Installation was present at the press launch of of Leisuretec Distribution’s new TecZone facility at its headquarters in Leighton Buzzard on Wednesday 19 March.
TheTecZone has been designed to be a multipurpose space suitable for holding a wide range of event types, including meetings, training sessions, product demonstrations, videoconferences and networking events.
There are three main video zones in the room: the Main Zone is centred around an 80in Sharp PN-L802B Big Pad touchscreen LED display, while an alcove-mounted 55in Samsung 55F6100 LED display is at the heart of both the Secondary and Tertiary Zones. (All three displays are 1920 x 1080 resolution.) The 80in display can be used as a digital whiteboard and is equipped with interactive tools. Source equipment comprises a Yamaha BD-S473 networked Blu-ray player, a Sky satellite TV receiver and a networked PC.
The main area of the room contains six floor boxes with analogue and HDMI input points – four in the Main Zone and one each in the Secondary and Tertiary Zones. Wireless connectivity is provided by a WePresent WiPG-1000 Wireless Interactive Presentation Gateway, which allows presenters to display their content up to a quad display on the main 80in screen.
An AMX DVX-3155-SP presentation switcher is used to distribute, switch and scale the sources, and an AMX FG1010-310 multi-format transmitter can be connected to any of the four floor boxes. An iPad running AMX’s TP Control software provides the user interface.
A Yahama 7.1 speaker system – comprising seven VXS8 wall-mounted speakers and two VXS10S floor-standing subwoofers – carries audio from the various sources, as well as from a Sennheiser wireless microphone system.
Leisuretec managing director Cliff Dounting explained that he expects the facility to be used for the most part for events involving the company’s distributed brands. For instance, Leisuretec and Allen & Heath held a ‘Digital versus Analogue’ event at TecZone on 4 March, which consisted of presentations about analogue and digital audio and the first UK demonstrations of the manufacturer’s Qu-24 compact digital mixer. Forthcoming events include an Avolites Master 7 Foundation Master Class and a ‘scaled-down version’ of Sennheiser’s Sound Academy.