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St Petersburg’s Coliseum upgrades Electro-Voice sound reinforcement system

Russia's St Petersburg Coliseum is widely-known for the entertaining shows it stages. Formerly comprising a cinema and auditorium, the new layout incorporates two concert halls, each with an Electro-Voice sound reinforcement system.

As part of a new renovation project, The Coliseum in St Petersburg, Russia, now features an upgraded Electro-Voice system comprising the XLVC and EVA line arrays.

As one of the most popular entertainment venues in St Petersburg, the former cinema space and 600-seat auditorium have been converted into two concert halls.

Russian Electro-Voice partner Ruton S was charged with the design of two new sound systems after winning the contract to equip both halls. The new solutions were intended to replace the Dolby-certified EV predecessor.

The PA in the main hall consists of 16 XLD281, four EVA-2151D and two Xsub enclosures driven by two TG5 and six CP4000S power amplifiers. Two Dx46 processors are on hand as controllers. Monitoring is facilitated by 10 PX1122M wedges and four EVU2082/95 loudspeaker systems driven by six CP3000S power amplifiers. The decision-makers also opted for eight RE-2 wireless systems with a variety of microphone capsules and APD-4+ UHF antenna / power distribution systems – all from Electro-Voice, as are the various wired microphones in the hall.

The second hall is used for smaller shows and corporate events and is equipped with eight EVA-2082S full-range as well as two EVA-2151D subwoofer line array elements. As with the other hall, implemented were CP4000S and CP3000S power amplifiers and a Dx46 controller.

With these newly installed Electro-Voice systems, the Coliseum now has a quality sound system. “We have received a great many compliments for this installation,” reports Gregory Ronin of Ruton S, “from the clients, from visiting performers, from concert-goers and even from the local press: the St Petersburg Fontanka, for example, advised its readers of the ‘new life being breathed into the oldest cinema in the city centre… with great sound from Electro-Voice’.”