Mike Evans, the owner of AV Matters, an Orlando, Fla., production company, won two cutting-edge SPL-runts from Sound Physics Labs in a drawing he entered at the National Systems Contractors Association 2005 show.
Using SPL-runts, Evans is able to expand room coverage, improve intelligibility and have more flexibility with speaker deployment in his corporate event A/V-oriented business. "We needed a high-quality portable speaker that was flexible enough to be flown or placed on a speaker stand, but that also sounded great and had the projection needed to handle venues of many different sizes," Evans says.
"Because these are one big horn-loaded speaker,” he continues, “they do a better job of getting low-mid frequencies to the very back of a room where the sound typically tends to get muddy with traditional speakers on a stick. Twenty-five feet back from the front they're great, but at 75 feet, they start sounding too bright because the low-mids end has fallen off. The runts sound much smoother and maintain the sound a bit farther back."
At a recent convention at the Miami Intercontinental Hotel the speakers, Evans deployed the speakers in a long and narrow room that seated about 450 people. Lacking the budget to fly speakers, Evans deployed the SPL-runts at the front of the room, and with the help of delay speakers for the back, he was able to maintain speech tonality in the far rear of the room.
In another event at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, the SPL-runts did double-duty, serving as front-fills for speech needs in a large meeting room by day and for music provided by Hootie and The Blowfish in the evening.