Ikegami opts for Genelec speakers for its new seminar room
The room was configured with six audio zones.
Ikegami Tsushinki, a Japanese manufacturer of professional broadcast equipment, celebrated its 75th anniversary with the renovation of its office building in Tokyo, including a new seminar room equipped with Genelec Smart IP speakers, highlighting the commitment of the company to develop IP workflows.
Akiko Kurazumi, general business group manager of Ikegami, said that Ikegami hasn’t had many large venues for holding corporate events so far. “We used to rent nearby public facilities for training sessions or other corporate events. When the pandemic hit we were forced to bring things online, but the idea was raised of having our own facility for the future. The timing was perfect as it coincided with office renovations, so we built a new seminar room.
During the design process, Ikegami consulted with longtime colleague Tetsushi Hirai of TXA Planning, who is familiar with the latest AV equipment. Hirai proposed a proposal based on the theme “Stay Focused on the Seminar”. “I make it a point to design sound systems that put intelligible audio exactly where it should be, so audiences and attendees can focus on the content and get the most out of their experience,” Hirai observed. . “Ikegami’s seminar room was no exception.”
The design was developed entirely from the perspective of the attendees: the rectangular room was configured with six separate audio zones and designed in such a way that the speaker’s voice could be heard clearly from anywhere in the room without interference between areas. Hirai said Genelec’s Smart IP Speakers offered the best way to achieve this design.
“The room has a number of physical pillars, so we installed a total of six 4430 speakers in an L/C/R configuration for the front half of the room and the same for the back half, to provide the audio to each of the six zones,” Hirai noted. “The speakers are angled radially toward the center of each zone. Large display panels are also an important part of the experience, so the system has been configured so that the sound seems to come from the screen, if any, which is placed near the speaker for a realistic experience.We set the center 4430 above the screens as the virtual sound source and calculated the time alignment for each speaker position using 3D modeling software Amazingly, once the time alignment was set, the sound output was so good that I didn’t even need to calibrate the loudspeakers speakers – they sounded fantastic straight away you.
“When I listen to these speakers, the clarity is amazing,” he continued. “Their excellent linear characteristics – which I measured myself – saved me from having to calibrate them afterwards. The design of the system is thus much easier.
“Ikegami is leading the way in the adoption of standards and technologies such as ST 2110 which enables the transport of audio, video and control data, and is also developing MoIP (Media over IP) which incorporates remote control capabilities”, explained Hirai. “Genelec’s Smart IP platform that provides audio, power and control through a single network cable fits perfectly into this scenario and is a scalable solution that will be able to adapt to next-generation innovations.”
Kurazumi concluded, “When I first heard the system, I was impressed with the listening comfort. We had a seminar session the other day, and I realized it sounded the same everywhere I moved around the room. We could focus on the content, even if it was quite complex management issues. Besides that, we felt less tired after attending for a long hour. This seminar room has just opened, but we are already planning to use this space for various purposes. It will be an excellent showcase for us at all levels.