A Historical Sound: d&b audiotechnik Updates Historic Zhongshan Hall

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Originally used as a town hall, Zhongshan Hall in Taipei City, Taiwan has continued to host a series of important functions since it was built in 1928. From serving as a venue to presidents such as Richard Nixon of the United States, and Syngman Rhee of South Korea, to the signing of the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty and other governmental ceremonies, Zhongshan Hall has earned its designation as a Class Two National Historical Site. Today, the hall is used as a traditional art and culture centre.

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First renovated in 2001, the main hall, Zhongzheng Auditorium, seats over one thousand people and these days it serves mostly as a venue for cultural performances. In 2012, the building decided to upgrade its sound system, using d&b audiotechnik loudspeakers. With help from system integrator WeiShin Co., Ltd, co-designers Alex Poon (d&b China) and audio consultant Mr. Liu of Topsound Co., Ltd, the team created a solution using Q and E-Series elements from the d&b range to fulfil the exacting requirements of the Zhongshan Hall's management.

"We selected d&b's dedicated installation Qi-Series loudspeakers for the main system," explained Poon. "Qi is ideal for theatres and venues such as Zhongzheng Auditorium. The sound produced is rich full spectrum; can achieve high sound pressure levels and considering its relative size and light weight, has all the character of a much larger PA."

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The Zhongshan Hall design comprises Qi1/Qi7 loudspeakers for main line array, with E6 as frontfills. Completing the system d&b MAX12s were included for stage monitoring. All loudspeakers are powered by the d&b D6 and D12 amplifiers. No doubt the next eighty years of Zhongshan Hall's existence will be equally illustrious, filled with more history and wonderful sounds.

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