(l-r): Larry Hall, H.A.S. Productions; Jeff Taylor, VUE National Sales; Jim Sides, VUE executive vice president; Ken Berger, VUE CEO.
Las Vegas, NV (January 30, 2015)—H.A.S. Productions has become the centerpoint of VUE Audiotechnik’s Southwestern rental network, having added more than 100 VUE loudspeaker boxes added to its rental inventory.
The initial stock includes 48 al-8 line array elements and 32 sub-compact al-4 elements, powered by VUE’s V6-d and V4-d systems engines that are housed in new H.A.S. standard-rack packages with multi-cable interconnects. Also on-hand are hs-28 dual 18-inch ACM subwoofers, and powered i-6a near-field point source boxes for front-fill and stand-alone use. Stipulated in the partnership, H.A.S. will expand its VUE inventory to include the new hm-112 and hm-212 stage monitors before the end of the first quarter.
Larry Hall, founder and president of H.A.S., started looking for a new PA in 2013. He organized a shootout between five brands and hung a total of 11 arrays in an arena to get side-by-side, real-world comparison of the systems. Ultimately, he said, H.A.S. went with VUE due to sound quality (“Something about the use of beryllium in the high frequency driver makes the sound less brittle in the high-end, while at the same time making the coverage perfect”) and service. “VUE’s man-on-the-street, Jeff Taylor (recently promoted to VP Americas), came in and broke down all the application challenges with our tech team, until we were confident that the al-Class system would meet our needs.”
Hall’s team includes its newest member, Jay Easley, who moved from pro audio manufacturing, having spent time at Midas and SSL, to become H.A.S.’ new chief operations officer. “When I went to the shoot out, and listened to the VUE system, I was convinced. Having worked with Jeff Taylor in the past, I know how committed he is to his customers’ success, beyond just a sale or rental. When you consider the value of a manufacturer’s support and vision for the future, the total VUE package meant more than just being the box of the day. It is one we can build our future on.”