HSU Goes Technomad

Arkadelphia, AR (October 15, 2007)--Henderson State University in Arkansas has a sizable 10,000-seat football stadium that sees a lot of action as the home of the Henderson State Reddies. Something that had also seen a lot of action was the facility's audio system, which, installed less than a decade ago, already sounded like it had been sacked, in part due to the hot, humid, and rainy elements of the south Arkansas weather.
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Fans gets psyched up at another HSU game, while Technomad speakers present the play-by-play.Arkadelphia, AR (October 15, 2007)--Henderson State University in Arkansas has a sizable 10,000-seat football stadium that sees a lot of action as the home of the Henderson State Reddies. Something that had also seen a lot of action was the facility's audio system, which, installed less than a decade ago, already sounded like it had been sacked, in part due to the hot, humid, and rainy elements of the south Arkansas weather.

Something had to be done about it, and that responsibility fell on the shoulders of Jim Wilhelm, a new Multimedia Specialist at the school, who recently ripped out the entire audio system and started from scratch. New gear runs throughout the new system, but the final results are heard through eight Technomad weatherproof loudspeakers. Six of these are on the home side, and two on the visitors side.

Each side has its own PA gear, but the main PA rack is in the press box, housing Crown XTI-1000 and XTI-2000 amplifiers, a Shure SCM262 mic mixer (two mic inputs and three RCA inputs for source equipment), a dbx 166XL compressor/limiter and Furman PLA11 power conditioners. The XTI-2000 amplifier feeds four Technomad Berlin 400-watt speakers on the press box to fill the home bleachers and field, and the XTI-1000 feeds two Technomad Paris column speakers installed underneath the press box overhang. This ensures that audio is reaching the paid alumni seats.

A wireless EV transmitter sends the signal to the visitor PA rack in the concession stand across the field, where an EV wireless receiver accepts the signal and sends it into a Rane delay processor to ensure the visitor speaker output is synchronized with the output on the home side. It then hits a Crown XTI-2000 amplifier before being sent to two Technomad Berlin speakers affixed to poles on each side of the visitor bleachers. The new system launched on September 20 for the first home game

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