Feb 2017 | News | Sports Arenas | GEO M6 | GEO S12 | USA

Southern New Hampshire University has transformed the audio in its full-court basketball gym, choosing a NEXO GEO S12 line array to provide a multi-use public address system, usable for presentation events as well as sports fixtures.

The Fieldhouse at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is home to the school’s full court basketball gym, with 2,000-seat bleachers and floor seating. MFI Productions of Hooksett (NH) was called in to improve the acoustics of the venue: according to Rick Elliot, MFI’s Production Manager who designed and completed the installation, the project started with a new approach for the Fieldhouse’s 40’ ceiling.

“We worked with an acoustician to ensure that a GEO S12 loudspeaker system would provide maximum coverage to the floor area and work well with the Fieldhouse multi-use space, used almost as much for sporting events as it is for other campus events, which we took into account when examining the acoustical treatment plan.

“We’ve worked with SNHU for several years and wanted to provide them with a highly intelligible sound for the listener and create that same feeling for presentation events,” explained Elliot.

In anticipation of an upcoming open house, the president of the university invited MFI to demo the NEXO system, says Thomas Helm, Manager Media Services at SNHU. “The distributive system that was installed for basketball games was unusable for public address in formal events like Admissions Open House, Accepted Student Day, and Convocation. When MFI came in and set up a test system using NEXO line arrays, and the SNHU president heard the transformational audio quality, he approved the budget on the spot.”

The NEXO GEO S12 loudspeaker system was designed to be a main L/R system flown at the highest achievable height, and 10’ in front of a garage door wall that will allow for a stage location for various speaking engagements and musical events as well as providing maximum coverage to the remaining floor area. NEXO M620 loudspeakers were added to the area directly at the front edge of the stage for better gain before feedback. Elliott said a processor would be installed to handle protection and tuning of the system. “It’s important to note that the BSS BLU signal processor that was installed is capable of a simple system program with the addition of some dedicated utility mic inputs and wireless mic systems so that the system can be controlled via a wireless router and an iPad using HiQnet Motion Control.”

Improving the audio quality was a high priority for Thomas Helm. “Since the NEXO installation, the Fieldhouse has not experienced any audio concerns due to the system’s excellent gain, flexibility of microphone placement, and elimination of feedback. The installation provided by MFI was first rate; friendly and professional all the way.”

Two NEXO NX4x4 amplifiers power the system and were chosen just in case a special event requires additional power, as well as offering upgradability to the system, since the 4x4s can easily be reconfigured. The main part of the line array on each side was split to the amp, with channels A&C having 2x GEO S1210 loudspeakers each and channels B&D having 3x GEO S1210 loudspeakers each. The GEO S1230s, one per side, are utilizing their own channels A&B on the second NXAmp. The three delayed M620 front fills take up the remaining two channels when needed.

“The NEXO line array has been the best investment my department could have made to eliminate reverberation and dramatically improve acoustics,” Helm concluded.

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