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Standing The
Touring World
On Its Ear...
FP +SERIES
More Power. Less Weight. Zero Sonic Compromises.
Multi-channel Flexibility
The Lab.gruppen FP+ Series was designed and engineered to achieve
unprecedented power and channel density in low-impedance applications.
Simply put, FP+ Series amplifiers allow you to configure racks for any sound
reinforcement application using fewer, smaller and lighter amplifiers.
A few compact racks now can power an arena-sized system with headroom
to spare. The basic figures tell the story. The power output levels shown
here in two- and four-channel versions are continuous ratings into 2 ohms,
measured to reflect real-world conditions while amplifying the most
demanding program material.
Network Ready
Each FP+ Series amplifier is a slim 2U high and weighs a mere 12 kg (less
than 27 lbs). Yet each produces nearly twice the clean, sustained output
power of equivalent predecessor fP Series models. Also, we’ve added more
standard features to FP+, including an interface to Lab.gruppen’s proprietary
NomadLink® network and DeviceControl software for remote amplifier control and monitoring via Ethernet.
FP + SERIES
MODELS
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•
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FP 13000
FP 7000
FP 10000Q
FP 6000Q
RoHS
Compliant
Lead-Free
2 x 6500 W
2 x 3500 W
4 x 2500 W
4 x 1500 W
Muscle and Flexibility for Touring Efficiency
FP+ SERIES BENEFITS
• Unprecedented power density: higher output, less size
and weight
• Proven reliability in extreme touring conditions
• Patented Class TD output stages for high efficiency and sonic
transparency
• Two- and four-channel versions
• All channels bridgeable with automatic -6dB summing
compensation
• Outputs optimized for load conditions with VPL
• Craftsman-built in Kungsbacka, Sweden
• NomadLink® network monitoring and control capability included
standard
The Incredible Shrinking Amp Rack
Offering the unbeatable combination of increased power and channel density and exceptional efficiency, Lab.gruppen’s FP+ Series can dramatically cut the size, weight
and external AC power requirements for touring or installed amplifier racks. The examples below illustrate typical applications:
Generic Stage Monitor Configurations
Generic Line Array Configurations
Typical eight-channel bi-amp monitor setup using fP 2600 and fP 3400
HF: Four fP 2600 providing 840 watts per ch. @ 4 ohms
LF: Four fP 3400 providing 1500 watts per ch. @ 4 ohms
Typical eight-element line array configured with eight fP6400
HF
HF
HF
HF
LF
LF
LF
LF
HF
HF
HF
HF
LF
MF
LF
LF
LF
LF
HF
LF
HF
LF
LF
LF
MF
LF
MF
LF
HF
LF
HF
MF
Typical eight-element line array configured with four FP 10000Q
Typical eight-channel bi-amp monitor set-up using four FP 10000Q
with VPL-optimized settings:
HF: VPL set to 85 providing 903 watts per ch. @ 4 ohms
LF: VPL set to 118 providing 1741 watts per ch. @ 4 ohms
LF
HF
LF
HF
LF
HF
LF
HF
LF
HF
LF
HF
LF
HF
LF
HF
LF
LF
MF
HF
LF
LF
MF
HF
LF
LF
MF
HF
LF
LF
MF
HF
Beyond fP: A New Generation of Power
To achieve the extreme power-to-size ratio in the FP+ Series, Lab.gruppen
engineers refined and upgraded two proprietary technologies: the regulated
switch-mode power supply (R.SMPS™) and the patented Class TD output
stage. Both are incorporated in all four FP+ Series amplifiers. Working together, this new generation of proprietary circuits produces more power from
a smaller package while at the same time maintaining Lab.gruppen’s peerless reputation for sonic excellence. The highs stay crisp and transparent. The
mids are warm and natural. And the tight low end delivers visceral impact.
2x2 + 2x4 = Maximum Flexibility
A bridgeable two-channel amplifier makes perfect sense when you need
maximum power reserves from one chassis – as when powering hungry subwoofers, for example. The FP+ Series meets this need with the FP 7000 and
the awe-inspiring FP 13000. However, when powering multiple low-, mid- or
high-frequency drivers (in line arrays or multiple stage monitors for example),
four-channel amplifiers make more sense. You have more discrete channels
for increased flexibility, yet both space and weight are drastically reduced.
The FP+ Series meets this need with two ultra-high power four-channel
models: FP 10000Q and FP 6000Q. The FP 10000Q is designed to meet the
demanding requirements of mid- to large-sized sound reinforcement systems
– including modern line array designs - with ample undistorted power and
generous headroom to create a remarkable listening experience. With the FP
10000Q you can run boxes in parallel down to 2 ohms with abundant headroom reserves. The same applies to the FP 6000Q. By stocking your racks with
higher-power, two- and four-channel FP+ Series amplifiers, your total amplifier count often can be cut in half (with headroom to spare) when compared
to equivalent configurations with other amplifiers. As the diagrams
opposite show, a few small racks with a total amplifier
weight of less than 100 kg can supply
ample power for one side of
an arena-sized system. The same racks also can be easily used for bi-amp
monitor systems. When you factor in the size and weight reductions for a
total system, the savings in labor and truck space make a substantial difference in your costs.
The Lab.gruppen VPL Advantage
With Lab.gruppen’s proprietary VPL (Voltage Peak Limiter) feature, individual
FP+ channel outputs can be configured optimally to provide appropriate power ratings for specific speaker cabinets within a sound system. A regional
sound company, for example, can standardize on only one amplifier model
and, by utilizing the appropriate VPL settings, can tailor the output to match
an entire complex rig with ease. Rack wiring, loading and backup amp management can now become easier than ever.
From the Top, a Stronger Bottom Line
Another benefit is your savings on initial investment. Although some internal components of the FP+ Series are more costly than those in the prior fP
Series, the advanced design and efficient manufacturing have dramatically reduced the relative cost per watt of output. As a result,
with FP+ Series you not only get more power per
pound or kilogram, you also get more power
per pound, dollar, euro or yen.
Command 12.5 Million Watts with One Mouse Click*
Harness the Power of FP+ Series with NomadLink and
DeviceControl
Lab.gruppen’s robust NomadLink network with DeviceControl software lets
you monitor key functions and also keep close tabs on all key operating parameters. The NomadLink network connects your laptop computer to as many
as 960 amplifiers.
Options Open, Now and in the Future
NomadLink is dedicated exclusively to monitoring and control of Lab.gruppen
amplifiers. It works alongside your existing drive chain DSP units and signal
distribution systems – and their software control programs, if any – without
rendering anything obsolete. You do not have to alter, reprogram, reconfigure
or replace anything to accommodate NomadLink.
Any uncertainty about amplifier performance is eliminated and each
channel’s corresponding load’s integrity can be assured by use of Device
Control’s high-impedance indicator. All accessed remotely. Every FP+ Series
amplifier comes network ready as standard. Just add the optional NLB 60E
NomadLink Bridge & Network Controller and you can have your network up
and running in only minutes. (No separate modules to install!) To create a
NomadLink network, you simply daisy-chain the In and Out network ports
of your amplifiers by snapping in standard Cat-5 cables. Then you connect
the first and last amplifiers to an NLB 60E forming a closed loop. Done.
NomadLink is a robust, fully redundant network that is essentially bulletproof. And NomadLink’s phantom powered loop technology makes it possible to maintain communication, even if an amplifier in the system should
be powered off.
When you invest in the FP+ Series and NomadLink, you are not locked into
one proprietary system, format, or fixed AD/DA conversion standard. You are
free to continue using your existing inventory of drive DSP units as well as
your digital or analog snake systems. You can upgrade as you please, whenever costs and technological advances suit your particular needs. You can
be confident that your FP+ Series amplifiers and NomadLink® network will
remain fully compatible at each stage of your future upgrading program.
Local Control and Ethernet Extension
The NLB 60E functions as stand-alone unit when needed for basic monitoring and control. Large front-panel keys and displays let you power-up and
power-down all networked amplifiers, and provide an on-the-spot check for
fault indications.
However, most users also will want use the NLB 60E as an Ethernet-toNomadLink bridge in order to remotely access the enhanced feature set of
the DeviceControl software. DeviceControl is a powerful tool for real-time
monitoring and control as well as offline system configuration. The flexible GUI allows multi-level monitoring of amplifier status, from basic fault
monitoring of entire systems to detailed status reports on a single channel.
Amplifier channels may be freely configured in groups for simultaneous on/
off, mute or solo commands. Also, a handy “match” feature allows a preconfigured system setup to be compared to the actual setup downloaded from
the network, ensuring that the intended design was properly configured as
a physical system.
* If all those amplifiers all happen to be FP 13000s, then indeed you could wield the power
of – to be exact – 12,480,000 watts. And if this system is ever created, please notify the
Guinness Book of Records immediately!
NLB 60E
NomadLink Bridge & Network Controller
NomadLink® (Cat-5)
PC running DeviceControl software
Ethernet / TCP/IP (Cat-5)
FP 13000
NomadLink® (Cat-5)
FP 13000
NomadLink® (Cat-5)
FP 10000Q
DeviceControl: Details View
DeviceControl: Device View
This screen allows users to match their customized
DeviceControl configurations to the physical amplifiers,
and quickly identify any incompatible amp setups. It also
contains the Power and Sensitivity Calculator, which allows
users to optimize an amp channel to a particular speaker
load or configuration by entering specific impedance,
output power and sensitivity parameters. This screen can
be printed for use as an on-site amplifier setup guide.
This screen automatically identifies all of the amplifiers
detected by DeviceControl in one or more subnets, including model number, serial number and physical position
within the subnet. Power on or off status can be set for
each amplifier, and individual amplifiers can be labeled
on this screen for specific applications (e.g. stage R subs,
stage L array HF, etc.).
DeviceControl: Channel View / Group View Modes
Accurate, at-a-glance status monitoring of 240 amp channels has been a daunting task…until now. In the Channel
View screen, individual amp channels are assigned to a
group matrix, and can be renamed as needed. In the Group
View screen, each group is represented by a single status
block that displays all critical information needed to monitor
the amplifiers within that group. The status block includes
a real time VU meter with peak-hold feature, mute / solo
status of grouped and individual amplifiers, as well as amp
fault and warning indicators. Groups can be renamed to
match specific applications.
Lab.gruppen Breakthrough Technology:
Refined and Upgraded for FP+
The Inside Story: A Tradition of Craftsmanship
Every FP+ Series amplifier is designed, engineered, assembled, and rigorously tested at Lab.gruppen’s manufacturing facility in Kungsbacka, Sweden.
The uncompromising dedication to quality and craftsmanship is evident in
every detail.
Rail Voltage [V]
Regulated Switch Mode Power Supply (R.SMPS™)
Lab.gruppen pioneered the use of switch mode power supplies in power
amplifiers, and the latest generation of this technology plays a key role in
enabling the extreme power
160
150
density of the FP+ Series.
140
Precise regulation main130
120
tains constant voltage on
110
the internal rails, ensuring
100
full output power and undis90
80
torted sound even when the
70
60
mains voltage drops as much
50
130 140 150 160 170 180 190 200 210 220 230 240 250
as 20% below nominal. The
65 70 75 80 85 90 95 100 105 110 115 120 125
Mains Voltage [V]
FP+ Series power supply also
incorporates an enhanced Characteristics of different power supply designs:
ferrite power transformer 1) R.SMPS provides stable voltage down to 90 V (115 V
core which, Compared nominal) or 180 V (230 V nominal).
to it’s iron core counter- 2) Drops in mains voltage produce proportional drops
with typical toroidal power supplies.
parts, dramatically reduce
3) Other typical supplies show severe rail voltage drops
weight and contributes to due to semi-conductor losses, potentially causing
current limiting or shutdown.
overall efficiency.
Class TD Output Stage
Lab.gruppen’s FP+ Series amplifiers share an output stage that is literally in
a class by itself: the patented Class TD. A breakthrough design that occupied
Lab.gruppen’s co-founder Kenneth Anderson for nearly two years, Class TD
combines the high efficiency of a digital Class D with the sonic purity of
classic Class B designs. The
power supply rails precisely
track the audio signal at all
times, providing the required
voltage plus additional headroom. This process is highly
efficient, with only a tiny portion of this voltage emitted as
Both superb sound quality and high effeciency are
heat in the output stage. The
made possible thanks to Class TD technology.
audio path itself remains entirely in the analog domain. It never enters the
switching portion of the circuit, and is therefore not subject to the ripple effects of the extreme filtering required by the PWM Class D approach. Class
TD is bridgeable, highly reliable, and maintains a flat response with complex
loads as low as 2 ohms nominal. Also, it does not interfere with RF equipment such as wireless (radio) microphones.
Front Panel (FP 10000Q shown)
Top / Inside View (FP 10000Q shown)
Intercooler® for Efficient, Uniform Cooling
Compact and ultra-efficient, Intercooler® uses thousands of tiny cooper cooling fins to increase exposure of the heat sink to
the cooling air flow. Twin variable-speed
fans respond to temperature sensors,
forcing air over the Intercooler fins
in a front-to-rear flow. All output
devices are mounted transverse to
the airflow, so the cooling effect is
uniform. There are no “end of tunnel”
output transistors subject to greater
warming and, consequently, possible prePure copper Intercooler fins.
mature failure.
Regulated Switch Mode Power Supply
Linear Class B audio power amplifier
Copper Intercooler® cooling system
Class TD output converter
Temperature-controlled, proportional speed cooling fans
Lightweight, high capacity ferrite transformer
Mains Inlet (115/230 V)
NomadLink® In and Out ports
Network indicator
DIP switch matrix: Input gain, Option active (not currently implemented),
Fan masked, Bridge mode, VPL voltage select, VPL mode
®
Configurable for Any Signal, Any Load
Each FP+ Series amplifier offers an eight-position input gain switch to optimize performance with any input signal. In addition, each channel incorporates Lab.gruppen’s exclusive Voltage Peak Limiter (VPL) circuit. VPL precisely
tailors output for any type of load, from a single massive 2-ohm subwoofer
to a series of 16-ohm mid- or high-frequency drivers. Working in concert, adjustable input gain and VPL optimizes each channel for maximum headroom
regardless of input signal dynamics or load impedances.
Balanced input connectors
Rear Panel (FP 10000Q / FP 6000Q)
A Full Suite of Protection Features
Lab.gruppen’s FP+ Series incorporates comprehensive warning and protection
features to safeguard the amplifier and any connected loudspeaker drivers.
Front-panel indicators and the DeviceControl GUI give clear warnings when
any potential problems are detected. Protection measures are enabled only
when critical thresholds are passed: measurements are re-checked every few
seconds, and normal operation resumes automatically when nominal conditions are restored. The complete protection/warning suite includes: DC at
output, short circuit, excessive output current, sustained very high frequency
(VHF), and open load.
The FP+ Series also includes features to guard against inadvertent tripping
of the mains fuse or external circuit breakers, either during a performance
or at start-up. While in operation, a Power Average Limiter (PAL) constantly
monitors the current-drawing relationship between the power supply and the
mains inlet. If conditions are detected where the power amplifier could draw
more than the mains inlet can supply, PAL limits current draw to prevent
power interruption. Additionally, a soft-start circuit limits initial current draw
when amplifier is turned on.
Common:
Power on
Power Average Limiter (PAL)
NomadLink® network active
Bridge indicator
Mains power switch
Remote on/off enable
Dust-filters (accessible behind grille)
Per channel:
High Temperature (TEM)
Very High Frequency (VHF)
Mute
Current Peak Limiter (CPL)
Voltage Peak Limiter (VPL)
-20 through -4 dB signal present
Signal present/high impedance
Binding post or Speakon output connectors
Mains Inlet (115/230V)
NomadLink® In and Out ports
Network indicator
DIP switch matrix: Input gain, Option active (not currently implemented),
Fan masked, Bridge mode, VPL voltage select, VPL mode
Rear Panel (FP 13000 / FP 7000)
Balanced input connectors
Balanced loop-through signal output connectors
Binding post or Speakon output connectors (BP only on FP 13000)
The Lab.gruppen story
A new touring standard, three decades in the making
Over the past decade, Lab.gruppen amplifiers have rapidly emerged as the
benchmark for quality and durability in touring power amplification. Yet the
term “overnight success” hardly applies here. The roots of Lab.gruppen technology extend back more than three decades.
Years before the company
was established in 1979, cofounders Kenneth Andersson
and Dan Bavholm already
had earned a reputation as
bold innovators with a passion for building better audio
equipment. One of their first
hand-built products, a custom mixer, was pressed into
service for a performance by
legendary singer Eartha Kitt
when she visited their hometown of Kungsbacka, Sweden. At the time, the
two basement builders were full-time schoolboys still in their mid-teens.
Soon after launching Lab.gruppen, the duo
expanded their product line to include AXE-AMP
guitar amplifiers. When an OEM output stage
used in the earliest models proved unsatisfactory, Kenneth Andersson set out to design and
build circuits that sounded better and could not
be “smoked”. The result was used in all subsequent guitar amplifiers and, in late 1980, incorporated into the SS 300 – Lab.gruppen’s first power
amplifier.
Building on breakthroughs
Over the following two decades, Lab.gruppen achieved a remarkable number
of breakthroughs in power amplifier design. The copper-finned Intercooler®
removed heat from amplifiers with unprecedented efficiency. The Regulated Switch Mode Power Supply (R.SMPS) proved that a truly lightweight
amplifier could indeed be reliable, sonically transparent, and free of excessive ambient noise. The innovative MLS (now VPL) circuit allowed amplifier
outputs to be tailored to load characteristics. And the patented Class TD
output stage combined the low distortion of Class B with the high efficiency
of Class D designs.
Building on these and other
foundational advances, Lab.
gruppen steadily built a loyal
following among leading
sound rental companies. At
first distribution was limited
to the Swedish market, then
gradually expanded into the rest of Europe. Demand often threatened to
outstrip supply, but quality control standards never were compromised in
order to ship more product. Only after a larger, highly efficient manufacturing plant (still in Kungsbacka) came on line was product distribution fully
expanded into North America and Asia.
A commitment to the touring industry
Today, Lab.gruppen is committed to developing technology and products that
make an impact in an industry facing unprecedented challenges. Fuel costs
are escalating, with labor costs close behind. Tight schedules compress loadin/out and rigging time. Budgets aren’t expanding to keep pace. To survive
(and remain profitable) you need to move quickly, travel light, and maintain
an inventory of reliable gear that accommodates maximum flexibility in system configuration. That’s the tough reality of touring.
The tough amplifier solution is Lab.gruppen’s FP+ Series.
Specifications
Model
FP 13000
FP 7000
FP 10000Q
Number of channels
2
2
4
FP 6000Q
4
Peak total output all channels driven
13000 W
7000 W
10000 W
6000 W
Peak output voltage per channel
195 V
155 V
150 V
101 V
Max output current per channel
58 A rms
42 A rms
38 A rms
27 A rms
Max Output Power
16 ohms per ch. (all ch.’s driven)
1200 W
730 W
660 W
320 W
8 ohms per ch. (all ch.’s driven)
2350 W
1450 W
1300 W
625 W
4 ohms per ch. (all ch.’s driven)
4400 W
2800 W
2100 W
1250 W
2 ohms per ch. (all ch.’s driven)
6500 W
3500 W
2500 W
1500 W
16 ohms Bridged
4700 W
2900 W
2600 W
1250 W
8 ohms Bridged
8800 W
5600 W
4200 W
2500 W
4 ohms Bridged
13000 W
7000 W
5000 W
3000 W
2 ohms Bridged
3)
3) 3) 3) Performance with Gain
35 dB and VPL: 195 V
35 dB and VPL: 155 V
35 dB and VPL: 150 V
35 dB and VPL: 101 V
THD 20 Hz - 20 kHz for 1 W
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
THD at 1 kHz and 1 dB below clipping
0.05%
0.05%
0.05%
0.05%
Signal To Noise Ratio
112 dBA
112 dBA
112 dBA
112 dBA
Channel separation (Crosstalk) at 1 kHz
70 dB
70 dB
70 dB
70 dB
Frequency response (1 W into 8 Ohm) +0/-3 dB
6.8 Hz - 34 kHz
6.8 Hz - 34 kHz
6.8 Hz - 34 kHz
6.8 Hz - 34 kHz
VPL, selectable per ch. (V)
195, 170, 140, 116, 100,
80, 66, 54 V
155, 121, 101, 83, 70,
56, 47, 38 V
150, 121, 101, 83, 70,
56, 47, 38 V
101, 83, 70, 56, 47,
38 V
VPL, selectable when bridged (V) 1)
390, 340, 280, 232,
200, 160, 132, 108 V
310, 242, 202, 166,
140, 112, 94, 76 V
300, 242, 202, 166,
140, 112, 94, 76 V
202, 166, 140, 112,
94, 76 V
Voltage Peak Limiter mode (per ch.)
Hard / Soft
35 dB
35 dB
Voltage Peak Limiter (VPL), max. peak output
Gain and Level
Amplifier gain selectable (all channels) 1)
– Rear-panel switches
23, 26, 29, 32, 35, 38, 41, 44 dB
Default gain
38 dB
Level adjustment (per ch.)
Front-panel potentiometer, 21 position detented from -inf to 0 dB
38 dB
Connectors and switches
Input connectors (per ch.)
3-pin XLR, electronically balanced
Output connectors (per ch.)
Neutrik Speakon or Binding Posts (must be specified upon order). BP only on FP 13000
Output bridge mode per two ch.’s
A+B - Ch. A is signal input source. A+B, C+D - Ch.’s A and C are input source
NomadLink ® network
2 x RJ45 EtherCon connectors, IN and OUT
Intelligent fans (on/off)
Yes, depending on presence of output signal
Power on/off and Remote enable on/off
Individual switches on front-panel
Cooling
Two fans, front-to-rear airflow, temperature controlled speed
Front-panel indicators
Common
NomadLink® Network; Power Average Limiter (PAL) 2); Power on
Per channel
Signal present / High impedance; -20 dB, -15 dB, -10 dB and -4 dB output
signal; Voltage Peak Limiter (VPL); Current Peak Limiter (CPL):
Very High Frequency (VHF); High temperature; Fault; Mute
Power
Operating voltage, 230 V / 115 V nominal 4)
130-265 V / 65-135 V
Minimum power-up voltage, 230 V / 115 V
171 V / 85 V
Power Average Limiter (PAL)
Yes
2)
Soft start / Inrush Current Draw
Yes / max. 5 A
Mains plug type
230 V CE: 16 A, CEE7; 115 V ETL: 30 A Twist lock
Dimensions (W/H/D)
W: 483 mm (19”), H: 88 mm (2 U), Overall D: 396 mm (15.6”), Mounting D: 358 mm (14.1”)
Weight
12 kg (26.4 lbs.)
Finish
Black painted steel chassis with black painted steel / aluminum front
Approvals
CE, ANSI/UL 60065 (ETL), CSA C22.2 NO. 60065, FCC
All specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Item no. BR-FP+
Note 1): Automatic -6 dB gain compensation when bridging channels.
Note 2): PAL can reduce the maximum output power to keep the power supply operating safely, and/or to prevent excessive current draw tripping the mains breaker.
Refer to Operation Manual.
Note 3): The amplifier will be fully operational at bridge-mode 2 ohm loads, but due to physical constraints in the construction, the max. output power will not be
significantly higher than running individual channels and therefore not stated here.
Note 4): Separate 230 V or 115 V versions available. Not selectable on the amplifier.
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