Rental company Pogo Art supplied audio systems from Nexo to 24 venues across the Polish city of Wroclaw to provide sound reinforcement at the 2017 World Games.
Officially called the X World Games, this event is the largest competitive sporting festival after the Olympics. Nearly a quarter of a million people gathered in Wroclaw to watch 3,200 athletes from 111 countries in 31 sports, which are not contested in the Olympic Games. Featuring powerlifting, karate, squash, water skiing, billiards, to name a few, the 2017 programme featured more than 200 events.
Wroclaw-based rental company Pogo Art was responsible for providing sound reinforcement to all 24 host venues, which was, according to owner Sławek Pogorzała, “a logistical and technical challenge, requiring a tremendous amount of equipment.”
With the support of Lauda-Audio, Nexo’s distributor for Poland, Pogo Art implemented a comprehensive SR uniform of Nexo loudspeakers, teamed with Yamaha consoles. More than 340 Nexo cabinets were deployed, including line array systems of STM Series, GEO D and GEO S8 designs, as well as a large number of pole-mounted PS Series, the benchmark product for such PA applications. It took 50x NXAMP controller/amplifiers to power all the systems, along with 25x Yamaha CL and QL Series mixers, and 18x Yamaha RIO3224 stageboxes.
Infrastructure for the event included 1,230 metres of CAT 5/6, 1,100 metres of fiber optics, 1,570 metres of speaker cable and well over 2000 metres of power cable! 60 sound engineers and technicians were needed to operate the different PA systems, which made use of 120 wireless and 115 wired microphones.
“The biggest challenge was of course logistics. – there were 24 venues, and at some of them, the events were running from early morning till late evening,” said Pogorzała. “For us, the most important factor was the stability of these installed systems. When so many things are happening at the same time, you need to be able to rely on your equipment. Once again, NEXO loudspeakers and Yamaha consoles proved the perfect match, for the events and for each other.”
Marcin Popek of Lauda-Audio described the event as “a unique opportunity for us to exploit almost all the systems in the NEXO catalogue, we even had the new GEO M10 line array as well as the STM M28 for the primary venues. With great products and great teamwork backing up our main contractor POGO Art, this shows that NEXO can excel on the world’s biggest events.”