In 2015, PayPal’s New York City office moved to a 1911-vintage building, and among the recent modifications was the creation of a new auditorium, a space that is set up like an auditorium or movie theater, with tiered seating for about 100 people. Conference Technologies, which designed and installed the AV system, installed a pair of NEC video monitors to create a small video wall, along with a pair of Renkus-Heinz ICL-F-RN digitally steered arrays.
The space is most often used for videoconferencing, as well as for teleconferencing and presentations, so the main sound system primarily reinforces spoken word. “When they don’t have meetings going on in there, they have a dedicated PC and a cable box that can play on the system, as well as a little bit of low background audio,” said Mark Voutas of Conference Technologies.
In choosing a loudspeaker system, the team considered the many reflective surfaces, including the wooden seating structure and surrounding glass along the second-floor railing. Although the staff’s cubicles are not close to this space, most of the second floor holds conference rooms and small meeting rooms, so the team had to account for that as well.
“One of the most important reasons for choosing Renkus-Heinz IC Live was to be able to steer the sound to the proper areas and not have it bouncing all over the place,” said Voutas. “The goal was to focus the speakers so they fill the seating area and keep the sound confined to the seating area.”
Each Renkus-Heinz ICL-F-RN array employs five 6.5-inch cone transducers and three 1-inch high-frequency titanium nitride compression drivers. Its combination of features enabled the Conference Technologies team to position the ICL-F-RN where desired, adjacent to the monitors, and accomplish the goal of keeping the sound focused on the audience within the space.
“One challenge was getting video monitors that were the right size to fit the design, and could be placed at the right height,” Voutas said. “Having done that, the ICL-FRNs were a good choice because they are compact and slender, and that, along with their steerable beams, let us place them adjacent to the monitors while directing the sound where we wanted it.”
The second-floor areas just outside of and surrounding the auditorium are served by three audio zones equipped with pendant speakers. “The pendant speakers help infill a bit of audio, and the staff can turn them off independently,” said Voutas. “So if they’re just doing a small meeting and want to have cable TV on in the auditorium, they can just use the Renkus-Heinz system, and the upper speakers won’t disrupt people working on the second floor. They also can play some light music up there if they have an event going on and don’t want to have everything blasting through the front arrays.” Crestron wall panels provide basic system control.
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As many as four sonic beams per array can be defined and aimed up and down, while the slim enclosure remains vertical and inconspicuous. The array’s 150-degree horizontal dispersion can be adapted using presets in Renkus-Heinz’ RHAON software.