FRANCE: The Stade de Roland Garros in Paris has undertaken a major PA and digital audio network upgrade on its centre court, reports PSN-e. The flagship venue for the annual French Open tennis tournament, the arena has been equipped with a NEXO GEO D line array system, complemented by PS8 cabinets under the rafters and powered by NXAMPs via an EtherSound digital audio network.
Sound leakage problems affecting the show courts prompted the French Tennis Federation to enlist acoustic consultant Eric Grandmougin (Grandmougin Consultants) to explore the possibility of a new sound reinforcement system.
Following a two-stage demonstration procedure involving long-term Stade de Roland Gaffos audio/video installer/operator Tech Audio and a number of major loudspeaker manufacturers, the Federation opted to press ahead with a NEXO GEO D-based system.
GEO-D's ability to provide equal coverage across all seats of the centre court and a cardioid solution from 20Kz-20kHz - thereby limiting the amount of sound being propagated into the nearby residential area - were among the factors that informed the selection. In a hang of eight GEO D10 modules, the top cabinets were configured to 80 degrees and the bottom four cabinets to 120 degrees.
NEXO's new NXAMP 4x4 and 4x1 units were installed to drive the GEO Ds and the PS8s throughout the stadium.
The overall installation is said to have brought significant benefits to this year's French Open tournament - smooth but even sound coverage was achieved throughout the centre court, while the event organisers were able to run more matches on all courts on the same day with the sound problems having been addressed.
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