The Southern Adventist University in Tennessee has upgraded its Iles Physical Education Center with a WorxAudio sound-reinforcement system.
Sound Ventures/Lunar Cinema of Knoxville, Tennessee, an AV production services and design firm dedicated to live events and select installations was contracted to design and deploy the new system. Company president Dennis Farley discussed the project and his firm’s decision to install WorxAudio loudspeaker systems:
“The venue includes three full-sized basketball courts and, in addition to sports and recreation, accommodates classes and worship services. The area measures 173 feet from the front of the stage to the back wall and 131 feet in width. It has a seating capacity of 2,460 people. As both classes and services take place here, it was important to install a system that provided a high level of speech intelligibility and first-rate music reproduction characteristics. After carefully evaluating our options, a line array system was clearly the best choice.”
The loudspeaker setup adjacent to the stage in the Center consists of 16 WorxAudio TrueLine V8 powered two-way line array elements, with eight enclosures flown on each side. Atop each of these two clusters sits a TrueLine V215S powered subwoofer with dual 15in transducers.
On the floor in front of the stage are two WorxAudio TL218S High SPL Super Subs. Each enclosure incorporates dual direct radiating 18in 2,000W cone drivers in a tuned enclosure, promising maximum output with minimal distortion and smooth, extended low-frequency response. Completing the system are four WorxAudio UW2MX Ultra Wave II two-way stage monitors, powered by Crown amplifiers.
“First and foremost, we wanted to ensure the best possible sound quality,” noted Farley, “and WorxAudio’s state-of-the-art technology delivers unmatched sound quality that any client can appreciate. Second, we were looking for a full range system that would provide even coverage from front to back and side to side, with excellent speech intelligibility. Finally, considering this space is used as a gymnasium, we also needed the loudspeakers to withstand the abuse of flying objects, such as basketballs.”
Gary Sewell, associate vice president of information systems at Southern Adventist University, reported he couldn’t be happier with the new system: “Everything is working better than we anticipated. The sound is just amazing. From small events to large, full-scale events, the sound is full and clear. The University’s audio/visual team is delivering better results, and the students have been pleased. This new sound system is a dramatic improvement.”
Pictured: Gary Sewell (left) and Dennis Farley (right).