French rugby stadium Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin in Clermont-Ferrand has recently installed a brand new sound reinforcement system from Electro-Voice.
The installation in the 18,000-seater stadium, which is home to French rugby team ASM Clermont Auvergne, was performed by the Clermont-Ferrand branch of Manganelli, supported by EVI Audio France. "Those responsible for the stadium wanted a sound reinforcement system with the highest intelligibility level possible," explained Jean Marandet, the French Electro-Voice distributor's product and service manager.
One of the biggest challenges was the need to obtain high sound pressure levels, whilst providing even coverage with a 100-V system. And, according to Manganelli's sound reinforcement specialists, an Electro-Voice system was the best solution in the case of the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin. Simulations and calculations revealed the ideal set-up to consist of 44 Sx600PIX dual 12" two-way loudspeakers flown from the underside of the stadium roof, complemented by 29 ZX1i-100T 8" two-way full-range loudspeakers. "For this installation, three irrefutable arguments spoke in the Sx600's favour," stated Marandet. "High SPL, a 100-V transformer, and weather resistance." The enclosures are powered by 15 P1200RT amplifiers, also from Electro-Voice, as is the NetMax N8000 digital matrix controller, which, through the medium of IRIS-Net software, adds remote control and supervision to the ensemble.
"100-V systems have come under fire in certain quarters from pro audio experts – unfairly, in my opinion." added Marandet. "You only have to listen to the installation here in the Parc des Sports, which fears no comparison, to realise that they've come on recently in leaps and bounds."
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