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MLS Audio beefs up rental stock with KV2 Audio’s large format VHD System

2/4/2019

 
 
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Portsmouth-based MLS Audio  has become the latest UK pro audio solutions provider to acknowledge and invest in the benefits of KV2 Audio’s large format True Point Source VHD system. Having steadily increased his KV2 inventory over the years, director Guy Morris decided that the time had come to invest in a complete VHD system comprising VHD2.0s with VHD 1.0 downfill enclosures, a full complement of VHD 2.16 dual 15-inch subwoofers as well as the impressive VHD 4.21 ultra-low frequency active/passive dual 21-inch subwoofer system. Morris describes his early exposure to KV2 products, and the reasons for his continued – and increasing – reliance on them for his wide range of applications. 

My first introduction to KV2 was purely by accident,” he recalls. “I had gone to my local audio supplier for a quick chat and should have known when they brought out the coffee and biscuits that they had something to show off. In their demo area was a selection of KV2’s active EX range – the EX6, EX10 and EX2.2. The EX6 and EX10 were first demoed full-range with the EX2.2 subwoofer added in later.” 

As an existing owner of another premium German brand I was absolutely not in the market for anything else – but of course that was until I heard it! It was immediately apparent that what I was hearing was a very different listening experience.” 

As time progressed, MLS’s requirements developed to the point where KV2 EX products became a clear and obvious solution. “As luck would have it, I had begun getting a number of events where the use of amp racks was not very practical – specifically, recurring events on a Super Yacht with high-profile artists – so a compact, high quality active system appeared to be an attractive solution.” 

At this point KV2 was not yet the recognised brand it is today – and Morris was careful in his diligence before investing, knowing that many brands have come and gone and that his existing system had given his customers an expectation of a certain level of performance. “After searching out more information about KV2, I learnt about George Krampera and his quest for a true and accurate reproduction of whatever source material is being presented,” continues Morris. “Based on the very first demo, evaluation of the products and my research, I bought my first EX products which have become a vital part of my inventory performing flawlessly in many scenarios that my other system wouldn’t.

Fast-forward a few years and Morris decided to revisit KV2’s product range to see if a system existed that would deliver the same quality he was now used to from the EX range but at festival level. He already owned a line array from another leading manufacturer but was becoming increasingly interested in a point source solution and started looking at KV2’s VHD and ESR systems. “I was able to hear both VHD and ESR215 systems at demo day at a local theatre where KV2 was already installed,” he recounts, "and of course I then did all my research. Everything on paper made sense but I wanted to experience the systems in the ‘real-world’ so KV2 arranged for me to hear the ESR215’s on a touring theatre production. The results achieved in a venue I knew well were so impressive that my order for an ESR2.15 system was placed in the same week!” 

However, a VHD System is yet another step up, and often represents the most sizeable investment for KV2 users. Morris was in attendance at another KV2 demo day, specifically highlighting the VHD system in a vast field with space enough to listen to a single VHD System (1 x mid/hi per side) from over 200m away. The eye-opening demonstration gave Morris the confidence to commit a live trial of a VHD system on Blues and Rock festival held in Surrey on which he was the house engineer for a raft of reputable acts. 

“It became obvious pretty quickly that the VHD System could deliver both level and frequency in an exceptional way and it was getting nods of approval from the visiting band engineers using it. The mix of bands – from a full-on Geno Washington to The Swinging Blue Jeans and SLADE – gave plenty of variety at the mix position to put it through its paces and it did not disappoint!

The big question was, did it convince me enough to invest? Great sound is one thing, but there are other factors to consider when making such an important investment including longevity, reliability, technical support, market awareness and the relationship between user and manufacturer. It all added up – KV2 were a pleasure to work with offering exceptional support throughout. I decided to collect the system which involved a thoroughly pleasant trip to KV2’s UK HQ in Harrogate, UK and I’m enthused to get the system out and about.

 

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