Castine, ME (January 30, 2006)–After decades of use, the student union building at the Maine Maritime Academy, in Castine, ME, recently underwent an extensive renovation and expansion. Part of that effort included a new audio installation featuring EV’s new ZX1i loudspeakers. A dozen ZX1i units were installed in the union dining area.
Jay White of systems integrators Advance Technology explained how the installation came to pass: “The school needed a system for voice reinforcement and low to mid-level music in their student union dining hall. This was one of the most challenging spaces we’d worked on in a while, with lots of glass, hardwood floors, and very little absorptive material. When you combine these harsh, reflective surfaces with 250 students chatting and rattling silverware and glasses, the ambient noise floor becomes very high. From day one, we didn’t feel a point source approach would be up to the challenge in terms of gain before feedback, and we started considering compact, high performance loudspeakers for a distributed system. EV launched the ZX1i right before we started spec’ing this installation, so we took a closer look.
“Robert Deyarmond of EV tech support put together an EASE model for us that confirmed the ZX1i as the right speaker for the job, which I used as part of my presentation,” White continued. “We didn’t want to settle for a system that would be only marginally better than the old system, and having a visual model that communicated the ZX1i’s dispersion characteristics in jargon-free terms really sealed the deal. Working closely with EV allowed us to thoroughly investigate the options as contractors, and to provide a high level of attention to detail for the customer before any paperwork was signed.