Creating Crystal-Clear Acoustics for a Glass-Enclosed Vessel

The Hornblower Group's Odyssey Chicago River

Creating Crystal-Clear Acoustics for a Glass-Enclosed Vessel

The Hornblower Group's Odyssey Chicago River

Creating Crystal-Clear Acoustics for a Glass-Enclosed Vessel

The Hornblower Group's Odyssey Chicago River

Creating Crystal-Clear Acoustics for a Glass-Enclosed Vessel

Hornblower Group's Odyssey Chicago River

In the summer of 2017, Entertainment Cruises, now Hornblower Cruises and Events commissioned the Odyssey Chicago River. The boat’s construction began in a Florida shipyard. The vessel then traveled the Tennessee, Mississippi and Illinois rivers to a dry dock on the Calumet River, where the final preparations were made. After seeing OSA’s work at the iconic Chicago landmark, Navy Pier, the cruise line approached OSA to design and install an audio system for both the interior and the exterior observation deck of the Odyssey Chicago River.

The glass walls would create a listening environment of poor acoustics with high levels of reverberation, if the right sound reinforcement system was not chosen. OSA Director of Integrations Brandon Gardner knew that they would have to limit the sound reflections off the glass. “The main speakers are the d&b 16C column loudspeakers. They are a passive cardioid column speaker, which had to be used to limit excessive rear LF reflections off the back of the speaker, basically lowering how much sound bounces off the glass walls.” At the time of design and install, d&b audiotechnik was the only manufacturer offering a passive cardioid column speaker.

When Entertainment Cruises set out to build the Odyssey Chicago River, their desire was to create an unforgettable experience for their guests. Stepping on board the boat, from the graceful service and exquisite dining to the glitzy visual impact of the glass-enclosure to the crystal-clear acoustics that OSA installed, Entertainment Cruises succeeded!

European-Inspired Cruising

Creating Crystal-Clear Acoustics for a Glass-Enclosed Vessel

The Hornblower Group's Odyssey Chicago River

European-Inspired Cruising

In the summer of 2017, Entertainment Cruises, now Hornblower Cruises and Events commissioned the Odyssey Chicago River. The boat’s construction began in a Florida shipyard. The vessel then traveled the Tennessee, Mississippi and Illinois rivers to a dry dock on the Calumet River, where the final preparations were made. After seeing OSA’s work at the iconic Chicago landmark, Navy Pier, the cruise line approached OSA to design and install an audio system for both the interior and the exterior observation deck of the Odyssey Chicago River.

The glass walls would create a listening environment of poor acoustics with high levels of reverberation, if the right sound reinforcement system was not chosen. OSA Director of Integrations Brandon Gardner knew that they would have to limit the sound reflections off the glass. “The main speakers are the d&b 16C column loudspeakers. They are a passive cardioid column speaker, which had to be used to limit excessive rear LF reflections off the back of the speaker, basically lowering how much sound bounces off the glass walls.” At the time of design and install, d&b audiotechnik was the only manufacturer offering a passive cardioid column speaker.

When Entertainment Cruises set out to build the Odyssey Chicago River, their desire was to create an unforgettable experience for their guests. Stepping on board the boat, from the graceful service and exquisite dining to the glitzy visual impact of the glass-enclosure to the crystal-clear acoustics that OSA installed, Entertainment Cruises succeeded!

Creating Crystal-Clear Acoustics for a Glass-Enclosed Vessel

The Hornblower Group's Odyssey Chicago River

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In the summer of 2017, Entertainment Cruises, now Hornblower Cruises and Events commissioned the Odyssey Chicago River. The boat’s construction began in a Florida shipyard. The vessel then traveled the Tennessee, Mississippi and Illinois rivers to a dry dock on the Calumet River, where the final preparations were made. After seeing OSA’s work at the iconic Chicago landmark, Navy Pier, the cruise line approached OSA to design and install an audio system for both the interior and the exterior observation deck of the Odyssey Chicago River.

The glass walls would create a listening environment of poor acoustics with high levels of reverberation, if the right sound reinforcement system was not chosen. OSA Director of Integrations Brandon Gardner knew that they would have to limit the sound reflections off the glass. “The main speakers are the d&b 16C column loudspeakers. They are a passive cardioid column speaker, which had to be used to limit excessive rear LF reflections off the back of the speaker, basically lowering how much sound bounces off the glass walls.” At the time of design and install, d&b audiotechnik was the only manufacturer offering a passive cardioid column speaker.

When Entertainment Cruises set out to build the Odyssey Chicago River, their desire was to create an unforgettable experience for their guests. Stepping on board the boat, from the graceful service and exquisite dining to the glitzy visual impact of the glass-enclosure to the crystal-clear acoustics that OSA installed, Entertainment Cruises succeeded!

Reflection-Limiting Sound

speaker d&b audiotechnik 16C column loudspeakers and K-Array Rumble-KU210 subwoofers

Weather-Resistant Sound

 IP34 rated d&b audiotechnik 5S loudspeakers

Signal Processing

 The OSA systems integration team chose a BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 – a configurable signal processor with high bandwidth & a fault-tolerant digital audio bus – at the core

 Wall plates throughout the boat are routed into the BSS processor

 OSA's system engineer designed an iPad application with which the system is controlled

Reflection-Limiting Sound

speaker d&b audiotechnik 16C column loudspeakers and K-Array Rumble-KU210 subwoofers

Weather-Resistant Sound

 IP34 rated d&b audiotechnik 5S loudspeakers

Wireless Systems & Intercom

 The OSA systems integration team chose a BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 – a configurable signal processor with high bandwidth & a fault-tolerant digital audio bus – at the core

 Wall plates throughout the boat are routed into the BSS processor

 OSA's system engineer designed an iPad application with which the system is controlled

Reflection-Limiting Sound

speaker d&b audiotechnik 16C column loudspeakers and K-Array Rumble-KU210 subwoofers

Weather-Resistant Sound

 IP34 rated d&b audiotechnik 5S loudspeakers

OSA Designs Audio System for a Glass Boat

 The OSA systems integration team chose a BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 – a configurable signal processor with high bandwidth & a fault-tolerant digital audio bus – at the core

 Wall plates throughout the boat are routed into the BSS processor

 OSA's system engineer designed an iPad application with which the system is controlled

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OSA Designs Audio System for a Glass Boat

"Entertainment Cruises' newest boat, the Odyssey Chicago River is an upscale glass-enclosed vessel offering 360-degree views of downtown Chicago’s great architecture and stunning skyline. While visually an impressive experience, sonically the project would challenge any audio design team."

Featured News

OSA Designs Audio System for a Glass Boat

"Entertainment Cruises' newest boat, the Odyssey Chicago River is an upscale glass-enclosed vessel offering 360-degree views of downtown Chicago’s great architecture and stunning skyline. While visually an impressive experience, sonically the project would challenge any audio design team."
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