Hills strengthens ties with Community

Hills has strengthened its product offering in the AV integrator market with the new I Series Modular
Vertical Array 600 (IV6) vertical array system from Community Professional Loudspeakers.
With its passive optimization and scalable design, the IV6 brings a simplified, modular approach to
complex audio installations. Designed for indoor or outdoor applications, the IV6 offers an adaptable
line array solution for almost any installation.
Hill CEO, David Lenz, said the demand for the Community Professional Loudspeakers had grown by
40% in FY17, with a number of recent project wins across the country including the WestConnex
tunnel in Sydney, Crown Promenade in Melbourne and the Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide.
“The IV6 represents a real advancement in speaker design at price point currently unavailable in the
ANZ market. We’re excited to add it to our range of Community products,” Lenz said.
The IV6 is a scalable, adaptive sound reinforcement system featuring multiple vertically arrayable
elements, designed to be used in combination or separately, with or without splay between
cabinets, and providing an extensive range of vertical coverage angle and throw distance
configurations. Two carefully chosen array elements, 120° x 5° and 120° x 15°, overcome the physical
limitations and acoustical tuning difficulties of conventional line arrays and constant-curvature
(point source) arrays while maintaining the best qualities of each.
“Community manufacture a wide range of high performance speakers that offer exceptional sound
quality and are a perfect fit with our existing portfolio,” Lenz said. “They’re focused on the same
installation markets as Hills - stadiums, hotels and retail, hospitality and tourist venues, hospitals and
public buildings – and we’re confident that the launch of the IV6 will see us gain further traction in
these verticals,” Lenz said.
This year Community Professional Loudspeakers celebrates 50 years of providing innovative
loudspeaker solutions. Founded in 1968 by Bruce Howze, Community unashamedly focuses on
performance in the midrange – where voice intelligibility lives. The company’s list of references is
impressive, from Elvis Presley touring with Community’s Leviathan in the ‘70s to supplying public
address systems for the world’s largest annual gathering of people in Mecca.
Performance and intelligibility continue to be the company’s top priority. “There’s been a trend
among loudspeaker manufacturers to overlook intelligibility in favour of the ‘wow’ factor of big
bass,” Howze observes. “That sort of misses the point that all the critical information is in the
midrange. If you don’t get that right, the rest of it doesn’t mean a thing.”
Community CEO, Steve Johnson said that Community would continue to innovate with new
products, like the IV6, to exceed the industry’s expectations.
“We’re excited to have Hills as our distribution partner in Australia and New Zealand, and we look
forward to strengthening our position in the market through the expertise and experience Hills
brings to this channel,” he said.
Hills is planning industry events throughout March to showcase the superior sound quality and
coverage of the IV6 in a real-world environment. For more details call Hills on 1300 445 571 or visit
Caption for photo: Community Professional Loudspeakers Director of Technical Services, Dave
Howden and CEO Steve Johnson, Hills CEO David Lenz and Hills General Manager AV Product
Practice, Blake Kirby, Hills Non-Executive Director, Ken Dwyer and Community Professional
Loudspeakers APAC Sales Manager, Kim Juergensen.
Carole Calleia
0450 041 307