Holoplot's Orion Sound System Wins PLASA's Innovation Award

On Sept. 17 at the Olympia Hall in London, England, Holoplot’s sound system Orion was awarded the PLASA Innovation Award. The product allows a radical new approach to sound reinforcement and provides audio engineers with a unique tool for their work.

The PLASA Innovation Award is handed out by the global trade association PLASA. This year, the awards were handed out at the PLASA trade show in London. For the awards, products are judged against their true innovation regardless of product category.

On the first two days of the PLASA show, the judges visited the 47 nominated companies to learn more about the innovative products. Demonstrations were given, use cases were discussed, and functionality for rigging, maintenance, and installation was explained.

The Holoplot booth attracted many of the jury members a second or third time, according to the company. In their eyes, a system with such precise beam steering capabilities and flexibility in how audio can be projected, demonstrates a paradigm shift in the industry. Holoplot’s approach to creating immersive audio environments based on wave field synthesis demonstrated to them a unique strength in authentic audio reproduction. “The room acoustics are no longer a challenge but become part of the experience”, describes Roman Sick, Holoplot’s CEO. Together with the jury, the Holoplot team explored the different use cases of the Orion system for houses of worship, train stations and airports, retail environments, museums, stadiums, and entertainment venues. As one jury member put it: “Your product is truly amazing.”

In total, eight awards were handed out that evening to various companies in the AV industry. The range of product innovations was significant, ranging from high-performance projectors over speaker manufacturers to lighting companies. For Holoplot’s Orion system, the competition on the 3D audio application side was significant, as L-Acoustics’ L-ISA and d&b’s Soundscape had also been nominated initially.

“The conventional speaker technologies are very established in the industry. It is not easy for a young company to change the mindset. This award shows us, that the value of our product is recognized by the industry,” added Roman after winning the award. “This award is a great accomplishment for all the effort our team has put into the development of this amazing product.”

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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