Hatboro-Horsham High School, Philadelphia
Feb 16, 2010 4:22 PM
School installs outdoor PA system.
Hatboro-Horsham High School in the Philadelphia suburbs is now using a Technomad Turnkey PA system to enhance audio quality and coverage for sporting events in its outdoor campus stadium. The high school successfully used the system for its fall 2009 football season and will use this system this spring for track and field events, as well as other outdoor sports and events.
“The clarity and functionality of the system from voice to music is amazing,” says Louis James, athletic director at Hatboro-Horsham High School. “The system is used for all our home stadium athletic events along with band competitions. The system as a whole is much better than I could have expected for high school events.”
The Technomad system, featuring two Technomad Noho weatherproof loudspeakers and a turnkey signal processing rack, replaced a pair of aging public address horns plagued by unintelligible voice reproduction and low-fidelity musical output. According to Joe Torquato, owner and president of systems integration firm Omega Electronics, Hatboro-Horsham was looking to install something with the fidelity and response of a home audio system.
“The days of using the plain old football field horns with a simple driver and limited frequency response are over,” Torquato says. “Students and their parents are used to the quality their MP3 players, iPods, and CD players deliver and expect the same quality from preshow and halftime music. The new system allows for easy hookup of these devices. The Nohos provide plenty of high end; they also reproduce lows and mids very well, which is critical to high-quality musical output. The amount of power they put out covers the entire field. And the clarity of the voice is excellent. It is a very smooth sounding loudspeaker with no dropouts.”
Torquato and his team set up the system in less than 4 hours, installing the Nohos on the press box façade following masonry work to smooth the textured brick surface for the mounts. The IP56-rated weatherproof design of the loudspeakers means that they will remain outside and unprotected from the elements year-round.
“The 120x120 conical pattern of the Noho means that installers don’t have to fuss with the angles in the way that a 60x40 angle cabinet would require,” Torquato says. “Off-axis, it has a very wide, smooth response that allows two loudspeakers to cover the entire field, just as it does on-axis. That flexibility, along with the weatherproof design, is a big reason why I especially like the Noho for high school football and soccer fields. Following the installation, the athletic director walked the entire field around the track and was amazed at the sound quality and coverage.”
The Nohos are wired to a rolling signal processing rack inside the press box. The Technomad Turnkey PA system rack comes complete with a prewired amplifier and a 6-channel mixer with front-panel iPod/MP3 inputs, as well as a hard-wired microphone.
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