Lisinski Hall, Zagreb’s world-renowned concert hall and home to the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, recently upgraded its sound system by installing a Harman Pro Group HiQnet system. It comprises 14 JBL Professional VerTec VT4888DP-CN and six VerTec VT4882DP-CN line arrays, and four VP Series VP7315DP-CN loudspeakers powered by six JBL DP Series DrivePacks and 19 Crown Cts Series amplifiers. The system is controlled by five BSS Soundweb London DSP processors and connected by HiQnet on one cohesive network.
Microphone requirements for the 1,850-seat concert hall are handled by a HiQnet-compatible AKG WMS 4000 Series wireless system with 18 wireless handheld and lavalier microphones. Orchestra monitoring is provided by stage-level JBL Professional Control 300 and Control Contractor loudspeakers.
According to JBL Professional application engineer Mark Bailey, who oversaw the installation, the new system carefully preserves the sonic integrity of the hall but amplifies the performance considerably. “The VerTec arrays at Lisinski Hall provide extremely even coverage in terms of tone and timbre. In addition, system configuration and control via HiQnet is considerably easier [and] enables a more accurate result.”
HiQnet system configuration and control protocol enabled Bailey and the team at Audio Video Consulting (AVC), based in Zagreb, to program and commission the system quickly and effectively from a single screen with custom EQ panels for the array clusters and subwoofers. The system runs on a redundant CobraNet network with an analog backup.
As a result of the upgrade, Lisinski now regularly hosts speeches, film premieres in surround technology and multimedia presentations. The entire project featuring audio, video projection and AMX control was designed and managed by local integration group AVC.