Paris, France (March 2, 2011)--The recently renovated Stade Sébastien Charléty now boasts an extensive sound reinforcement system, which includes Sx600PIX loudspeakers and NetMax controllers from Electro-Voice as well as a ProMatrix system and DL 800/10T loudspeakers from Dynacord.
Located in the south of Paris, the arena has a long history. Since 1939, the 20,000-seater stadium has provided a setting for a wide variety of sporting events. In addition to its spectator- and athlete-friendly functionality, the Stade Sébastien Charléty has also been awarded the Prix de l'Équerre d'Argent for outstanding architectural merit.
Last year, the stadium management embarked upon a series of major renovations. As well as an architectural facelift, they were keen for the stadium to receive a sound reinforcement system capable of satisfying a variety of tasks. The invitation to tender was won by the Clichy-based company INEO GDF Suez for its Electro-Voice and Dynacord-based installation concept. "In addition to Electro-Voice and Dynacord's numerous world-class references in the field of stadium sound reinforcement, a strong factor in our favor was that we were capable of performing the installation within the tight three-month schedule," says Ahmed Benali, manager of INEO GDF Suez's audiovisual division.
Simulations revealed the solution for the Stade Sébastien Charléty to comprise 49 loudspeakers from the Sx600PIX series, 12 EVID C4.2 D ceiling loudspeakers (in each case from EV), and 100 Dynacord DL 800/10T loudspeakers with compression drivers; and the enclosures are driven by 11 CPS 4.10 and five CPS 4.5 power amplifiers from EV. These devices are remotely controlled and supervised via RCM-810 remote-control modules and reportedly able, thanks to their patented Variable-Load-Drive technology, to deliver 500 or 1,000 watts per channel as required into the nominal impedances of the various loudspeaker systems connected.
A key role in the sound reinforcement concept is played by the network-capable EV NetMax N8000-1500 digital matrix with FIR-Drive. This system, which is used in numerous fixed installations as well as concert sound productions, is said to offer stadium operators comprehensive control and supervision of the entire pro audio installation.