March 2010: Peacock Sound with Shiva / Stoll since 1997

Peacock Sound (Koelliken, Switzerland) offers services in the fields of live and studio sound technology. The company is in charge of about 120 events per year. For twelve years Matthias Haueter, the owner of Peacock Sound, has maintained a cooperation with Stoll Audio. In February 2010 Haueter upgraded his equipment rental park with eight Stoll FR 2510 Compact high-power fullrange and monitor loudspeakers.

Peacock Sound is an owner-run audio firm that rents and installs sound systems and also offers various services in the fields of live and studio sound technology. Above the warehouse and the vendors dock in Koelliken (Aargau, Switzerland) the recording studio is located on the 1st floor. Peacock Sound is in charge of about 120 events per year, spanning a bandwidth from concerts and discos to conferences to company events. For more than twelve years Matthias Haueter, the owner of Peacock Sound, has maintained a cooperation with Stoll Audio.

From Shiva FR 1812 and Shiva B-118 …
“I came to know Stoll Audio, who still called themselves Shiva Audiotechnik Stoll then, on the music fair in Luzern back in 1997“, says Matthias Haueter. “At that time I had already been active in the audio business for more than ten years. I wanted to replace my old loudspeakers and had different manufacturers send me their offers.“ After a thorough investigation Haueter decided to purchase eight Shiva FR 1812 PA and monitor loudspeakers plus seven Shiva B-118 subwoofers. „To me those systems represented a tremendous added value, especially when it comes to reproducing voices and acoustic instruments.“

Peacock with Shiva Stoll LoudspeakersMatthias Haueter (Peacock Sound) with Shiva FR 1812 and Stoll FR 1810 Mini

... to Stoll Extended Top and Stoll FR 2510 Compact
When his system hit the wall of its possible output, Peacock Sound rented some additional Shiva FR 2206 each time to be able to fill events of up to 2,500 people with sound. For large events Haueter then decided to buy the PA top of a renowned German manufacturer. But he was never completely satisfied with it. True, the system produced a delicate hifi-like sound, yet at higher sound pressure levels the sonic balance fell apart and the sound became harsh and biting. In 2009 he made a comparison between his existing systems and the Stoll Extended Top (Stoll FR 2708 Standard Top in combination with the Stoll XTL 2700 Standard Extender). Matthias Haueter: “These two systems were poles apart. The Extended Top has a much more voluminous, fatter sound and showcases a finer resolution with greatly enhanced musicality. Spatiality and stereo location are also beyond comparison.“ This is why he decided to buy four Extended Tops. With them and supported by twelve subwoofers, he already delivered the right sound at open airs with up to 1500 visitors.

Harmonious, versatile and robust
But Matthias Haueter has also been sold on the smaller systems. For instance he is captivated by the Stoll FR 1810 Mini which he uses for smaller events. “These all-purpose loudspeakers have stood the test both as monitors and mini PA. Not long ago I had a powerrock party band in my store. The musicians who at first were sneering at the little Minis loved them after the concert.“ The multifunctionality of the Stoll systems is another big advantage for Haueter. Yet reliability and quality are likewise very important criteria: “In all those years I haven’t received one single negative feedback about the loudspeakers. Apart from musicians and consumers, audio firms who represent other well-known brands can also be counted among my project partners. I keep getting very positive responses from them, too.“ In his recording studio Haueter uses loudspeakers from Stoll Audio as well. 

Into a sustainable future
The services by Stoll Audio were also employed by him already several times. With his studio expansion, the planning of a sound absorber wall, but also with installation works Matthias Haueter drew on Stoll Audio’s know-how. “Dominik Stoll has a profound knowledge in acoustics, so you have to take your time to really get the whole picture. But for sustainable results it’s definitely worthwhile to get support from Stoll Audio.“ The competence in acoustics and its practical realisation in the products entail that Matthias Haueter will also gladly be working with Stoll Audio’s services and products in the future. So for instance, in February 2010 he upgraded the Peacock Sound rental park with eight Stoll FR 2510 Compact high-power fullrange and monitor loudspeakers.

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