Elegantly presented speech intelligibility
Named after the Czech town once known as Austerlitz – the scene of Napoleon Bonaparte’s victory over the Third Coalition – Gare d’Austerlitz is one of Paris’s six major railway stations, which dates from the mid-19th century. Thanks to a large refurbishment project high-speed TGV trains can depart from the station from 2020. A new 4-track extension has been built to accommodate these.
As part of the construction process, the station has also been equipped with a new sound system. The national rail company, SNCF, opted for Fohhn Linea series loudspeakers.
Eleven AL-150 systems have been installed – 1.5 metre long, slender line source speakers with an elegant white design housing. These eleven systems have proved sufficient to cover both the main reception hall and the platform areas. In accordance with the venue’s technical requirements, the AL-150 systems have been fitted with 100 V (2 × 60 W / 100 V) transformers.
Since their installation, the loudspeakers have impressed everyone with their exceptional levels of speech intelligibility. Their precisely targeted, 15° vertical beam dispersion means that unwanted reflections from floors and ceilings can be minimized – thereby also substantially reducing levels of reverberation. At the same time, the loudspeakers’ 140° horizontal beam width ensures an even sound coverage. The result: Both travellers and station staff can clearly understand every announcement!
Congratulations on this successful installation!