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Neumann–Calrec partnership continues with install in Hebden Bridge demo facility

Calrec's HQ has a 5.1 surround system comprising three KH310s, two KH120s and a KH810 sub

A Neumann 5.1 surround system has been installed at Calrec’s headquarters in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, UK. The new install will, according to Neumann, “allow [Calrec’s] clients to accurately experience the superior audio quality of Calrec broadcast consoles through Neumann KH Series studio monitors”.

Calrec requested a full 5.1 surround sound system – expandable to 7.1 – comprising three KH310s, two KH120s and a KH810 sub, which was installed by Nick Pemberton, market development manager – professional systems at Sennheiser UK (Neumann’s UK distributor), and Neumann product manager Andrew Goldberg.

“Neumann has been supporting Calrec’s global trade show efforts throughout 2014, and this installation is a logical progression of the relationship between the two companies,” Pemberton comments. “Calrec is a market leader in the broadcast market, and Neumann’s KH series is intended for critical listening situations where sound quality, reliability and uniformity are required.

“There is great synergy between Calrec and Neumann, based on providing a user experience at the highest level whilst providing a host of facilities ideally suited to today’s HD environment and future productions.”

Neumann’s approach to speaker design and installation is that of accuracy and measurement. Its KH series reference speakers are objective devices that do not present their own character.

“Neumann provides complete measurement data, which means that clients know what they are listening to rather than having to guess. This is paramount in broadcast,” says Nick. “We are very proud that Calrec trusts Neumann to deliver the outstanding audio of its consoles to its customers.”

“Calrec have been using KH120s throughout this year’s exhibition calendar,” adds Ian Cookson, Calrec’s communications manager. “They have been highly regarded by staff and visitors alike. Calrec and Neumann’s ethos regarding audio transparency is very similar, so we were very happy they agreed to furnish our facility with their speakers. I look forward to working together in the future.”

A Calrec Summa console will play an integral part in Sennheiser’s support of the Salford International Media Festival, on 17–21 November at MediaCity UK, where the company will be presenting three seminars: ‘The future of RF in broadcast’, ‘Surround sound in broadcast – creating an immersive environment for HD video’ and ‘The future! digital microphones’.

Sennheiser will have a stand at the conference, showcasing Neumann surround sound loudspeakers and digital microphones, Sennheiser’s Esfera surround microphone system and the Nagra 7 recorder, all interfaced with the Summa broadcast console. Sennheiser staff will offer live demonstrations using the Summa as a hub.