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L-Acoustics brings high fidelity audio to Dutch music venue

Duncan Proctor 17 December 2014
L-Acoustics brings high fidelity audio to Dutch music venue

The Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven music venue in the Netherlands has upgraded its audio system following an extensive redesign in 2010.

Located in the centre of Eindhoven, the venue sees over 160,000 visitors a year and regularly hosts world famous philharmonics and soloists as well as contemporary artists.

The Muziekgebouw Eindhoven was designed with absorptive and reflective panels throughout the room, which works well for acoustic performances but presents challenges for amplified music. Dutch audio provider Sales All was brought in to design a system that could guarantee a high fidelity sound experience. Sales All’s system designer Ben Brouwers chose an L-Acoustics KARA system for its directivity, versatility and rider-friendliness.

“It was important to project the coverage of the loudspeaker system on the audience field, avoiding the acoustic panels,” said Rene van der Linden, Sales All project manager. “L-Acoustics line arrays are well known for their precise projection capabilities, so it was an obvious choice for us.”

“Because of the aesthetics of the hall and the sight lines, we had to configure a L/R system with perfect coverage both vertically and horizontally, as it wasn’t possible to configure a system with out-fills or a centre cluster. The 110° horizontal dispersion of the KARA system made it possible to achieve great results,” explained van der Linden.

The shape of the venue is short but wide, so the subwoofers were flown with the KARA arrays. “The KARA system has the advantage of going all the way to 55Hz in the low frequencies, which results in a full-range sound image even for the highest seats,” van der Linden added. “In combination with the flown SB18s, the result is a smooth, powerful low impression throughout the entire hall.”

Stephan Vermeeren, head of technical production at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven commented: “We are all very happy with the end result. The L-Acoustics gear produces an absolutely splendid sound and we are constantly praised about the new sonic qualities of the venue.”

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