CCS installs Technomad Turnkey PA Systems at Mid-Atlantic High School Athletic Venues

CCS Presentation
Systems, a dealer of presentation technology equipment and services with
locations throughout the U.S.,
has finalized three high school athletic installations featuring Technomad
Turnkey PA Systems. Each Turnkey PA System features two Technomad Noho C
weatherproof outdoor loudspeakers for high-quality audio coverage of football
games and other athletic events; as well as a complete signal processing rack
to produce audio in the press box, including a two-channel amplifier,
six-channel mixer, cables, mounting brackets and a dynamic microphone with
schools include Tucker High School in Henrico
County, Virginia,
which upgraded to Technomad from antiquated horn systems with poor audio
quality. Technomad loudspeakers were also specified for new athletic
stadiums at King William
High School in Aylett,
Virginia; and Our Lady of Good Council High
School in Olney, Maryland. The systems at all three
schools offer clear voice reproduction and musical output that reaches every
corner of each stadium.
to Gene Wells, Project Manager for the two Virginia projects, he prefers to use
Technomad for new athletic stadium projects due to their ability to deliver
clear audio to everyone in the stadium. Wells also cites ease of use for
athletic departments and weatherproof construction as crucial for high school
stadium installations.
project is unique, from mounting the loudspeakers to the proper angling to
ensure that everyone can clearly understand the audio,” said Wells. “I am
consistently blown away by how two Noho loudspeakers cover an entire
stadium. The athletic directors like the system not only because of the
sound but also because the loudspeakers maintain a professional appearance on
the press box, and the PA systems are easy to operate. As an installer
the system is easy to set up and wire, and even in the most unusual
installations we are able to position the loudspeakers so the audio reaches
everyone. This is due to the very wide dispersion patterns of the
Technomad design, which are unlike any other speakers I have seen.”
The two Virginia projects
differed mainly due to the press box locations. While King William
High School has the traditional press
box location on the home side, the Tucker
High School press box is
located in the visitor stands. The challenge for Wells and his team was
to ensure that fans in the home stands could hear the audio without
overpowering the ears of visiting fans. Wells positioned the loudspeakers
straight out angling them slightly to each side to achieve the appropriate
balance. The two loudspeakers easily project to the home side, allowing
everyone in the 2,800-person capacity venue to hear the live broadcast during
“The sound
quality is amazing, similar to a modern concert venue at maximum volume,” said
John Carroll, Director of Student Activities at Tucker High School,
home of the John Randolph Tucker Tigers. “We can easily hear the voice
announcing the game clearly through the entire campus. It’s an
unbelievable system, especially for a high school, and a million times better
than the muffled audio coming out of our old horn system.”
Cavalier Stadium, home of the King William Cavaliers, Wells installed the Nohos
on the two press box corners at the top to reach fans on each side. Wells
mounted the Noho loudspeakers to fencing pipe atop the press box, using various
fly points on the loudspeakers to ensure secure installation. The
loudspeakers sit outside in the elements unprotected year round. The
mid-Atlantic region regularly deals with a mix of sleet, ice and rain with
occasional heavy snows in the winter, and intense heat and rain in the
Stadium, which also hosts soccer and track events, will open a concession stand
in time for the Fall 2008 football season. The system has been tested to
ensure that audio will reach those in line for refreshments, as well as those
working inside the concession stand.
Stadium at Our Lady of Good Council High School has a similar setup to Cavalier
Stadium inside the stadium. The system, as designed by Lee Bellomy,
Account Manager at CCS Presentation Systems in Maryland, distributes audio to two Technomad
Noho loudspeakers inside the stadium, and also to a pair of small speakers at
the concession stand outside the stadium using a separate amplifier and a fiber
pattern coverage is fantastic inside the stadium, and what’s amazing is that as
loud and clear as the audio is, it never bleeds into the bordering neighborhoods,”
said Ron Colbert, Technology Director for Our Lady of Good Council High
School. “I was initially surprised when CCS claimed that two Noho
loudspeakers would cover the entire stadium, and CCS offered to remove the
system if it didn’t live up to the claim. The Technomads do everything
that was promised. The students love it — all the varsity teams play here
and use the system for warm-up music, and the marching band uses it for
announcements during practices. Everything coming out of the system
sounds great.”

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