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The Sound Of Education

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To provide clear sound for both patrons and participants, 11 Tannoy CVS6 ceiling speakers are incorporated into both dressing rooms and the two-story lobby.ESCONDIDO, CA-Escondido Charter High School's mandate, "Education is our Business", was also the motto when planning began for its American Spirit Theater and Gymnasium, both in the systems inhabiting the facility and the company ECHS hired to design and install them, Anaheim-based Integrated Media Systems. The American Theater sports a 400-seat theater/lecture hall that not only serves ECHS, but the surrounding community as well.

Featuring a 20-foot Da-Lite electric screen, Panasonic PT-D7700 U-K projector, theater-quality sound, tele-/videoconferencing, and integrated internet access, the facility is a virtual learning center and a large venue unlike any other in the area. "What the theater is configured to do is phenomenal," said ECHS technology coordinator Glen Krause. From the lectern a teacher can access the entire theater's functionality. "A teacher walks up, pushes a button that says 'Teach a class'-the lights change, speaker levels adjust, the screen comes down."

Visuals, audio, PowerPoint-everything is recorded. "We can stream that, save it, put it on the web, archive it. On playback you see the instructor and his presentation on side by side screens."

That ethic extends well beyond the main theater. "In the beginning there was no consideration for distributed sound outside the auditorium," said Audio Geer's Criss Niemann, who assisted with the design and installation. Where Audio Geer focused on the audio portion of the design, IMS concentrated on the AV, video-/teleconferencing/web design elements.

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Tannoy figured heavily in the American Theater's control room by way of a pair of Tannoy Reveal 5A monitors.
The school needed something that could provide both intelligibility and full range playback, perform well from a height in the lobby, and at lower volumes in the dressing rooms. To provide clear sound for both patrons and participants, 11 Tannoy CVS6 ceiling speakers are incorporated into both dressing rooms and the two-story lobby. Even with the dramatic lobby ceiling height, the system offers excellent coverage and clarity.

IMS felt that the CVS6 offered the best value and great coverage. "There were two purposes," explained Bill Tovatt, senior account manager at IMS. "Obviously to provide a true, high-fidelity overhead speaker, and to make sure that any place patrons stood before entering the auditorium were covered adequately. That's why we chose Tannoy. Ultimately, they just sounded better."

The compact CVS6 also served the aesthetic needs of the build. "They're very low profile and hug the ceiling pretty tight," he said. Mounted in a paintable, UV/weather resistant front baffle, they were able to match coloring in two distinct areas, painted drywall, and stained wood.

Tannoy also figured heavily in the American Theater's control room by way of a pair of Tannoy Reveal 5A active near field monitors. The Reveals were a part of IMS' plans from early on, and were chosen to give the engineer an accurate sense of what the auditorium proper sounded like. "I wanted to give them the closest near-field sound that I could, with quality, and not have an amplifier in the way," Tovatt explained.

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