Long known for its unique architecture, the French city of Lyon has recently become home to the first known floating theatre in Europe: the L’Île Ô. Permanently moored on the Rhône River, the extraordinary venue blends aesthetics and technology to deliver a range of artistic, civic, and educational initiatives. The venue spans 245m2 over three levels, housing two performance halls with seating for 78 and 244 guests respectively.
For the largest of these, venue operators Les Scènes Ôtrement engaged AV installation specialists Novelty AURA (Auvergne Rhône-Alpes) to design and implement a class-leading AV system, which included loudspeakers from Parisian manufacturer NEXO.
The system includes a left and right cluster of NEXO P12 speakers flown below L15 subs, complemented by NEXO’s compact ID24s performing the role of front fill.
For Novelty AURA Business manager Maxime Humen, NEXO’s P+ Series was a clear choice for the hall, in meeting the venue’s key performance and coverage requirements:
“At the design stage, it was obvious that being able to vary the HF dispersion of the P12s was going to be hugely helpful in achieving even coverage in the space. It’s also important that the system is compact and that we were able to fly the subs, ensuring sight lines are not obstructed from any of the seats in the house.”
The renowned performance of NEXO loudspeakers is due in part to NEXO NXAMPMk2 technology, the manufacturer’s leading amplification and processing system. Equipped with advanced Class-D amplifiers and cutting-edge multi-core DSPs, the NXAMPMk2 systems deliver unparalleled sound quality and offer a hardware platform capable of next-generation firmware updates.
The NEXO Engineering Support Team ensured Novelty’s success by providing extensive assistance throughout the project, including direct on-site support during the final system tuning- a service valued highly by Maxime and the Novelty AURA team.
“The support we receive from NEXO extends all the way from the design and proposal stage through to commissioning the installed system. The client is very satisfied with the results, particularly the extraordinary low-frequency performance.”
Serving as yet another example of NEXO’s value within the industry and the power of their P+ Series, the L’Île Ô showcases the quality and performance that integrators worldwide have come to expect from the brand.