For nearly 200 years the site of the Royal Court Theatre has been at the heart of Liverpool culture and has played host to artists such as Oasis, David Bowie and R.E.M, as well as performers like Lawrence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.
Chief executive Kevin Fearon and head of sound Kate Harvey decided to audition KV2 products for a complete overhaul of the existing sound system at the theatre.
Harvey says: “During the refurbishment of our venue we have been upgrading various parts of our sound system. Whilst looking at different manufacturers and systems an old colleague recommended KV2 Audio and we arranged a demonstration in our venue. The demo went really well and the kit we saw was so impressive that there and then we placed an order for a complete speaker package to replace our existing Nexo system.”
Due to existing cabling infrastructure KV2 Audio’s ESD passive loudspeakers were decided upon. Each of the Royal Court’s three tiers features a left / right pair of ESD 15, 3-way coaxial 15” full-range loudspeakers and a pair of ESD 10, 2-way 10” loudspeakers.
Just a single pair of ESD 1.18, 18” subwoofers handle all low frequency reinforcement in the 1,200 capacity venue.
A total of eight ESD 5, ultra-compact 2-way 5” loudspeakers were deployed as under balcony delays and a pair of ESD 6, compact 2-way 6” loudspeakers now take care of front fill duties.
Harvey comments: “The KV2 speakers have a lovely warm, well rounded sound and certainly pack some punch without losing clarity and that warmness. At the Royal Court we produce a variety of productions from straight plays to large scale musicals.”