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POLARaudio improves NPG’s sound picture

The British distributor supplies a multi-zone Biamp Vocia system to the National Portrait Gallery.

POLARaudio, in association with Saville AV, has supplied a Biamp Vocia DSP to the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The gallery, the oldest of its kind in the world, required a multi-zone system to span four storeys, incorporating all its public areas. The Vocia system needed to provide paging facilities – including message playback to give notice to visitors of the closure of the gallery at the end of each day – enable music to be played in the restaurant and provide use of a radio microphone in the reception area for presentations.

The installation also employed Australian Monitor speakers (QF6 ceiling speakers where ceilings were low, with a combination of MP30 music horns, TXG 30s and TXG 50s elsewhere), an Atterotech Inbox M3 input plate for iPod connectivity in the restaurant and beyerdynamic Opus 910 wireless radio microphones for the reception area.

Jon Dew-Stanley of POLARaudio comments: “Meeting the brief of a cultural institution in a historic building can often throw up unforeseen problems, but the Vocia system mitigated against potential difficulties and fitted the bill brilliantly.”