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LEA Amps Installed At University Of Michigan

LEA Amps Installed At University Of Michigan

When the University of Michigan decided it was time to upgrade its impressive new CCCB building with an equally as impressive audio system, they decided to go with LEA Professional. 

Let’s dive in! 🦈



🏢 Venue: CCCB Instructional Facility | Ann Arbor, Michigan

👷‍♂️ Installer: AV Engineering team – College of LSA (Literature, Science, and the Arts) – University of Michigan

🎶 Audio Spaces: Multiple flat-floored, team-based-learning classrooms

🦈 Product Used: CONNECTSERIES Mixture of 354D704D84D and 702D (20)



The CCCB is a state-of-the-art instructional facility that houses over 1,400 classroom seats and is designed to support large innovative and interactive classes. The building includes multiple flat-floored, team-based-learning classrooms with 132, 150, and 162 seats, a unique 190-seat ‘classroom in the round’ and over 350 informal seats throughout the building for students to study and collaborate with each other.



When the AV Engineering team at the College of LSA realized that flexibility was key when deciding which route to go with their audio system they looked back to a familiar project where the University had used industry-leading, high-quality, cloud- and IoT-based pro-audio amplifiers from LEA Professional. After seeing the performance and dynamism of the amplifiers in the relatively new School of Kinesiology Building they knew LEA would be a good fit.

Jeremy Gerick and Christopher Elly, Senior AV Project Engineers on the project, installed 20 LEA Professional Dante Connect Series amplifiers for maximum coverage, a mixture of 354D, 704D, 84D, and 702D. Designing an audio system based on Dante-connected devices offers many benefits, including nearly limitless system flexibility and scalability, allowing a small AV team to operate as a much larger one, as well as the ability to decentralize system processing, set various zones and presets, and easily reconfigure the system as necessary.

“This project was quite expansive so we chose to install only Dante enabled components, including the Dante version of the Connect Series,” said Gerick. “This gave us the utmost flexibility, ensuring all elements of the system could ‘talk’ to each other, avoiding any connectivity issues.”

When it came to the installation of the amplifiers, the LEA Professional Web UI proved extremely useful to the team both as a time saver and a cost saver. The Web UI is LEA Professional’s browser-based interface which allows local monitoring of every amplifier connected to the network from any phone, tablet, or PC. In addition, it allows users to view the status of every channel on any given amp. This allowed Gerick to constantly monitor the system during install so if there was an issue it could be immediately flagged and dealt with.

With safety protocols being front of mind, the build-out of any large audio system at the university needs to incorporate a fire alarm cut-off system. This ensures that when the fire alarm is sounded, the amps power down so announcements can be heard. In this case, a fire inspector needed to evaluate that function on the amps before the rest of the system was installed. To do this the team utilized the Web UI, getting the amplifier toning and then connecting it to the relay control power supply to showcase the fire alarm cut-off capability. This function saved the fire inspector an additional trip to the university after the system was built and saved the team significant time during the installation process.

Outside of the Web UI, the amplifiers, which are used to drive the PA system, as well as the main speakers for lecture content etc., had many features that Gerick and team were very impressed with.

“The amps themselves have a good user interface, the ability to switch between 70 volt and LowZ is extremely valuable to us, as well as the ability to do impedance measurements on the speaker loads,” explained Gerick.




The team praised the customer service they received from the amplification technology company and plans to install the Connect Series in the University’s Modern Languages Building Lecture Room 2, which is being designed as a small cinema experience featuring 5.1 surround sound and a 4K DCI projector from Sony.

“The customer support is truly excellent at LEA, anytime I had a question I knew I could contact them and get an answer almost immediately,” explained Gerick. “We have had great feedback on the system so far and having LEA play well with all our other components has made my job that bit easier.”

We would like to thank everyone on the AV Engineering team at the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts for choosing our amps on this killer install and we hope to provide quality sound for many years to come.

*Title provided for identification purposes only. The views and opinions expressed are those of the individual only and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the University of Michigan.