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EV Sx500+ Distributed Sound for North Georgia College

October 10th, 2006

“The prior sound system worked well using the products available when it was installed 18 years ago, but it was time for a different approach.“ Ricki Atha commented. “This is a 45-year-old space that wasn’t built with acoustics in mind, and the delayed horn clusters in there really activated the room’s reverberant qualities. The gym is used for a wide range of sports and school events, so we wanted to install a new system that would offer more acoustic control and operational flexibility for the school’s changing needs.“

A distributed system of 20 EV Sx500+ boxes was spec’d to precisely pinpoint acoustic energy when and where needed in the 3500-capacity gym, depending upon the seating setup and application scenario on any given day on the school calendar. The loudspeakers were flown using EV Mb700 forged eyebolt hardware.

“When the room is full for graduation ceremonies, the system runs at full power,“ Atha explained. “For convocation assemblies, when the room has half-court seating, we keep the room reflections under control by switching to a six-box setup. For the bleacher seats during basketball games we only focus about a quarter of the available power directly over the court, via the middle ten Sx500+s, running full power over the bleachers via the two outer rows of five Sx500+s. These switchable system configurations offer complete flexibility, and keep the sonic energy focused only where there are people at any given time, keeping room reverb to a minimum as a result. No seat in the house is more than 15-feet from a loudspeaker, and, wherever you’re sitting, you’ll hear your own speaker and nothing else.“ Redundant amplifiers can be switched off accordingly, further streamlining system performance.

“This was quite a radical departure from the traditional cluster systems that are more familiar in spaces like this,“ Atha added. “We took time to educate the client about the benefits of a large distributed system. And, after the college president presented the faculty convocation immediately prior to the beginning of the school year, we received numerous comments commending us on the radical improvement in sound-the decision to go distributed speaks for itself!“

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Guy Low

Public Relations Producer

Telex Communications, Inc.

12000 Portland Ave. South

Burnsville, MN 55337

Phone: 952-736-3935

Fax: 952-736-4582

guy.low@us.telex.com

James Edlund

Public Relations Manager

Telex Communications, Inc.

12000 Portland Ave. South

Burnsville, MN 55337

Phone: 952-736-3901

Fax: 952-736-4582

james.edlund@us.telex.com

press contact:
Guy Low
Manager, PR/Media

(952) 736-3935
guy.low@us.bosch.com
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