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EAW Products Chosen for British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Lodge

Queen CharoletteThe ultimate Canadian sport fishing resort installs EAW VR Series and SMS Series speakers

Whitinsville, MA, USA, June 25, 2009 – The waters off the northwest coast of British Columbia are deep, cool and clear – the perfect conditions for salmon and halibut – and the Queen Charlotte Lodge, at the north end of the Queen Charlotte Islands, is perfectly situated to be a fisherman’s dream come true. Recently, the Lodge decided to update its sound system, and Vancouver-based installers/integrators Sapphire Sound turned to the reliable and innovative engineering of EAW, a world leader in audio system technology.

The main building was fitted with an SMS1990 Surface Mount Loudspeaker, two SMS3 Surface Mount Loudspeaker systems, a weather-resistant SMS4 Surface Mount Loudspeaker system, two VR62 Compact Full-Range Loudspeakers, a VR61 Compact Full-Range Loudspeaker enclosure with a single 6-inch LF driver, two PH30 Paging Horns, an SB48 Very Compact Subwoofer and three CAZ Series amplifiers. The Totem House, which features a bar and restaurant as well as guest suites, had installed one PH30, six SMS4’s and six CIS400 Ceiling Loudspeakers. The private Charlotte House residence now has six SMS4’s and two PH30’s.

The Queen Charlotte Lodge is accessible only by boat or helicopter. The paging system takes on added importance, as it is fairly common to have to call guests across the island to remind them that their ride is ready to depart. “The system is running background music most of the time, so it has to be full-range and smooth,? explains John Powell, Project Manager on the installation for Sapphire Sound. “But when the lodge needs to page people to let them know their helicopter is about to take off, the system has to be loud and clear without being piercing or grating. The PH30 is especially good at that.? Powell also cited the ease of installation of the SMS Series speakers, noting that the log wall construction of the Lodge’s buildings could have made that a challenge. “The SMS was corner-mounted and we ran the wiring in between the logs,? he says. “Everything blended in nicely.?

Dave Raneses, EAW Commercial Product Manager describes how EAW is a leader in its field because of its engineering, and the VR62’s and VR61 used in the bar area is a perfect example. “The rotatable horn design feature of both enclosures made them the best choice for this application,? he explains. “Because of space considerations, these boxes had to be mounted horizontally rather than vertically, which is their usual orientation. But because the rotatable horn can be adjusted up to 90 degrees left or right, the horizontal mounting was not a problem, as the horns were rotated to optimize directivity control. They didn’t have to trade off sound quality for space.?

The EAW SMS1990 was positioned near the plasma display screens in common areas of the Lodge such as the lobby and breakfast room. “What’s unique about the engineering of the SMS1990 is that its coverage pattern is a true 90-by-90-degrees and it’s that way throughout its entire frequency spectrum,? notes Raneses. “The need in these gathering spaces was for a high level of intelligibility, and the SMS1990 delivers that by design.?

For more information, please visit www.eaw.com.

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