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Historic Strand Theatre in Maine Upgrades Loudspeakers

The Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine, built in 1923, is listed on the National Historic Register. The multi-use theatre has evolved over time to host all styles of musical performances, live theatre and special events -- uses with direct application to worship space design.

By Church Designer Staff   •  March 14, 2017 1:29 pm EDT

Tags: architectural design, audio upgrade, avl design, loudspeakers, performance space,

To provide superior sound reinforcement for its diverse programming, the Strand Theatre's system was reportedly upgraded with Fulcrum Acoustic high-efficiency, full-range coaxial horn systems.

Challenges

Representatives for the theatre say they required compact loudspeakers capable of delivering exceptional clarity, intelligibility, naturalness and pattern control.

Solution

"We had been eeking out what sound we could from our old mains and knew we had to step up our game for the caliber of performers we host," explains Strand Theatre Technical Director Paul LaPorte. "In selecting new mains, we needed speakers that would seamlessly integrate with our existing sound infrastructure which has been upgraded piecemeal over time. The fact that Fulcrum's loudspeaker technology could be incorporated without obsolescing the rest of our system was a huge plus."

LaPorte relates, "Fulcrum's technical support included providing EASE data on the room and digital signal processing configurations to optimize the benefits of their Temporal Equalization (TQ) technology. The AH96 coaxial horns created a more immersive sound experience by adding depth and substance to our system right out of the box. Their 90-degree by 60-degree dispersion also was a perfect fit for the old 'shoebox style' theatre, which can be acoustically challenging."

"The new Fulcrum loudspeakers are totally transparent in reproducing the natural sound of all our performances," enthuses Strand Theatre Executive Director Jessie Davis. "Their sound is cleaner and brighter, and truly impeccable."


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