Over 1,000 EV speakers installed at new Qatar attraction

After several years in construction, Souq Al Wakrah, a new tourist attraction filled with restaurants, shops and cultural installations has opened near Doha, with a sound system featuring over 1,000 Electro-Voice loudspeakers.

Helmet Trading & Contracting handled the installation of more than 1,000 Electro-Voice ZX1i loudspeakers driven by Contractor Precision Series (CPS) power amplifiers to provide distributed sound to the quarter, which extends over two kilometres, while twelve N8000 matrices handle the loudspeaker processing.

Electro-Voice was a simple choice as the company’s partner for the project, as engineer and project manager Mahmoud Fahmawi from Helmet revealed: “Our past experience with the support and quality provided by Electro-Voice made this decision a no-brainer.”

For the design and simulations, Helmet’s technical experts could count on support from the Electro-Voice team, working together to design a virtual sound concept.

“With this system, we have succeeded in providing homogeneous coverage of the entire area – including the 500-meter-long parking lot,” explained Fahmawi. “The sound performance of the loudspeakers is great. They are equipped with high-end, lightweight components and are also extremely robust and weatherproof, making them the perfect choice for outdoor installations. With so many cabinets, the integrated QuickSAM heavy-duty, strong-arm mounting kit really proved useful. It made the installation easy and straightforward – saving us a great deal of time and money.”

The entire system – with custom-designed IRIS-Net graphical user interface – can be configured, controlled, and supervised via touchscreen. To blend harmoniously into the historic appearance of the Souq Al Wakrah, all the loudspeakers were hidden in recesses and covered with fabric matching the colour of the walls.