How Line Array Speaker Kits Work

Author: Tyler Cox

When setting up a conference room sound system, one of the most critical aspects of the process is ensuring that the speakers' audio can be heard no matter where a listener may be seated.

Compare it to a concert by your favorite musical act. You may not have the best view of the stage, but chances are no matter where you sit, you're likely to be able to hear the music clearly.

One way to accomplish the goal of adequate sound coverage is to hire an audio engineer and pay them hundreds or thousands of dollars to calculate the proper placement of speakers.

Of course, most companies don't have the resources to pay for such a process. Fortunately, there's a simpler and less expensive way to guarantee adequate audio coverage: Using a DIY line array speaker kit.


What is a Line Array?

Simply put, a line array is a series of speakers covering the same frequency range placed in a line, typically vertical. The speakers are placed at slightly different vertical angles, which allows them to cover a greater area than one speaker by itself. Next time you're at a concert or similar performance venue, take a minute and check out the line array speaker rigging, which will likely involve a stack of speakers hanging from the ceiling on each side of the stage. The concept is similar to what we're discussing here, albeit on a smaller scale.

Although describing how line arrays work to enhance sound quality would involve a lengthy physics lesson, suffice it to say that the sound coming from each speaker works with the sound from the other speakers to create consistent sound levels throughout the room. The audio won't be too loud for those at the front of the room nor too soft for those in the back. Also, a line array speaker system can help limit the amount of sound picked up by open mics at the podium or on the stage, minimizing interference.

When to Use a Line Array Speaker

Designing a conference room layout for different meeting situations can be difficult, and a line array speaker system may not be the best solution for a huddle room or small conference room. However, it's often the perfect solution when designing a classroom, auditorium, or larger conference room. And the good news is that line array speaker systems are available in a self-contained package that makes them easy to set up. Compare them to the thin, tall speaker towers many of us have as part of our home theater setups. For more guidance on how speakers and microphones can work together in your meeting space, read our Guide to Conference Room Microphone Steup, By room


What is in a Line Array Speaker Kit?

Yamaha UC's ADECIA Ceiling Microphone Conference System includes a ceiling microphone, signal processor and network switch, and a pair of VXL-16P POE+ powered line-array speakers. The solution auto-detects installed components, auto-configures the devices, and auto-optimizes audio performance for the environment in which it will be used, including accounting for reverberation characteristics, echo behavior, speaker/mic position, and more.

The speakers use a slim line-array configuration in an attractive, stylish package, making them an easy fit for conference rooms that demand vocal clarity. They are designed to accurately reproduce the human voice while creating a constant volume level throughout the room.

If you're considering deploying a communication platform for your conference room, auditorium, or lecture hall and want clear, consistent audio, contact the experts at Yamaha UC. We're here to help!