Top college in UK opts for Expandable Vertical Array (EVA) sound reinforcement system from Electro‑Voice

November 23, 2015
  • „ Queen Ethelburga's College equipped with new Electro-Voice sound reinforcement system
  • „ Venue challenges solved with models from the EVA series, thanks to the large variety of dispersion angles available
  • „ System designed by Pro Audio Centre of Leeds
Thorpe Underwood/Straubing, November 2015: Queen Ethelburga's College ranks among the top educational institutions in the UK. Pro Audio Centre of Leeds recently designed an Expandable Vertical Array (EVA) sound reinforcement system from Electro-Voice to support lectures and performances at the college, including live music and dance events. The EVA installation inside the 5,000-seat convertible sports hall combines high performance with a discrete design.

Pro Audio Centre carried out extensive acoustic room simulations to find the ideal sound solution for the hall. Based on these, the perfect set-up proved to be an EVA system consisting of two hangs of four EVA vertical line array elements with a 90° by 20° dispersion angle on each side of the stage. “The speakers from the EVA series are discrete, smart and offer a great full range sound with linear, front-to-back coverage,” comments Richard Leadbitter, Manager of Pro Audio Centre. “Thanks to the large variety of dispersion angles available, we could tailor the system exactly to the needs on site. And thanks to the adjustable hang angle, we didn’t have problems with reverberation or feedback – even at high volumes.”

“ The QRx 218S subs provide such a natural sound!”
Leadbitter and his team relied on four compact Electro-Voice ZXA1 powered speakers as front fills complemented by AXM 12A powered stage monitors from Dynacord. To complement the system, four QRx 218S subwoofers were installed: “The QRx 218S subs provide such a natural sound! Nothing’s artificial, bassy or boomy. The sound is very pleasant to listen to and in combination with the EVA vertical line array, it doesn’t sound like two audio sources but a smooth, unified sound.” CP4000S amplifiers power all the system’s passive speakers. The entire system is controlled by an Electro-Voice Dx46 FIR-Drive processor and an individual graphical user interface programmed by IRIS-Net supervision and control software. “The user interface is very intuitive”, comments Leadbitter. “The system can be run without using IRIS-Net but if one wants full remote supervision and control or only wants to tweak a certain detail, it’s fantastic to have.” About Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate:

Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate was founded in 1912 and is an independent school for children aged 3 to 19 years old in North Yorkshire. The Collegiate comprises four schools including Queen Ethelburga's College and offers day, weekly and full boarding places. In the Daily Telegraph 2013 Top 100 Secondary Schools in the UK – which included all state and independent schools – Queen Ethelburga's College was ranked number 44.

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