Wauchula, FL (November 5, 2009)–Wauchula has been slammed by hurricanes in recent years, which have sometimes destroyed up to 85 percent of its homes and businesses. Recently the town raised enough funds for a new installed PA system and chose One Systems speakers.
When Gulf Coast Technical Services (Largo, FL) was awarded the installation contract for the new system, it chose One Systems speakers based on the specifications of Michael Chafee Enterprises of Sarasota. A Symetrix Zone Mix 760 provides all of the processing for the system. The 30-speaker installation covers four city blocks, the neighboring City Park, and the gazebo, which holds public addresses and live music. Performing the installation was John Altamura and Greg DeGiorgio of Gulf Coast Technical Services.
“There’s really no comparison between the old system and the new one,” said Michael Chafee. “The clarity and intelligibility of the new system is phenomenal–like auditory gold. Plenty of headroom and very low distortion are worlds away from the tinny sound of yesterday. Not only do they use the system for the bands that roll through every few weeks and parades, but also for background music That entire four blocks is immersed in really nice tunes, either from an iPod or from a local radio station.”
Chafee, working closely with Gulf Coast Technical Services, decided to operate the systems in two basic modes: public announcements and live music. The 30 One Systems 108IM all weather loudspeakers are mounted on light poles that line the four blocks, sidewalk to sidewalk, while a pair of One Systems 312IM speakers are mounted onto the gazebo’s fly points to be used during speeches and live music.
To ensure that the system performs true to sound reinforcement standards, Chafee created delay in two separate zones; the short delay is closest to the gazebo with the longer delay farther back. This effect, otherwise known as the Haas effect, is most often used for public address systems and was crucial to this installation since arrival times of the sound can differ up to 30-40ms depending on location. The result is the assurance that the sound is perceived as coming from one single point of origin.
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