Hughie’s Event Production Services, which provides event production servicse and professional industry equipment in the Ohio and Western Pennsylvania region, recently replaced some of its older AV rental equipment with EAW ADAPTive line components that include Anna loudspeakes and Otto subwoofers, joined by RS123 compact loudspeakers.
Founded in 1953, Hughie’s Event Production Services most recent system investment came following an 18-month search to find a new PA system. “We’ve known that EAW has made quality products for a very long time and that’s one of the main reasons they were on our radar during our upgrade search,” says project manager Jim O’Connor of Hughie’s. “When we heard about EAW’s ADAPTive line, we were very intrigued. It was clearly a system that we had to take a better look at.
“With our new EAW ADAPTive,” O’Connor adds, “we can take a few cabinets for small, ballroom type applications, or we could take many of the same cabinets and do our large outdoor events like graduations, church functions or political gatherings, which are becoming the standard in today’s social distancing environment. The scalability really blew us away.”
In total, the company purchased 24 Anna 3-way full-range array modules, 12 Otto subwoofers and 40 RS123 2-way self-powered loudspeakers. Hughie’s continues to support events in the region, including an influx in outdoor events, and recently deployed an EAW system for The FEST, an annual outdoor Catholic event with a live mass, music and a range of activities. Hughie’s has been involved for several years and while onsite attendance was significantly reduced this year, the smaller-scale onsite event was complemented with a live stream.
The steerable technology of the ADAPTive line allows for Hughie’s to make adjustments and change parameters on the fly, which is really beneficial for the team. “I often use the Ottos as end fire arrays, which is a non-traditional way to stack the subs,” O’Connor notes. “Instead of them being in a horizontal line, you set them up in a vertical line pointing towards the audience. This allows you to direct all the energy from the subwoofers directly at the audience instead of a typical omni-directional subwoofer set-up. The EAW’s don’t skip a beat, regardless of how they are set up. It’s this adaptability that makes them best-in-class”