Amadeus has completed a new install and acoustical design project for the Philharmonie de Paris concert hall studios, including redesigning the control rooms and their main monitoring system.
Its Amadeus Labs division, an acoustics-specialised research and consulting unit, which is managed by acoustician Michel Deluc, co-founder and R&D manager for Amadeus brands, was responsible for the project including the specifically designed speakers.
Bernard Byk, Amadeus co-founder and CEO, describes the company’s recently released Philharmonia speakers, “Imagine a reference sound system with exceptional design, ergonomics and acoustics, as a kind of consecration! Jean Nouvel’s imagination, exuberance and creative genius, combined with Michel Deluc’s engineering, brought a brilliant solution to life. Amadeus especially praises tradition, and the new speakers combine innovation as well as timeless beauty; christened ‘Philharmonia’, they embody the know-how, the creativity, and the values with which Amadeus has been building its history for more than 35 years.”
The main Philharmonie de Paris rehearsal room hosts not only public orchestra rehearsals, but also pre-concert events, conferences and chamber music/amplified music concerts. The ‘Studio Salle de Répétition’ is equipped with a tailor-made acoustical treatment, very similar to the treatment used in the ‘Studio Grande Salle’. Each studio is equipped with a unique Surround monitoring system, made up of five Amadeus Philharmonia speakers, along with an Amadeus ‘ML 15 D’ subwoofer.
The Philharmonia features a curved structure that is both simple and complex, consisting of 547 wood veneers accurately machined and assembled, offering a distinctive look and volume. It features a unique hybrid laminar port using progressive termination. Deluc reveals: “The distinctive construction technique of Philharmonia helps neutralise standing waves affecting sonic clarity and low-frequency definition, through an extremely complex internal structure using a combination of interlocking panels arranged in two perpendicular planes, each hosting several tuned notch resonators.
“This allows a dramatic decrease in sound coloration through a crossed structure of longitudinal and trans-verse reinforcements. This proprietary technique is in part inspired by Amadeus-designed professional Mains monitoring systems used in large recording studios, the ‘crossed structure’ itself drawing on aircraft manufacturing processes, particularly wing design.”
The new Philharmonia 2-way, self-powered speakers feature a 28-mm soft-dome tweeter and a custom 8-inch woofer, and boast analogue and digital inputs with a customised integrated DAC and an amplitude linearity range (±2dB) from 43 Hz to 22 KHz.