Array Speakers in marble red blend into the interior
St. Stephen's Cathedral is the largest and most important house of worship in Budapest and easily holds 8,500 visitors. The basilica is built in the neoclassical style and is based on the Greek transverse floor plan and is 96 meters high, 62 meters wide and 92 meters long.
St. Stephen's Cathedral was the first Hungarian church building to receive the title of basilica from Pope Pius XI in 1931. Since 1987, St. Stephen's Basilica has been part of the Danube Panorama of the UNESCO World Heritage.
For this architecturally extremely demanding house of worship, several Pan Beam line array loudspeakers were chosen to provide excellent speech intelligibility. The individual coloring of the active, digitally controllable speakers harmonizes perfectly and unobtrusively with the marble walls.
Highest speech intelligibility in a marble prayer house
Touba is a well-known pilgrim metropolis in the West African state of Senegal. With over 750,000 inhabitants, Touba is the third largest Senegalese city after Pikine and Dakar.
The Great Mosque of Touba is the largest building in the city and, with a capacity of 7,000, it is one of the busiest mosques in Africa.
The floor and walls of the mosque are made of the most precious marble, which presented an acoustic challenge. The mosque was equipped with 35 powerful Pan Beam line array speakers to ensure the best possible sound quality for visitors.
New sound from old cables
The church of the Roman Catholic parish Ss. Corpus Christi in Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg, is one of the largest Catholic churches in Berlin. The church with its bright design, consists of a nave, a gallery with organ and a high altar. The design concept is ideal for the reproduction of organ and choir music, but causes long reverberation times and making intelligible speech a challenge.
The installation of the audio system with Pan 2-Line technology, consists of 4 x Pan PB 08-P2L and 4 x Pan Beam PB 04-P2L speakers. The sound system now allows intelligible church services thanks to the active, digitally controllable line array speakers. Via the Pan DSP, built into the loudspeakers, the systems can be focused to the audience areas. The installation of the system was straight forward, as the Pan 2-Line technology allows the new digital speakers to be integrated directly using the existing cabling and eliminating the need for running new wires or opening walls.
Clear words up to the last corner
As part of the new construction of the Al Hijra Muslim community in Leiden, Netherlands, the sound system was upgraded. The challenge was to produce a consistently high-quality sound throughout the mosque: both in the large prayer area for the men - regardless of whether they pray standing or kneeling - and in the gallery which is the prayer area for the women. It shall also make no difference how far the listeners are being located from the mihrab.
Among other things, the project included two PB 16 line array speakers from the Pan Beam series, which were installed in the 35-meter-deep prayer room to the left and right of the mihrab. Thanks to the Beam Steering technology, the sound distribution can be adjusted via the DSP control built into 1.80 meter long Pan Beam loudspeakers. That way the prayer can be ideally understood at all targeted locations.
In addition, two PB 04 line array loudspeakers were installed in the right and left corners of the room, as well as a white PB 04 inside the mihrab as a monitor loudspeaker for the imam. The prayer area in the gallery is amplified by three PB 04s. Various presets were defined via the Pan Splitter 4/4, a network hub developed and designed by Pan Acoustics, so that each loudspeaker group can be controlled separately as needed.
Italian parish San Lazzaro is convinced of Beam Steering technology
Less is often more. This is also the case in the Italian church of San Lazzaro. Only two digitally controllable, active line array speakers are used to transmit the Word of God and choirs to the visitors of the cathedral in an intelligible way and without reverberation.
Successful acoustics in the dome building
Challenging acoustic conditions and monument protection - two things that seem difficult to reconcile when it comes to renewing the sound system in a church. This is especially true when talking about a round building with a domed ceiling, as in this case.
Nevertheless, the Leipzig parish church, which dates back to 1929, reached maximum speech intelligibility by installing active loudspeakers from the Pan Beam series with Pan 2-Line technology. Due to the directional sound produced by the Beam Steering Technology, the "Word of God" arrives exactly where it is supposed to - regardless of whether listeners are positioned in a front row, to the side or in the very back. Unwanted reflections and disturbing reverberation are being reduced to a minimum.
The special feature: Pan 2-Line technology defies heritage restrictions and limited options for new cable runs. The cabling of the two existing loudspeaker columns could be re-used and the Pan P2L line array speakers could be effortlessly integrated using the same wires.