Newly constructed over one of the busiest transportation hubs in New York City, The Barclays Center, home to the National Basketball Association’s Brooklyn Nets, has finalized its internal PA and is now equipped to host concerts, conventions and numerous additional events with the help of an AKG DMS700 digital wireless system.
Installed by Parsons Electric, the complete system is used for numerous aspects of sound reinforcement throughout the 18,000-seat arena.
The Barclays Center has numerous club level suites, which will be used for events throughout the basketball season and beyond. The versatility of the suites allows events ranging from company presentations, birthday parties, or additional ‘meet and greet’ opportunities with the Nets.
Each club is installed with two DMS700 systems to ensure flexibility and quality, without signal weakness. The suites and additional back rooms also host post-game interviews, press conferences and VIP events for the Nets.
In the arena, or “bowl,” the AKG system is deployed for the national anthem before the games, and during events as emcees carry handheld units, running around entertaining the crowd with promotions.
In such a large venue, where numerous events may be live at once, it was imperative the wireless functionality was not easily impeded. Project Engineer, David Potts of Parsons literally sat in the announcer’s booth for a week to perform an RF analysis for the entire building.
During the center’s debut concert series, eight performances by Nets co-owner Jay-Z, the in-house AKG wireless system was running in the background and showed no signs of interference.
“AKG is very reliable, feature-packed and easy to use,” stated Potts. “As system designers, we chose DMS700 for its reliably, durability, ease of installation and functionality. The customer-friendliness of the system is amazing, and each club maintains a strong signal. It sounds great in all of the rooms, which makes the customer happy.”
The Barclays Center now boasts 18 AKG DHT700 D5 handheld transmitters, 16 SRA2B-W remote antennas, nine DSR700 dual wireless receivers, two HSC271 headsets, two Perception 170 condenser microphones, a DPT700 digital bodypack wireless transmitter and a PS4000-W antenna DA/power distributor.
“When I first saw the AKG systems on the spec sheets, even before I was allowed in the building, I was excited to come in and try them out. DMS700 are robust units, and have plenty of feature sets other systems simply do not,” said Matt Kaitila, AV Technical Engineer at the Barclays Center. “Our mics are providing a thick sound, with a nice bit of brightness to it.”
“AKG has a trust worthy reputation and it compliments the Barclays Center sound system quite well,” continued Kaitila. “DMS700 cuts through nicely. We’ve basically locked in all of our frequencies. It’s going to be a great unit for the different type of events we’ll have for the bowl.”