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LEA AMPS FOR SPORTS BAR ENTERTAINMENT | VARSITY ICE HOUSE

Lea Amps For Sports Bar Entertainment | Varsity Ice House

From puck drop to last call—Varsity Ice House sports bar is turning up the volume on the ultimate fan experience with the help of Connect Series amplifiers. 🏒

THE SPEC

🏢 Venue: Varsity Ice House | Grand Forks, North Dakota

👷‍♂️ Integrators: Site on Sound

🎶 Audio Spaces: Dining & Outdoor Area

🦈 Product Used: Connect Series 704D (1) & Connect Series 1504D (1)

THE VENUE

Founded with a vision to create a gathering place for the community, Varsity Ice House opened its doors to Grand Forks. Varsity Ice curates the ideal environment for any hockey fan to watch their favorite team, with a TV everywhere you turn, great food, and flowing drinks to create an unforgettable experience.

THE INSTALL

Varsity Ice reached out to Paul Hagen at Site on Sound to specify a personalized sound system that fit the needs of bar staff and guests. Based in Fargo and with over 100 years of combined experience, the Site on Sound team was well-equipped to assess the needs of Varsity Ice and install the best solution, which came from LEA Professional.

“I use LEA amps almost exclusively,” said Hagen. “The LEA Cloud allows me to log into the system and make changes when I’m not onsite and lets me keep an eye on my customers. LEA integrates well with everything else, so using them was a no-brainer.”

Hagen installed one CS1504D, a 4-channel amplifier with 1,500 watts per channel to power the bar’s main speakers, and a CS704D, a 4-channel amplifier with 700 watts per channel to run a few fill areas inside the bar as well as to power the outdoor area. Hagen also utilized the LEA Cloud platform to remote control and monitor from afar, improving response times and the overall quality of service for Varsity Ice.

As part of the Dante Connect Series, the world’s first Internet of Things- (IoT) enabled professional-grade amplifiers, the 1504D and 704D provided the power and flexibility Hagen needed for their installation, which was sectioned into two zones on the control system running eight zones of speakers. Also, with three ways to connect, the Dante Connect Series allows integrators the ability to engage the built-in Wi-Fi access point, connect to the venue’s Wi-Fi, or use an existing local area network via Cat5 or Cat6 cable.

“The Dante Connect amplifiers simplified everything,” added Hagen. “With the Dante amps and the Dante encoders, the only other hardware I had in the whole place was the jukebox. It made programming and installation easier.”

THE CONCLUSION

“There’s nothing quite like cheering on your favorite team alongside other fans, and we’re proud that we get to elevate that experience for Varsity Ice guests,” said Nathan Ridgway, National Sales Manager at LEA Professional. “This installation proves the power of innovative, top-quality audio, can turn an already exciting experience into an unforgettable one.”

We would like to thank everyone at Varsity Ice House and Site on Sound for choosing LEA on this install and we hope to provide quality sound for many years to come.

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LEA AMPS FOR BREW PUB & GRILL | THE TRAP NORTH

Lea Amps For Brew Pub & Grill | The Trap North

When The Trap North decided to amp up the dining experience with top-notch vibes, their team turned to LEA Professional’s Connect Series amplifiers and popular Cloud platform to deliver sound as impeccable as the menu.

THE SPEC

🏢 Venue: The Trap North | Smithfield, Rhode Island

👷‍♂️ Integrators: SoundFX

🎶 Audio Spaces: Vestibule, private dining area, the outdoor bar, and outdoor section

🦈 Product Used: Connect Series 704 (3) & Connect Series 168 (1)

THE VENUE

Inside the rustic walls of The Trap North, guests enjoy delicious food, great company, and, most importantly, outstanding entertainment. The Smithfield, Rhode Island restaurant prides itself on its unique and mouth-watering menu that puts a twist on traditional pub fare with distinctive flavor concepts and pairings.

THE INSTALL

Visiting The Trap North on any Wednesday through Saturday night gives guests an unforgettable dining experience. With live music playing throughout the restaurant, the food isn’t the only star of the night. To ensure every note is heard throughout the restaurant’s spacious interior and, in the summer months, on the outdoor patio, The Trap North contacted Mark D’Elia at SoundFX in West Warwick, RI. With over 30 years of experience in AV integration, SoundFX is the leading provider of AV solutions for businesses in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

“I like to design systems that don’t require service calls on weekends,” said D’Elia. “So I try to come up with something that I think will be super easy to use, very reliable, and can be fixed if I’m not physically onsite. LEA Professional is that system. The LEA Cloud allows me to troubleshoot from anywhere and has made a drastic difference in my response times, it’s improved the entire experience.”

D’Elia specified three Connect Series 704 4-channel amplifiers with 700 watts per channel, and one Connect Series 168 8-channel amplifier with 160 watts per channel, along with utilizing the LEA Cloud platform. As part of the Network Connect Series, the world’s first Internet of Things- (IoT) enabled professional-grade amplifiers, the CS704 and CS168 are perfectly suited for small to medium-scale installations such as The Trap North. 

To accommodate every area in the restaurant, the sound system can be remotely controlled by a staff member in each zone with strategically placed controllers. This way, one host can control the outdoor sections, vestibule, and the private dining area, while another host controls their section and the outdoor bar. 

THE CONCLUSION

D’Elia has specified LEA Professional amplifiers in several installations, all with rave reviews, and plans to continue using the technology in the future. He notes LEA Professional’s quality among the top reasons he has chosen to standardize upon them. “We chose LEA because of their quality, reliability, and flexibility. We like the fact that you get a ton of power. There’s a ton of good sound quality coming out of these amps, and it can’t be beat.”

“The Trap North atmosphere is absolutely electric during the night, and the live entertainment backed by a great audio system design and installation is responsible for that,” said Brian Pickowitz, VP of Marketing at LEA Professional. “This venue perfectly represents how pristine audio can bring people together, and we’re honored to have contributed to The Trap North and SoundFX’s success.”

We would like to thank everyone at The Trap North and SoundFX for choosing LEA on this install and we hope to provide quality sound at Inside Out for many years to come.

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LEA PROFESSIONAL PARTNERS WITH CCI SOLUTIONS | GLORIA DE CRISTO

Lea Professional Partners With Cci Solutions | Gloria De Cristo

With a congregation size between 50 to several hundred, the church staff recognized the limitations of their outdated AV system. Seeking to enhance speech intelligibility and music reproduction for their parishioners, they turned to LEA Professional’s Connect Series amplifiers and CCI Solutions to get the job done.

THE SPEC

🏢 Venue: Gloria De Cristo | Yuma, Arizona

👷‍♂️ Integrators: CCI Solutions

🎶 Audio Spaces: Fellowship Hall and Nave

🦈 Product Used: Connect Series 352 (1) & Connect Series 1504 (1)

THE VENUE

While a large portion of Gloria de Cristo’s congregation is made up of local churchgoers, there is also a community of virtual attendees from around the world. Located near Marine Corps Air Station Yuma (MCAS Yuma), the church often welcomes members from the military base in person and virtually. Virtual attendees can stream church services from anywhere in the world to feel connected to the church while deployed.

THE INSTALL

To make this happen, Gloria de Cristo staff reached out to CCI Solutions to design and integrate a sound system to fit their needs. CCI Solutions is on a mission to provide the right amount of technology so churches can achieve their vision and deliver their message, without distractions. 

“The church came to me intending to incorporate a sound system that was a couple of decades old and then solve the reverberation issues preventing clear audio,” said CCI Systems Consultant Mike Robertson. “With a strong military audience, we wanted to ensure everyone could stay connected with the church via web streams that were easy to hear and understand. It was important to offer that accessibility to all.”

Robertson assessed Gloria de Cristo’s needs and specified one Connect Series 1504 in the nave and one Connect Series 352 in the fellowship hall. The CS1504 is a 4-channel amplifier with 1,500 watts per channel, while the CS352 is a 2-channel amplifier with 350 watts per channel. As part of the Network Connect Series, the world’s first Internet of Things- (IoT) enabled professional-grade amplifiers, both are well-suited for installations requiring high flexibility, making them the perfect choice for Gloria de Cristo’s widespread congregation.

“One of the coolest things about LEA Professional’s technology is the all-in-one capabilities,” added Robertson. “We were able to put everything on the CS1504 in the nave and everything on the CS352 in the fellowship hall. Connect Series is easy to integrate and operate, which can be a game changer for churches that don’t have tech support on site.”

THE CONCLUSION

CCI has been working with LEA Professional technology for a while, utilizing the amplifiers regularly in PA system installations. Robertson notes LEA’s flexibility and capabilities among the top reasons for standardizing on their technology.

“Ensuring the best possible audio experience for every guest is paramount,” said Scott Robins, VP of Sales at LEA Professional. “Our Connect Series amplifiers have elevated the church’s AV offerings, so every member can focus on the service instead of the outdated audio system.”

A special thanks to the CCI Solutions team for choosing our amps for this incredible installation. We’re thrilled at the opportunity to collaborate with you and ensure unparalleled sound quality for many years ahead.

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Firmware Update Version 3.2.3.0 For 1504 & 1504D

Attention Connect Series users! Update your 1504 and 1504D firmware today for enhanced performance!

LEA Connect 80, 160, 350, and 700 Watt Model Firmware:

LEA Connect 1504 and 1504D Firmware:

Quick Guide To Updating Your 3.1.8.0 Firmware

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LEA Professional Announces Added Features and Capabilities to its Popular LEA Cloud Platform

Dedicated to providing expansive technology offerings to customers worldwide, LEA Professional has announced substantial updates to its popular LEA Cloud platform, a part of LEA Professionals’ extensive technology catalog, featuring intelligent IT solutions, industry-leading DSP, and smart power management. The new cloud-specific features will expand capabilities for all LEA Cloud users.

LEA Cloud provides remote monitoring and control for LEA amplifiers and gives system integrators robust, reliable, and secure monitoring and control capabilities. Now, LEA Cloud users will be able to perform over-the-air (OTA) firmware updates, ensuring all installations are kept up to date with the latest firmware. Status information will be even easier to monitor through the new dashboard view, which allows users to see the health of all their LEA installations on a single screen. 

Additionally, LEA Cloud now supports event and fault notifications via text or email alerts, allowing integrators to be notified of system alerts immediately. These notifications allow for proactive communication and system maintenance so that issues can be addressed promptly, often before end users are even aware a problem occurred — and it provides an additional service that integrators can add to their recurring revenue models.

 

“LEA Professional leads the pro audio industry in cloud-based technology, and we will continue to do so by regularly adding features to the LEA Cloud that benefit all of our customers worldwide,” said Brian Pickowitz, Vice President of Marketing at LEA Professional. “Our latest platform enhancements provide integrators with more ways to proactively support their customers, adding a layer of support none of our competitors can match.”

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LEA Professional puts the Loud in The Cloud in Jakarta

INDONESIA:  In partnership with its Indonesian distributor, Goshen Swara Indonesia, Generation AV presented LEA Professional to an invited audience in Jakarta.

Generation AV MD David McKinney and business development engineer Joseph Jeremiah provided an overview of the Connect Series amplifiers. Highlighting the many features including AP, Wi-Fi and wired connectivity, the duo also explained the inherent 96kHz DSP technology. Dante connectivity in addition to combined control and network management was practically demonstrated.

Emphasising why “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts”, McKinney described the US brand as a technology provider rather than a company that produces amplifiers. “The Connect Series was designed with the systems integrator in mind to make their lives easier.”

Other benefits were also demonstrated, including IT and Smart Power advantages. With 12 API drivers currently available, the Connect and Dante Connect Series offer full redundancy in addition to LEA Cloud and web UI connectivity for free remote-control management.

Suitably enlightened, the assembled gathering of 50+ dealers, systems integrators and consultants participated in a lively Q&A session at the conclusion of the presentation.

Check out the original article published in Pro AVL Asia: https://lnkd.in/gKskaxdk

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LEA Professional Launches Connect Series Half-Rack

We are pleased to announce the Connect Series Half-Rack has won in this year’s Best of Show awards at ISE 2024 in the Sound & Video Contractor category. 🏆

The awards recognize the very best products and solutions on display at ISE 2024, with hundreds of products and solutions considered. Factors taken into account include: how diverse and comprehensive our product’s features are, how easy it is to use and integrate with other products, and how innovative and unique it is within the market.

LEA Professional Launches Connect Series Half-Rack 

These smaller form factor, Half-Rack smart amplifiers deliver one of the most feature-rich experiences available in the industry — featuring onboard DSP, WebUI, Cloud Connectivity, third-party API control, and more.

Each of the new Half-Rack models (CS34, CS64, CS124, CS34D, CS64D, and CS124D) are built with fully-routable analog inputs, 4 amplifier channels with Low-Z, 70V, or 100V selectable by channel and the D units include Dante and AES67 connectivity. All models also boast three different ways of network connection: using the built-in Wi-Fi Access Point, connecting to an existing Wi-Fi network, or using a Local Area Network Ethernet connection.

The Half-Rack models join LEA Professionals’ extensive technology catalog, featuring smart power, industry-leading DSP, and intelligible IT solutions. These offerings and more equate to The LEA Advantage. Always resolute in this approach, while prioritizing exceptional customer service, based on intrinsic company values.

A Word From LEA

“With the significant adoption rate of Connect Series amplifiers, commercial, corporate, marine and residential integrators wanted a product that delivered the same punch, while taking up less space,” said Brian Pickowitz, Vice President of Marketing at LEA Professional. “Our half-rack solutions can be installed anywhere and are perfectly suited for small to medium-scale installations.”

Check out the original article published in LEA Professional: https://leaprofessional.com/

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LEA Amps For Coffee Shop Chain | Barista Parlor

LEA Amps For Coffee Shop Chain | Barista Parlor

When Barista Parlor needed an audio system to match its unique method of entertainment — a record player — they chose LEA Professional to carry the tune. ☕

Let’s dive in! 🦈

THE SPEC

LEA Amps For Coffee Shop Chain | Barista Parlor

🏢 Venue: Barista Parlor | Indiana & Tennessee Locations

👷‍♂️ Integrators: Hazelwood Laboratories

🎶 Audio Spaces: Dining Areas

🦈 Product Used: Connect Series 702 (2) One Each Location, Connect Series 354 (2) One Each Location

THE VENUE

The Stutz is a world-renowned, reimagined factory that originally served as the headquarters for luxury car manufacturer, Stutz. Always favorable to the finest designs, The Stutz has become an adaptive reuse home for makers, artists, and small businesses, where all can embody the Stutz Motor Company’s legacy of hard work, artistry, and innovation.

THE INSTALL

Hazelwood turned to LEA Professional for the audio technology that fits the unique set of needs of Barista Parlor. Since Hazelwood performs lots of custom work, he looked for a solution that was flexible and that he could adapt to his own specific needs. LEA Professional has an open API where he could develop equipment around its platform, allowing Hazelwood to build a system that perfectly fits his and Barista Parlor’s needs.

“I worked with the LEA team directly, and they were extremely accommodating in answering my questions about development,” said Hazelwood. “They were just really supportive throughout the process, and I found LEA’s products to be amazing and effortless to use but still flexible for my needs. The adaptability truly pushes the LEA amplifiers ahead. No matter how specific my needs are, I know they’ll live up to the task.”

Hazelwood specified the Network Connect Series 702 and worked with the LEA Cloud to deliver impeccable quality that can be controlled from near or far. The CS702 is a 2-channel amplifier with 700 watts per channel. As part of the Connect Series, the world’s first Internet of Things- (IoT) enabled professional-grade amplifiers, the CS702 features the flexibility and power needed for this installation.

“The LEA Cloud service is a huge benefit to me and Barista Parlor. The fact that I can log in from here in Nashville and troubleshoot issues or make adjustments for them if they need, it’s game-changing,” said Hazelwood. “There’s very little that we can’t access remotely, and it saves our customer money in the long run because we don’t have to dispatch the local technician, or we don’t have to drive up there.”

THE CONCLUSION

Hazelwood has specified LEA Professional amplifiers in four Barista Parlor installations, including the CS702 in Indianapolis and Sylvan Supply in Nashville, as well as the CS354 in Hillsboro Village in Nashville and 500W in Louisville. The adaptability and accessibility of LEA Professional amplifiers have led Hazelwood to standardize on them in these past installations, with plans to continue using them in future projects.

“Barista Parlor is a wonderfully unique coffee chain that requires a sound system just as special. Our amplifiers allow each store to customize their audio experience however they need to, ensuring every song is heard beautifully from those record players,” said Scott Robins, VP of Sales at LEA Professional. “This installation reflects our goal to provide the perfect audio system for every customer, no matter their needs, and we hope every Barista Parlor customer enjoys how perfectly the music will pair with their cup of coffee.”

A special thanks to the teams at Hazelwood Laboratories and Barista Parlor for choosing our amps for this installation. We look forward to delivering top-notch sound quality for years to come.

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LEA Amps For Luxurious Hotel | W Hoboken

LEA Amps For Luxurious Hotel | W Hoboken

When the sound system at the W Hoboken started to show its age and experience failures, it was time for an upgrade. Enter LEA Professional, the solution to bring this architectural gem back to life. 🏨

Let’s dive in! 🦈

THE SPEC

LEA Amps For Luxurious Hotel | W Hoboken

🏢 Venue: W Hotel I Hoboken, New Jersey

👷‍♂️ Integrator: Busy Puppy Productions & Essential Communications

🎶 Audio Spaces: Audio Spaces: Hotel Ballrooms, Meeting Rooms, Common Areas, Hallways

🦈 Product Used: LEA Connect Series 704D, LEA Connect Series 168D

THE VENUE

Perched on the Hoboken, New Jersey waterfront, the W Hotel offers stunning views of the New York City skyline across the Hudson River. Built in the early 2000s, the pet-friendly hotel is steps away from the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) and New York Waterway Ferry, enabling easy access to Manhattan.

THE INSTALL

Hotel staff contracted Ron Lorman of Busy Puppy Productions, as an audio consultant, to design a robust audio distribution system for the hotel’s common areas and meeting rooms. Lorman specified LEA Professional amplifiers based on a recommendation from Doug Asher of Essential Communications. To minimize disruptions to guests and staff, the existing loudspeakers would remain in place for the foreseeable future.

“We discovered the existing loudspeakers were low impedance speakers; some were wired in series and other sets in series-parallel,” said Asher. “They were running at less than two ohms because they had so many eight ohms speakers on a line. That can tax normal amplifiers quite a bit, leading to burnout. Lorman re-designed the wiring schemes to achieve more balanced operational loads. We felt that the LEA amplifiers were the best solution because we knew they could handle a two-ohm load and operated at very reasonable temperatures. Add in all the other advanced features like the web interface, ease of setup, and control of the amplifiers, and it was a no-brainer.”

Asher’s team decided to use an LEA Connect Series 704D to power the loudspeakers in the   Ballroom. The 704 is a Dante-enabled 4-channel amplifier with 700 watts per channel, perfectly suited for small to medium-scale installations. The 704 supports high-Z (70V or 100V) and low-Z selectable by channel, giving the hotel excess capabilities for possible future expansion.

For the meeting rooms and remaining common areas and hallways, several LEA Connect Series 168D amplifiers were installed to run the remaining speaker lines. The larger ballroom is divisible, so care had to be taken to set the zones up properly, given the possible various room combinations. The 168D is a Dante-enabled 8-channel amplifier offering 160 watts per channel, which was an excellent fit for the common areas, hallways, and meeting rooms. Like the 704D, the 168D also supports high-Z (70V or 100V) and low-Z selectable by channel.

While all the loudspeaker processing happens in the LEA amplifiers via the built-in DSP, hotel staff wanted complete control of background audio throughout the building. Essential Communications deployed a Symetrix DSP in the rack room to control the system. Control pages were created in the Symetrix software that could be accessed via a web browser. Hotel management was provided with two iPads — one for the common areas and the other for the meeting rooms — that allow staff to manage all the zones, select the music, and control volume levels.

THE CONCLUSION

The hotel staff was so happy with the upgrade that Lorman and Essential Communications were commissioned to retrofit the restaurant as well, again with LEA amplification. Additionally, plans are being implemented to upgrade the audio systems in the former nightclub, which is now the hotel’s premier event space with Manhattan skyline views, using LEA Professional amplifiers.

“Commissioning the LEA amplifiers was flawless,” said Asher. “We test everything in our shop before it gets to a client site. All we did on-site was make sure we connected the more than 60 speaker runs to the right amplifiers. Everything worked when we turned on the system and started walking around the hotel, checking all the controls and the zones. Everything came up the first time; the music was playing, and it was playing in the correct zones. Everyone was really pleased about the transition from the old to the new system and how smoothly it went.”

A special thanks to the teams at Busy Puppy Productions and Essential Communications for choosing our amps for this installation. We look forward to delivering top-notch sound quality for years to come.

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LEA Amps Redefining Audio In APAC | REXKL

In the heart of Kuala Lumpur lies a new community and cultural hub, REXKL. In part of their mission to rejuvenate the theatre, they ultimately decided to go with LEA Professional to help create immersive experiences.

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THE SPEC

🏢 Venue: REXKL | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

👷‍♂️ Integrator: Acoustic & Lighting System

🎶 Audio Spaces: REXPERIENCE Center

🦈 Product Used: CONNECTSERIES  Mixture 704D (5) & 1504D (2)

THE VENUE

The two-story, 60,000-square-foot building features retail shops and restaurants in the basement and a picturesque bookstore and exhibition space on the upper floor. Shin Tseng and Shin Chang, the creative entrepreneurs who helped reimagine the Rex, wanted the new space to be a unique, immersive performance venue. Featuring the original theater’s brick and exposed structure, it is now a modern, industrial marvel that hosts performers and exhibitors. With a desire for the space to captivate guests with vivid visuals and audio for the reopening and reinvention.

THE INSTALL

The venue management team’s broad vision for immersive exhibitions meant the new RXP AV system needed to be flexible enough to meet the most demanding, highest-quality audio needs for immersive musical and visual performances, plus more basic productions, including corporate events and DJ shows. “The multidimensional nature of the events held in the RXP venue meant we needed to recommend a system that we could scale and adapt as needed,” said Eugene Yeo, Owner of Acoustic & Lighting System. “We’ve had a lot of success with LEA products and felt they were a perfect fit for RXP because they could provide the power, performance, and reliability needed.”

Set in a former movie theater, RXP reimagines the legacy of the Rex cinema space by bringing in a new, cutting-edge digital art experience. As the first immersive venue in Malaysia, the venue team wanted to get the details right and spent over a year planning, working with the participating visual artists, and designing the spatial audio tracks. The immersive environment includes 18 projectors mapping visual elements on the walls and floor, while the spatial audio design required that the venue be fully modeled in 3D.

Eighteen compact two-way loudspeakers, backed by four subwoofers, are strategically located throughout the RXP to provide the spatial audio listening experience. To help meet the range of audio needs, Acoustic & Lighting chose a combination of two of LEA Professional’s Connect Series 1504D and five Connect Series 704D for the digital art experience. The 1504Ds power the subwoofers, while the 704Ds support the two-way loudspeakers. Both models include 96 kHz-capable Dante and AES67 connectivity options.

The REXKL team recognized the invaluable advantages of leveraging the LEA Cloud for this installation. Whether operating within the confines of REXKL or remotely from another continent, the ability to control the Connect Series amplifiers from a distance will significantly enhance the team’s efficiency. This not only minimizes the need for extensive travel but also results in substantial time and cost savings.

THE CONCLUSION

The REXKL has become a destination point for locals and a must-see spot for tourists. It’s also a state-of-the-art performance center delivering the highest quality audio performance for every event. “Since opening, the “Other World” immersive experience in the RXP has really put the audio system to the test,” said Brian Pickowitz, VP of Marketing at LEA Professional. “Creating an art exhibition that sparks discovery and inspiration among art lovers and bringing the venue back to life in such a unique way is incredibly meaningful and one we were proud to be part of.”

We would like to thank the teams at REXKL and Acoustic & Lighting System for choosing our amps for this installation and we hope to provide quality sound for many years to come.