Quito, Ecuador (October 14, 2008)–Ecuador’s new Museum of Contemporary Art–a rennovated hospital–features many of the nation’s artistic treasures, but it also sports an audio system comprised of numerous loudspeakers from the Arco and Artec catalogs of D.A.S. Audio.
Electronic Amusement S.A (EASA) of Quito designed and installed the system. Diego Ojeda, EASA’s project director, explained, “As an old building, many of the rooms throughout the museum are large and have high ceilings. To ensure even sound coverage and a high degree of speech intelligibility, we wanted loudspeakers with robust SPL performance. Similarly, the various exposition rooms–with their multimedia displays–required loudspeakers with a proven track record for both music reproduction and speech intelligibility. In addition to the special presentations, these loudspeakers are also used for both background music and paging applications.”
After evaluating the projects requirements, the EASA team selected and installed a distributed audio system consisting of more than 200 D.A.S. Audio Arco 24T surface mount loudspeakers, which are now located throughout the museum’s corridors, living rooms, waiting areas, and the rear courtyard. The D.A.S. Audio Arco 24T features a molded, high-impact ABS enclosure incorporating two 4-inch woofers with weather resistant polypropylene cones coupled with a 25 mm neodymium dome tweeter for reproduction of high frequency program material.
In each of the museum’s five exposition halls, the EASA team installed 6 D.A.S. Audio Artec 28 loudspeakers. These areas house various multimedia presentations that document the country’s journey to independence. The D.A.S. Audio Artec 28 employs a birch plywood enclosure that houses twin D.A.S. 8B woofers for low frequency reproduction coupled with a 1-inch annular diaphragm compression driver.
“The D.A.S. folks in Miami are a pleasure to deal with,” says Ojeda. “The Miami group is consistently responsive to our requests for assistance and they most always have the products we need in stock. This is a huge benefit for us, as it enables us to respond to our customers in timely fashion.”
With the Museum of Contemporary Art now open, Ojeda reports that sound quality throughout the facility is everything his client had hoped for. “The museum’s management staff has been highly complimentary,” reports Ojeda. We’ve received numerous reports that the loudspeakers look good and sound great.”