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PayPal Picks a Peck of Petite PAs

Renkus Heinz ICONYX steerable line arrays now adorn the online payment company's New York City offices.

New York, NY (February 26, 2018)—The online payment platform PayPal may be headquartered in San Jose, CA, but it makes sense that it would have a sizable outpost in the financial center of the U.S., New York City. Housed in a 1911-vintage building in the West Village, the PayPal building is centered around an interior auditorium, “Central Park,” which sports a pair of Renkus-Heinz ICONYX IC Live Gen5 digitally steerable line arrays.

Conference Technologies designed and installed the AV system for the open space, which seats about 100 people. NEC video monitors can be seen from seated and surrounding spaces, and the Renkus-Heinz ICL-F-RN digitally steered arrays are situated as one speaker inset on the outer side of each monitor.

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In choosing a loudspeaker system, the Conference Technologies team considered the many reflective surfaces, including the wooden seating structure and surrounding glass along the second-floor railing. Some steel beams were removed to create the space but a large, weight-bearing column unavoidably remains in a central spot. Although the staff’s cubicles are not close to “Central Park,” most of the second floor holds conference rooms and small meeting rooms, so the team had to account for that as well.

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“One of the most important reasons for choosing Renkus-Heinz IC Live was to be able to steer the sound to the proper areas and not have it bouncing all over the place, including the second-floor conference rooms,” notes Mark Voutas of Conference Technologies. “The goal was to focus the speakers so they fill the seating area and keep the sound confined to the seating area.”

“One challenge was getting video monitors that were the right size to fit the design, and could be placed at the right height,” Voutas avers. “Having done that, the ICL-F-RNs were a good choice because they are compact and slender, and that, along with their steerable beams, let us place them adjacent to the monitors while directing the sound where we wanted it.”

Renkus-Heinz, Inc. •