K-array Decks Out Two Passenger Ships

Two shopping malls at the heart of large passenger ships, the Serenade and the Symphonie, are the main attraction for customers who want to spend their Scandinavian voyage shopping or relaxing in cafés. The ships are run by the Silja line and travel on the Baltic sea between Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia. Unintrusive speakers were needed for the two shopping centres which could provide speech, background music and audio for small performances, while remaining resilient for many years at sea.

Estonian company, Eventech, supplied the speakers for the project and used the same set up in both ships: 38 K-array Kobra KK50 speakers, with 19 ultra-slim high powered KU36 sub-woofers. The speakers were placed up high, 6m (20′) apart, along both sides of the shopping mall. The sub-woofers were also up high 12m (40′) apart between the speakers. Using Lab Gruppen amps and XTA Loudspeaker management systems, Eventech were able to divide the sound system into four zones, with low and high divided evenly between each zone.

On hearing the system in action, the clients were really impressed and pleased with the sound quality. The look of the speakers also fits in with the company’s values. The Silja Ferry company is proud of the ship’s deluxe and high-quality facilities. In white, the Kobras not only sound great but look the part as well. They are very discreet, each speaker is only 5cm (2”) across and 50cm (20”) long. The subs, however, are the real surprise. Their dimensions are ultra-compact and more similar to those of a high-frequency speaker, measuring at only 18x11x50cm (7x4x20”). This means they can be wall-mounted, ensuring there are no obstacles on the floor for shoppers to negotiate, and they can blend in with the high frequency speakers. Furthermore, the KU36 is entirely air-tight, having been sealed to ensure no particles, such as dust, salt, or micro organisms can enter into the speaker-case. For this reason, KU36’s are sure to be truly long-lasting, even at sea.

info: www.k-array.net

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