|PSX Worldwide Audio Visual Brings Life To Historic New Orleans’ Joy Theater With
JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – To revitalize the historic, 65-year-old Joy Theater in New Orleans, PSX Worldwide Audio
Visual recently installed a brand-new audio system featuring HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays.
The Joy Theater, located on popular Canal Street in downtown New Orleans, has been through it all. The theater
was closed for a brief time in 1978 and closed permanently in 2003. After Hurricane Katrina, the owners of the
building wanted to completely renovate it back to its original state. The Joy Theater now marks part of a theatrical
renaissance on Canal Street, bringing hope during the rebuilding of the community.
For the main PA system, PSX flew a total of 18 VT4887ADP-DA compact powered line array loudspeakers, nine
per side, along with two VT4881ADP-DA powered subwoofers on each side and a VT4882DP-DA powered
Four AM7212/95 loudspeakers are used for upper balcony fill, along with 12 VP7212MDP powered floor monitors,
four SRX728S ground-stacked subwoofers and two VP7215/95DPDA powered loudspeakers for side fill. An
additional 25 Control 26CT ceiling speakers were also installed to cover the restrooms and lobbies.
PSX installed Crown IT 5000HD amplifiers to power the ceiling speakers and SRX subs and the system also
features BSS audio processing.
When deciding on a new system for the Joy Theater, PSX wanted to provide as much flexibility as possible to
accommodate a variety of world-class performers. “HARMAN and JBL are widely accepted across the country and
we were confident that it would be a perfect fit for the venue. Anyone would be thrilled to play in this historic
theater,” stated Jeff Borne, President at PSX.
“The biggest challenge of the whole project was time,”
Borne continued. “The renovation process was designed
to return the building back to its original design.”
Construction started in November 2011, with the first
show scheduled for December, so there was no time to
spare and PSX had to work within the framework of the
The reliable performance of the VERTEC line arrays
allowed PSX to focus on the task at hand, rather than
worrying about glitches. “There was limited space for
racks, so having the powered VERTEC line arrays was a
great fix. The whole system fit together perfectly with the
BSS processing and overall everyone was extremely
satisfied with the results,” Borne stated.
“The support of HARMAN is always great, they make our
job easier and we always come away with a great
outcome,” Borne summed up. “The first show, which
featured Irma Thomas just before the New Year, went off without a hitch. It was a great experience for all of us and
it’s great to see the theater back up and running.”
For more information on PSX Worldwide Audio Visual, please visit: www.psx-inc.com/
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