Funktion One has launched the Modular Stadium Technology horn, having road-tested – or should that be river-tested – the design on the official music boats of the Flotilla for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last year. The large format loudspeaker horns deliver excellent low frequency dispersion control, says the company, due to their size. In the latter part of 2012, Funktion One’s Russian distributor, Edelweiss Audio, notified the company that its design submission for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics had been successful. MST Systems are now already deployed in the ice hockey arena and bob sleigh site. These two main systems employ a total of 55 x MST horns with numerous smaller speakers for peripheral areas. “Funktion One has been investigating and developing composite structures since our ground breaking installation at The Millennium Dome in London. We have achieved a combination of structure and materials which integrate strength, light weight and weather resistance with outstanding acoustic properties,” said Funktion One’s Tony Andrews. “This composite technology has opened the door to manufacturing large waveguide developments of Funktion One’s unique cone driver loading technique weighing only 60 kilos. This technology offers unparalleled audio quality and sensitivity from a finely tuned cone driver and waveguide combination and the level of directivity control to be expected from a near two metre waveguide. The controlled directivity behaviour of the waveguides allows them to be combined at angles varying between one and 22.5 degrees to achieve desired SPL and coverage footprint.”
The MST horn was shown at ISE in Amsterdam at the end of January.