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UK – SOAS University of London is the only higher education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. It is a centre of excellence which rates very highly in terms of student satisfaction. There are 5,000 students from 133 different countries on its Bloomsbury Campus, 50% of whom are from outside the UK. Its Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT) is a multi-use facility situated on the lower ground floor of the main college building that, as well as regular university teaching, hosts a hugely diverse programme of events including public lectures, conferences, cinema and live music. The facility is in great demand outside of scheduled teaching
hours during evenings, weekends and vacation periods and SOAS's technical team recently took the decision to upgrade its AV facilities to ensure that it offered the highest possible standards, consistent with its excellent reputation.
SOAS called on trusted integrator Reflex to upgrade the AV facilities at KLT. Reflex has worked on a number of very successful projects at SOAS over several years, ensuring that its facilities remain at the leading edge. A significant part of the brief was to provide a new PA system for voice, background music and live music in the theatre and Reflex consulted with Audiologic as to the best way forward. Audiologic sales and marketing director Andy Lewis and technical support engineer Max Yanakiev visited to the site and recommended a NEXO solution. Using NEXO's NS-1 software, a powerful and intuitive system modelling tool, the Audiologic team was able to present Reflex with a virtual model of the room which would demonstrate to the client exactly how the system would perform in the given space. SOAS had already considered a number of options but were satisfied that NEXO offered the technical best fit for what was required.
Audiologic supplied and Reflex installed a NEXO system based around ten NEXO-GEOM620PW line array units and two NEXO-LS600 subs. This comprised two arrays of three units and a sub either side of the stage and a further two arrays of two units fixed to pillars in front of the seating area. The system was chosen in white to blend effectively into its surroundings and is driven by two NEXO-NXAMP4x1C amplifiers over Dante. The data obtained by the use of NS-1 software ensured that the slightly unusual configuration of the room was completely covered.
Andi Allan, senior design engineer at Reflex commented: "The NEXO installation at SOAS was a great success. The sound quality and coverage is excellent and the university is very pleased with the result. Working with Audiologic was a pleasure. We really value their advice and demonstration support, it is clear that they invest a great deal of care and thought in arriving at what they consider to be the solution that best fits the brief. The validation of the design using the NEXO software was of great benefit in giving the client a clear picture of what to expect and helping them choose a solution with complete confidence."
Andy Lewis, sales and marketing director at Audiologic added: "We worked closely with Reflex to identify exactly what was required by the brief at SOAS. At Audiologic our aim is to assist our customers in delivering high quality solutions free from compromise and in this case the NEXO system proved to be ideal for the size and nature of the room, as well as the variety of functions it was to perform. Reflex has a great working relationship with SOAS and it is one that will doubtless be further enhanced by the delivery of the new NEXO audio system at the KLT."
19th January 2018
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