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Of all the quiet places in the world, libraries are the most sensitive to background noise – even quiet conversation is frowned upon. The very thought of adding sound systems to the interior of a library was considered absurd, until they tried the Audio Spotlight. 


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New York Public Library was faced with the challenge of catering to the increasingly multimedia-centric sensibilities of today's youth, without adding noise or distraction to the quiet library setting. Several Audio Spotlight speakers were installed over an open-air media center, right in the middle of their Hamilton Grange Teen Center in Harlem.  

Their young patrons can now watch movies or rock the afternoon away to Rock Band video games, together in a safe social space, while others study in peaceful quiet just outside the isolated Audio Spotlight sound field. New York Public Library were no strangers to the Audio Spotlight directional speaker technology; they had previously used a fleet of speakers for a "News Around the World" digital signage wall at their Science, Industry and Business branch on Madison Avenue. 

This impactful juxtaposition of adding sound in a library – perhaps the most widely notorious for maintaining silence than any other imaginable venue – speaks to the true directivity and effectiveness of the Audio Spotlight.  

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When the City of Mississauga in Ontario, Canada engaged its plans to update and revitalize its municipal libraries, Lorne Park Library received quite a makeover. In addition to the beautifully modernized aesthetics, there were several technological advancements to the facility, including a TV area with private, directional sound.  

Three of Holosonics' AS-24i Audio Spotlight speakers were easily installed flush to the ceiling, neatly above seating in front of a flat screen television. Each of the speaker panels delivered coverage to the seat below, keeping the sounds of the programming limited to those seats, and not bothersome to other visitors reading in the adjacent Graphic Novels section, a mere arm's length away. 

The Audio Spotlight technology allowed Lorne Park Library to offer film viewing and video gaming to its young patrons, without compromising its academic atmosphere, or the integrity of the modernist/minimalist facelift, thanks to the directivity and unobtrusive design of the speaker.

 

 

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Prominently placed near the entrance of MCCC's expansive Brendlinger Library are a collection of eye catching digital displays, intended to highlight campus subjects and echo relevant classroom topics with complementary learning material. An initiative of school president, Dr. Karen Stout, and part of the campus' major College Hall Renovation project, the rotating exhibits also feature audio accompaniment, thanks to a series of Audio Spotlight speakers. 

Beaming sound right there on the library floor, and keeping it isolated exclusively to the area directly in front of the screens, are three AS-24i panels. Visitors viewing the exhibits are able to enjoy a more captivating multimedia experience, and other students and professional staff nearby – Dr. Stout's own office included – remain blissfully undisturbed by the sound.

 

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