The University of Carolina Wilmington’s (UNCW) Trask Coliseum has taken stock of a brand new loudspeaker system from Danley Sound Labs.
Trask, which was constructed in 1977, recently benefitted from a $2m makeover, which included new floors, seating, scoreboards, a new video board, and a new high-intelligibility sound reinforcement system. South Dakota-based Daktronics designed and installed the multi-purpose arena’s new A/V system, which includes Danley Sound Labs SH-100B and SH-100 boxes.
“We were on a very tight budget,” explained Mike Maloney, regional audio sales associate with Daktronics. “We always strive for high-efficiency systems, but at UNCW, it was paramount.” The arena’s previous sound system was a centre cluster that provided adequate volume but low intelligibility. Daktronics also improved on the old system by including a delay ring that would keep the sound source proximate to the fans. Six Danley SH-100B full-range loudspeakers with integrated subwoofer support comprise the new centre cluster. Sixteen Danley SH-100 full-range loudspeakers augment them in the new delay ring.
Eight Crown CDi 2000 and CDi 4000 amplifiers power the system, with system conditioning and routing logic provided by a BSS Soundweb London Blu-100. A Blu-8 wall controller allows the venue’s staff to control various routing, input, and volume controls, including preset selection for graduation ceremonies that effectively shut off one end of the arena. Inputs include a Denon DN620 balanced output CD player, a Beyer DT287 headset with a Daktronics custom mic switch interface, and an ElectroVoice Rev-D wireless microphone system.
“After suffering with a low-intelligibility system for so long, the school was eager to get a new high-intelligibility system in place,” said Maloney. “The Danley SH-100’s possess a 100 by 100 degree beam width that gave us excellent coverage of all the seats. We used customised mounts designed by the Daktronics mechanical engineers to ensure that each loudspeaker’s throw is precisely placed. All of the correct angles specified by the model are hit. When we considered the Danley boxes’ inherent fidelity, together with the savings their efficiency generates in terms of amplifiers and processing, Danley represented a high-performance, yet affordable solution.”