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Liverpool Philharmonic Hall completes UK’s first Coda Audio ViRAY install

The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is in the midst of a £13.8 million refurbishment, a significant part of which has been the UK’s first Coda Audio ViRAY installation. The Grade II listed building is home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and hosts more than 250 concerts and events each year.

Due to the breadth of different events the venue hosts, the new audio system had to be flexible, while being discreet enough to not detract from the art deco architecture of the hall.

Liverpool-based Adlib was invited to tender for the design and supply of the system. The company’s installation director Roger Kirby, commented: “Flexibility and multi-functionality were crucial requirements, as well as delivering top quality audio for all events, with an infrastructure capable of dovetailing with current touring sound rigs.

“Coda’s ViRAY is impressively coherent, it has a high output and looks elegant, which is essential in a building like Liverpool Philharmonic Hall with its art deco style architecture.

“In short, as a compact three-way symmetrical line array module specifically designed for applications like this, ViRAY ticked all the boxes.”

Kirby and Adlib MD Andy Dockerty worked closely with Coda Audio’s technical support manager Edgar Krueger, with installation and system commissioning co-ordinated by Adlib system technician George Puttock working alongside Gilbert-Ash Ltd, the venue’s main contractor.

“The installation was completed within a tight window of opportunity and we have already experienced the many advantages of the new system,” said Richard Curtis, acting technical manager for the Liverpool Philharmonic.

“Visiting engineers and our audiences have commented very positively about the quality of the sound and the TiRAY front fills eradicate any sightline issues, while still providing an excellent sonic experience for our audiences.”