Laval, Quebec, Canada (October 10, 2017)—Place Bell Arena’s grand opening was so recent, it still has that new arena smell. Having officially opened September 1, the Laval, Quebec venue is ready to roll, hosting its first season as the home of the Rocket De Laval hockey team, and it’s additionally presenting major concerts, attractions and more. Helping ensure all 10,000 seats can hear everything clearly, the venue installed one of the first Nexo line array systems in North America in a large arena.  

Installed by Montreal-based company TKNL, the new Nexo system contains 14 clusters; each cluster is configured with three Geo S1210 line array boxes, two S1230s, a pair of LS18s, four PS15 R2s that cover the ice rink/floor portion, and two STM M28s that serve as monitors for the national anthem and the like.

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“It took approximately six months for the completion of the main PA, secondary PA, and all of the IP TV network,” said Stephane Laurin, the business development manager at TKNL.

“We determined that the Nexo system was the best solution for this venue. One of the key criteria in this project was intelligibility that is part of Nexo’s technical prowess. Like all arenas, we had to deal with concrete that causes reverb. So, we needed to install a large number of Nexo speakers in order to cover every section. This type of environment requires highly directive speakers solely focused on the listening experience for everyone attending events in the arena.”


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