Lubbock, TX (April 27, 2017)—A slew of Danley Sound Labs’ Synergy Horn point-source loudspeakers and tapped horn subwoofers were recently installed inside United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, TX, home to Texas Tech University’s Raiders basketball and volleyball teams.
Built in 1999, the 15,000-seat facility had an audio system designed primarily for spoken-word announcements. When it came time for an update, the opportunity came to rethink the approach. Eric Newell, technical director and production manager for the arena worked with Larry Lucas at Anthony James Partners, who designed the system, and Ted Leamy, who led the installation for Panasonic/ProMedia.
The new Danley system uses eight clusters of two Danley SH-96HOs each, which ring the perimeter of the basketball court. The lower box covers from the first row through most of the lower bowl. The upper box picks up the coverage to finish the lower bowl, along with almost all of the upper bowl.
“The coverage is excellent,” said Newell. “There’s a phantom center pretty much anywhere you’re at such that sound seems to be always coming from directly in front of you. It’s really a nice balance.” Unlike the old system, which went up with the scoreboard for concerts, only the Danley boxes above the stage-side of the arena need to retract for concerts. They raise high enough to stay out of the way of concert rigging.
Two stacks of three Danley TH-118 subwoofers are each on the north and south sides of the scoreboard. A dozen smaller Danley SM-80 loudspeakers provide upper-balcony fill for areas that are shadowed from the main boxes, and two additional Danley SH-96HOs fire straight down from the ceiling to cover the court.