One of Lithuania’s oldest museums, Vytautas the Great War Museum in Kaunas is a treasured focal point within the community for sharing the country’s rich and storied history. The museum offers many guided tours and education programs, with audio quality playing a crucial part of the learning experience. While visually striking, the museum’s 1930s Art Deco style and early functionalism architecture create a highly reflective interior with challenging acoustics. Vytautas the Great War Museum recently turned to beam-steering technology from Renkus-Heinz to provide the optimum sound solution that now delivers an excellent visitor experience.
Museum management contacted local AV integration firm Audiotonas to design and install a new loudspeaker system. With the top priority of significantly increasing sound quality, coverage and spoken-word intelligibility, the integration team specified and installed a pair of ICLive X Series beam-steering arrays from Renkus-Heinz.
The museum’s older loudspeaker system did not deliver the sound quality and coverage needed. Vytautas Stasiukaitis, head of sales for Audiotonas, explained that the museum’s interior has many audio-reflective surfaces, including glass displays, hard walls, floors and ceilings, such as many old buildings have. The Audiotonas team was looking for an audio solution that would combat these challenges without the need for additional absorbers and diffusers.
“The old sound system was a 4-speaker, point-source design, which was not well-suited for the venue,” Stasiukaitis said. “After we understood what they wanted to accomplish, we demonstrated a set of Renkus-Heinz ICLive X arrays on-site, and the client was immediately impressed with what the system could do.”
Measuring just 9.5 inches wide, the attractive, small-footprint ICONYX ICLive X Series from Renkus-Heinz is the most versatile, steerable line array on the market. The system’s integrated technology features highly advanced, multi-channel Class-D digital amplifiers with advanced DSP engines to control every array element with programmable precision. The ICLive X Series is extremely flexible, making it suitable for nearly any sound solution.
In addition to tours, the museum hosts special events including commemorations, presentations and honor ceremonies. For these more extensive uses, flexibility and speech intelligibility are paramount.
“Audience size for events can range from 20 to well over 200; the system needs to deliver an immersive experience for the whole audience no matter the size,” added Stasiukaitis. “The ICLive X Series can be easily and quickly configured for any situation, and the client is very pleased with its flexibility.”
Beam-steering technology allows the ICONYX ICLive X Series loudspeakers to tightly control the sound and place it just where it’s needed — on the audience — while keeping sound away from other surfaces that may cause echoes and reverberation. Intelligibility is essential, and the Renkus-Heinz ICONYX system ensures every listener receives the best sound possible.
“The acoustic properties of the venue are very challenging; without proper control, the reverberation is unbearable,” said Stasiukaitis. “The client is thrilled with how ICLive X is performing, and they love the straightforward usability of the RHAON software. ICLive X is the perfect sound solution for the museum.”