San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego Civic Theatre completed a sound system renovation courtesy of Sound Image, which brought in JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and BSS processors.
The new audio system, designed by WRL Sound Consultants, features two JBL PD5322/95 full-range loudspeakers and four JBL PD5322/64 full-range loudspeakers comprising the center cluster, supplemented by four JBL ASB6128 subwoofers. An additional four JBL PD5212/95 loudspeakers serve as delay fills for loge and balcony coverage.
According to Sound Image project manager Mike Martin, “As far as retrofits go, it’s always a challenge to install modern equipment with the existing structure, especially with the last update occurring more than 30 years ago. Projects like this are always a great test of an installer’s mettle.” To swap out the older system for the new one, an intricate pulley system was used to bring each piece down and their replacements up, with care to avoid disturbing the fragile space. The pulley system was originally installed during the 1990s to set up the previous loudspeaker system.