‘Sumatran Orangutans, Gavial Crocodiles and Ashly Audio, Oh My!’: Innovative Audio Company Provides System for All Climates at Polish Zoo
WEBSTER, New York, January 12, 2022– With 810,000 tickets sold since opening day, the new Orientarium at the Łódź ZOO in Łódź Poland has easily become a must-see attraction. As the preparations to build this modern breeding facility began, it was necessary to have a reliable sound system that was both humidity and high temperature resistant and would elevate the guest experience for visitors of the zoo. Fortunately, Ashly Audio was able to provide all of the above thanks to their reliable and powerful speakers and amplifiers.
Łódź ZOO, established in 1938, is home to nearly 3,350 animals, representing over 554 unique species from Sumatran orangutans to Indian elephants. In 2022, the zoo opened the new Orientarium, dedicated to Southeast Asia. The facility is the most modern breeding complex in Europe. The 33,000 square meter area hosts multiple climates, from a 26 meter-long underwater tunnel with 7 ocean reservoirs holding 3 million tons of water, to an area where the temperature reaches 24 to 26 degrees celsius with 80% air humidity.
The Tommex Company, which specializes in design, supply and configuration of sound systems, was tasked with integrating a sound system which was compatible to a variety of climates within the Orientarium facility. Whether it be humid or dry, or above or below ground– The speakers and amplifiers both needed to be reliable while still producing quality sound.
Ashly Audio supplied its AW 5.2T and AW 8.2T speakers to cover a large area of the Orientarium. The AW Series speakers were able to combat the dense humidity and high temperature challenges presented by the location, as well as provide a wide range of frequencies and even coverage throughout the facility.
“Ashly’s AW Series seemed to be the perfect fit to for the need of a unique sound system at Łódź ZOO’s; these speakers were designed to match the performance of expensive on-wall speakers, at a fraction of the cost,” explained Noel Larson, EVP of sales and marketing at Ashly Audio, “The speakers are also dust and water-resistant which is necessary for outdoor and indoor installations, especially in public spaces such as a zoo.”
Given there would be thousands of visitors each week, it was important to have a reliable sound system. Alongside the durable AW Series, Tommex selected Ashly Audio’s FA250.4 amplifiers in the main control room. The amplifiers don’t just power the loudspeakers but work as back-ups. In the event of one of the amplifiers powering down, the other can immediately switch fonic and speaker signals to itself. Additionally, the room includes two Ashly ne8800 matrix processors, which are responsible for digital signal processing and routing of signals using Dante protocol.
Ashly Audio’s FA Series is extremely flexible, while a typical 125-watt per channel amp delivers that maxim of watts, the FA-125.2 and FA-125.4 shares between channels. By producing 250W total per pair, FA Series allows users to design a system where the watt quantity can be adjusted and distributed between each amp, or even allowing one amp to be replaced by two if needed.
“Having a reliable amplifier is equally as important as having quality speakers in the facility,” Tomasz Lulkiewicz, project manager at Tommex, explains. “Whether it be projecting a fun fact or an announcement, guests need to be able to hear it clearly. A trustworthy amplifier system such as the FA Series ensures that if an issue were to arise, the technology would be able to quickly provide a solution without disrupting guest experiences.”
The experienced and established IRBIS Company from Łódź, a partner of TOMMEX, was responsible for performing the complete sound system installation for this impressive and highly complex project, ensuring the high quality expected by the investor.
As Łódź ZOO’s Orientarium becomes a leader in modern breeding across Europe, Ashly Audio will be there to continuously provide clear audio to its guests and ensure reassurance to its users for years to come.
About Ashly Audio
Ashly Audio A Division of JAM Industries USA, LLC. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-quality & amp; high-performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. For more information: www.ashly.com