The University of Texas’ Union Theatre has benefitted from an AV update in the form of Fulcrum Acoustic loudspeakers.
Austin-based Ford Audio Video Systems was approached to install a ‘compact yet powerful’ system that could fit the theatre’s restricted installation space without interfering with sightlines or aesthetics.
Ford Audio Video Systems project engineer Charles Croley explained the new set-up: “We flew left/right Fulcrum FL283 four-module line arrays that seamlessly cover the room without obscuring the screen or projector. The FL283s sound great and their Passive Cardioid Technology keeps sound focused on the audience, and off the architecture and stage."
With no space behind the screen to work with, two compact Fulcrum CX Series coaxial loudspeakers were deployed as centre channel loudspeakers in a small open ceiling space above the stage lip. A CX1295 12-inch coaxial speaker (90° x 45°) covers the near field and a CX1265 (60° x 45°) handles the 70-foot long throw to the back of the theatre.
Physical space challenges also precluded flying subwoofers above the stage. Croley deployed two low-profile Fulcrum Sub218L dual 18-inch subwoofers under the theatre's shallow stage to achieve the low frequency extension and high output needed for film sound effects and live music reinforcement.
"There's always a delicate balance in designing a sound system to meet the needs of both cinematic and live sound," added Croley. "Fulcrum's technologically advanced loudspeakers perfectly augment the system's Dolby cinema surround sound upgrade, and deliver high-fidelity sound reinforcement for live performances and events. That versatility really came in handy for the University of Texas' Union Theatre."