Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (CMET) – an autonomous research institute under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology – recenlty revamped its old-timed auditorium in its Hyderabad facility in order to meet its growing demands for upgraded conferencing and symposeum requirements. Locally-based KVIK Infotel who got the prestigous job, worked with its principal networked audio soltuions major Harman Professional, and created what is said to be a versatile auditorium set-up. 

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In a perfect fitness of things, the Pune-headquarterd CMET deciced to revamp the old, pre-existing auditorium at its Hyderabad facility. That Hyderabad is one of the country’s most promient high-proifle R&D hubs, and CMET is one actively engaged in R&D, it was like a natural progression the State-owned body decided to upgrade its facility.

Dedicated to developing materials for electronics using local resources and supporting India’s technological industries, the CMET administrators wanted to utilize the facility’s auditorium for events including training sessions, conferences and seminars.

However, that the auditorium’s existing audio set-up lacked versatility for meeting different types of event requirements. In order to meet those requirements, the CMET administration scouted for an effective solution vendor. Due diligence and associated processes resulted in the locally-based KVIK Infotel landing the prestigious job.

To ensure that their auditorium is ready for a wide range of events, the CMET admin enlisted KVIK Infotel to equip the facility with an end-to-end Harman Professional solutions audio system. Being a Harman Partner, the integrator understandably chose Harman family of networked audio solutions to impart the specified auditorium set-up.

“The Centre For Material for Electronics Technology required an audio solution that could provide breathtaking sound output and clarity for a variety of events such as trainings, presentations and seminars,” said K. Venkata Krishna Rao, Director, KVIK Infotel. “We decided that the JBL PRX speakers would be the best solution, as they would deliver extensive coverage. The solutions we received from Harman surpassed our expectations.”

The installation team designed the new audio system so that the auditorium could be used either at full capacity or as two separate seminar halls and still have pristine sound quality and coverage in either setting. The combined set of JBL PRX415M two-way monitors and PRX418S subwoofers create a system with clear highs, deep lows and up to 135 dB of output. Additionally, JBL AC18/26 and Control 23-1 loudspeakers offer optimized frequency response and reinforced coverage during full-capacity events.

To power the system, KVIK Infotel selected JBL Commercial CSA240Z and Crown XTi 2 Series amplifiers to provide unmatched performance and efficiency for any event held in the auditorium. The BSS BLU-100 signal processor brings plenty of bandwidth and low-latency processing to the system, featuring twelve analog inputs and a 48-channel digital audio bus. To give CMET employees easy control over the new system, the KVIK Infotel team installed the Soundcraft Signature 22, a compact but versatile analog mixing console with EQ control and a built-in Lexicon Effects Engine.

Finally, to capture high-quality audio onstage and during speaking events, KVIK supplied CMET with AKG microphones. The GN50 ESP are sleek and dynamic gooseneck microphones perfect for those speaking at the auditorium’s podium. The WMS470 wireless microphone set, meanwhile, offers 14 hours of battery life and up to 16 channels on the same frequency band for events requiring more inputs and flexibility.

“Providing an effective AV design for a multipurpose venue is easy with Harman’s versatile audio solutions,” said Aditya Todi, Senior Director of Sales & Marketing, Harman Professional Solutions, India & SAARC. “We would like to thank our partner KVIK Infotel for delivering a fitting solution that seamlessly meets the requirements of a diverse set of events.”