Modern sound reinforcement system enhances historic venue6 December 2006
The Old Palace at Hatfield dates back to 1485 and the Jacobean Hatfield House to 1607 but the Riding School itself is an early Victorian building. Today its use will be multipurpose – hosting a wide range of events from conferences to fashion shows and wedding receptions.
The contract for the audio visual installation was awarded to Hammonds AVS, which imaginatively deployed QSC AcousticDesign AD-S282 and AD-S52T loudspeakers, both at ground floor level and up in the vaulted gallery, taking advantage of the Advanced Directivity rotatable waveguide featured on the AD-S282.
Upstairs four sleek white polystyrene AD-S282’s are fixed horizontally to the oak beams in each corner, angled down onto the floor below.
These are supported by eight of the US-based manufacturer’s compact AD-S52T distributed loudspeakers upstairs and a further eight down. The AD-S282 enclosure incorporates two 8in weather-resistant, LF transducers with heavy-duty double roll cloth surrounds. These high-output loudspeakers also employ a 1in exit compression HF driver. The smaller AD-S52T’s also boast the same contemporary styling, and operate full range.