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HK Audio upgrade for UK theatre

Lowestoft's Marina Theatre in Suffolk, UK, has replaced its “20-year-old, wheelie bin-sized speaker cabinets” with HK Audio's Elements install system.

Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre, located in Suffolk, UK, has refurbished its 800 seat Edwardian auditorium, choosing German firm HK Audio’s Elements install system to provide sound throughout the venue. Marina Theatre technical manager Karl Dunnett said: “As part of the refurbishment process we wanted to replace our 20-year-old, wheelie bin-sized speaker cabinets. We wanted a system that not only sounded great but was small and compact enough that it would go almost unnoticed to the eye so as not to detract from the Edwardian features.” The budget for the system was very tight, amounting to less than £20,000 (approximately €25,000) for a system that would cover both tiers of the auditorium, plus front fills and delays for the back of the circle. The system was specified by sound engineer Jeremy Munns and supplied by Chameleon Pro Audio & Lighting. “The HK Elements system fitted Marina Theatre’s brief ideally and the placement of the units keeps the sound image firmly on stage, but also gives a concert feel when driven harder,” said Munns. The system comprises 14 E435 enclosures – six covering the main stalls (three per side, powered by the active E210 Sub AS subs), and eight covering the circle (four per side, powered by an EA600 digital power amp module each side). Four E210 Sub AS subs underpin the system, with four Installation Line IL 8.1s for circle delays, and a further two for front fills completing the system. Dunnett added: “I am really impressed with the HK Elements system. The installation kits made for a really quick and easy installation. The size of them meant we were able to place the speakers exactly were we needed them, plus the focus of the units themselves has eliminated some of the reflection issues we had with our old system. The system fills the space very evenly, and the tonal quality and clarity of the sound is maintained throughout the auditorium. So far, we have had very positive feedback both from the audience members and the visiting engineers who have used the system.”