Commercial Audio Systems | LEA Powers 150 Speakers In New Zealand Community Center

Commercial Audio Systems | LEA Powers 150 Speakers In New Zealand Community Centre

A newly built Community Centre in Auckland, New Zealand was established by the national charitable organization ISSO (International Swaminarayan Satsang Organisat-ion) to accommodate the organization’s rapidly growing numbers. The facility will soon provide vital resources to the ISSO group, allowing them to cater to the needs of the local community through health and wellness classes, music productions, weddings, large events and seminars. Local integrator Audio Connect had their first experience using LEA Professional technology on this commercial audio system, leading to exceptional results.

Let’s dive in!

THE SPEC

COMMERCIAL AUDIO SYSTEMS | LEA POWERS 150 SPEAKERS IN NEW ZEALAND COMMUNITY CENTRE

🏢 Venue: Swaminarayan Complex | Two-story Community Centre in New Zealand

👷‍♂️ Integrator: Audio Connect

🎶 Audio Spaces: 6 zones

🔊 Speakers: 150 in-ceiling and surface-mount Martin audio speakers

🦈 Product Used: CONNECTSERIES CS168D (qty 1), CS354 (qty 3), CS704 (qty 1) 

THE VENUE

COMMERCIAL AUDIO SYSTEMS | LEA POWERS 150 SPEAKERS IN NEW ZEALAND COMMUNITY CENTRE

The Swaminarayan Complex is a Community Centre venue that hosts a variety of guests from small to very large groups to have events like conferences, seminars, weddings and the like. It is designed to be modern yet connect to the architectural appearance of the temple which will be joined with the centre via a link building.

The construction comprises of two buildings – Main centre and Link building. The basement of the main building is meant to be a carpark with some storage spaces. Other areas are planned to be used as below:

Ground floor – Commercial kitchen with a large dining hall and two Multi-function rooms that can serve as classrooms for community education. Dining hall space is also designed to be converted to educational classes with the help of operable walls.

First floor – There will be a large hall, which can be converted into two smaller halls with operable walls. This floor also has two multi-function rooms, designed for corporate meetings and break out rooms for conferences.

THE INTEGRATOR

COMMERCIAL AUDIO SYSTEMS | LEA POWERS 150 SPEAKERS IN NEW ZEALAND COMMUNITY CENTRE

Audio Connect is an Auckland based business specializing in the hire, sales and installation of professional sound systems, lighting, staging, dj equipment, projectors, and draping. We hire high-end speaker PA systems for bands, concerts, corporate events, conferences, weddings, birthdays and festivals no event is too small or too large.

We cater to anyone from individuals to large organizations, small or large events we can help with competitive pricing and high quality equipment.

Our philosophy has always been total commitment to the highest standards of service and support, together with competitive pricing, we are able to grow and build long-term business relationships with our clients.

THE INSTALL

COMMERCIAL AUDIO SYSTEMS | LEA POWERS 150 SPEAKERS IN NEW ZEALAND COMMUNITY CENTRE

For this new community centre project, Raj Morar, Manager at Audio Connect, worked with local distributor Jansen to source their audio equipment solutions. Jansen representatives recommended the LEA Professional Connect Series amplifiers as the perfect solution to address the challenges this installation presented.

For Morar, a project like this may have been relatively straightforward a few years ago, but now with the ever-present shadow of COVID and the battles of local lockdowns, time was of the essence.

“Being able to access the amplifiers and address all six zones from our phones via Wi-Fi, made the whole process a lot easier and quicker, ensuring we met our deadlines,” commented Morar.

This two-story centre uses five LEA Professional amplifiers in total — a Connect Series 168D, three Connect 354, and one Connect 704 — all configured to drive a mix of 150 in-ceiling and surface-mount Martin audio speakers.

As the installation continued during the lockdown in New Zealand, the team was able to use the LEA Professional Cloud platform to program the system off site, so when they were finally allowed to return, they weren’t under the same time pressure.

Another challenge of this project was to ensure that the venue was future-proofed. As the community centre will be used in the future to accommodate up to four to five different events at once, they needed the ability to matrix everything for any possible scenario.

“Giving the user the flexibility to be able to do whatever they wanted to do with the system was challenging,” said Morar. “We needed to ensure it would accommodate all their future needs and give them the channel configuration for any scenario. For this, the LEA technology, including the Smart Power Bridge, was fantastic, very friendly and easy to use.”

THE CONCLUSION

COMMERCIAL AUDIO SYSTEMS | LEA POWERS 150 SPEAKERS IN NEW ZEALAND COMMUNITY CENTRE

While this was Audio Connect’s first experience with LEA Professional it hasn’t been their last. The team now specifies LEA Professional amplifiers on all their projects.

“The connectivity and flexibility of the LEA amplifiers allowed us to make this all work,” added Morar. “And as soon as we turned on the system and heard the sound quality, we and our customers were all blown away. We now routinely use LEA amplifiers on all our installs — LEA has definitely earned their spot as our amplifier manufacturer of choice.”

We’d like to thank Raj and his team at Audio Connect for choosing our amps for this killer installation and we hope that the audio systems will continue to deliver reliable audio for the local community for years to come.

If you have any questions or feedback about using amplifiers for commercial audio systems like this or any other projects, feel free to fill out the form below or reach out to us on our social media channels.

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