Philadelphia, PA (September 6, 2016)—Thomas Jefferson University recently renovated a space in its Alumni Hall to create a multi-use room for events, including dinners with entertainment. Key to the new space is a Renkus-Heinz steered-beam system designed and installed by systems integrators Advanced AV of nearby West Chester, PA.
“The space is like a large echo chamber, with brick walls except for the back wall, which is glass,” said Advanced AV account executive Rich Diperstein. “It’s a 50-by-50-foot box, and in addition to very hard surfaces, it has 20-foot ceilings. Based on past experience with Renkus-Heinz systems, we knew that Iconyx steered arrays would allow the pinpoint accuracy and multiple beams needed to keep the sound on the audience and off those walls.”
The Advanced AV team chose two Renkus-Heinz Iconyx-series IC8-R-II digitally steerable line arrays. Advanced AV’s team directed the two IC8-R-II systems toward the glass rear wall, aiming the beams to deliver the sound to the audience while avoiding the hard surfaces.
Since many events in the room involve presentations, speech intelligibility was a primary concern. “The most important aspect was spoken word,” Diperstein confirms, “but events also could include entertainment, audio from DVDs and computers, and so on. The clarity and response of ICONYX loudspeakers means the system can handle any event the university is likely to host in that space.”
The system is managed with a BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 DSP. Audio is auto-mixed by the DSP unit, so a separate audio mixer is not needed.