Bicci Henderson, technical operations manager of the new 2,000-capacity Sydney Coliseum Theatre, changed his mind about which audio system to install at the venue after experiencing a performance by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban in another venue.
The production used a L-ISA Hyperreal system by French manufacturer L-Acoustics, which impressed him with what he calls its “incredible” multi-dimensional definition.
“Soon after, I went to see a performance using a [traditional] left-centre-right point source system and felt there was no connection with the audience,” he says, “The music stopped at the stage and the show suffered as a result. I knew we had to get L-ISA.”
The venue, which hosts artistes including Keith Urban, Tina Arena and John Butler, asked systems specialist Jands Venue Engineering to install the system, leading to a PA comprising five arrays of 10 Kara cabinets, with X8 enclosures as front and under-balcony fills. Low frequency is delivered through a flown, centre-hung array of six KS28 subwoofers.
“L-ISA draws the listener right inside the music,” says Henderson. “We’re pioneering the system in Australia, so it’s our duty to educate engineers who aren’t yet familiar with its more natural, more localized and more intimate experience.”