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SXS Flies Martin Audio W8LM For Cutty Sark’s Royal Unveiling

Bristol-based event production company SXS was recently commissioned by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to provide sound and full technical production for the royal unveiling of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. This followed a £50m restoration project as a result of fire damage to the 143-year-old clipper back in 2007.

SXS were tasked with constructing and outfitting a dais stage, while the PA was the company’s new Martin Audio W8LM line array. The production company deployed a total of 12 W8LM Mini Line Array enclosures in two hangs, with two W8LMD Downfills at the base of each hang. This was driven by Lab Gruppen FP series amps and controlled using XTA DSPs.

Attended by both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, the launch took place at the Cutty Sark Gardens and the event included a 90-piece symphony orchestra and 400-member choir. The Martin Audio system also provided reinforcement for the Queen’s speech and took further live feeds from inside the Cutty Sark.

“The Martin Audio W8LM is our latest major audio investment and I was delighted to be able to use it for this event,” said Johnny Palmer, Production Manager, SXS Events. “Our sound department has been booming over the last year and we felt it time we invested in a system that allowed for accurate and even coverage. The W8LM is great for shows such as this because of its clarity, simple rigging and aesthetics––and it will be our system of choice when entrusted with highly demanding, high quality production.”

Alex Thompson, Head of Sound at SXS, added his endorsement. “This show was all about clarity, headroom and maximum gain before feedback––all core principles of our approach to sound. Our new W8LM system was ideal as we had plenty of gain and the accurate response achieved great reinforcement for the performance. Being an orchestral performance the role of the system was to reinforce the sound transparently and ideally not be noticed at all, and that’s precisely what it did.”

As for the event in Greenwich, this formed part of a major community engagement program, and as a result the Cutty Sark now occupies a dramatic new setting.

The clipper is now displayed 11 feet above its dry berth on the Thames and the space under the three-masted vessel is home to an interactive museum where visitors can learn about its history.

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Firehouse Productions Deploys HARMAN’s New JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown Amplifiers for 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Firehouse Productions provided JBL VTX line arrays powered by Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers for the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – In a historic event featuring many of the top names in rock and roll, Firehouse Productions supplied a live sound reinforcement system featuring HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays with Crown I-Tech HD amplification for the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio.

The event featured performances by inductees Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, The Small Faces/Faces, Beastie Boys, The Crickets and more. Other inductees included Freddie King, Don Kirshner, Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns. Leading up to the ceremony, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame held many special events including the unveiling of the new Library and Archives section of the museum.

For the event, Firehouse Productions deployed a PA system consisting of 32 VTX V25 line array elements in two clusters of 16, with 32 VERTEC(r) VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers with two hangs of eight flown and two sets of eight on the ground. An additional eight VT4886 subcompact line array elements were used for front fills as well as six VT4889 fullsize line array elements for the center cluster. Crown’s I-Tech IT 12000HD series amplifiers powered the system.

“This was the first time we have used JBL’s new VTX series line arrays and they have absolutely lived up to expectations. They provided us with more powerful sound and maximized coverage, which is critical for a live event such as this. These line arrays also feature many of the same benefits we have come to expect from JBL, specifically being lightweight and easy to deploy at difficult angles,” stated Mark Dittmar, Lead Design and Integration Engineer at Firehouse Productions.

“Crown is our amplifier of choice for major live events, this being no exception. As one of the earliest users of the I-Tech HD series amplifiers, we know the sonic integrity is unmatched and I’ve been impressed with how they have continued to optimize the amps through constant improvements to the updated presets,” added Dittmar.

Front of House Engineer Dave Natale provided the live mix for the event and added, “The new JBL VTX system combines all of the low-end power that I have come to expect from JBL with the addition of an ultra-smooth and accurate high end.”

For more information on Firehouse Productions, please visit: www.firehouseproductions.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

Yamaha Audioversity Expo Heads to Atlanta

BUENA PARK, Calif.⎯The third annual Yamaha Audioversity Expo will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on August 1-2, 2012 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The specialized event is catered toward audio professionals and all those interested in gaining in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience of Yamaha Commercial Audio and NEXO products.

The Yamaha Audioversity Expo will feature digital mixer training seminars including sessions on the new Yamaha CL console, panel discussions with leading industry professionals, NEXO and Yamaha speaker listening demos featuring live music, hands-on line array rigging demonstrations, acoustic prediction software presentations, clinics featuring Dante audio networking solutions, portable sound applications from small to large, and Commercial Installations Solutions.

A special appearance will be made by the state-of-the-art Rolling Showroom housing the new Yamaha CL digital console as well as all the latest Yamaha Commercial Audio products. There will be plenty of time for Q&A with knowledgeable experts on all things Yamaha Commercial Audio and NEXO as well as with industry partners. Audioversity will feature live music, raffle prizes*, and additional surprises.

This event is free-of-charge and open to the audio community. For those attending from out-of-town, hotel recommendations can also be found on the Audioversity Expo website.

To register, visit http://www.audioversityexpo.com. Check the site often for updates.

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*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER AND WIN. The Drawing is open to each attendee at the Audioversity Expo who is a U.S. resident at least 18 years old. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Meyer Sound and Solotech to Sponsor the 33rd Montréal International Jazz Festival

In partnership with Solotech, Meyer Sound will be supporting the 33rd edition of the Montréal International Jazz Festival as the Official Sound Reinforcement Sponsor. A world leader in touring and installed sound systems, Meyer Sound will be heard at more than a dozen venues of all sizes, indoors and out, throughout the festival.

“The challenges of our diverse collection of indoor venues and outdoor stages are met by Meyer Sound and Solotech with creativity and a great concern for a superior sound experience,” acknowledges André Ménard, artistic director for the festival. “More than mere suppliers, they have become true partners in our adventure!”

Meyer Sound systems will be in place at the premier indoor venues, including the nearly 3,000- seat Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, where MICA line array loudspeakers will anchor a system prepared for headliners including James Taylor, Norah Jones, and Seal. The JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers will be heard at the Place des Arts Théâtre Maisonneuve and the new Maison Symphonique de Montréal, which has recently installed a permanent JM-1P system and is hosting festival concerts for the first time in 2012. A new MINA line array loudspeaker system will debut in the intimate L’Astral cabaret at Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan.

Outdoors, the main stage at Place des Festivals will utilize a powerful complement of MILO line array loudspeakers for main and delay systems, while MICA line arrays are the foundation for the main stage at Promenade Maisonneuve.

Additional Meyer Sound systems are planned for deployment at Place des Arts Théâtre Jean Duceppe, Hyatt Session, Pub Heineken, Le Parterre Blues Stage, Esplanade Clark, and Parc des Festivals.

A longtime partner with Meyer Sound since 1992, Solotech has supplied Meyer Sound loudspeaker systems for entertainment and music icons that include Céline Dion, Michael Bublé, Leonard Cohen, Cirque du Soleil®, and more

Presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan, the Montréal International Jazz Festival ranks as one of the world’s largest and most esteemed annual musical celebrations. The lineup for 2012, reflecting the cross-pollination of musical inspiration worldwide, includes—in addition to artists noted above—Tangerine Dream, Stanley Clarke, Al Stewart, Philip Catherine, Ziggy Marley, Wayne Shorter, Larry Coryell, and Esperanza Spalding, among many others.

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Blossom’s in Full Bloom with NEXO GEO S12 System


The Blossom Music Center is an amphitheatre located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Owned by The Cleveland Orchestra’s governing organization, Musical Arts Association in Cleveland, and managed by Live Nation, the pavilion seats 5,700 people, with space for about 13,500 more on the lawn. It is the summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra, performing its annual Blossom Festival at the amphitheatre. The site’s natural setting, sloping slate roof, and the area’s natural wooded surroundings distinguish it from other contemporary amphitheatres. The venue operates May through October.

The venue is also host to a full summer schedule of popular music acts and symphonic performances. This year, the venue plays host to Drake, Lady Antebellum, Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band, 2012 Country Megaticket Tour, Beach Boys Reunion Tour, Phish, 2012 Vans Warped Tour, Barry Manilow, just to name a few.

The facility, originally designed by architect Peter van Dijk, underwent a $17 million renovation in 2003; however, NAC Technologies in Cleveland was brought in to design a sound system to replace the aging lawn system. “Musical Arts is a non-profit organization so we had a tight budget and needed to have a system that would deliver the best bang for the buck,” states Rick Galbraith, senior audio engineer, NAC Technologies. With assistance from NEXO independent rep firm, R. Joseph Group, a 10-box NEXO GEO S12 line array system, supplemented with three NEXO Alpha speakers for fill zones, all powered by multiple 4×4 NXAmps, was installed.


“The new system had to be able to take care of the needs of the Orchestra and cater to Live Nation events,” says Galbraith. NAC has a long history with NEXO. “NEXO is always a sure thing. We have used the NEXO GEO systems in four of the five theaters at Playhouse Square, and installed a 64-box GEO S12 system in the Palace Theater that most Broadway shows use instead of what they are carrying.”

Prior to the season opening, NAC installed 48 NEXO Geo S12 cabinets in the ten existing sound bays. The bays are arranged in an arch, are about 35’ apart and vary in height from 19’ on the ends to 29’ in the middle. The longest part of the lawn with the highest bays, has two hangs of five GEO S1210 and one S1230, with the next bay of 4/1, then 3/1, then a bay of three S1230s in a horizontal configuration and mirrored on the other side. The system is powered by all NEXO 4×4 NXAMPs.

For time alignment and EQ, NAC installed a Yamaha DME64 to straighten out the bays and give the visiting engineers their own delay device. Last year NAC installed three NEXO Alpha full range cabinets per side on a pole system on the outside of the pavilion. Since the system must function for both the orchestra concerts and rock shows, the DME allows scene storage for any and all events.
For orchestra concerts, NAC also provides a 40-box NEXO GEO S8 LCR system, PS10 and PS15 floor monitors, and Yamaha M7CL digital consoles.

“I’ve always thought for years the only thing keeping Blossom from being an absolutely perfect venue (although it was always still my favorite) was the lack of a decent lawn sound system,” notes Bill Horschke, from sister Live Nation venue, Nautica. “I was very pleasantly surprised when attending a DMB concert to see a nice NEXO rig installed for the lawn, thus completing my jealousy from this nature loving concrete and steel veteran. Kudos to all who made the new system happen. It is very, very cool. Crank it up, and rock them trees!”

For more information on NAC Technologies, visit www.nac-tech.com.

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Delta Sound Lines the Thames with HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant

NORTHRIDGE, California – The 1,000-boat Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant along the River Thames in London, witnessed by millions of television viewers around the world on June 3, saw Delta Sound line the route from Putney Bridge to Tower Bridge and on down to Greenwich, with hangs of HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays.

The event-a tribute to Britain’s maritime history-had the Queen’s royal barge as the centerpiece of the pageant. The flotilla was divided into 10 sections that were separated by musical herald barges playing contemporary and classical music, with around 20,000 people taking part. It was led by a hand-built, 88-foot row-barge called Glorianam, while the new royal barge appeared in the third section from the front.

Receiving satellite downlinks, the JBL loudspeakers relayed program feeds, BBC commentary (and other background) for the approximately one million spectators who gathered on the north and south banks of the Thames over the 7-mile route.

Delta Sound has a wide range of experience working both with the Royal Family-having provided relays for the 2011 Royal Wedding-and supporting high-profile events on the Thames. Delta Sound fielded a crew of 33 technicians, working under joint project managers Mark Sawyer and Ben Milton.

The sound design company set up 27 separate areas along the route, involving 45 individual hangs (with control position at each hang). Of these, 35 featured JBL and included a total of 156 VTX V25 line array elements and an additional 54 JBL VERTEC(r) line array loudspeakers-spread 70 meters apart and mounted on Type 1 and Type 2 masts, with six elements per hang.

The JBL enclosures were supplied by Belgium-based dry hire company, AED Rent.

Explained Delta Sound managing director, Paul Keating, “Due to an extremely busy summer schedule, AED offered a welcome solution in providing the 210 boxes needed in total for the pageant.”

But first the VTX’s needed to be evaluated. Lee Dennison, director of Sound by Design, Delta Sound’s sister company, reported that, “AED held two open days at their HQ to introduce VTX. We decided to take the lead and send our two project managers to confirm their suitability for our needs.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

PSX Worldwide Audio Visual Brings Life To Historic New Orleans’ Joy Theater With HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC(r) Line Arrays

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – To revitalize the historic, 65-year-old Joy Theater in New Orleans, PSX Worldwide Audio Visual recently installed a brand-new audio system featuring HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC(r) line arrays.

The Joy Theater, located on popular Canal Street in downtown New Orleans, has been through it all. The theater was closed for a brief time in 1978 and closed permanently in 2003. After Hurricane Katrina, the owners of the building wanted to completely renovate it back to its original state. The Joy Theater now marks part of a theatrical renaissance on Canal Street, bringing hope during the rebuilding of the community.

For the main PA system, PSX flew a total of 18 VT4887ADP-DA compact powered line array loudspeakers, nine per side, along with two VT4881ADP-DA powered subwoofers on each side and a VT4882DP-DA powered subwoofer.

Four AM7212/95 loudspeakers are used for upper balcony fill, along with 12 VP7212MDP powered floor monitors, four SRX728S ground-stacked subwoofers and two VP7215/95DPDA powered loudspeakers for side fill. An additional 25 Control 26CT ceiling speakers were also installed to cover the restrooms and lobbies.

PSX installed Crown IT 5000HD amplifiers to power the ceiling speakers and SRX subs and the system also features BSS audio processing.

When deciding on a new system for the Joy Theater, PSX wanted to provide as much flexibility as possible to accommodate a variety of world-class performers. “HARMAN and JBL are widely accepted across the country and we were confident that it would be a perfect fit for the venue. Anyone would be thrilled to play in this historic theater,” stated Jeff Borne, President at PSX.

“The biggest challenge of the whole project was time,” Borne continued. “The renovation process was designed to return the building back to its original design.” Construction started in November 2011, with the first show scheduled for December, so there was no time to spare and PSX had to work within the framework of the design.

The reliable performance of the VERTEC line arrays allowed PSX to focus on the task at hand, rather than worrying about glitches. “There was limited space for racks, so having the powered VERTEC line arrays was a great fix. The whole system fit together perfectly with the BSS processing and overall everyone was extremely satisfied with the results,” Borne stated.

“The support of HARMAN is always great, they make our job easier and we always come away with a great outcome,” Borne summed up. “The first show, which featured Irma Thomas just before the New Year, went off without a hitch. It was a great experience for all of us and it’s great to see the theater back up and running.”

For more information on PSX Worldwide Audio Visual, please visit: www.psx-inc.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

Outline Features FlySub 15 iMode and FlySub 15 Subwoofer Systems at InfoComm 2012

Speakers Designed to Work with Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. iMode and
EIDOS 265 Line Array Systems

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 14, 2012 – Outline, the makers of high quality, industry leading speaker systems for touring, installation and studio applications, features the new FlySub 15 iMode and FlySub 15 Line Array Subwoofer Speakers at InfoComm 2012 (Booth C11549). This new series of subwoofers is designed to add crisp and clear low-end energy punch to Outline’s iMode powered Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. and passive EIDOS 265 LA Line Array Speaker Systems. These systems are targeted for fixed installation, auditorium, outdoor venue and light touring applications.

“The FlySub 15 iMode system was specifically designed to seamlessly integrate with the popular Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. iMode line array system where the power amplifier, Linux-based CPU with an Outline-customized kernel, integrated DSP chip, parameter control software and Web server are integrated into the cabinet,” says Tom Bensen, senior vice-president and managing director of Outline North America. “The FlySub 15 provides the same service for our new passive EIDOS 265 line array system. The FlySub systems were created through industry demand for an extended low range speaker that shared the acoustic characteristics and mounting hardware of Outline’s mid-range line array systems. We believe the addition of the FlySub 15 systems will help continue the strong industry acceptance of both Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. iMode and the new EIDOS 265.”

The FlySub 15 iMode is an iMode/internal amplifier powered subwoofer equipped with a long-stroke 15-inch loudspeaker, designed specifically for the reinforcement of low frequencies for the Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. Vertical Line Array (VLA) loud speaker system. The rigging hardware incorporated into the FlySub cabinet is perfectly compatible with that of the Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. system, ensuring the fastest possible installation. The cabinet’s raked lines enable a wider range of geometric configurations in context of a VLA, taking into consideration the mechanical stresses on a specific VLA installation to ensure the necessary safety margins for a flying system.

The FlySub’s acoustic loading was calculated to include the top end of the upper bass frequency range for a perfect match with the Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. This relieves the Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. cabinets from bass duty, resulting in greater system dynamic range with minimum distortion, yielding a higher overall sonic quality. To achieve these results, the 15-inch loudspeaker (manufactured to precise Outline specifications) is fitted with a dual spider to enable the system to stand up to hard use, ensuring that consistent performance is maintained through the years. Upgraded ventilation to handle power peaks and careful measurement of electro-acoustic parameters based on high level signals were employed to create a well-balanced design offering superior performance with excursion, current and temperature. The FlySub 15 iMode is equipped with Outline’s proprietary iMode technology and an extremely efficient Class D amplifier (1000W EIAJ at 8 Ω). The frequency response is from 35 Hz to 550 Hz (-10 dB) with peak SPL at 136.5 dB.

The FlySub 15 passive subwoofer is designed for use with the new EIDOS 265 LA Line Array Speaker system, which is also passive. It features the same dimensions, mechanical and electro-acoustic specifications as the FlySub 15 iMode, but requires an external amplifier and DSP to match iMode performance.

About Outline
Outline S.r.l., based in Brescia, Italy, is a leading manufacturer of high quality loudspeakers of both powered and un-powered configurations. Founded in 1973, the company has a rich history in the development of high quality loudspeaker systems, test and measurement systems, and holds numerous technology patents. With offices in Italy and the USA and over 50 distributors on five continents with more than 4000 venues and users to its credit, Outline has assumed its place among the leaders in the professional audio market.

Outline Showcases EIDOS 265 LA Compact Line Array Speakers at InfoComm 2012

Speakers Designed to Work with New FlySub Subwoofer Speaker

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 13, 2012 – Outline, the makers of high quality, industry leading speaker systems for touring, installation and studio applications, showcases the new EIDOS 265 LA Line Array Speakers at InfoComm 2012 (Booth C11549). Designed for small- to medium-sized touring and front of house applications including theater, house of worship and live club installations, the EDIOS 265 LA is an excellent and cost-effective choice for voice amplification, live music reproduction and program material.

“The new Outline EIDOS delivers the sonic quality expected from an Outline product but in a compact form factor and attractive price point,” says Tom Bensen, senior vice-president and managing director of Outline North America. “The engineering challenge was to develop an entry-level line array speaker system that would stand up to the sound quality of a larger system and the EIDOS 265 LA does just that. The speaker system is fully compatible with our new FlySub 15 passive subwoofer and together they deliver a crystal clear, full range sound for smaller venue sound reinforcement applications.”

The EIDOS 265 LA is a passive loudspeaker line array system element. It features two 6.5-inch mid-woofers, each with a 1.75-inch voice coil and ferrite magnet, and one High Frequency (HF) 1.4-inch throat-exit compression driver with a 2.5-inch voice coil. The two mid-woofers are bass-reflex loaded and are housed within the baffle located at the front of the enclosure, creating a semi-direct radiation system. The HF driver is loaded onto the waveguide, which features an acoustic lens specifically designed to obtain perfect summation between HF sections when coupled in an array configuration. The HF assembly is placed between the woofers. This gives a controlled, symmetrical horizontal dispersion (nominally 100-degrees). The vertical dispersion is sufficiently narrow to create a vertical array, but is wide enough to create predictable coverage when used in a ‘curved’ configuration, suggested for this array type.

An internal passive cross-over, utilizing top-grade components, is employed to deftly filter cross-over frequencies between the two active elements. Up to four cabinets can be powered from a single channel of Outline’s T5-DSP power amplifier. Each EIDOS 265 LA speaker has a nominal impedance of eight ohms and can handle up to 500-watts AES and 2000-watts peak. Connection is in the form of two NL4 wired in parallel.

The cabinet is built from high-quality birch plywood and the trapezoidal shape is optimized in order to achieve a very compact size. A sturdy, steel, painted grille, internally covered by sound-transparent foam, provides superior physical protection for the components housed at the front of the system. Four recessed handles facilitate handling and dedicated flight-cases make transportation easy and safe.

“In order to ensure extremely high resistance to stress, corrosion and abrasion, the integrated suspension hardware found on the EIDOS 265 LA is designed using a combination of top quality materials and industrial treatments,” adds Bensen. “The result is a rigging system that is light weight and simple to operate and set up. The angles between the array enclosures are selectable from 0-degrees to 10-degrees, in 1-degree steps, to maximize system coverage and up to sixteen EIDOS 265 LA speakers can be flown in the same array. The light-weight aluminum suspension frame allows the creation of both flown and stacked arrays for system flexibility. If necessary, the array’s low-frequency response can be extended via one or more FLYSUB 15 bass-units to deliver a truly remarkable sonic experience.”

About Outline
Outline S.r.l., based in Brescia, Italy, is a leading manufacturer of high quality loudspeakers of both powered and un-powered configurations. Founded in 1973, the company has a rich history in the development of high quality loudspeaker systems, test and measurement systems, and holds numerous technology patents. With offices in Italy and the USA and over 50 distributors on five continents with more than 4000 venues and users to its credit, Outline has assumed its place among the leaders in the professional audio market.

HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers Take Flight at University of Rhode Island’s Swan Hall

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Leading systems integration firm HB Communications recently upgraded the audio system at the University of Rhode Island’s Swan Hall with a variety of HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers. Located in the heart of New England, the University of Rhode Island (URI) offers students a wide variety of educational opportunities and a choice of more than 80 different majors. URI’s Swan Hall is a focal point for the study of English, modern and classical languages, literature and film media. However, its audio and video facilities were in severe need of upgrading by the time the 2011 school year ended.

“Swan Hall had an outdated audio and video system,” said Jim Smith of HB Communications. “We were asked to do a complete overhaul. However, the shape of the room and the layout of the seating caused us to make some inordinate speaker and placement choices. The JBL CBT100LA column speakers and Control 67 HC/T pendant speakers proved to be the perfect solutions.”

Swan Hall is a wide, flat room that has about 200 seats in 11 tiered rows, with a sloped floor, making the seating higher in the back of the hall than in the front. However, the ceiling remains at the same height-which means that the people sitting in the back of the room have their heads closer to the ceiling than the people in the front.

“The loft ceiling was also a potential acoustical nightmare,” Smith noted. “It was completely bare with exposed trusses and duct work and no type of acoustic treatment-even a typical dropped ceiling would have reduced the amount of echo and reflections considerably.”

Smith deployed two JBL CBT100LA column speakers-one on each side of the projection screen located at the stage area at the front of Swan Hall. “The narrow column design and the tight pattern control of the CBT100LA allowed us to direct the acoustic energy straight back to the seating, as opposed to a typical speaker that would have a much wider dispersion pattern and would not work nearly as well,” Smith said. “The CBT100LA has a narrow vertical and wide horizontal coverage pattern that allowed us to direct the sound into the seating area without going into the ceiling loft above, which would have caused a lot of problematic reflections.”

To tackle the challenges of the sloping floor and the difference in ceiling height between the front and the back of the room, HB Communications chose to augment the system with the JBL Control 67 HC/T pendant speakers. “We realized the Control 67 HC/T pendant speakers were the ideal solution because they have a narrow down-firing dispersion pattern and can be hung from a ceiling, so we were able to place them in three rows of four speakers each, suspended above the seats,” Smith noted. “This allowed us to precisely control the sound coverage and direct the sound exactly to where we wanted into the seating area, without putting any sound into that echo-prone ceiling loft. This configuration also enabled us to achieve a good balance between the stage area and front seats, and the rest of the hall.”

Swan Hall is used as a classroom and lecture hall and also for film studies, so the University wanted a sound system that could be used for both applications and was within a reasonable budget. To reproduce the full-range audio required of movie soundtracks, HB Communications augmented the main speakers with a pair of JBL ASB6115 front-firing 15-inch subwoofers, mounted from the ceiling to the left and right of the projection screen and the CBT100LA speakers. The CBT100LA speakers and ASB6115 subwoofers are driven by Crown Audio XLS2500 amplifiers, while the Control 67 HC/T speakers are powered by Crown CTs4200 amps.

“We used the Crown amps because they have onboard digital signal processing that lets us optimize the performance of the loudspeakers and subwoofers,” Smith pointed out. “Because the ceiling is flat and the seating is tiered, the pendant speakers at the back of the hall are closer to the listeners’ ears than the speakers at the front of the hall. The DSP in the Crown amps enabled us to make adjustments for each row so the sound stays consistent for everyone.”

“The University of Rhode Island is very happy with the results,” concluded Smith. “In fact, when we finished the installation we demoed it by playing a live version of the Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’-and it wowed everyone.”

As the largest university in the smallest state, the University of Rhode Island is known regionally and worldwide for its innovative, big ideas, adaptive intelligence and breakthrough solutions to today’s puzzling problems. URI’s pioneering research extends the University’s influence well beyond its coastal borders, while its unique interdisciplinary courses provide its 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students with global opportunities in an intimate environment.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

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