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BassBoss LA88 Line Array

FOH Staff • New Gear • June 23, 2016

The BassBoss LA88 is a small-format line array offering extensive output with a compact chassis. It’s suited for clubs, festivals and a wide range of indoor/outdoor applications with its plug-and-play setup. Indoor installation versions are available in white or black with matching or contrasting flyware. A waterproof fiberglass finish is available for permanent outdoor installations. These weatherized versions also feature waterproof passive input wiring and rack-mount amplifiers.

More details from BassBoss (www.bassboss.com):

Austin, TX-based loudspeaker manufacturer BassBoss introduces its LA88 small-format line array for clubs, festivals and a range of other indoor and outdoor applications. The LA88 is designed to deliver unsurpassed fidelity with a flat frequency response, along with high output, a broad coverage pattern and a long throw. Equally impressive is the form factor of the LA88, which is lightweight, durable and attractive. A built-in 3000W class D amplifier allows the LA88 to outperform any other speaker in its class — all while retaining BassBoss’s plug-and-play setup and reliable operation.

By employing a narrow aperture wave-guide and then rapidly transitioning the output to a flat fascia, the LA88 is able to deliver up to 140 degrees of coverage, reaching oft-neglected audience areas to the far left and right of speaker hangs. Ready to fly at 55 lbs each, the LA88’s dimensions (25.25” wide x 19.5” deep and 9.75” high) can hang with an overall width of 28.5” with rigging pins inserted in the flyware, leaving clean sight lines and the ability to pass through 30” doors while pinned together on their optional transport and ground-support cart.

The LA88 also delivers remarkable bass output for its size, delivering +-3 db from 50Hz to 18,000Hz in full-range mode. Subwoofer integration also enables the LA88 to deliver even higher levels of output by activating satellite mode, which engages a high-pass filter that maximizes midrange output. BassBoss offers flyware-compatible 15”, 18” and 21” subwoofers that can fly above or serve as support platforms below the LA88s.

Like all BassBoss loudspeakers, the LA88 Line Array is powered internally for easy and reliable setup and operation. The LA88 sports a 3000W EIAJ Powersoft class D amplifier, enabling dynamic power that is super-efficient while performing well beyond any other line array its size. The LA88’s amplifier can also achieve optimum performance on mains voltages from 90 to 250V, ensuring compatibility with all power supplies worldwide.

The LA88 achieves maximum midrange propagation by using BassBoss’s proprietary multi-aperture summing technology. The technology compression loads the LA88’s 8” drivers to improve midrange sensitivity, while dividing the summed acoustical output over multiple small apertures, allowing the mid frequencies to sum coherently on the vertical axis for longer throw and better definition. The apertures also improve horizontal dispersion by narrowing the mid frequency radiating area. Box-to-box high-frequency device vertical coupling is optimized in the LA88, allowing them to deliver line-source behavior higher up the frequency spectrum than virtually any other line array system. This allows the LA88’s high frequency drivers to perform more efficiently and project high frequencies over greater distance using less power. The result is improved clarity at distance and greater overall reliability.

The LA88’s reliability is not limited to its design and internal components; its cabinets are made in the US from premium Baltic Birch. Touring versions are finished in a black polyurethane bedliner coating. Touring flyware and metalwork is available in powder coated black or decorative bright-brushed aluminum. Indoor installation versions are available in white or black with matching or contrasting flyware. A waterproof fiberglass finish is available for permanent outdoor installations. These weatherized versions also feature waterproof passive input wiring and rack-mount amplifiers.

 

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