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Dante connects Ashly Audio and Symetrix for Corvette museum revamp

Duncan Proctor 15 September 2016
Dante connects Ashly Audio and Symetrix for Corvette museum revamp

The National Corvette Museum in Kentucky has turned to Centerline Audio Visual for its latest sound system upgrade, with the integrators specifying a Dante network featuring Ashly Audio amplifiers and Symetrix DSP.

Using a Room-Centric Audio Design, the amplifiers are located throughout the museum and connected via the Dante network.

Scott Oliver, Centerline president explained: “For years, the museum used the modest sound system that went in with the building for paging, mainly. The exhibits used TVs with DVDs on loop, which didn’t pack a lot of punch. We noticed that the National Corvette Museum had the feel of a natural history museum – it was quiet. For example, the museum has a ‘boardwalk’ where new Corvette owners can pick up their custom-ordered vehicles. It’s awesome looking – all these new Corvettes awaiting their new owners – but it was silent! We convinced them that they needed some exciting music, consistent with the brand. And without the able assistance of Greg McDougald, Centerline’s project manager, this very complex system would not have happened.”

The newly-renovated system consists of over 200 SoundTube in-ceiling loudspeakers in 40 zones powered by five Ashly ne8250.pe 8-channel 250W network amplifiers. The Room-Centric Audio Design places the amps throughout the facility to minimise loudspeaker cable runs. The built-in Protea DSP does all of the loudspeaker processing. Dante connectivity links the Ashly amplifiers to a Symetrix SymNet Radius DSP matrix router. Users can adjust the zone volume and source material from ARC controllers, and the entire system is tied intelligently into the fire and paging systems.

“We love using Ashly amps and processors because they’re so reliable,” Oliver said. “If we have questions, it’s easy to get Ashly support on the phone. In the end, going with Ashly invariably makes our job much easier.”

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