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EV Sound at Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, TX

January 18th, 2008



It’s not often that contractor, consultant, and manufacturer are invited back to a site to replace a system they designed and installed together 14 years earlier. Having worked on custom speaker systems for The Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington back when it opened in 1994, Electro Acoustics, Inc., of Fort Worth, TX, leading Dallas-based audio consultants WJHW, Inc., and Electro-Voice recently joined forces again to design and install a brand new sound system for the venue, including 176 customized EV FRi+122 speakers.

The original EV installation featured 53 custom weatherized wood enclosures containing three 12“ woofers with horns and drivers, all covering the upper deck seating areas, with each unit weighing around 350 lbs. These were joined by 27 large MH4020 stadium horns. In addition, 12 similarly designed custom speaker enclosures covered the home run porch, along with two clusters comprised of HP940 horns, DH-1A drivers, and TL606 low frequency speakers.

Though all these systems performed with distinction during their original tenure, the extreme Texas climate inevitably took its toll on some of their component materials, and, by 2007, the time had come for either refurbishment or replacement, as Chris Jordan, Chief Steward & Owner, Electro Acoustics, Inc., explained:

“We literally weighed up the options! Due to the massive size of the original upper deck three-in-one speaker enclosures, we found it more cost effective to replace each unit with three weatherized FRi+122 cabinets, flown in the same horizontal configurations as before (throwing forward, down, and rear), rather than refurbish and reinstall them. The new speakers were custom designed with a 120-degree dispersion pattern, which adds significantly to their coverage. The home run porch enclosures were also replaced, though many of the original EV speakers are still in use for the lower deck seating area, and all the MH6040 Stadium horns are also still in use, most of them having been outfitted with new components during this upgrade.“

“Obviously speaker technology has changed significantly in the last 14 years,“ Jordan adds, “and the latest generation of FRi loudspeakers offers a lighter weight, higher fidelity, more rigging-friendly solution than the previous system, but with that same inherent EV build quality and reliability. It was far easier to install three 60 lb speakers than a single heavy unit, which also means they will be simpler to remove, if that’s ever necessary. This system design saved us a considerable amount of labor during installation, while adding superior sound quality and serviceability for the future. During testing, Gary White (Project Engineer, WJHW) found that only minimal equalization was required to achieve excellent performance, though each box in each cluster can be precisely controlled and equalized if needed. We had only partial control with the original design. And, cosmetically speaking, this time we were able to fit the speakers higher up in the steel rafters, so they are far less visible.“

This design/build/install was a professional collaboration of the highest order: “This was certainly among the best projects we’ve done in our 24-year history,“ says Jordan, “in terms of cooperation between the consultant, the owner, the manufacturer, and us as the contractor. The Texas Rangers organization-in particular Gib Seright, the owner’s representative-were extremely accommodating in every detail. Gary White of WJHW is a consummate professional. Our own James Nichols and his crew did an excellent job running the second phase of the project, finishing up on time and under budget. It was real pleasure working with this team. EV, especially Monte Wise and our reps at the Nix Agency, were hands-on, and did a great job on the design and delivery of the speakers-all 176 of them. They arrived on the day they were scheduled to arrive, every one worked perfectly, and the custom color and finish was perfect. Every step through design, production, shipping, and testing went seamlessly.“

The system was completed on December 21st, 2007, and is all set to make the ’08 season the best-sounding ever at the 49,115-capacity park.

Main photo: Sam Jordan Photography

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Guy Low

Sr. Copywriter | MarCom

Bosch Communications Systems

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

Bosch Communications Systems

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