SigNET’s pioneering hearing loop equipment has been installed at the new £500M Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) in Athens.

Designed by renowned architect, Renzo Piano, the multi-functional education, arts and recreation complex comprises the 42-acre Stavros Niarchos Park, the National Library and the Greek National Opera. Gifted to the state by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the SNFCC aims to enhance the everyday lives of Greeks and attract millions of visitors from around the world.

A series of phased array hearing loop systems utilising SigNET’s APPS phase shifters and PDA Pro Range Amplifiers were specified to ensure the venue is accessible to the hard of hearing.

By taking the signal from the venue’s sound system, an APSS produces two signals 90 degrees out of phase with each other. These signals are fed into two identical loop amplifiers, which are, in turn, connected to two loops laid out in a special overlapping pattern. As a result, the magnetic field is evenly spread within the covered area but the strength falls off much more quickly than normal outside the loop thus minimising overspill.

Said Panagiotis Roussos of Telmaco, the leading Athens-based AV and Broadcast Systems Provider and Integrator, which completed the project: “We were very impressed with SigNET’s phased array loops particularly the way in which they can be easily laid out in patterns to guarantee top quality standard-compliant sound. SigNET’s free design and specification service is outstanding and we were very happy with the exceptional customer service provided by Tremayne Crossley”.