Cairo, Egypt (April 12, 2021)—Regional audio provider Audio Technology recently handled sound reinforcement for the 2021 World Men’s Handball Championship. Held within the Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex, the company fielded a variety of Harman Professional audio solutions.
An extension of Cairo International Stadium, the Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex is a multi-use facility featuring four Olympic-standard indoor sports arenas. Over two weeks in January 2021, the venue hosted the 2021 World Men’s Handball Championship in its 16,900-capacity Main Hall and 1,620-seat Hall 2. Although functional and visually impressive, the venue wasn’t designed with acoustic performance in mind, possessing a long reverberation time which made providing intelligible sound reinforcement challenging. Additionally, the venue’s structural design limits the amount of weight that can be hung from the ceiling, creating the need for a lightweight yet high-quality audio solution. Adding yet another challenge, the International Handball Federation (IHF) enforces a maximum sound pressure level (SPL) limit, as well as a mandatory minimum standard of speech intelligibility.
Audio Technology, a Cairo-based full-service provider of professional audio equipment, designed and implemented a system across both halls featuring JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, BSS signal processors and Soundcraft mixing consoles.
In the Main Hall, Audio Technology Installed JBL VTX V20 three-way line array speakers on a circular truss hanging from the center of the room. In Hall 2, four clusters of compact JBL VTX A8 line array speakers with VTX B18 subwoofers were hung from a ceiling-mounted circular truss similar to the Main Hall.
In addition to the audience-facing VTX Series speakers, Audio Technology deployed four JBL AC2212/95 loudspeakers in each hall to provide sound coverage for the players and referees on the court. Powering the systems were Crown I-Tech HD Series and DCi Network Series amplifiers, while sound was mixed on Soundcraft Vi1 and Si Performer 3 consoles. BSS Soundweb London BLU Series networked signal processors allowed users to configure and monitor the system.
“Hosting the 2021 World Men’s Handball Championship was an incredible privilege,” said Samir Shawkey, Project Coordinator. “Going into the event, we wanted to ensure that spectators and players alike had the best possible experience. With the help of Audio Technology, we were able to install a JBL Professional speaker system that met the requirements of the International Handball Federation, as well as our own high standards. The quality and clarity is excellent. We’re thrilled with the results.”
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