Miami, FL (January 31, 2018)—Carnival Cruise Line recently upgraded the live sound capabilities for the poolside LED video wall on its ship, Carnival Conquest.
North Miami, FL-based Control AV designed and installed the system, with Control AV technical director Carlos Morales and project manager Carlos Obando working with their Carnival counterparts: Timothy McCormick, entertainment technical, and Jeff Irving, manager, Entertainment Technical Operations-Audio.
The resulting system is based around 16 DAS WR-320FXW installation line arrays and four WR-S218FXW subwoofers integrated into the sides of the screen. The new system had to be weatherized so as to minimize vulnerability to moisture, and it had to project over a large area while maintaining speech intelligibility and music reproduction characteristics that could compete with surrounding sounds and the water.”
The screen has a white frame that surrounds the top and sides of the LED video wall. On both the left and right sides of the display, the Control AV installation team positioned eight DAS WR-320FXW installation line arrays in a vertical cluster. For low frequency support, these two loudspeaker clusters are augmented with two WR-S218FXW subwoofers—vertically positioned underneath each cluster of eight line array loudspeakers. Both the line arrays and the subwoofers were factory painted white to blend into the overall design of the screen area.
Amir El Yordi, president of Control AV, recalled, “The Entertainment Department at Carnival was looking for an outdoor line array system capable of surviving the marine environment…. The DAS WR Series is particularly well-suited to survive the extreme wear common to this environment. Equally important, this system is loud and clear, with enough dispersion to cover the space evenly. The system delivers clear, natural quality speech that is necessary to be used in a seaside movie style screen.”
Installed in October and early November last year, the equipment was immediately placed into service. “After more than two months, the system is proving itself well-suited for the sometimes-challenging shipboard conditions,” El Yordi reports. “Audio quality is terrific and there hasn’t been even the slightest visible or perceived degradation of its performance from the environment. Our client is very pleased.”
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