Cincinnati, OH (December 24, 2012)—When commissioned to update the sound system at the 10,500-seat Cintas Center at Xavier University, consultant Anthony James Partners and local integrator ICB Audio & Visual opted to use Danley loudspeakers and subwoofers.
“The Cintas Center is a large venue, and Xavier University does a good job keeping up with its A/V system,” said John Keller, who configured the system and the rigging with ICB Audio & Video. “They wanted the new system to improve upon the old system’s coverage, which had quite a few holes, most notably in the first few rows on the floor. The big trick was that we couldn’t add any rigging points or add significant weight to the rigging points that existed.”
“Of course,” he continued, “the reason you get holes in coverage is because the speaker is delivering the wrong pattern at the wrong location, but the direct and obvious solution of adding new locations wasn’t on the table. Nevertheless, the coverage, efficiency and relatively lightweight design of Danley loudspeakers allowed us to meet the facility’s goals within those stringent constraints.”
The new Danley system replaced the center’s former system, with 10 clusters using a pair of Danley SH-96 full-range loudspeakers stacked in opposite orientations to provide coverage of the upper and lower bowls. Two additional clusters use an SH-96 with two Danley SH-64s to provide expanded coverage at either end of the bowl. A total of six Danley TH-115 subwoofers hang independently in two rows along the arena’s long axis.
Keller was able to reuse the wiring infrastructure, and ICB replaced the distributed audio system for all of the facilities outside of the bowl with a BiAmp system networked via CobraNet the previous year. A 32-channel Yamaha LS9 console serves as a new front end, with CobraNet output feeding a new QSC Basis DSP system. The two DSP systems share audio via CobraNet. A rack of QSC CX- and PL-series amplifiers power the Danley loudspeaker and subwoofers.
“The coverage and sound of the new system are better than they were in the old system,” said Keller. “There are no dead spots, and the cabinets work together nicely in the clusters.”
Keller said the project was also completed within a two-week time frame, so not to conflict with the university’s basketball schedule.
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