D.A.S. professional sound systems at Whitley Auditorium of Elon University
With its five schools and colleges, Elon University is ranked by the U.S. News & World Report as the second best Regional University in the South. Among the various facilities on campus, Whitley Auditorium is home to a wide range of activities.After struggling with an inadequate sound reinforcement system for quite some time, Elon University officials decided the time had come to correct the situation-and this decision led to the installation of a new loudspeaker system drawn from the Variant Series catalog of D.A.S. Audio.
Greensboro, NC-based Audio & Light, Inc., was contracted to handle the installation of the University's new sound system. Jim Hoyle, President of Audio & Light and the designer of Whitley Auditorium's new sound reinforcement system, discussed the project and the reasons for his selection of the D.A.S. Audio Variant Series loudspeakers.
"This is an acoustically challenging space, as it is optimized for the pipe organ," Hoyle explained. "Hence, the room is quite live. The room is used for so many different types of events. As a presentation space, a high degree of speech intelligibility was required while at the same time, the loudspeaker system had to be very capable in its ability to reproduce music program material. Ultimately we decided on D.A.S. Audio's Variant 25A poweredloudspeakers plus the Variant 18A powered subwoofer System."
The D.A.S. system deployed by the Audio & Light crew consisted of six Variant 25A loudspeakers and a single Variant 18A powered subwoofer. The loudspeakers are deployed in a central cluster over the font of the room's stage area, with the Variant 18A subwoofer at the top of the cluster and the six Variant 25A elements underneath.
Hoyle discussed the attributes of the Variant loudspeaker system. "The most important factor was, of course, sound quality. This room is acoustically challenging and with this system, we are able to achieve clear, highly intelligible sound throughout the hall. The sound is clear and very natural. It handles music beautifully and we have consistent coverage from front to rear and side to side."
In addition to the Variant system's sound quality and first-rate hardware, Hoyle reports being equally impressed with D.A.S. Audio's customer and technical support services. "The folks at the company's Miami, FL office were a pleasure to deal with," he said. "Their tech support is great. Whenever we call, we get an almost immediate response and if a part is required, the company's turnaround time is very fact."