The Athlone Institute of Technology recently added a high specification Indoor Athletics Arena to its campus. Representing a €10m investment this IAAF-standard 6-lane track surrounded by 1,500 spectator seats, required a sound system that offered high intelligibility.

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However, Dublin based Sound Productions were only introduced to the project after it had been completed. According to Senior Project Manager Peadar Carley, the budget was limited and the performance of the PA system specified by the previous contractor had suffered as a result. Sound Productions were therefore asked to evaluate and propose a solution.

With an RT time in excess of 5 seconds Sound Productions wasted little time in specifying a solution that has stood them in good stead on many previous occasions when working in highly reverberant spaces, by turning to a pair of JBL Professional Intellivox-DC430. The digitally controllable arrays, formerly badged as Duran Audio, were supplied by HARMAN’s UK and ROI distributor, Sound Technology Ltd.