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EM Acoustics Installs at Historic London Venue

Following the launch of EM Acoustics new Halo compact line array system at the Royal Albert Hall, the company has announced the first ever installation into an equally historic, if lesser known venue in east London.

Located in London’s East End, The People’s Palace was inaugurated in 1886 to provide cultural activities to the local population. Now owned by Queen Mary, University of London, the Grade-II listed Queen’s Building (as it is known today) is home to the 750-seat Great Hall.

The theatre has recently undergone a £5.7m renovation in order to restore it to its former 1930’s Art Deco glory. The finishing touch to the restoration was a brand new PA system; the new Halo compact from EM Acoustics, with Stage Electrics’ own Jamie Gosney providing the design and Martin Woodage project managing the installation.

Jamie Gosney said: “We came into the project quite late on, largely to see if we couldn’t supply an alternative to their existing quote which was very expensive. I was convinced that the Halo Compact system would be a better solution for the Great Hall than the proposal they had at the time."

“I stuck my neck out on this one as I was convinced that Halo Compact was absolutely the best possible solution and fortunately for me, George Foden, the corporate events manager at QMUL was impressed with how well the system performed.

Gosney added: “The aim with every line source system is to produce a flat, continuous wave front. You can only truly achieve this using a ribbon driver. However, ribbon drivers are typically inefficient, so most manufacturers have tried to get around the problem by emulating ribbon drivers with special high frequency manifolds and electronics. The result is necessarily a compromise and often an expensive one at that because of the additional cost of the processing.

"Listening to a Halo Compact array is almost like hearing just one single loudspeaker. You could use almost any amplifier with the system and it would still work. What’s more, you can power four loudspeakers on just one EM Acoustics AQ-10 amp channel - so 16 Halo-C boxes will run off just one AQ-10 4-channel amplifier."





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