Haras National du Pin Trots Out UBX Column Loudspeakers from Renkus-Heinz in Outdoor Competition Facilities

November 30, 2023

Le Pin-au-Haras, France | November 28, 2023 — The Haras National du Pin is a royal stud farm and a jewel of Normandy heritage. Initially, King Louis XIV wanted to build the “Versailles of Horses” to respond to the demand for better and more efficient horses for transport, agricultural work, the military and the Court of Versailles. With its picturesque site, it was the best-known haras, or horse-breeding farm, of the network of national studs in France. The historic buildings still stand in the middle of the estate and, over time, have been added to and improved so that the Haras National du Pin, more than 300 years after its creation by the king, has its place in the history of this beautiful region of France. Passive UBX Series column loudspeakers from Renkus-Heinz were installed to communicate effectively with riders in newly constructed outdoor training and competition facilities at the International Equestrian Sports Center.

The creation of the International Equestrian Sports Center is the first phase of four designed to make the Haras National du Pin “the first rural thematic destination in France” later this decade. Comprising a reception building, car park, 300 air-conditioned horse stalls, two cabins for juries and four competition fields, the center is intended to host all manners of equestrian competitions.

Equestrian staff contacted local integrator AUVISYS to design an audio system for the sports center and fields. AUVISYS partnered with Etienne Berard, CEO of Renkus-Heinz’s French distributor DEMOA, to model the sound coverage for each field and assist in the commissioning of the UBX loudspeakers.

“The main challenge was throwing sound a long distance from a low elevation of 1.5 meters (five feet) from the ground,” said Berard. “That may not seem significant until you understand that two of the competition fields are 120 x 60 meters (400 x 200 feet), and the others are 100 x 50 meters (330 x 165 feet). The loudspeakers also had to be small so that they wouldn’t block the sightlines of the judges or audience members. UBX loudspeakers were perfect on both fronts.”

AUVISYS installed two UBX8 loudspeakers at each of the larger competition fields and one at each smaller field. The award-winning UBX Series brings the precise coverage, high intelligibility and renowned sound quality of Renkus-Heinz’s flagship ICONYX loudspeakers into the realm of passive column arrays. New for the UBX Series is Passive UniBeam™ Technology which addresses each transducer with specially designed all-pass filter networks, gain shading and additional frequency filtering to generate an asymmetrical vertical dispersion with constant directivity, delivering consistent front-to-back coverage with minimal side lobe artifacts. All models in the UBX Series are weather-resistant (IP64) out of the box with the included gland nut-protected input cover. The included 70/100V transformer, wall-mount bracket and standard weather resistance make UBX loudspeakers simple to integrate into any system design, whether indoor or outdoor.

The equestrian staff was thrilled with the power and speech intelligibility of the UBX Series, which outperformed competitive offerings in both price and capabilities.

“The speech intelligibility across the wide fields was fantastic,” said Berard. “But the fact that it came from passive column loudspeakers was nothing short of astonishing. I highly recommend using UBX loudspeakers in future installations.”

Photo Credit: David Commenchal