The new EAW® KF740 Three-Way Full-Range Line Array module recently made its German debut at a historic concert in Berlin that featured one of the best-known oratory works by world-renowned Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. Berlin-based Hacksound Veranstaltungstechnik provided the multi-zone P.A. system, comprising all EAW speakers powered by Lab.gruppen amplification, for the performance of “Canto General” at the Max Schmeling Hall on November 13, 2010.
Hacksound supplied a main left/right flown system composed of nine KF740 speakers plus two KF730 Compact Line Array Modules, for down fill, per side. A dozen additional KF730 speakers, in two hangs of six, provided out fill to the audience on either side of the stage. Five more KF730s were positioned to provide front fill. Three hangs each of six KF730 speakers, plus a pair of SB730 Compact Line Array Subwoofers, were employed for left, center and right delay. Lab.gruppen amplifiers supplied power to the entire system, which was under the management of EAW UX8800 Digital Signal Processors and Lab.gruppen's Lake LM 26 Digital Audio Loudspeaker Processors.
Hacksound's engineers were particularly struck by the user-friendliness of the new KF740, which shares the hallmark premium, high-output, three-way performance of the KF series, in a compact, easy-to-use package. According to Stefan Knetsch, technical director for Hacksound for the event, “A system with, for example, nine KF740 speakers a side does an excellent job, covers large listening areas and does not even exceed 500 kg (1,110 lb) in weight. If needed you can fly it on a single point – and you can leave your protractor at home.”
The superior sound projection of the KF740 over greater distances reportedly also stood out. Daniel Hack, owner of Hacksound, commented, “At a rock music event we would have done without any delay. Classical music, however, typically includes very low sound levels in large parts of the music, so we wanted to play safe and set up delays. But in the end we barely used them. The KF740 was perfectly precise, even over the longer distances.”
Altogether, according to the Hacksound engineers, the KF740 line array system proved to be flawless in every respect. The sound was “flat,” high-definition and dynamic – as it characteristically is for EAW – and left a positive impression with all of the operators, and no doubt the audience, at the Max Schmeling Hall.
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