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QSC PL380

Powerlight 380 Power Amplifier

Key Features:

  • 3 + 3 year warranty

6 year warranty

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    Product Code: 400021060

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    The PowerLight 380 is designed for the most demanding live audio users, whether in touring rigs or fixed installations. The most requested features of the PowerLight 2 series have been upgraded to deliver "the ultimate analog amplifier", while the QSC Dataport ensures full compatibility with advanced digital processing and QSControl.net.

    In addition to higher power, the PowerLight 3 Series offers higher input voltage, selectable sensitivity, and easily adjusted rear panel switches with color coded LED indicators. For those users who simply want a high performance amplifier to go with their existing processor or console, the PowerLight 3 Series is an ideal choice, offering high power, excellent value, and zero signal latency. When complete integration of amplifier control, monitoring and DSP is desired, the PowerLight 3 Series is fully compatible with the QSControl.net BASIS™ networked audio platform, with its comprehensive drag and drop DSP functionality. Simpler DSP requirements can be met with the DSP-4 processing module.

    Years of patient development have resulted in outstanding 20 Hz - 20 kHz audio performance, plus complete protection from normal hazards of the trade. Even simple features such as dependably silent, surge-free on/off switching indicate the special care taken to keep things safely under control. The most pronounced "sonic signature" of the PL380 is one of immense headroom, sailing through even the most difficult loads with no signs of stress or change of tonality.

    For lower power applications, the PL325 and PL340 offer the same feature set, matched to upgraded versions of QSC´s most advanced linear amplifier platform. Recent advances in power supply capacitors further improve power and low impedance performance, while continuing to offer the best available audio performance. As a result, designers have the choice of running a single type of amplifier throughout their rig, or matching amplifier performance to specific transducer types.

    In keeping with normal QSC design standards, back-to-front airflow provides up to twice as much long-term average power as most competitors, without dumping hot air into the rack. All PowerLight 3 models are built in the same chassis size, with common back panel layouts to facilitate easy racking and hookup.

  • Stereo Mode
    8 ohms EIA 1 kHz 1% THD - 1500W
    4 ohms EIA 1 kHz 1% THD - 2500W
    2 ohms EIA 1 kHz 1% THD - 4000W*

  • Bridge Mode
    8 ohms EIA 1 kHz 1% THD - 5000W
    4 ohms EIA 1 kHz 1% THD - 8000W*

  • Frequency Response (8 ohms)
    - 20 Hz - 20 kHz, +/-0.2 dB

  • Noise (20 Hz
    - 20 kHz, 32 dB Gain)- -104 dB

  • Dynamic Headroom (4 ohms)
    - 2 dB

  • Damping Factor (8 ohms)
    - 200

  • Output Circuitry
    - Class D

  • Input Sensitivity
    - 26 dB Setting - 5.27V
    - 32 dB Setting - 2.67V

  • Maximum Input Level
    - 1.2V setting - 10V (+22 dB)
    - 32 dB setting - 22V (+29 dB)
    - 26 db setting - 25V (+30 dB)

  • AC Power Requirements **
    - 120V 50/60 Hz - NEMA L5-30P
    - 230V 50 Hz - CEE 7/7 16A

  • Chassis Power Connector
    - All Voltages - 32A PowerCon

  • Input Impedance
    - > 10k ohms balanced, or unbalanced

  • Cooling
    - Variable-speed fan, rear-to-front air flow

  • Connectors (each channel)
    - Input: XLR Male, XLR Female and 3-pin detachable terminal blocks (1 each per channel)
    - Output: Neutrik Speakon® (ch 1 wired to both channels) and 5-way binding posts -
    - DataPort: HD-15, input signal in parallel with XLR input connectors

  • Front Controls
    - AC Power Switch
    - Gain Controls, 21 detents, 1 dB steps (each channel)

  • Front indicators (LED color)
    - Power (Blue)
    - Bridged (Yellow)
    - Parallel (Orange)
    - Clip/Prot (Red x 2)
    - Level -10 (Orange x 2)
    - Level -20 (Green x 2)
    - Signal -35 (Green x 2)

  • Rear Controls (with LED indicators)
    - Input Mode: Bridge (Yellow), Stereo (Green), or Parallel (Orange)
    - Gain / Sensitivity: 26dB (Orange), 32dB (Green), or 1.2V (Yellow)
    - High Pass (each channel): 3 Hz (Off), 30 Hz (Yellow), or 50 Hz (Orange)
    - Clip Limiter (each channel): Off, On (Yellow)

  • Amplifier & Load Protection
    - Short circuit
    - Open circuit
    - Thermal
    - RF protection
    - On/off muting
    - DC fault shutdown
    - Active inrush limiting

  • Dimensions
    - Height: 3.5" (8.9 cm) 2RU
    - Width: 19" (48.3 cm)
    - Depth: 15.63" (39.7 cm) from front mounting rails

  • Weight
    - Net: 22 lbs (10 kg)
    - Shipping: 31.5 lbs (14.3 kg)

  • Agency Approvals
    - UL
    - CE
    - RoHS/WEEE compliant
    - FCC Class B (conducted and radiated emissions)

    U.S. Patent no. 5767744 and patents pending
    *Burst mode testing required due to AC service current limitations
    ** Representative of current draw with typical music program material with occasional clipping
    All Specifications Subject to Change Without Notice.
  • PowerLight switchmode power supply for highest efficiency and improved audio performance
  • Flow-thru air path and solid aluminum heat sinks for maximum cooling
  • DataPort supports remote computer control and/or external DSP-4 modules
  • Detented gain controls with 1 dB steps for precise calibration
  • Removable knobs with lock-out security plate to prevent unauthorized tampering
  • User defeatable clip limiters and selectable low-frequency filter per channel (3 Hz, 30 Hz, or 50 Hz)
  • Three selectable input gains (26 dB, 32 dB, or 1.2 V)
  • Front and rear panel LEDs indicate status of switch settings at a glance
  • Parallel Dataport, XLR/M and XLR/F connectors for simple loop-through connectivity
  • Neutrik Speakon® and "Touch Proof" binding post outputs
  • Neutrik Powercon® power cable remains secure on the road
  • 3 year warranty, plus optional 3 year extended service contract
  • Class D output circuit re-doubles the output power with even lower losses and minimal increase in average AC power, dramatically reducing power distribution demands compared to older high power amplifiers
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