The Buzz: 20 Years Ago in Sound & Video Contractor
Dec 1, 2004 12:00 PM, By Mark Johnson
Picking up where we left off last month, Intercommunications is the main topic of discussion in the conclusion of the two part focus featuring eight articles profiling installations (“A Remedy for Downers Grove” by Leroy Olsen; “From Linen Closets to Laboratories” by William Coutere; “A Customized Installation” by James L. Minetti; “The Chicago Board Options Exchange” by John M. Samony Sr.; and “Nuclear Repair” by Claude Kleiman) as well as application information (“To Call a Nurse” by David Tubbs and Peter Murray; “No Problem System” by Vince Novack; and “Lamp Memory Intercoms” by Stan Kohagen).
Editor Fred Ampel authored the cover feature, “Forecast '85,” looking into the coming year and the expansion of the business and technology aspects of the contracting industry. Ampel anticipated that fiber optic technology and telecommunications would play a large role within the systems integration community in the coming year.
Christine Kofoed, VP of Community Light & Sound (now Community Professional Loudspeakers) offered a look at the spare-no-expense sound system installed into Longwood Gardens (with a sidebar by system consultant Jesse Klapholz). The 1,000-acre gardens featured a dancing fountains and fireworks show in the evenings during the summer months. Challenges included a large and well-defined area that required speaker coverage (12,500 square feet) and system aesthetics (the system could not be seen). The contractor on the job was TekCom of Philadelphia. Community M4 drivers were the heart of the system.
Robert Jerry II discussed the legal aspects of debt collection in “When They Do Not Pay.” And in “From the Field,” Doug Wilkens interviewed Michael Pracheil from Midwest Sound & Lighting of Lincoln, Nebraska.
In the spirit of spare no expense, TAD (Technical Audio Devices) advertised its high-quality loudspeaker components promoting quality materials, precision hand-built manufacturing processes, and extensive testing for its low- and high-frequency drivers.
Bose offered another “Pro File,” a one-page ad that doubled as a product application guide. This one, by National Field Sales Manager John Stiernberg, focused on designing a foreground music system and featured the CLS-2 70V loudspeaker. The CLS-2 is no longer included in the Bose product lineup.
Spectra Sonics introduced its 3100 portable sound system featuring an integral mic mixer, line level input capability, integrated amplifier, and battery power. It boasted the ability to produce 113dB at 4ft. for eight hours on battery power. A wireless version was also available.
The results of two surveys — one on background/foreground systems and one on intercom/paging systems — were published. Almost 80 percent of the respondents were involved in background/foreground systems. Of that 80 percent, 70 percent represented contracting or installation houses, with 20 percent being consulting and design organizations, and systems engineering firms made up 15.4 percent. The results indicate that some facilities wore multiple hats, for example, a company that offers design and contracting services under one roof. Almost 87 percent of the respondents indicated that they were involved in intercom/paging systems. Of that, 95.3 percent installed distributed (wired) systems and more than 60 percent spec'ed in random access or zone-based systems. Wireless installations represented 33 percent of those responding.
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