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Community speakers installed at Djamaâ el Djazaïr Mosque

Community speakers installed at Djamaâ el Djazaïr Mosque

Community speakers installed at Djamaâ el Djazaïr Mosque


Located in the Bay of Algiers, Djamaâ el Djazaïr Mosque, also known as the Bouteflika Mosque, is set to open its doors imminently. Inside are Community R Series loudspeakers for sound reinforcement, supplied by Italian distributor Prase Media Technologies. International construction company Drees & Sommer worked with Jürgen Engel Architekten and the engineering consultancy Krebs und Kiefer on the build, while AV integration was carried out by Advantex and the China State Construction Engineering Corporation.

R6-51BIAMP speakers installed in the columns of the esplanade
R6-51BIAMP speakers installed in the columns of the esplanade

Construction began on what will be the third-largest mosque in the world in 2012. Djamaâ el Djazaïr Mosque also possesses the world’s tallest minaret, which will also be the highest building in Africa at 270m. Built to accommodate 120,000 worshippers, the mosque covers more than 200,000m2.

‘Community R Series loudspeakers were chosen for audio reinforcement of the cour, the esplanade and the minaret,’ said Prase’s project manager, Marco Cappellotto. ‘The choice was made on the basis of their premium audio performance, high power, controlled coverage and outstanding intelligibility, in addition to their resistance to all weather conditions, which includes salinity due to the building’s close proximity to the sea.’

Four Community R6-51BIAMP three-way, vertical array loudspeakers provide audio coverage in the 100m2 cour. A further eight have been installed in the 300m x 100m esplanade, built into the capital of the building’s columns that line the perimeter.

R2-MAX loudspeakers have been installed on the outside of the minaret
R2-MAX loudspeakers have been installed on the outside of the minaret

Eight arrays of four R2-MAX loudspeakers are installed in the area surrounding the mosque – two arrays on each side of the minaret. These 32 speakers offer 360° coverage up to 3km from the tower and, along with the R6-51BIAMPs in the esplanade, were fitted into recesses with precision to ensure they are unobtrusive and do not interfere with the building’s aesthetics. In addition, the R2-MAX loudspeakers were custom pained to match the tower’s marble.

In addition to the loudspeakers, Prase provided Biamp Tesira Fortè DSP, Lab.gruppen D120T amplifiers and Extreme Networks switches, all integrated on an Ethenet network.

‘Community R Series have an unequalled track record in providing high intelligibility and extreme durability in such large scale systems, so it is with confidence they were chosen as the optimum solution for this most prestigious project,’ added Cappellotto.

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