Anaheim, CA (March 27, 2007)--Anaheim's Honda Center, formerly known as Arrowhead Pond, is home to the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks and hosts plenty of concerts by big names, but like any major arena, it needs to keep up with the times.
According to Honda Center head of audio Nate Chivers, "Having updated our scoreboard a couple of years ago with 60-foot LED screens on the north and south ends, late last year we embarked upon a major sound system upgrade." That effort included a slew of Crown amplifers to power the new PA.
Working in tandem with Chivers and the Honda Center staff, Houston/San Antonio-based Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams (WJHW) served as the design consultant on the upgrade project, with equipment supplied and installed by San Francisco's Pro Media/UltraSound. WJHW senior consultant Mark Graham, who worked closely with Managing Principal Jack Wrightson, noted, "The Honda Center had enjoyed a good experience with products from Harman Pro Group, so we decided upon a Crown-powered main cluster, subwoofer, delay and fill system using JBL PD Series loudspeaker cabinets and BSS Soundweb London BLU-80 signal processing units."
Crown amplifiers specified for the retrofit project comprise 12 CTs 1200 Lite amplifiers for high-frequency loudspeaker components, eight CTs 2000 Lite amps for MF components, and 38 CTs 3000 Lite units for LF components and subwoofers. Sound distribution is via fiber optic CobraNet cabling and HP ProCurve multi-port network switches.
The new four-sided loudspeaker cluster around the scoreboard is supplemented by a balcony delay ring for the upper dozen rows of audience seating, plus subwoofers. Each Crown amplifier is equipped with IQ-PIP (Programmable Input Processor) Modules that enable individual components to be controlled remotely using Crown's IQ command protocol via CobraNet.
"The primary requirement for the new system was that it should provide high-impact sound coverage to every section of the arena," recalled Pro Media/UltraSound's Demetrius Palavos. "And, because of the hockey season timetable and events being held at the Honda Center, we need to update the sound system mid-season. We had a 10-day window during which we first added the delay speakers and fills, plus the amp racks, and then we rigged the new central clusters and completed the Cat-5 and related wiring. Interestingly, we run both Crown IQ and BSS London [control and data transfer] over the same Ethernet network. In that way the sound engineering staff can monitor the performance of each individual amplifier via a custom-designed application that was developed using Crown and BSS [Harman Pro HiQnet] GUI software. It dramatically simplifies any reconfiguration that needs to be done to the complex system, and helps monitor the performance of all components."
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