Winchester, Hampshire, England (November 15, 2004)–Installing a new PA into a venue can do a lot to revitalize an old room, as illustrated by a recent Turbosound TXD Series loudspeaker installation at the New Hall at Winchester College, a private school in the south of England, established in the 14th century. Designed and installed by Winchester-based audio-visual specialist Whitwam, the college’s new sound system includes TXD-121 loudspeakers for front-of-house, with Turbosound TCS-20 units as balcony delays.
Winchester College’s brief for the new system was for a high-intelligibility installation, which would be used predominantly for speech reinforcement during lectures and presentations, as well as for medium-level music reinforcement on occasions. The room was built in the 1960s, but the New Hall incorporates a considerable amount of older material, including carved wooden paneling that dates from the 17th century, which was originally part of the school’s chapel.
Dave Harding, managing director of Whitwam, explained, “Prior to our installation of a permanent system, Winchester College had been hiring equipment as and when required. As well as being inconvenient, this arrangement naturally made it very difficult to achieve a visually successful outcome. Therefore, the College took the decision to look for a more permanent solution. We arranged listening tests in the New Hall, enabling the school to evaluate competitive products in their own environment, with the final short list resulting in their selection of the Turbosound TXD products as representing the best fit, on perceived sound quality as well as budget. The guys at Turbosound were extremely helpful, even making us special sets of mounting brackets overnight, so we could site the loudspeakers to suit the construction of the stone walls, and obtain the necessary degree of tilt to achieve the required HF directivity and coverage across the hall’s auditorium. The overall result is that Winchester College now has a high-clarity reinforcement system, which integrates with the interior of the hall extremely effectively, both aesthetically and acoustically.”
The first event to utilize the new sound system was an opening lecture to the Friends of Winchester College. In addition to the Turbosound TXD-121 and TCS-20 loudspeakers, Whitwam’s solution also included an Allen & Heath console, QSC power amplifiers and a Sennheiser radio mic system.