Andre Garcia, director of engineering at Xerox Audio Visual Systems, who installed the Iconyx systems at the plant, said there were several acoustical challenges presented by the space: “Because of the nature of the meetings occurring in this space, the speaker system had to be very clear, as far as voice goes, for intelligibility.
“However, the room, which is about 60 x 130 and 30 feet high, has hardware floors, which make it sound like a school gym. So the biggest complaint was that it was hard to understand voices.”
Garcia and his team chose the Renkus- Heinz Iconyx because it employs steerable line-array speakers: “This way, you can steer the audio to any area you want, aiming it at the participants in the room, instead of just flooding the room with the audio and giving rise to all sorts of echo and reverberation and sound issues”.
The Iconyx speakers also incorporate the RHAON audio operations network, which uses network connections for multichannel digital audio distribution, user-controlled DSP, user-selectable presets and remote system management and control, all over a Cat5 cable using standard ethernet hardware. In addition, the speakers feature multichannel Class-D digital amplifiers with integral DSP engines to control every single Iconyx array element.
The Iconyx speakers at the Mercedes-Benz plant have been painted the same colour as the wall, making it difficult for audience members to discern them.