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Elephant Eatery Audio at Auckland Zoo

Skopik and JPRO equip the new Old Elephant House restaurant at Auckland Zoo with a multi-zone audio system featuring JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers.

Auckland, New Zealand (February 13, 2020)—The Auckland Zoo is nearly a century old, occupying a 40-acre lot near the city’s Central Business District. While much is still the same at the site, its former elephant house was recently converted into a restaurant, aptly named the Old Elephant House. AV integrator Skopik outfitted the eatery with a multi-zone indoor/outdoor audio system .

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Skopik selected JBL Control 25-1 wall-mounted loudspeakers and Control 14C/T ceiling speakers to provide coverage in the indoor sections of the Old Elephant House. In the outdoor areas, Skopik installed compact JBL AWC62 6.5-inch all-weather coaxial loudspeakers. Powering all that is a Crown CDi DriveCore 4|300 amplifier. Preloaded JBL speaker tunings allowed Skopik to optimize the signal being sent to each different type of speaker, and the HiQnet Motion Control app for iOS allows staff at the Old Elephant House to remotely control each speaker zone by independently switching sources and adjusting levels with an iPad.

“We simplified the installation process with a four-channel Crown Drivecore CDi 4|300 amplifier, which gave us sufficient zones to work with,” said Jeff Sundrum, AV Service and Installations Manager, Skopik. “The CDi 4|300 speaker presets and internal DSP for JBL loudspeakers meant that we did not have to rely on any external DSP. Some basic programming on the Motion Control app allowed us to provide staff with a clean and simple-to-use interface to manage audio sources and volume in all four zones. Our client is enormously happy with the outcome.”

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