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Community Ups the Ante with VERIS 2

Chester, PA, September 2012... Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the second generation of their highly acclaimed VERIS™ (VERsatile Installation Systems) Series. VERIS 2 offers a new range of two-way, three-way, and subwoofer designs created for the most demanding installed sound reinforcement and playback applications.

VERIS 2 is an expanded, evolved collection of 11 new VERIS models, from small-format enclosures for distributed systems, fill and delay applications to mid-sized three-way systems designed for superior front-of-house performance.

VERIS 2 includes some significant enhancements, including newly designed 1-inch exit HF drivers, as well as a newly re-engineered grille design. All models offer improved crossovers, with individually voiced crossovers on 64 and 96 degree models. All smaller VERIS models come standard with a fully rotatable square horn. And Community has added a new subwoofer to the line, the V2-215S dual 15-inch model.

With three ranges of compact, large two-way, and three-way systems, the VERIS 2 series is ideally suited for everything from concert halls, theaters and auditoria to restaurants, pubs, health clubs, and houses of worship.

Four compact models include single and dual six-inch and eight-inch enclosures designed for surface mount or distributed systems. The larger VERIS 2 systems include two-way and three-way models with 12-inch or 15-inch woofers. Larger models are designed primarily for sound reinforcement and playback in mid-sized to large spaces, and are available in multiple coverage patterns for short, mid, and long-throw applications.

Rounding out the new VERIS 2 line are three versatile subwoofer systems, ranging from the compact V2-210S dual 10-inch to the V2-212S dual 12-inch and powerful V2-215S dual 15-inch subwoofer for larger venues.

All VERIS 2 models are available in black or white finishes, and are equipped with threaded mounting points, making them compatible with the full range of accessory brackets available for the original VERIS series. Also available for VERIS 2 is the new Vertical Yoke Bracket that enables precise vertical aiming of all full-range VERIS 2 loudspeakers.

“We introduced the original VERIS Series in 2007, and it has been one of our most well-received and successful lines,” remarked Julia Lee, Community’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “VERIS 2 continues the VERIS legacy of versatility, performance, and elegant design.”

 

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Community Professional Loudspeakers is a manufacturer and supplier of professional audio equipment.  Since 1968, Community has led the pro-audio industry with technological innovations which have become industry standards. Today, Community offers over 150 professional loudspeaker products, including installed loudspeaker systems, weather-resistant outdoor loudspeaker systems, ceiling loudspeakers, high level voice paging systems, and portable entertainment systems.  Visit www.communitypro.com for more information. 

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Bridgestone Technical Center Gets Great Sound with Iconyx

Akron, Ohio, September 2012… Akron, Ohio has a long and storied history as the heart of the US tire business. In April of 2012 the city celebrated that proud heritage with the grand opening of Bridgestone Americas’ 260,000-square-foot worldwide technical center. The USD $100m research and development facility was designed by architects Harris/Day to exceed Gold LEED standards, and it shows. The building features wide, open spaces, a “living roof” with gardens and lounge areas, and plenty of natural light thanks to an abundance of glass throughout.

The showcase structure’s east and west wings intersect at a massive three-story atrium area that serves as building’s social nexus. The common space is outfitted with a large video wall, and serves as the hub of the technical center’s communications with the outside world, and with the company’s headquarters in Tennessee.

Of course, three stories of glass, while visually stunning, tends to create a less than optimal acoustical setting. As Gary Matthews of Middleburg Heights, OH-based Audio Video Interiors explains, even with a fair amount of acoustical treatment, the environment was a challenging one.

“It’s a big, open, reverberant space,” he says. “They did a great job in treating the back wall, which helps a lot, but it’s still a large, glassed-in space, with a high level of ambient noise, and intelligibility inevitably suffers.”

The architect’s vision included a desire for low-profile audio and video components, but the design was at odds with that goal. “Their original proposal was for 34 individual loudspeakers hung on walls and on ceilings throughout the area,” says Matthews. “They came to us and asked if there was anything they could do differently, because they didn’t want to see so many speakers.”

AVI’s  recommendation was for three Renkus-Heinz Iconyx steered steered arrays to cover the entire area. “So we got it down from 34 speakers, to three Iconyx ICX7 units built into the video wall, with zero visibility. And the sound coverage is far superior, with no distribution issues and no dead spots.”

With an Ashly Pêma 8×8 amplifier and signal processor already in place, AVI opted for the ICX7 passive system instead of the powered version. “We built pockets for them in the walls, and you can’t even see that they’re there,” says Matthews. A Listen Technologies assistive listening system and a pair of Shure SLX wireless mic systems completes the audio system.

“The Iconyx system was perfect for aiming the sound only at the areas we wanted to cover, and away from the walls and windows,” Matthews concludes.

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

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