The Hangzhou Esports Center, the first professional esports venue in China that recently opened its doors for competitions, is a starship-shaped venue presenting long reverberation times that was addressed by a sound reinforcement system by Zhejiang Dafeng Industry Co. and AV distributor and provider EZPro utilizing a range of products from Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW).
Specifically, the venue’s new PA system consists of 36 EAW KF810P line array systems, 12 EAW SB818P|F single 18-inch subwoofers, six EAW SB180zP compact subwoofers as well as EAW loudspeaker for fill applications. The system was designed with the aid of EASE4.4 and EAW Resolution sound field simulation software.
The 36 KF810Ps are divided into six groups of six to help achieve even sound coverage throughout the venue, while the SB818P|F single 18-inch subwoofers are flown above each group of the full-range line arrays to extend the lower cut-off. All the loudspeakers are centrally hung above the four-side LED funnel-shaped screens inside the venue.
Additionally, six EAW SB180zP subwoofers on the ground provide added low-frequency energy to enhance the intense atmosphere of esports competitions and so the players can accurately hear the returned audio signal and response in time. Fill speakers are hung below the LED funnel-shaped screens to cover the infield, and 6 portable monitor speakers are provisioned for the stage.
The system was in place and had its first use for the opening game, the “Naraka: Bladepoint” Martial Arts Challenge. System designer Li Zule of Zhejiang Dafeng Industry Co. states that “EAW’s KF810P worked great for our large events, providing excellent, uniform coverage and accurate control.”
The Hangzhou Esports Center will also host the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou Esports Competitions set to take place in September of 2023.