K-array Overcomes Audio Challenges at Historic Museum

Telfair Museums, the oldest public art museum in the South East, has been an integral part of Savannah, Georgia’s social landscape for over a century.

Since opening its doors to the public in 1880s, the museum has grown from a renovated family mansion into a distinguished cultural institution boasting three architecturally-significant buildings; a permanent collection of approximately 4,000 works of art from America and europe, dating primarily from the 18th-21st centuries; and a history of dynamic educational programming community outreach, and exciting exhibitions.

Local audio visual consultants Michael Gaster and Associates were recently asked to make upgrades for the museum gallery. A new speaker system that improved intelligibility in the relatively reverberant gallery space was needed. The requirements were better audio quality and minimal visual impact on the space. Based off previous success with the brand, MG+A selected K-Array to meet the challenges the museum was facing.

KK52 Kobra loudspeakers paired with the KKS50 subwoofer were selected for the project for their size to output ratio. The Kobra, with its wide horizontal and relatively narrow vertical patterns, satisfied the coverage requirements of the space, while its slender and paintable physical characteristics (the speakers were customised to match the colour of the gallery walls) met the clients unobtrusive requirements.

“It is a challenge to work in such a historic space,” said system designer Michael Gaster. “we discovered partway through the installation that the structure we were working on was constructed around the items we needed to uninstall. The museum carpenter had to be called in and brought up to date on the installation”.

Once the system was installed the clients were extremely happy with the end result: “The system is married well into the decor of the museum and its sound performance is very impressive”.