Strawberry Sound and JPRO deploy HARMAN networked solutions in Wakatipu High School


Sound integrator Strawberry Sound recently partnered with audio supplier JPRO to outfit the newly built Wakatipu High School located in the Queenstown suburb of Frankton, with a full array of state-of-the-art HARMAN networked audio solutions. “To embrace technology from an educational perspective, schools require high quality AV equipment and loudspeakers,” said Nicholas van Dyk, Specialist at JPRO. “The high efficiency of JBL speakers yields better coverage using fewer speakers at lower volumes. As a result, teachers and pupils benefit from not becoming mentally or aurally fatigued due to poor sound quality and acoustics. The building project manager Blair Grier said that Wakatipu High School features the finest acoustics he has ever encountered in almost three decades of experience.”

To deliver clarity and coverage throughout the school’s classrooms, offices, auditorium and gym, Strawberry Sound and JPRO designed and installed a full array of JBL Contractor Control Series speakers and Commercial Series ceiling speakers. The entire system is networked via BSS Soundweb London BLU-103 and BLU-100 digital audio processors, distributed via Dante Layer 3 protocol and managed with HARMAN HiQnet Audio Architect software. For the main sound system in the school’s performing arts theater, the Strawberry Sound and JPRO teams installed a left-center-right array of JBL SRX812 2-way powered loudspeakers and SRX818SP powered subwoofers, flown above the stage. They also included a Soundcraft SI Impact digital mixing console. Microphones and other input signals are connected from the stage to the mixing console via Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 16, and output speaker signals are time aligned with BSS BLU-100 digital processor.

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