Natick, MA (August 13, 2008)–Japanese broadcaster NHK’s American division, NHK Enterprises America, Inc., rolled out a new HD mobile broadcast production truck, K3 Ruby, in time for this year’s American professional baseball season.
Since 2001, when former Japanese Pacific League star fielder Ichiro Suzuki joined the Seattle Mariners, NHK has aired more than 280 games a year in Japan. This year, the new K3 Ruby has been covering select baseball games, including the All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, for Japanese broadcast. With an all-Genelec Active Monitoring environment, featuring a pair of 8040A Bi-Amplified Active Monitors for stereo and five 8020A Bi-Amplified Active Monitors and a 7050B Active Subwoofer for surround sound monitoring aboard the truck, K3 Ruby will have the ability to produce both stereo and 5.1 surround sound.
Kazutaka Noda, audio engineer with NHK Enterprises America, who designed the truck’s audio and intercom systems, chose the Genelec Active Monitors for a variety of reasons. “What’s good about the Genelec monitors is the balance and power that comes from their internal amplification,” he stated. “They are ideal for remote broadcasting work because of their built-in, perfectly matched power amplifiers, as well as their durability. They’re tough. I’ve been using Genelecs since the early 1990s, and another main reason I continue to choose them is because they are the standard reference speaker of choice for so many engineers, and you need that when you are monitoring in many different locations, sometimes with local and freelance audio professionals.”
Noda mounted the 5.1 L-C-R array (8020A’s) by hanging them off the racks above the Euphonix digital console, with the rear speakers on stands that are stowed until needed. The separate stereo pair (8040A’s) is on floated mounts above the meter bridge. “The reason we use 8020A’s for the 5.1 system is because the relationship between the space and size of speakers is very important,” he explains. “It needs to have enough space and air around the units to create a natural-sounding environment, and the Genelecs achieve that very, very well.”