Bosch LA3-VARI-E Vari Extension Unit

BH #BOLA3VARIE • MFR #F.01U.126.626
Bosch LA3-VARI-E Vari Extension Unit
Key Features
  • Increases Throw To 164'
  • Improved Speech Intelligibility
  • For Indoor & Outdoor Use
  • Configuration Software
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The Bosch LA3-VARI-E Vari Extension Unit increases the loudspeaker size to 11.9' and the throw to 164'. Up to 2 extension units can be used with one base unit.
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Bosch LA3-VARI-E Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Built-In Microphone
  • 3Superior Technology For Superb Acoustics
  • 4Active Line Array
  • 5EVAC Compliant
  • 6Automated Configuration
  • 7Easy, Intuitive Software Interface
  • 8Interchangeable Data
  • 9Superb Speech Intelligibility
  • 10Fewer Installation Points
  • 11CobraNet Networking
  • 12Only A Few Modules Make A World Of Difference

The Bosch LA3-VARI-E Vari Extension Unit increases the loudspeaker size to 11.9' and the throw to 164'. Up to 2 extension units can be used with one base unit.

2nd extension and base unit not included.

Built-In Microphone

Superior Technology For Superb Acoustics

Hard construction materials applied in buildings such as railway stations, airports, places of worship and conference centers, lead to disturbing reverberation. Vari-directional Arrays from Bosch overcome this challenge to deliver unmatched acoustical performance in difficult environments
Thanks to digitally controlled directivity, sound is only sent where it is needed, producing an optimal sound field with perfect speech intelligibility
The modular steel-cased array units can be mounted indoors or outdoors, flat against the wall or even flush-mounted. With their unobtrusive, elegant design, they are the perfect aesthetic choice for any environment or demanding interior

Active Line Array

Bosch's active technology covers a large range, up to 50 m, and generates an evenly distributed sound output pattern. Electrical beam steering optimizes audience coverage without wasting output energy on ceilings or open space above the audience. As less reverberation is generated, this results in excellent speech intelligibility

EVAC Compliant

Full EVAC compliance means that the arrays conform to local and international requirements for voice-alarm applications. All the amplifier and loudspeaker components are fully supervised. Provisions for fault-detection and backup power supply are available for public address and voice alarm systems like Plena and Praesideo

Automated Configuration

The Bosch Configuration Software makes it easier than ever to configure a line array. By simply entering the room dimensions and the speaker mounting height, the software automatically generates the optimal setting for the beam in real-time. The final solution is perfect, without the need for time-consuming manual configuration

Easy, Intuitive Software Interface

The software menus are straightforward to use and easy to understand. A unique feature is that the software generates a real-time visual coverage pattern to check how the beam will be steered. Changing the parameters will instantly change the coverage pattern. Furthermore, the software features a complete on-line monitoring screen for Vari-directional Array diagnostics
The software can fully control the built-in delay, equalization, supervision parameters for Voice Evacuation applications and offers automatic volume control for noisy environments

Interchangeable Data

When a 3-dimensional analysis of room-acoustics is required, the directivity data of the Varidirectional arrays can be easily exported for use in EASE
The computer running the configuration software can be connected to the array directly or via a dedicated network by means of an RS485/USB connection

Superb Speech Intelligibility

Due to the optimal sound beam, there is no sound-energy loss and no disturbing reverberation, resulting in clear and easy-to-understand recorded messages and live speech. All relevant frequencies are present in the listening area, due to constant directivity. All frequency octaves are spread equally, for great music reproduction

Fewer Installation Points

The long throw, combined with the wide horizontal opening angle and built-in amplifiers, means that fewer loudspeakers are needed to cover a large area, even an outdoor space like a recreation park. The result is a significant planning advantage with fewer installation points, less cabling and central equipment
Vari-directional Arrays use best-in-class technology to ensure that the target audience hears everything perfectly, whatever the application. Whether it's an announcement of the next train, an inspiring sermon, a musical performance or a multimedia presentation, the message will always come through loud and clear

CobraNet Networking

Using the optional CobraNet networking feature, Vari-directional Arrays can operate and be individually addressed in an infrastructure or larger system - such as a Praesideo public address system from Bosch - using the existing Ethernet network

Only A Few Modules Make A World Of Difference

Just a few product types provide all the tools to configure a superb loudspeaker system for nearly any environment. The standard base unit (LA3-VARI-B) is rugged enough for outdoor use, while the high-frequency base unit (LA3-VARI-BH) uses coax drivers for improved music reproduction. Both base units contain 8 amplifier channels, input and output connections, digital signal processing and a power supply for a complete array. The extension units, in combination with the base unit, create a loudspeaker that is up to 3.6 m tall and delivers a throw of up to 50 m
UPC: 800549243384

Bosch LA3-VARI-E Specs

Frequency Range130 Hz to 10 kHz (±3 dB)
SPLVARI-B + Extension: 90 / 93 dB SPL (A-weighed at 31 m)
VARI-B + 2 Extensions: 88 / 91 dB SPL (A-weighed at 50 m)
VARI-BH + Extension: 89 / 92 dB SPL (A-weighed at 32 m)
VARI-BH + 2 Extensions: 87 / 90 dB SPL (A-weighed at 50 m)
Coverage AngleHorizontal: 130° (-6 dB, average 1 to 4 kHz)
Vertical: software configurable
Throw DistanceVARI-B(H)+ 1 Extension: 105' (32.0 m)
VARI-B(H)+ 2 Extensions: 164' (50.0 m)
Dynamic Range> 105 dB
Transducer4" Full Range (4 x 2 drivers)
Nominal Input LevelInput line (2x): 0 dBV rms
Input 100 V (2x): +40 dBV rms
Maximum Input LevelInput line (2x):+20 dBV
TypeInput line (2x): Transformer balanced
Input 100 V (2x): Transformer balanced (floating input)
ImpedanceInput line (2x): 7.8 kohm (balanced) at 1 kHz
Input 100 V (2x): 1 Mohm (balanced) at 1 kHz
Amplifier4 x 25 W (Class D full bridge)
Voltage100 to 240 V (auto switching)
Power ConsumptionMains
Power Save - 1 Ext: 17 W
Power Save - 2 Ext: 19 W
Idle - 1 Ext: 23 W
Idle - 2 Ext: 28 W
Max - 1 Ext: 97 W
Max - 2 Ext: 124 W

24 V Power Save - 1 Ext: 7 W
Power Save - 2 Ext: 9 W
Idle - 1 Ext: 13 W
Idle - 2 Ext: 17 W
Max - 1 Ext: 75 W
Max - 2 Ext: 100 W

Power FactorAccording to EN61000-3-2, class A
Inrush Current< 70 A (at 230 V)
ProtectionThermal shutdown
Current limiting
Under voltage lock-out
Signal Processing
DSP32 bit floating point, 900 Mflops
ADC24 bits S-D, 128x oversampling
Sample Rate48 kHz
FunctionsPre-delay (Max. 21 s)
Input delay (Max. 2 x 10 s / 4 x 5 s)
Equalizer and compensation filtering
Network InterfaceRS-485 full duplex, optically isolated, auto-switching 115k2, 57k6, 38k4, 19k2 baud
Maximum Number of Devices126
RelaysFailure relay: Maskable conditions
Contact 1: No failure = closed / Failure = open
Contact 2: No Failure = 10 kohm / Failure = 20 kohm
Rating: Max. 24 V, 100 mA
Control Voltage5 to 24 V DC, optically isolated
CertificationsSafety: IEC 60065 :2002 + A1 :2006
Immunity: EN 55103-2 :2009, FCC-47 part 15B
Emissions: EN 55103-1 :2009, EN 61000-3-2 :2006 + A1 :2009 + A2 :2009
Wind-Force: NEN 6702: 2007 + A1:2008, Bft 11
Water/Dust: EN 60529 IP54 (except for VARI-BH)
Approval: CE
Temperature / HumidityOperating Temperature: -13 to 131 °F (-25 to 55 °C)
Storage Temperature: -40 to 158 ºF (-40 to 70 ºC)
Relative Humidity: < 95 %
ColorEnclosure: Gray Aluminum
Grill: White Aluminum
Dimensions (WxHxD)5.1 x 47.2 x 3.8" (130 x 1200 x 98 mm)
Weight25.8 lb (11.7 kg)
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