Renkus-Heinz covers Lebanese Parliament
LEBANON: A recent renovation to the tall, domed central hall of the Lebanese Parliament building in Beirut has seen Renkus-Heinz Iconyx loudspeakers brought in to tackle the problem acoustics. The Iconyx steerable arrays were specified and installed by systems integrators Mac Audio sarl.
‘We deal with all the Lebanese Republic's government departments, including the Prime Minister's office and parliament buildings,’ said Nader Arzouni, general manager of Mac Audio.
Mac Audio used the beam steering capabilities of Iconyx to focus audio beams on individual seating areas and away from the roof and walls. The ground floor's main area, with seating for 165 including 128 deputies, is covered by two Iconyx IC8 columns, with a pair of IC7 mechanically steerable units for the president's podium. Two IC16s serve the balcony level, where up to 100 guests can be accommodated.
Two Shure feedback eliminators, one for the balcony and another for the main hall, a Crest Audio rackmount mixer and a single XTA DP448 controller to add even more flexibility to the main floor's IC8s, complete the system. A final touch was the provision of Renkus-Heinz SGX41 cabinets for the Prime Minister’s palace.
As the technical skills of the system operators can vary widely, Mac Audio preset the system so that very little adjustment is needed. ‘It's all very good,’ said Nader Arzouni, ‘a very flexible, modern system that has completely eliminated all the old intelligibility issues and delivered crystal clear sound that parliament is delighted with.’