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Concert AV Takes KV2 VHD5.0


21 August 2019

Melbourne-based Concert Audio Visual steps into the big league by investing in a KV2 Audio VHD5.0 Constant Power Point Source System — the first in Australia.

Established in 2004 by director Joe Sofo, Concert Audio Visual serves a varied customer base of corporate and live sound events, along with operating a hi-tech and pro audio sales department out of its Melbourne office.

“We started business carrying a few of the smaller format line arrays and moved into a larger format line array,” explains Joe Sofo. “Now, moving into flown point source technology like this… well, it’s one hellavu step up.”

Joe’s introduction to KV2 Audio came via a professional recommendation. Being an independent thinker Joe looked into the underlying philosophy or the point source technology and was impressed enough to touch base with KV2 Audio Australia director, Dave Williams.

“I demo’ed some of the smaller enclosures, such as the EX and ESM series, and I was beyond impressed,” enthuses Joe.

After adding EX and ESM to his store’s retail catalogue, Joe first encountered VHD at a full-scale demonstration at Australia’s best known outdoor venue, the Sydney Myer Music Bowl.

“I was asked to assist KV2 Audio Australia with the rigging of the VHD systems,” recalls Joe. “I’ve had a lot of systems in that venue from large point source systems to even bigger line array systems. But when I heard the VHD5.0 with subs I was blown away.”

Not long after that experience Concert AV began negotiating the purchase of a full-scale VHD5.0-based concert rig, that includes a full complement of VHD4.21 Active Sub Bass Modules, downfill, and VHD5000 power amplifiers.

“This purchase allows us to play with the big boys. A full-scale concert PA like the VHD5.0 will really benefit our existing customers but will also open other doors for us.”

Joe Sofo is looking forward to introducing the system to the Australian market which is still new to the advantages of KV2’s innovative take on large-scale point source.

“We recently had a show where we used the VHD2 system — the smaller brother of the VHD5.0,” recalls Joe Sofo. “This particular venue is right by the water and quite prone to strong, gusty winds. We’ve had issues with our line array systems there, as had all the rental companies — the high frequency content just falls apart in the wind. This client gave us the opportunity to show VHD in action and they were impressed. The crowd was in the order of 3500 — idea for the smaller VHD2.0. It ran solidly for 10 hours into a 40kmh-plus crosswind and it was faultless. We can’t wait to let the VHD5.0 loose in outdoor concerts like that and much, much larger — its performance is a real game changer.”

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