QSC Plays Ball With Nike

Equipped with a QSC K Series Loudspeaker System, Nike Basketball returned to New York this summer for its annual summer streetball contest, held at the Rivington Court in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The event features games between Nike’s hand-picked players from the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Harlem.
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New York, NY (August 14, 2012)—Equipped with a QSC K Series Loudspeaker System, Nike Basketball returned to New York this summer for its annual summer streetball contest, held at the Rivington Court in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The event features games between Nike’s hand-picked players from the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Harlem.

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Visual Word Systems, a rental and sales company that also stages corporate events, supplied and installed the audio-visual package for the summer tournament, including eight QSC K12 two-way, 12-inch active loudspeakers and a pair of QSC KSub dual 12-inch active subwoofers, with environmental covers to protect against the elements. A PreSonus StudioLive digital audio console and a selection of Shure XL4D microphones complete the audio system.

According to Ike Eckstein, president of Visual Word Systems, because Rivington Court is surrounded on three sides by apartment buildings, organizers set a sound pressure level limit of 60 dB maximum, and 80 dB on the court. “We put four K12 speakers on each side. We used ratchet straps to attach speaker stands to the top of the bleachers, extended the stands for extra height and angled the K12s down,” said Eckstein.

Eckstein says that he insisted the organizers hear the K Series system first, just as a test drive typically comes before a car purchase. “I think there’s a lot more involved than selling somebody equipment without them hearing it,” he says. “Specs are not the answer—hearing is believing—and that’s how the K Series loudspeakers were chosen.”

Eckstein continues, “I own QSC K12 speakers in rental, so we borrowed two KSub subwoofers and put them in the center underneath the bleachers, and everything worked great. If they had gone with a line array, it would have been a nightmare. They couldn’t have put the line arrays behind the bleachers—there was no room.”

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