The main lecture theatre at One Birdcage Walk has undergone a major upgrade of its audio systems with Renkus-Heinz Iconyx loudspeakers selected by integrator Insight Visual Systems along with in-house AV technician Pete Coleman and UK suppliers Polar Audio.
The building has been home to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers since 1899 and has more than 111,000 members in 140 countries and hosts meetings, conferences, seminars and workshops in its 16 meeting rooms.
As with many older spaces, the hall has a number of architectural touches including high domed ceilings and hardwood panelled walls, which provides challenging acoustics and affects intelligibility.
Insight Visual Systems worked to create a system that could address the venue’s acoustic issues while having minimal impact on its aesthetics. Polar Audio head of installation Stuart Leader recommended a pair of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC16-R-II digitally steered array loudspeakers.
"The existing audio system was operating at its limits," said Insight Visual Systems business development manager Steve McNally. "Moreover, the system could only be controlled from a balcony at the rear of the hall, making meaningful adjustments virtually impossible. I'd had experience with installing Iconyx speakers during a previous project in a similar environment and was confident that they offered the ideal solution."
Pete Coleman, AV Technician at the Institution explained: "Our existing system was approaching 20 years old, and we endured a constant battle with feedback when trying to achieve usable volume levels. The old system required constant adjustment throughout an event. The Iconyx system is a lot easier to work with. Once the levels are set and everything's in place that's it, we're free to concentrate on all the other demands of the event."
"We've been closely involved with a number of projects centred on the Renkus-Heinz Iconyx range," said Leader. "In each case, Iconyx speakers have dramatically improved sound quality and intelligibility in some extremely challenging spaces."