After an audio refurbishment, Chichester Cathedral still sports the same Ametronic induction loop amplifiers it's had since 1990.United Kingdom (October 24, 2007)--Chichester Cathedral has been a house of worship since 1106, so the site knows a bit about longevity. Audio systems regularly need upgrades, however, and the facility's last system was installed in 1990, so it wasn't a surprise when it was time to bring it up to date. Contractor RG Jones undertook a major upgrade of the cathedral's entire audio system, which was intended to include replacement of all components, but wound up leaving Ampetronic induction loop amplifiers installed in the cathedral back in 1990 in place.
Linked into the cathedral's 100v line audio system, the Ampetronic induction loop system was installed in the cathedral's main worship areas, comprising five ILD9 loop amplifiers and an ILC5 combining unit. Despite having provided 17 years service, Jon Berry of RG Jones found the Ampetronic equipment didn't require replacement and predicted that the units will work reliably for at least another decade.
"Having removed all of the original 100 volt line loudspeakers and analog front end, we installed a new Intellivox-based system, controlled by a customised Peavey Nion system," says Jon. "A key part of the job was then integrating the induction loop with the new system. The cathedral's audio consultants had requested that all of the original equipment be replaced, but we felt that as the ILD9 and ILC5 are well-manufactured, current products they should be inspected and tested, but only replaced if required."
He continues, "We inspected the equipment, tested it to check functionality and found it to be working well. Having also investigated with Ampetronic the likely areas that may cause problems, all were agreed that there was absolutely no basis for replacing the ILD9s or ILC5."
Now moved to equipment racks in the cathedral's triforium, the Ampetronic equipment has been fully integrated into the new audio system. "The congregation at the cathedral has a high proportion of induction loop users and so it is extremely important that they get the full benefit of the system," says Jon. "The Ampetronic equipment has proved itself extremely reliable, but also of very high quality from the user perspective.
"The response from the congregation has been very positive and we see no reason why the system will not last them at least another 10 years!"