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Electro-Voice upgrade for Western Washington University

February 12th, 2009



Daryl Lazarescu of Pro Sound & Communications of Bellingham, Wash. recently installed an Electro-Voice sound system designed by Thom Mullins, Senior Consultant at BRC Acoustics & Technology Consulting, in Carver Gymnasium at Bellingham’s own Western Washington University (WWU).

Carver Gymnasium is used for many different applications, including athletic events, lectures, graduation ceremonies, and concerts. Depending on the occasion, Carver can seat up to 3,000 people. WWU’s existing system was being stretched to its limits by its myriad applications, so BRC worked with WWU and Pro Sound to design an audio solution that would replace its existing system. Mullins determined that Electro-Voice products would provide an ideal solution for the venue:

“The school needed a system that could deliver outstanding musical playback in addition to exceptional vocal intelligibility,“ says Mullins, “and that was the primary reason that I selected the FRi and FRx series from EV. The gym’s original system was an EV horn and box design, installed when the building was constructed in 1980. We replaced that with another central cluster and upper bleacher loudspeakers to improve coverage and extend bandwidth of the system. In particular, the coaxially mounted, horn-loaded FRx+640 offered the ideal combined mid/high pack solution, coupled with FRx181 subs flown underneath. We also specified FRi+122 12“ two-way boxes to fill out coverage of the gym floor during half-time shows, and also to serve as delayed speakers for the upper bleacher seats. The whole system is very compact relative to its coverage and sonic performance, and has a nice matching look. The upgrade has made a great difference.“

The new system comprises a central cluster of four EV FRX+640 loudspeakers, mounted directly above the basketball court and powered by CP4000S and CP2200 amplifiers. The two FRX+181s subs flown underneath the main FRX boxes are powered by CP4000S amps. Three FRi+122 loudspeakers, also powered by CP2200 amps, complete the central cluster; the FRi+122 and CP2200 combination was also specified for the delay speakers. Carver Gym’s entire system is now powered by Electro-Voice amplifiers. WWU has been very pleased with the results. Mullins comments:

“We definitely achieved what we set out to do by providing a more musical system for the school - something more becoming to their status as a NCAA-II basketball team. It really elevates the game day experience. We improved the coverage on the floor during games and halftime shows, and we provided better speech intelligibility, better frequency response, and a much higher level of output than their original system. We couldn’t be more pleased. Pro Sound did a very good job on a very tight schedule - they only had four weeks in the facility to pull out the old system and install the new one.“

“The school loves their new system,“ adds Lazarescu. “They are very happy with both its sound quality and ease of use. They just turn it on and it works reliably for them every time.“

www.brcacoustics.com

www.prosoundcomm.com

www.boschcommunications.com

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Guy Low

Bosch Security Systems, Inc.

Communications Systems Division

Public Relations Manager (ST-CO/MKT)

12000 Portland Ave. S.

Burnsville, MN 55337

USA

www.boschcommunications.com

Phone: 952-736-3935

Fax: 952-736-4582

guy.low@us.bosch.com

Marcus Miller

Bosch Security Systems, Inc.

Communications Systems Division

Public Relations Assistant (ST-CO/MKT)

12000 Portland Ave. S.

Burnsville, MN 55337

USA

www.boschcommunications.com

Phone: 952-736-4069

Fax: 952-736-4582

LIMITED.marcus.miller@us.bosch.com

press contact:
Guy Low
Manager, PR/Media

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