Brooklyn, NY (July 27, 2015)–This year’s 99th Annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest attracted a crowd of more than 30,000 people to watch the real-life Hunger Games, as professional eaters Matt Stonie and Miki Sudo placed first in the Men and Women’s divisions, respectively eating 62 and 38 hot dogs in 10 minutes. While millions watched the gastronomic games at home on ESPN, the crowds in attendance heard this year’s edition thanks to Italian Speaker Imports and Audio Production Services, both New York-based companies, which provided KV2 audio equipment.
Simon Nathan, president of Audio Production Services and Brand Manager for Italian Speaker Imports, has been the sound engineer at the hot dog eating contest for the last 10 years. “We needed a system that was powerful enough to reach a massive, outdoor crowd, but was small enough to not be visually obtrusive for the ESPN broadcast,” he said. “KV2 was perfect for an outdoor event of this size, because you don’t need lots of it to get a big sound.”
Using an ES1.0 system for the main audience at the front of the stage, Nathan used an ES1.8 and ES2.6 on each side. Two front speakers were used, each an EX26, as well as an ESR215 on each side. For the delay system, the 47-year sound engineer veteran chose two ES1s on top of two ES1.8s and an ES2.5. “It was so powerful,” said Nathan. “You can do a lot more than virtually any other sound system with a KV2 rig. It covers a tremendous size crowd. It’s a point source system as opposed to a line array, but that single box has incredibly even and efficient coverage; the quality of the power was stunning. The other thing is, the event is held at a kind of an intersection, so the sound has to be projected in four different directions. I was amazed at how clean and clear the sound was, no matter where you were standing in that massive crowd.”
The sound system was needed for far more than just the M.C.’s announcements. Prior to the main event, the audience was also treated to more than two hours of performances. Over a dozen local bands, singers, dance crews and DJs from the New York City kept the crowd entertained.
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