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P&O Cruises Chooses Yamaha Loudspeakers


Producing over 100 shows each year, P&O Cruises’ Headliners Theatre Company is a major player in the UK’s performing arts industry. Its new Southampton training and rehearsal facility - The Academy - opened in June, with Yamaha DXR12 loudspeakers chosen to overcome the challenging acoustics of the large dance studios.

The Academy has a floor area of 1,258m2 and is one of the largest dance rehearsal facilities in the country, but overcoming the acoustic challenges of the large, hard, flat surfaces was a key requirement for its audio system and Production Executive Darren Harvey had been previously impressed by Yamaha’s active DXR12 loudspeakers.

“I first heard the DXR12’s at a demo for a small touring rig and was instantly impressed with them,” he said. “They blew the competition away with almost studio monitor clarity and lots of handy features. The audio quality isn’t compromised at high volumes and they deliver a surprising amount of low end - when paired with the relevant subs they can become quite epic.

Four DXR12’s are installed in each of The Academy’s three studios, run in parallel with two loudspeakers on one wall facing the other two on that opposite. The idea is to counteract the challenging acoustics by firing the loudspeakers almost at each other. Playback audio is mixed and then sent directly to the loudspeakers.

“To work effectively, this solution relies on each loudspeaker reproducing the same high quality at high power as the next,” said Darren. “Because of the DXR12’s accurate sound, we haven’t needed any additional outboard processing or EQ. This is a major bonus as the vision of the space was to be as user friendly as possible and not to have masses of equipment everywhere.

“For many applications, firing high SPLs across the room has solved the problem of the acoustics. But the DXR12s are also superb when the levels are reduced for maximum clarity and accuracy, like when performers are rehearsing time critical audio such as pre-recorded tap dances and so on.

“As well as the sound quality, we are confident that the internal processing and amplifiers will stand the test of time, coping with the daily onslaught of iPods and creative teams playing everything from rock to opera through them for long periods,” Darren concluded.

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