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Paramount Theater Gets EAW Lift

The Paramount Theater in downtown Abilene, Texas, now offers a new sound reinforcement system designed and installed by Gemini Sound (Dallas, that’s highlighted by EAW KF730 compact line arrays, JF50S two-way loudspeakers and SM200iH stage monitors.

Late last year, Gemini Sound began the process of developing a new system for the 1,199-seat theater, which has a main floor, as well as lower, middle and upper balconies. In formulating the design, the system team collaborated with key theater personnel that included executive director Betty Hukill, artistic director Barry Smoot and technical director Jennifer Lashley.

“We didn’t want to utilize a trapezoidal-box approach with this design,” explains Gemini Sound president Tim Cain. “There were aesthetic and infrastructure issues to address, with a line array design much more capable of eliminating those concerns while also meeting coverage and concert-type performance goals. The KF730 Series furthers this with its very compact size-to-output ratio, and its sonic signature is excellent.”

The line arrays are flown to the left and right of the stage, tucked well up and out of the way. Each comprises two SB730 flying subwoofers that fit seamlessly within the array structure, with five KF730 full-range modules below, tapered back into a classic “J” shape.

The arrays are supported by compact JF50S loudspeakers on the stage that supply mid/high-fill to the first few seating rows, with four EAW SM200iH wedges available for stage monitoring.

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