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QSC PL 380 - 2 Channel, 2500w Ch @ 4 ohm

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£2,552.00 inc. vat
£2,126.67 ex. vat
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QSC PL 380 - 2 Channel, 2500w Ch @ 4 ohm

The QSC PL 380 is a 2U power amplifier outputting 1500 watts per channel at 8 Ohms and 2500 watts per channel at 4 Ohms. The PL380 is the flagship model in the QSC PowerLight 3 range. 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

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 BASIS™ networked audio platform, with its comprehensive drag and drop DSP functionality. Simpler DSP requirements can be met with the DSP-4 processing module. 

This highly refined, all-switchmode amplifier incorporates nearly 40 years of QSC engineering experience, resetting expectations for Class D audio quality. The PL380 combines a pair of 4000 watt Class D amplifier channels with the well proven PowerLight supply, to deliver more than twice as much audio power as previous 2 rack unit PowerLight amplifiers. Reactive "back EMF" from the speaker is recycled to the power supply, and unmatched "plug-to-plug" efficiency of 85% keeps AC power needs to a minimum, while delivering more energy to the speaker. 

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. 

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.

QSC PL380 Features

  • 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
  • Linear Class H output circuit doubles standard Class B efficiency to reduce AC current consumption and cooling requirements

QSC PL38 Specifications

  • Stereo Mode
    • 8 ohms EIA 1 kHz 1% THD: 1500 W
    • 4 ohms EIA 1 kHz 1% THD: 2500 W
    • 2 ohms EIA 1 kHz 1% THD: 4000 W
  • Bridge Mono Mode
    • 8 ohms EIA 1 kHz 1% THD: 5000 W
    • 4 ohms EIA 1 kHz 1% THD: 8000 W
  • Typical Distortion (20 Hz -3 kHz, 3dB below clip, or 20 Hz - 5 kHz, 10dB below clip, or 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 20dB below clip)
    • 8 ohms: 0.001-0.03%
    • 4 ohms: 0.003-0.06%
    • 2 ohms: 0.01%
  • Maximum Distortion (20 Hz - 20 kHz, 1 dB below rated power)
    • 4 to 8 ohms: 0.02%
  • 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
  • Input Gain (1.2V setting): 39.1 dB
  • 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: 18A
    • 230V 50 Hz: 11A
  • 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 and 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: 24 lbs (11 kg)
    • Shipping: 33.5 lbs (15.2 kg)