Denver, CO (April 16, 2014)—Home to the NBA Denver Nuggets, NHL Colorado Avalanche and the National Lacrosse League Colorado Mammoth, Denver’s 20,000-seat Pepsi Center, also known as The Can, recently installed a new sound system using Harman’s BSS Audio, Crown and JBL brands.
The arena opened in 1999 and has been in continuous use since then, including its original sound system. When the Pepsi Center decided to upgrade its scoreboard in 2013, it hired Colorado Springs, Colorado sound contractor LVW Electronics and Dallas, Texas system designer Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc. (WJHW) to design the system.
LVW and WJHW chose a JBL loudspeaker system comprised of six columns of 10 JBL VLA901-MF-16 line array loudspeakers, hung around the perimeter of the arena. In addition, four JBL ASB6128V dual 18-inch subwoofers are hung directly behind the each of the 10 main line arrays. A total of 44 Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers, plus 11 Crown CTs 2000 amps to drive additional loudspeakers are set up at the back of the arena to power the loudspeakers and subs.
“We paired the VLA loudspeakers with the 4-channel Crown amplifiers, which we chose based on previous successes and the overall strong reliability reputation of the I-Tech HD line,” explained Mark Graham, Associate for WJHW.
The system is networked using four BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-806 signal processors and six BLU-326 I/O expanders, both Dante-enabled products. Control for the entire Pepsi Center audio system is provided by HARMAN’s HiQnet Audio Architect software.
“This installation turned out to be fantastic in terms of equal coverage to every area of the arena,” said LVW CEO Rusty Griffith. “The performance of the VLA loudspeakers and the subwoofers is so consistent that there’s very little seat-to-seat variation. The Pepsi Center project turned out to be one of the best examples of this I have heard.”