The Mercedes-Benz US plant in Vance, Alabama, which serves as the manufacturing base for all Mercedes-Benz SUVs, has been equipped with a Renkus-Heinz Iconyx loudspeaker system.
The plant routinely hosts important corporate and press presentations from Mercedes-Benz executives from around the world, including from the car manufacturer's headquarters in Germany.
To design and install a new sound system for the facility's central meeting room, the plant called in national integrator Xerox Audio Visual Systems, which recently appeared in System Contractor News’s top 50 US integrators of 2012.
According to Andre Garcia, director of engineering at Xerox Audio Visual Systems, acoustic challenges were rife: "Because of the nature of the meetings occurring in this space, the speaker system had to be very clear, as far as voice goes, for intelligibility. However, the room, which is about 60ft x 130ft and 30ft high, has hardware floors, which make it sound like a school gym. So the biggest complaint was that it was hard to understand voices."
The Renkus- Heinz Iconyx was chosen as the best solution not only for the quality of its sound, but because it employs steerable line-array speakers. "This way, you can steer the audio to any area you want, aiming it at the participants in the room, instead of just flooding the room with the audio and giving rise to all sorts of echo and reverberation and sound issues," added Garcia.
The Iconyx speakers also incorporate the RHAON audio operations network, which uses straightforward network connections for multichannel digital audio distribution, user-controlled DSP, user-selectable presets and remote system management and control. This is delivered over a single Cat 5 cable using standard ethernet hardware. In addition, the speakers feature multichannel Class-D digital amplifiers with integral DSP engines to control every single Iconyx array element.
Another important factor in the decision to install the Iconyx speakers was that they could accomodate a shade of paint the same colour as the wall, as so they blended in completely with the environment, ensuring a clean, professional look in the rooms in which they operate.