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St. Joseph Co-Cathedral Blessed With New L-ACOUSTICS KIVA System

THIBODAUX, Louisiana — Originally dedicated in 1923, St. Joseph Co-Cathedral of Thibodaux, Louisiana is a magnificently preserved 650-seat house of worship built in the Renaissance Romanesque style. With the recent installation of an unobtrusive L-ACOUSTICS KIVA and XT loudspeaker system, the church’s sound is now every bit on par with its beauty.

Tampa-based AVI-SPL, a leading provider of audio-video communications solutions, was brought in to provide the system integration, which was based on a SOUNDVISION model created by L-ACOUSTICS’ Dan Palmer.

“The accuracy of SOUNDVISION was very impressive,” notes Mark Hoffman, project manager for AVI-SPL. “You can clearly hear everything in the very last row of seats, even in the acoustically shadowed areas, but as soon as you walk away, the audio drops off dramatically. KIVA’s directionality has greatly benefitted the cathedral. There have been so many positive comments from parishioners on how they can hear the bishop, choir and bands so much better.”

St. Joseph Co-Cathedral Building Committee Chairman HJ “Rog” Roger concurs, “With all of the hard surfaces in this room, we used to have so many problems with echo. That’s no longer a concern. It sounds so beautiful in here now.”

Today, the main audience seating area is addressed by left and right arrays each comprised of eight KIVA enclosures. Two coaxial 8XT are additionally flown to address the far left and right seating wings, with two more positioned on stage and another two in the choir loft for foldback. All systems are powered by a rack of three LA4 amplified controllers.

Rog adds, “Father Vic at St. Francis, who was really the one that put us in touch with L-ACOUSTICS in the first place, took some photos of a mass he recently attended in Rome that the Pope was giving. The loudspeakers that were being used in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican looked exactly the same as our KIVA, except they were a different color. So if they’re good enough for the Pope, I’m sure they will be a blessing for us as well!”

Headquartered in Tampa, FL, AVI-SPL is the result of a merger between Audio Visual Innovations (AVI) and Signal Perfection, Ltd. (SPL). In aggregate, the company has more than 40 years of experience and completed more than 25,000 installations globally, providing clients with innovative audio and video communications solutions backed by a strong tradition of high quality and exceptional customer service. As the largest global integrator for audio and video communications systems and services, AVI-SPL is uniquely positioned to deliver the most comprehensive line-up of presentation collaborative solutions, including: managed conferencing, systems integration, sales and rentals, complete staging and production, managed conferencing, IP integration and event management. For more about AVI-SPL, visit

L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, KUDO, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” L-ACOUSTICS products for the North American market are manufactured and distributed by L-ACOUSTICS US of Oxnard, California.

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