Long-term Wimbledon Championships contractor RG Jones Sound Engineering carried out a radical overhaul overhaul of the Broadcast Centre at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, south-west London, for 2014’s tournament, specifying a large number of Crown’s four-channel DriveCore Install (DCi) amplifiers for the relocation of the PA room.
In total, RG Jones deployed 16 of the new networkable amplifiers —a combination of DCi4x300N and DCi4x600N – alongside Soundweb London BLU-160 DSPs. Jon Berry, sales and installation director of RG Jones, explains that amplifier replacement had formed the hub of this year’s upgrade — with a complete AV integration of the Centre Court members’ clubhouse including additional speaker circuits.
Needing to provide additional inputs and outputs, his solution was to network the entire audio system, deploying two BSS BLU-160 high bandwidth DSPs – connected to the four new Crown DCis via the compatible low-latency BLU-Link 256 channel fault tolerant bus – providing what he says is a “highly cost-effective solution over long distances”.
Elsewhere, eight further Crown DCis have replaced end-of-life amplifiers in the Broadcast Centre PA room to drive courts 14–19 and №1.
“What drew us to the DCIs was the inherent ability of the amplifiers to integrate into our existing Soundweb DSP system, which operates across the site,” explains RG Jones project manager Jamie Short. “The recent relocation of our main PA room due to building works reinforced our belief that these network-compatible amplifiers were the way forward.
“The ability to network the amplifiers alongside our existing Soundweb system has already proven extremely useful. Having in-depth, instantaneous monitoring of the amplifiers and circuits themselves allows us great amounts of control and response – and by sitting on our existing Blu-Link rings, we are able to reduce analogue cabling while improving on the redundancy and security of the system. “
The final four Crown DCi amps can be found servicing the Gate 3 turnstiles building (covering the Museum building and PA around Centre Court).
Jon Berry adds that the “success of this solution at Wimbledon has given [RG Jones] the confidence to subsequently specify the DriveCore Install amps in various other applications”.