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SSE Audio Group has recently completed the installation of a new L-Acoustics PA system at Hammersmith’s legendary Apollo Theatre. Designed to be easily accessible to any visiting act, the system required some interesting cabling options:
Emma Bigg, Installations Director at SSE, explained the reasons for turning to VDC Trading for the new cabling solutions in place at the Apollo.
“It was really important that a range of options for tying into the installed fibre optic multicores was commensurate with the range of optical connectors in use with digital console solutions today and in the future. Though we have the facility to terminate our own fibre looms and multicores in house that only includes standard SC and LC connections. The HMA requires a specialist and it was very important that there was consistent quality throughout the line system.”
To achieve the assembly of further looms, terminated with opticalCON to opticalCON and opticalCON to HMA connectors to the required standard for such a project, SSE turned to cable specialists VDC Trading whose optical lab is fully equipped to assemble the rugged HMA connectors and opticalCON which will allow constant changeovers while maintaining their integrity.
Emma continued: “In addition to the extra assembles, the time available to produce the looms was quite short so the fact that VDC had the ability to turn them round in the time frame was a major benefit from our point of view.”
The result of all this is that the cabling system is not just a passive element of the PA system but that it can accommodate virtually any digital console that arrives without, hopefully, any problems. Surely an important consideration for a venue like the Apollo.
Read about the complete installation here: