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Muziekgebouw Eindhoven turns to L-Acoustics for new system

Venue makes the move to upgrade audio system following a full cosmetic redesign in 2010

An L-Acoustics’ KARA system has been installed in the Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven, Holland.

The centre regularly plays host to a series of world famous philharmonics and soloists, as well as international artists such as Emmylou Harris.

Welcoming more than 160,000 music lovers every year, the venue made the move to upgrade its audio system following a full interior and exterior redesign in 2010.

Dutch audio provider Sales All was brought in to design a system that could guarantee a “high-fidelity” sound experience.

The Muziekgebouw (music hall) Eindhoven was originally designed with absorptive and reflective panels throughout the room. The design is ideal for acoustic performances, but proves a real challenge for amplified music.

To overcome this obstacle, a 22-box, two-way, L/R KARA system was installed, complemented by eight two-way XT coaxial loudspeakers. The system is driven via LA8 amplifiers, while a Dolby Lake LM44 processor was chosen for control.

“Because of the aesthetics of the hall and the sight lines, we had to configure a L/R system with perfect coverage both vertically and horizontally,” said Rene van der Linden, Sales All project manager.

“The KARA system has the advantage of going all the way to 55Hz in the low frequencies, which results in a full-range sound image even for the highest seats,” van der Linden reveals. “In combination with the flown SB18s, the result is a smooth, powerful low impression throughout the entire hall.”

(James Groves)