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Cuba’s Historic Gran Teatro de la Habana Renovates Audio

The Gran Teatro de La Habana, in the Paseo del Prado in the heart of the capital city of Cuba, is located within the Palace of the Galician Centre, which was built as a place of social reunion for the Galician immigrants in Havana. The theater opened in 1838 and is home of the Cuban National Ballet and the International Ballet Festival of Havana.

The theater recently underwent an audio renovation and delegated installer/distributor All Trading Worldwide selected K-array to outfit the theater. Using simulation software, All Trading designed the system to have the most even and powerful coverage for all seating while maintaining the lowest visual impact possible.

The solution comprises eight K-array KP102 Pythons plus a half-meter KP52 Python arrayed on both sides of the stage, opening as the main system. These mid-high arrays are supported by four KMT18P subwoofers per side. The line array assures long, narrow coverage for clear sound, both close to the array and in the distance. The result is that the speakers do not overpower the audience in the first row and remain highly intelligible until the last seat.

Additionally, three KAN200 Anakondas were chained and implemented under each balcony to reinforce the sound coverage of the first seats closest to the stage that aren’t aligned with the main system. Two half-meter Pythons supported by a KMT12P subwoofer were set for the same purpose for the upper balcony. Six KAN200+ Anakondas were installed in front of the stage as front fill, powered by a KA84 amplifier.

Recently, the theater gained global attention when President Barack Obama visited Cuba in March and addressed the Cuban people from the stage of the historic venue.

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