shortcuts. The high sustained power output, exemplary performance, and robust build quality are everything you would expect from a Lab.gruppen product. What you would not expect are all the extras at no additional cost: analog and AES3 digital inputs, supercharged on-board DSP with a feature set and processing power rivalling high-priced standalone digital audio processors, and Ethernet-based networking for monitoring and control by a computer running the intuitive IntelliDrive Controller software.

Brawn with brains.

IPD Series packs exceptional power and performance into 1U. The IPD 1200 delivers 2 × 600 W while the flagship IPD 2400 supplies 2 × 1200 W, both at 4 ohms. This audio muscle is coupled with extraordinary intelligence. At the heart of the IPD platform is a latest-generation DSP engine equipped with up to a total of 40 real-time, multi-slope parametric EQs along with adjustable gain, input and output delay, and both high- and low-pass filters adjustable to any frequency.

The DSP also provides extensive protection for your loudspeaker system, in the form of the innovative software-controlled Speaker Protect Limiter, configured with ease from within IntelliDrive Controller software. Harnessing all of this power is child’s play thanks to the IPD LoadLibrary, a collection of Lab.gruppen released presets – for quick configuration and optimization of a wide range of loudspeaker systems, both generic and popular brand models.

Take control, at the rack or anywhere

All setup parameters for input mixing, DSP features and limiter setting are accessible on the front panel using two navigation buttons, a rotary encoder, and the backlit display. Individual channel mute buttons are also available. Up to 100 user-defined presets may be stored on-board.

Most users will also want to take advantage of the advanced, Ethernet-based networked monitoring and control features. Network configuration is fast and foolproof, with automatic discovery and identification of all connected amplifiers. The sleek GUI is designed for touch-based devices, and enables quick grouping of amplifiers along with intuitive setup and preset storage of all DSP parameters.

Exceptional I/O flexibility

With AES3 digital inputs standard, IPD Series amplifiers connect directly to digital console stage boxes, or accept AES input within a fixed digital network installation, eliminating a D-A/A-D conversion cycle. Additionally, AES3 inputs can be set for automatic fail-over to analog (perfect for keeping the show going, or in case of installations – maintaining system integrity for mission-critical PA/VA system applications), and input mixing is available for all four inputs. At the power output end, connections are available on binding posts or Neutrik speakON.

IPD Series rear panel

Lab.gruppen IPD Series: Beyond conventional thinking.

Extraordinary flexibility, high power density and competitive cost make IPD Series amplifiers equally at home whether in permanent installations, portable corporate AV systems, or touring band rigs. Wherever performance and reliability cannot be compromised, yet the budget is tight (and available rack space even tighter), IPD Series presents the singular solution.

IPD Series offers everything you’ve wanted in a Lab.gruppen intelligent power amplifier, but may have thought was not compact enough, too powerful or beyond your reach. If so, it’s time to think again.

Now 1U really can have it all.

Features

The time for compromise is over.

  • High power density with up to 2400 W in 1 U
  • Two models: 2 × 600 W or 2 × 1200 W (at 4 ohms)
  • Low mains current draw with proven IDEEA technology
  • Networked control via IntelliDrive Controller™ touch-based GUI
  • Ethernet network connection
  • AES3 and analog inputs with redundant failover
  • Link outputs for analog and AES3
  • Software-configured Speaker Protect Limiter
  • Fast network setup with auto-discovery and ID of amplifiers
  • Four-channel input mixer

*Integrated DSP includes:

  • 40 real-time, multi-slope parametric equalizers
  • Adjustable high-pass and low-pass filters
  • Input delay (up to 2 s)
  • Output delay (up to 2 s)
  • Crossover with multiple filter types
  • 100 user-definable presets
  • IPD LoadLibrary speaker presets

  • Backlit display with navigation buttons and encoder for front panel setup
  • Horizontal VU meters on display in operating mode
  • Mute buttons on front panel
  • Binding post and Neutrik speakON connectors
  • Outputs may be connected through either one (NL-4) or both speakONs
  • Universal power supply: 100 – 240 V at 50 or 60 Hz
  • Three year warranty

Software

IntelliDrive Controller Software: Effortless control of supercharged DSP

At the heart of IPD Series is the intuitive GUI of the IntelliDrive Controller software, giving powerful user control over just about every aspect of DSP performance on each device on the network. Available on PC and Mac, and designed with touch-screen in mind, IntelliDrive Controller gives you the edge when it comes to system tuning.

Configuration of each IPD is made easy by virtue of Lab.gruppen’s extensive IPD LoadLibrary, containing many presets for both generic system setups and soon also specific loudspeaker models for many of the well known speaker brands. The IPD LoadLibrary is maintained and updated regularly, ensuring you have access to optimized settings for most common types of loudspeaker systems.


Global view

Global view.

Global View

In Global View, IntelliDrive Controller displays and identifies all amplifiers connected to the network. You can name the amplifiers, form or delete amplifier groups, turn amplifiers on/off or mute/ unmute individually or in groups, and monitor all levels at a glance.


Input Mixer view

Input Mixer view.

Input Mixer View

In this view, you can set the device for stereo or 2-way mode, mix the inputs, and set AES3-to- analog failover either on or off. A graphic header at the top of all views shows the amplifier currently selected, along with ID, power and mute buttons, and preset store/recall functions.


Levels view

Levels view.

Levels View

In the Levels View, you can set input and output levels for each channel and set limiter response. Buttons on each fader block provide quick access to mute, EQ and delay for each channel as well as polarity reversal (“Phase Inverted”). Levels view will differ depending on selection of stereo or 2-way mode.


Input EQ view

Input EQ view.

Input EQ View

The Input EQ View accesses a comprehensive set of filter and delay functions that essentially duplicate the capabilities of the Output EQ section.


Output EQ view

Output EQ view.

Output EQ View

Output EQ accesses a comprehensive set of filter functions for each input channel. The parametric equalizer accommodates up to ten bands, with center frequency, slope and boost/cut all adjustable using a touchscreen or keyboard entry. High- and low-pass filters are selectable by type and frequency, and both output level and limiting meters are displayed to immediately monitor the effect of inserting filters. Output delay may be set up to 2 seconds.


Crossover view

Crossover view.

Crossover View

The Crossover View offers a comprehensive tool set for precisely filtering channel outputs to optimize loudspeaker performance. This view includes parameter settings for filter type and cutoff frequency for both the high- and low-pass filters as well as status metering for output level and limiting.


Tutorial Videos

To help you make the most of your new IPD Series amplifier, please find below a selection of short instructional videos that will help you become familiar with the functionality and layout of the IntelliDrive Controller.

1. IPD How to Download and Install

How to Download and Install

This video will take you through a series of easy steps that show you how to download and install the IntelliDrive Controller software.

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2. IPD How to Configure

How to Configure

Now that you have installed the IntelliDrive Controller, this video show you how to configure your IPD Series amplifier on your computer.

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3. IPD How to update Firmware

How to update Firmware

If you ever have to update the Firmware on your IPD Series amplifier, this video will show you exactly how to do it.

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4. IPD IntelliDrive Demo mode

IntelliDrive Demo mode

If you need to demonstrate the functionality of the IntelliDrive Controller, you can switch to ‘DEMO MODE’ in a couple of clicks of the mouse. This short video will show you exactly how.

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5. IPD Locked for editing?

Locked for editing?

From time to time, you may find that your IntelliDrive Controller says that the IPD unit is locked for editing. This can sometimes happen if users have accidentally locked the unit via the front panel, but is it easily fixed. This clip will show you exactly how.

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Specs

General

Model IPD 2400 IPD 1200
Number of channels 2 2
Max total output all channels driven 2400 W 1200 W
Peak output voltage per channel 70 Vrms 50 Vrms
Max. output current per channel 20 Arms 16 Arms

Max. Output Power Per Channel (All Channels Driven)

Model IPD 2400 IPD 1200
2 ohms 800 500
4 ohms 1200 600
8 ohms 600 300
16 ohms 300 150

Performance

Model IPD 2400 IPD 1200
THD 20 Hz – 20 kHz for 1 W <0.1% <0.1%
THD at 1 kHz and 1 dB below clipping <0.05% <0.05%
Signal To Noise Ratio >102 dBA >105 dBA
Channel separation (Crosstalk) at 1 kHz >80 dB >80 dB
Frequency response 2 Hz – 42 kHz 2 Hz – 42 kHz
Input impedance 18 kOhm 18 kOhm
Common Mode Rejection (CMR) 50 dB 50 dB
Output impedance 25 mOhm 25 mOhm

Gain, Sensitivity and Limiters

Model IPD 2400 IPD 1200
SCVPL 100 V peak 70 V peak
Sensitivity for full power 6 dBu 6 dBu
Gain (all DSP controls set to 0dB) 36.2 dBu 33.2 dBu
Level adjustment (per channel) Software controlled from -inf to 0 dB  

Connectors and buttons

Model IPD 2400 IPD 1200
Analog input connectors (per ch.) Neutrik XLR, 3pin female  
Analog input link connectors (per ch.) Neutrik XLR, 3pin male  
AES input connectors (per ch.) Neutrik XLR, 3pin female  
AES input link connectors (per ch.) Neutrik XLR, 3pin male  
Output connectors (per ch.) Neutrik speakON / binding post  
Buttons Power, Menu, Back, Mute (per ch.), Power  
Encoder Adjust / Set  
Cooling Dual fan, front to rear airflow, no filter required, temperature controlled speed Single fan, front to rear airflow, no filter required, temperature controlled speed

Power

Model IPD 2400 IPD 1200
Nominal voltage 100 – 240 VAC 100 – 240 VAC
Operating voltage 60 – 265 VAC 60 – 265 VAC
Standby consumption <7.5 W <6.5 W
Mains connector IEC inlet (locking)  
Dimensions (Rack rail to rear panel) W: 483 mm (19”), H: 44 mm (1 U), D: 359 mm (14.1”) W: 483 mm (19”), H: 44 mm (1 U), D: 272 mm (10.7”)
Dimensions (Overall incl. handles and rear support) W: 483 mm (19”), H: 44 mm (1 U), D: 431 mm (17”) W: 483 mm (19”), H: 44 mm (1 U), D: 344 mm (13.5”)
Weight 6.2 kg (14.7 lbs.) 4.6 kg (10.1 lbs.)
Finish Black anodized aluminum front and black / gray steel chassis  
Approvals CE, PSE, UL 60065, CAN/CSA-C22.2, No.60065:03, FCC part 15 Class A, EN 55103-1, EN55103-2, ROHS  
Warranty 3 years, components and factory workmanship. See full warranty statement.  

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

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