Rochester, MI (November 7, 2017)—At this time of year, many cities with a bustling downtown area decorate for the holiday season, aiming to ensure shoppers have a great time. The City of Rochester in Michigan has done that too, but it upped the ante by having Grand Rapids, MI's Waves Solutions install a custom ISP Technologies wireless speaker system to provide festive music for visitors. The new system runs three blocks of Main Street, and carefully blends in with décor.
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) sought a sound system that would blend with the district's aesthetics, but common options were limited to about 35 watts RMS and most were housed in black speaker boxes with a visible antenna. Ultimately, the project was built around 36 custom speaker boxes from ISP Technologies that matched the look and color of the green, fluted lamp posts on Main Street.
In total, 19 boxes along the east side and 18 boxes along the west side of three city blocks were hung containing high-performance dual coaxial speakers. Three wireless transmitters were used to ensure full coverage. ISP also utilized its new Dynamic Adaptive Amplifier Technology (DAAT), allowing the amplifiers to deliver 300 watts true RMS per box with +/- 15 VDC power rails.
The system, installed by Grand Rapids Waves Solutions, went live October 30. "The new downtown sound system sounds great," said DDA executive director Kristi Trevarrow. "We are especially excited about the Holiday season as the music will enhance our overall downtown atmosphere, providing our guests with an even more enjoyable experience while they visit our local shops and restaurants." Added Vito Pampalona, vice chair and site committee chairman of the DDA, "ISP Technologies did an outstanding job in custom designing and overseeing the installing of our system."