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The Sextant Group selects Alcons for new audio installs

Acoustic consultants opts for Alcons solutions for cinema and auditorium systems
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The Sextant Group has specified Alcons Audio solutions for two new projects including a public-facing experience centre for a major electronics manufacturer in New York and an immersive theatre in a leading US children’s research hospital.

For the electronics manufacturer, the brief was for an ultra-high quality audio system to complement a giant, 96-panel flat screen display, which forms the centrepiece of a unique ‘cultural destination, digital playground and marketing centre of excellence’. Effectively a cinema system in all but name, senior systems designer Joe Hammett specified arrays of three Alcons LR7 micro line array modules for left, right and top centre, an SR9 MkII ultra-compact fill-in monitor for the lower centre channel, six CSS3 small-format reference surrounds and four CB181slFV front-venting shallow subwoofers.

The LR7s, SR9s and CB181slFV were embedded in a wall surrounding the screen, hidden by acoustically transparent fabric, with power and control coming from three Sentinel3 amplified loudspeaker controllers.

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The children’s hospital theatre features three Alcons VR8 compact versatile monitors, four CSS3 small-format reference surrounds and two Sentinel3 amplified loudspeaker controllers.

One of the first projects that Hammett looked at Alcons for is also now coming to fruition, a multi-use auditorium in a university student centre, which is also based on an LR7 system.

“Alcons products allow me to design owner- and architect-pleasing systems that fit the budget and give the users high impact experiences with incredible clarity and reliability,” he said. “Working with Alcons as a manufacturer has also been easy. I know that I get excellent technical support and quick budget estimates.”

“I work with an acoustic model of a space with speaker options and alternate mounting locations. This is crucial to the design process, ensuring that the infrastructure is included in the construction package to properly locate and mount the speakers… the installation of which can sometimes be years later.”

Hammett concluded: “Many of my projects go to bid and not all AV contractors are familiar with the Alcons product. By specifying this service, I can be confident that the loudspeaker system will be commissioned properly. Alcons helps to ensure that our customers will always be happy.”