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Case study: Martin Audio fits the bill at Eva Jiricna’s Czech Congress Centre

Andrew Brister 9 February 2011

A new multicultural Congress Center has provided the Czech city of Zlin with a new purpose- built facility for staging concerts, conferences, exhibitions, symposiums, etc. The team has opted for Martin Audio to provide great sound and meet the architect’s design requirements.

Designed by famous architect Eva Jiricna — with an overall construction budget of CZK 650 million (£22.75m) — the contract to design and install the audio at the Congress Center Zlin was undertaken by Inton. After winning a competitive bid, the company recommended a Martin Audio line array solution for the 837-seat Great Hall, knowing that its versatility would make it suitable for all purposes — from full-blown concerts to accurate speech reproduction during congresses and symposiums. Inton was confident that the system would also maintain its consistency whether the Hall was configured for concerts (full capacity), congress (768 seats) or in ballroom layout (for 400).

Two separate Martin Audio line array systems were detailed, with eight W8LMI and a WMX sub (biamped) installed each side as a main PA system, and a further eight LE1200’s provided for stage monitoring. Forming the second zone is a Martin Audio OmniLine Micro Line Array system, eight modules per side — reinforced by ceiling speakers for conference purposes.

Inton SRO’s MD, Jiri Strupl, said: “We chose Martin Audio for two reasons: firstly to meet Eva Jiricna’s design requirements, and secondly to offer a different approach when used in conference mode; normally, concealed ceiling speakers would be used, but in view of the inherently long reverberation time within the building the use of delayed OmniLines would ensure intelligibility right to the back rows of the balcony.”

Lectrosonic´s Aspen processing, Powersoft KDSP-series amplifiers and Allen & Heath iLive112 console contribute to the impressive sound spec.

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