Miami, FL (May 12, 2016)—AmericanAirlines Arena may be best-known as the home of the Miami Heat NBA team, but it has a strong musical background, too, hosting major concerts and the Latin Grammy Awards. Helping to bolster the environment inside the venue, facility management recently outfitted its Xfinity East Plaza with a DAS Audio system.
Dave Vickery, director of broadcast services, and Jorge Arronte, manager of sound, are the two HEAT Group staffers tasked with designing, deploying, and overseeing the use of the various audio and video systems at AmericanAirlines Arena.
“For the main system, We flew four Aero 50s coupled with a single LX-218CR sub for the left and right sides,” said Arronte. “Our delay system loudspeakers—34 WR-6415 enclosures—are mounted with custom stainless steel compression bands to the columns that DAS engineers in Spain developed for us to ensure the proper loudspeaker angle given the elevation of the structural columns. Completing the setup, we have two Road 15A and eight Road 12A powered stage monitors. Lab.gruppen PLM 12K44 power amps with Lake DSP and Dante audio networking capability drive the system.”
When queried about those DAS characteristics that made this group of products ideal for the project, Arronte said, “For our location, which includes low ceiling, long throw, and a limited ability to incorporate multiple subs due to the height limits, the Aero 50 and LX-218CR combination was the right choice. The quality, even at low levels, is impeccable and transparent—enabling even the softest sound to be heard clearly.”
The Xfinity East Plaza installation was completed in January and, since that time, both Arronte and Vickery report the DAS equipment has been very well received. “Since its inauguration, we’ve used the system for everything from kids track acts and rock bands to Flo Rida concerts,” says Arronte. “Every time, I’m impressed with the clear, smooth sound I hear. I can’t imagine another choice for this job.” Vickery concurs, “We’ve only begun to experience the ability of our new loudspeaker setup. Our future plans continue with DAS, as we look to upgrade the main American Airlines Arena Bowl Speaker Arrays and the new Heat Café that will be under construction this summer, 2016.”