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Camberwell Grammar’s new chapel gains state-of-the-art AV system

Camberwell Grammar School (CGS) is a leading all boys school located in the beautiful Melbourne suburb of Canterbury. CGS prides itself on educating their young men with the latest technology available in order to develop fluency and adaptability with operating systems, which are constantly evolving. CGS have developed a sound relationship with DIB over the past 15 years in order to maintain and enhance their technology education systems and audio visual capabilities.

DIB Australia was invited by CGS to work with their architects and electrical engineers in order to design and develop an optimal av design focusing on simplicity and function for their brand new chapel, foyer and function room complex. The planning process started well before tender during the design phase of the building and continued throughout construction as required. Through consulting with CGS over 3 years DIB developed a state-of-the-art functional and aesthetic operating system.


The interior design of the chapel features the smooth installation of Italian stone, using a traditional material with a contemporary aesthetic. The DIB team paid particular attention to this visual styling and developed custom made audio-visual components in order to compliment the colour scheme and design. Most notably, the installation of two Renkus-Heinz IC-16-R column speakers, colour matched to the stone, overcame potential acoustic difficulties as they use digital beam steering technology. This means that the speakers which boast 72 separate audio elements coupled to separate amplifiers and DSP control, project sound that is directed evenly and not lost in the large dome ceiling. Additionally, ceiling speakers were installed so that the room can be used in any orientation style without compromising on sound clarity and volume.

New CGS Chapel featuring two Renkus-Heinz IC-16-R column speakers.

To complement the audio system, two Sony Pro Bravia 65″ 4K LED display screens were installed on Commbox (fully motorised) LCD trolley stands. These screens are easily connected with the audio system, are high quality and easily transportable.
DIB designed the chapel with four custom built connectivity areas. These were installed with care so that the facade of the box camouflages with the Italian stone walls. Each box contains a powerpoint, HDMI points, SDI input for camera connectivity, inputs for two microphones and ethernet inputs. These connectivity areas cover all the bases so no matter what direction the room is being used the students and staff will have no trouble in connecting their devices and presenting to the room.

Custom built connectivity areas with design matching Italian stone walls.

The chapel’s visual processing is controlled by a Kramer VS-62HA 4K core HDMI matrix hardware. Additionally, the audio is commanded by the Extron DMP 128. These systems provide fast processing of complex tasks. For user-friendly operation, DIB meticulously programmed the Extron 7″ Touch Panel so that operation is clear and intuitive. The DIB team uses a multiple design iteration process fully involving the customer to ensure the simplest interface possible is arrived at. The sleek touch panel easily controls the audio-visual set up in the chapel with the ability to merge the audio in the chapel, function room and foyer.

Extron 7″ Touch Panel

Function Room

The adjoining function room uses the same style set up, housing a Kramer VS-62HA 4K core HDMI matrix, Extron DMP 128 and Extron 7″ Touch Panel. These core elements ensure easy, ergonomic use of the audio-visual equipment. Using consistent systems also ensures that the users are familiar with the software and can easily set-up and use both rooms technology facilities.

The new function room is a beautiful multi-purpose room constructed with a vista of the football oval and basketball court. The DIB team chose to install an EPSON EB-G7400UNL 5500 ANSI, 1920 x 1200 + 4K Enhancement projector. This projector was selected due to its contemporary design, high brightness and ability to produce 4K Enhanced video quality. An accompanying Grandview Motorised SmartScreen 120″ Projector Screen was also installed. To ensure the room can be used for any occasion the projector screen and projector unit are fully retractable, completely disappearing into the roof. The Extron 7″ Touch Panel also controls the blinds in the function room so that making the room dark for presentations is an extremely simple and sleek process.

EPSON EB-G7400UNL 5500 ANSI, 1920 x 1200 + 4K Enhancement projector.

The function room also contains three Bose 502A Panaray® Speakers and three Freespace® 3 Series II speaker system subwoofers. This speaker system was mounted evenly across the front wall and produces concert-quality sound for the room. This speaker system is easily connected to the visual projector system or can be used on its own.

The chapel and the function room space with connected technology systems are also set up with equipment that can be shared. These include four Sennheiser EW 345 G3 MME865 handheld system microphones and two Sennheiser EW G3 bodypack systems with JAG IMX6 Headsets. These wireless microphones are installed for easy use and have the adaptability to be used in either room for a range of functions.

These rooms, designed in conjunction with DIB Australia, have high-quality technological aesthetics and original design. They have equipped CGS with world class facilities that will be easily used and enjoyed by all.

For assistance with your custom audio visual requirements, contact a DIB Audio Visual Solutions Consultant today. Phone (03) 9457-4800 or email us on info@dibaustralia.com.au.