Poklonnaya Gora, a World War II memorial in Moscow, Russia, is now outfitted with One Systems direct weather loudspeakers as the primary elements in a new distributed sound reinforcement system to replace an outdated one.
With the approach of the 65th Anniversary of Russia’s victory with the Allied Forces in World War II, Poklonnaya Gora curators began looking into upgrading their current system in time for the anniversary celebration. Avallon Ltd. of Moscow was contracted for a new sound system installation.
The memorial includes a 465-foot obelisk representing the 1,420 days of the war, topped with two bronze cherubs and a 3-ton statue of Nike, the Goddess of Victory, sculpted by Moscow’s famed artist, Tsereteli. In addition, the site offers a museum and mile-long walkway that includes rides, colored fountains, restaurants and cafes, as well as grounds for World War II tanks and other equipment.
Moscow’s sometimes inhospitable weather placed weatherproofing as a top priority for the new system’s loudspeakers. “Our goal was to provide enough power and output to cover the entire park, as well as to find a system that could withstand the elements day in and day out. We, along with the memorial’s curators are very pleased with the sound and the entire project,” says Sergey Vashchenko of Avallon Ltd.
The installation includes 20 One Systems 212IM-100 loudspeakers spaced at long distances due to the need to use existing mounting points on poles throughout the complex, which Vashchenko notes, “was a challenge because the power amplifiers are located a good distance from each speaker. This limited us to wiring above ground to the poles, but the clarity, projection and vocal intelligibility of the One Systems speakers is incredible and our client couldn’t be happier.”
This is the third installation for One Systems in Russia since Avallon became the One Systems distributor. One Systems President Doug MacCallum states, “We are very pleased to be working with Avallon and to be a part of such an historic memorial. This installation and collaboration with Avallon Ltd. shows our continued efforts to expand our global reach and to become the world’s leading manufacturer of direct weather speaker systems.”
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