InfoComm 04 Wrap Up

InfoComm 04 was a success by all measures, attendance was up, and more people were trained than ever before in the history of the conference. The sessions led by our team included: Facilities Design for Universities, June 5-7, 2004 (Three Days); Project Management, June 8, 2004 (All Day); Defining the Perfect Teaching Station for Colleges… Read more »

Another Neat New Loudspeaker

Part of the solution for the Bloomingdale’s Medinah Temple Home Store was finding a loudspeaker that sounded good, but had a small “form factor”. We had previously used TOA’s H-1 loudspeaker for pew back audio systems in churches and for sound masking systems. It was a natural fit for the Home Store. The H Series… Read more »

Historical Temple Goes Retail

When built in 1912, the Moorish-style Medinah Temple was a meeting place for the Shrine of North America. After a 21st century, multi-million dollar restoration and renovation, the historic building at 600 N. Wabash Ave., in Chicago’s River North area, looks much the same as the City’s natives remember. It blends the original Arabian –… Read more »

Restaurant Acoustics

During the last 20 years we have seen a number of different acoustical issues in retail / shopping areas – everything from blender noise for a juice bar at a now defunct Mexican restaurant chain prototype, to a restaurant so loud that guests had to shout to hear their dining partners, to the “noise” from… Read more »

Retail Audio

Have you ever noticed the plasma screens and TV monitors greeting you when you are shopping in your local Bloomingdale’s or Eddie Bauer? Have you heard the dance-club-like sound systems in the Junior’s departments at Macy’s or in Old Navy? All of these uses of audio and video technology are to make the shopping experience… Read more »

HDTV Update!

If you have been to your local electronics retailer lately, you likely noticed the explosion of HDTVs (High Definition Televisions). You might already own your own HDTV. With the FCC mandated conversion well under way, we felt it might be useful to re-visit this issue and discuss how it will affect AV presentation needs. In… Read more »

Sound Control by PAC International Inc.

A product that competes with Resilient Channels is the Resilient Sound Isolation Clip (RSIC) available from PAC International. Inc. The RSIC-1 clip combined with a 7/8-inch furring channel can achieve sound transmission class (STC) ratings of 62 in wall assemblies and impact isolation class (IIC) ratings of 82 in floor-ceiling assemblies. The RSIC-1 clips can… Read more »

Restoration of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

In response to the needs of the expanding Catholic Diocese of Memphis, Tennessee, Williamson Pounders Architects (WPA) also of Memphis, selected Thorburn Associates to assist with the acoustical and audio system design for the restoration of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The restoration brought the cathedral into full conformance with contemporary Catholic liturgical standards…. Read more »

Resilient Channels

Acoustical Consultants often specify resilient channels to improve the sound isolation of a construction assembly. Sound isolation is the amount of noise the wall or floor/ceiling reduces. Resilient channels are installed perpendicular to the stud or joist. This reduces the number of points were the gypsum board system is actually in direct contact with the… Read more »

Invisible Loudspeakers

Stealth Acoustics produces a family of invisible, flat-panel loudspeakers, designed for flush wall or ceiling mounting that sound great! The new loudspeakers from Stealth Acoustics offer a truly invisible loudspeaker solution for whole house audio, surround sound, paging, masking, foreground music, board room audio and other applications that require a full-range loudspeaker with wide dispersion…. Read more »