An EV loudspeaker and IRIS-Net
system was installed at the Punahou
School in Honolulu. Working on the
project were John Gardner (left) of
Audissey, and Brian Gilhooly,
technical director for the school.
Hawaii (April 21, 2009)–Punahou School in Honolulu–alma mater to President Barack Obama–recently installed a new Electro-Voice XLE line array sound system in the school’s 680-seat theater.
Punahou’s technical director, Brian Gilhooly, had long wanted to replace the theater’s center clutser with a left-right system. The new XLE system comprises 14 boxes hung seven per side in a left-right design, while a trio of P3000RL amplifiers power the main hangs, and a single P3000RL drives the system’s two Xsub boxes. The monitor system is driven by EV CP2200 amplifiers.
“We decided to go with Electro-Voice after attending a seminar that (EV reps) Quantum Sales & Technology hosted here,” said John Gardner of Audissey, the company that tackled the installation. “They had an XLD array at the event–a system we’d heard great things about in terms of its performance-to-size ratio. Since the school’s new system was to be used for vocal reinforcement 95 percent of the time, we went with the XLE based almost entirely on its reputation, and weren’t disappointed. And as with a lot of installations, budget was a major consideration. The XLE’s price point allowed us to build the ideal system for the space, with no compromises–our clients are very pleased.”
While budgets were a concern, they didn’t mean that some modern updates such as networking had to be eschewed. Instead, an IRIS-Net control and supervision software set-up was created for the installation. Gardner explained, “IRIS-Net could not be easier as a plug-and-play solution. I simply open it up, specify whatever speaker components I need to control, and drop their parameters into the amplifier. It took 10 minutes at the most. It’s a very well-put-together, reliable system. And having the system presets locked-in means there’s no worry about operator error. They turn everything on and off via a SurgeX SEQ, which provides a toggle to the RCM-24 module on the RL amps and it’s done. EV has made everything incredibly simple.”