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Renkus-Heinz Iconyx installed in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People

Erica Basnicki 22 October 2013
Renkus-Heinz Iconyx installed in Beijing's Great Hall of the People

A Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steerable column array now forms the backbone of the sound reinforcement system at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.   Commissioned by the Management Office of The Great Hall of People and designed by China’s Radio, Film & TV Design and Research Institute (RFT), the new system takes in six large conference rooms and the Great Hall’s famous auditorium.   The circular chamber can accommodate an audience of thousands, measuring approximately 40m in diameter, with a 10m ceiling. As a spokesperson from contractor Beijing Zhongdahuatang Technology explained, "the auditorium has a very difficult acoustical environment, with reverberation problems and reflections."   With its elaborate and ornate decor recognisable by billions, the room also required a system that would be virtually invisible to onlookers.   As a solution, a single pair of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC32-R-II column arrays were installed to the far left and right side of the Chairman’s position.   "Even though the auditorium has such a difficult environment, the Iconyx beam steering technology covers the whole auditorium with evenly distributed sound while avoiding the walls, the ceiling and delegate microphones," said Beijing Zhongdahuatang Technology.   Iconyx was also installed elsewhere throughout the complex, including the six smaller conference rooms, each equipped with two IC8-R-II columns, concealed within the marble walls.  

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