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POLARaudio restricts audio spill at university library

POLARaudio supplies ZonarSound speakers to isolate media wall audio at Nottingham Trent University Library.

One of Nottingham Trent University’s three libraries is the new Brackenhurst Campus Library, which supports study in animal, rural and environmental sciences. This cutting-edge eco-friendly building was purpose-built to offer an exciting environment for learning and is richly resourced to achieve its goal. Part of the £2.75m Brackenhurst facility is a soft-seated social area with an impressive media wall.

The media wall offers a variety of audio-visual content but its situation within the library precipitated a potential problem in the form of unwanted sound disturbance in the surrounding areas. Quiet study areas in libraries are sacrosanct but in any modern learning environment a media wall is considered a vital resource and so it was imperative to find a way to restrict its impact. Roche AV were tasked to find a solution that would provide good quality audio in the area adjacent to the media wall, whilst containing this ‘hot spot’ within tight limitations and preventing audio spillage.

POLARaudio supplied a ZonarSound MP master active loudspeaker with PSU and an SP Slave active loudspeaker to be sited above the area in front of the media wall. These ceiling speakers can fit into a standard 600x600mm suspended ceiling although, in this instance, they were mounted independently. Highly directional, the speakers have been created to position sound exactly where it needs to be heard and avoid undesirable overspill into adjoining areas.

“We had a requirement for some zoned speakers in the video wall that would allow students sitting directly in front of the screen to listen to the audio without disturbing anyone else in the building,” said Stuart Loughran, audio visual team leader at Nottingham Trent University. “After some research and a timely phone conversation with POLARaudio, we were introduced to ZonarSound. Roche AV installed the speakers and the result is a tight audio area in front of the screen that works really well and is inaudible outside the seated area. As a direct result of this installation we are currently identifying other sites in the university where the same zoning technology can work more effectively than traditional PA.”