Dancefloor, s.r.o., a Czech Republic distributor and integrator, recently completed the installation of Community Professional loudspeakers based audio systems in two venues for the town of Znojmo, located in the South Moravian Region of the Czech Republic.
The first venue was the Winter Stadium, home of the Orli Znojmo hockey club. The 6,000+ seat Winter Stadium is a multi-purpose facility that had long suffered with poor sound levels and intelligibility, lacking the ability to inform and involve visitors and produce an exciting atmosphere for events.
Libor Klemenc, Dancefloor’s managing director, explained the choice of loudspeakers, “For high intelligibility and overall sound quality we chose Community R.5 12-inch, two-way loudspeakers. We used sixteen R.5s in 60 x 60 degree and 90 x 40 degree versions. The R.5 is both compact and discreet. Engineered for all-weather applications, it is also ideal for the environmental conditions of an ice venue.”
Klemenc continued, “With an MC2 Audio Ti1048 integrated audio management system providing delay and equalization, and the dynamics maintained by four MC2 T1500 amplifiers, we achieved excellent speech intelligibility, a primary requirement of the venue.”
Via a simple menu, the system operator can choose from pre-set modes designed for the specific event: hockey match, public skating, training, social event, etc. The system can be controlled from two separate locations. Prime events and hockey games are operated from the main control booth using a Dateq Onyx mixer, while public skating, skating courses and social events are operated from the rink side penalty timekeeper box using a Cortex MIX-R1U mixer.
A Shure SLX24E/SM58-P handheld wireless system enables live commentary from any location in the stadium.
With the substantial improvement in audio quality at the Winter Stadium, the Znojmo authorities commissioned Dancefloor to provide an equally high performance system for the town’s nearby Sports Hall, a complex used for indoor sports including basketball, floorball, futsal, handball and rhythmic gymnastics clubs.
“We used the same basic formula for the Sports Hall, but customized it to precisely meet the use, layout and acoustics of the venue,” said Klemenc. For optimum coverage, Dancefloor used a combination of Community R.5 and R.25 loudspeakers, both with 90 x 40 degree format. A Community dSPEC226 Networked Loudspeaker Processor provides delay and equalization and MC2 Audio T1500 and T1000 amplifiers power the Community loudspeakers.
“The combination again provided the high intelligibility and dynamic audio quality the venue required. As with the Winter Stadium, Dancefloor provided pre-sets on the dSPEC226 to enable the operator to select the mode for the event. The Sports Hall audio system is also controlled via a Dateq Onyx mixer from the timekeeper’s location, with a Shure SLX24E/SM58-P handheld wireless system enabling live commentary from any location.
Dancefloor employed acoustic CAD modelling for both venues to verify the designs before tender and both installations were completed to the highest standards. Entertainment requirements in both venues are met with Gemini CDMP-1400 CD/MP3/USB players.
“The new systems have transformed both venues,” said Klemenc. “The audio is loud and clear throughout, so that operators and commentators can focus on content and spectators can enjoy much greater involvement.“