|COTA Main Grandstand with Community R2 and R.5 Loudspeakers
Austin, TX (July 30, 2013)—Completed in 2012, Austin’s Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is the first purpose-built Formula One racing track, and includes the installation of a Community Professional Loudspeakers R Series sound system for the main grandstand and outdoor areas.
Acoustic Dimensions engineered the low-voltage systems and, in cooperation with Hughes Associates, led the effort to comply with the mass notification code. AT&T, the overall campus technology contractor, chose Ford AV to assist in the A/V systems field design and installation.
The original audio specification consisted primarily of paging horns for race audio and public announcements. To meet COTA’s request for A/V upgrades, Acoustic Dimensions and Ford AV set up a loudspeaker performance evaluation for Circuit of the Americas’ management personnel. Conventional paging horns were used as a baseline and two upgraded systems were offered for comparison. Circuit of the Americas selected Community’s R-Series, which reduced amplifier requirements and helped Circuit of the Americas meet its budget guidelines.
Community R2s, R.5HPs and WET Series loudspeakers are used in the Main Grandstand, on the track and in other outdoor areas. Community Distributed Design Series ceiling and surface-mount loudspeakers are used in the Main Grandstand, the Grandstand VIP Lounge and the Pit Building. Community VERIS2 loudspeakers are used in the Media Center with the video systems. Audio electronics include Crown amplifiers, BSS London DSPs and Soundcraft digital mixing consoles.
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