About This Project

The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has hosted hundreds of major events and international touring artists since its completion in 1997 and was ready to undertake a serious upgrade of their audio system. The audio team at BCEC was treated to an on-site demo by our team in 2017 and instantly fell in love with the capability of the Martin Audio C6.8Ts range.


We drew on longstanding supplier relationships with to achieve the timely supply of 239 of the C6.8T ceiling speakers, and an additional 76 Martin Audio CDD 6’s, within the venue’s budget.


BCEC also needed 48 pendant speakers for their exhibition halls. We carried out acoustic prediction modelling and identified a shortlist of suitable products. Satisfied with our recommendations, BCEC commissioned a second on-site demo of the options – determining the JBL Control 67HC outperformed all others in these spaces.


The installation phase involved the mammoth task of removing and replacing 363 ceiling, pendant and wall-mount speakers. BCEC hosts events during the day and the evening, so our team worked closely with the venue staff to carefully coordinate the project schedule. We were able to complete the installation over 12 weeks without any downtime to the venue.


Physical installation challenges were also presented. The architectural design of the roof is such that the ceiling heights vary within the Exhibition Halls – between 15 and 24 metres high. All pendant speakers we installed, required hanging at exactly 14 metres to meet the optimum performance levels in our modelling.  Our installers demonstrated skilfulness and precision in executing this.


The collaboration process between Ampd and BCEC lasted almost three years, from our initial demonstration to completion. The success of this project hinged on a true partnership between both parties, and we were extremely pleased to provide the best possible result for this iconic Brisbane venue.


Equipment List

48x JBL Control 67 Pendant Speaker 165mm LF White Narrow Cover High Ceiling RBI 75W @ 8Ohms; 75deg Cover

76x Martin Audio CDD6 Transformer 6.5” Speaker in White

239x Martin Audio C6.8T 6” 2-way Ceiling speaker

12x QSC CMX800Va Amplifiers

9x QSC CMX300Va amplifiers

3x QSC CMX500Va amplifiers

5x QSC CX404 amplifiers

1x QSC CXD4.3 amplifier