New York (November 30, 2006)–To go see an event, sometimes you head to a stadium, and other times, you go to a theater, but it’s pretty rare to go to both at the same time–unless you’re attending something at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, RI. In that curiously named venue, the Grand Hall recently received a new audio system featuring a selection of EAW components, including AX Series full-range loudspeakers, EAW Commercial CAZ Series power amplifiers and an MX8750 digital signal processor. The system also includes a Mackie Onyx 4880 house mixing console.
The Stadium Theatre Grand Hall in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, with EAW AX Series loudspeakers located left, center and right at the stage proscenium.The system development team included Stadium Theatre Tech Director Dan Peloquin and Providence, Rhode Island-based sound/production company ATR/Treehouse as well as Mary Cook, Scott Jordan and Joe Fustolo of the EAW Application Support Group (ASG).
The team formulated a new house system with main left and right loudspeaker clusters made up of single AX396 loudspeakers above two AX122 subwoofers that feature a trapezoidal cabinet matching that of the full-range loudspeakers. The clusters are flown with a custom hardware solution provided by rigging specialists Polar Focus. A single AX396 center loudspeaker provides voice/spoken word reinforcement, mounted horizontally and tucked as tightly against the apex of the stage proscenium as possible. In addition, four UB12S loudspeakers act as front-fill.
All loudspeakers are driven by EAW Commercial power amplifiers that are rack-mounted in a remote upper floor room adjacent to the stage area, including seven CAZ2500 amplifiers dedicated to the house loudspeakers (bi-amp mode) and subwoofers (bridged mono). A single CAZ1400 amplifier, also in bridged mono mode, powers the four UB12 frontfill loudspeakers. A MX8750 digital signal processor joins the amps in the rack. Four output channels of the eight-channel unit are dedicated to left and right full-range loudspeakers (two channels each), and two more channels provide mono-summed output to the center loudspeaker. Another mono-sum output feeds the subwoofers.