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Universal Audio LA-2A Electro-Optical Classic Compressor

True to the original design, the famed tube-amplified T4 electro-optical classic compressor
MFR# LA2A

Product Description

Audio professionals revere the LA-2A. The original was immediately acknowledged for its smooth, natural compression characteristics. A unique tube-driven electro-optical attenuator system allows instantaneous gain reduction with no increase in harmonic distortion — an accomplishment at the time, still appreciated today. This faithful Universal Audio reissue marks the rebirth of the Teletronix LA-2A. Painstaking care has been taken to ensure that every new LA-2A provides the performance characteristics of the original. Each unit is point-to-point hand-wired and built in Scotts Valley, California, with every component carefully evaluated for authenticity. As a result, today’s LA-2A will bring the same legendary compression characteristics of the original to all of your recordings. 


Each unit is hand-built and hand-wired in-house at UA with each component being carefully evaluated for authenticity. No expense has been spared to guarantee that this LA-2A will bring that classic sound to your recording. Demand the original. Accept no copy.

Features

  • True to the original in design, manufacturing and performance
  • Lag free, distortion free optical attenuator system
  • Distortion less than 0.5% THD
  • 0 to 40 dB gain limiting
  • Balanced stereo interconnection
  • Frequency response 1 dB, 30 to 15,000 cps
  • Output level of 10 dBm and 40 dB gain
  • Low noise – less than 70 dB below ±10 dBm output
  • Hand-built in USA

Specifications

  • Input impedance: 50, 150, 250, 600 ohms
  • Output load impedance: 50, 150, 250, 600 ohms
  • External connections: Jones Barrier terminals and XLR connectors
  • Frequency response: +0/-1 dB 30 Hz to 15kHz
  • Gain: 40 dB ±1dB
  • Input level: +16 dB maximum
  • Output level: +10 dB nominal, +16 dB maximum
  • Distortion: Less than 0.5% THD (0.25% typical) at ±10 dBm
  • Noise: 70 dB below +10 dBm output level
  • Attack time: 10 milliseconds
  • Release time: 0.06 seconds for 50% release; 0.5 to 5 seconds for complete release
  • Meter: dB gain reduction and dB output
  • Power requirements: 35 watts, 120/240 volts, 50/60Hz
  • Weight: 13 lbs.

Click here to learn more about the history of the Teletronix LA-2A Optical Compressor / Limiter.

Product Specifications

Condition New
Tube or Solid State Tube
Channels Single-Channel
Chassis 19-inch Rack-mount
Rack Spaces 3u
Digital I/O No
Input Connectors Analog XLR
Output Connectors Analog XLR

Product Reviews

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I cycle through a lot of gear in my studio. I bought my first LA-2A from Vintage King ten years ago. It was magical out if the box, but I had it modded to restore key tubes and components used in the original units. It works. All I can say is gear comes and goes in my rack; the LA-2A has gained a sister, and the BAE 1073’s and the LA-2A’s never go anywhere. Period.

By Pigeon P on October 19, 2020

The best !!

By Guilherme T on December 22, 2019

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