Showcasing the Many Components of Professional Sound Systems Like the One in Paul Brown Stadium

We know the architects of ancient arenas and stadiums understood how sound traveled. That’s why many of these are designed in a bowl shape with stadium seating. When creating a sound system as large and complex as the Paul Brown Stadium, understanding how sound travels and why is essential. 

When you have a large space that needs the highest quality sound and video, look to the example of the engineering and electronic excellence found in the Paul Brown Stadium. In today’s blog from American Sound, we explain why. 

Ancient Principles

Sports have always been considered an essential part of not only American culture but societies around the globe. There is evidence in ancient Mayan, Roman, and Egyptian cultures that sports played a huge role in their daily life. 

Part of the experience is sound. To be able to enjoy the games entirely, attendees must be able to hear announcers and players. The Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, is an excellent example of refined sound engineering. 

Home to the NFL Football team, the Cincinnati Bengals, the stadium’s sound system was completed in three phases.

The Q Values 

One of the first things the engineers had to identify were the Q values of the speakers within the stadium. 

A Q value, or Q factor, is the amount of output or distance a speaker can carry the sound away from itself. Understanding this is crucial when designing sound systems for large spaces like stadiums and concert halls. 

If improperly designed, the speakers will not distribute appropriately, creating echoes and sound displacement. This produces an unpleasant experience for the attendees, precisely what the sound engineers at Paul Brown Stadium were trying to avoid. The result was custom-building speakers to fit the specific needs of this stadium. 

The Speakers

The first phase was completed in 2018, consisting of new delay loudspeakers on the upper deck and canopy sections. A year later, 120 new loudspeakers were added to the lower level and another 70 to the canopy to go along with eight dual subwoofers. 

While many things during the pandemic of 2020 came to a halt, the third phase of the project continued. 

To complete the transformation of the stadium’s sound system, hand-assembled loudspeakers were part of phase three. We installed Italian-made horizontal coverage cabinets along with narrow coverage speakers. 

The result is described as a ‘moving experience.’ The sound was appropriately dispersed, giving attendees a clear sound at the correct acoustic levels. 

Stadium Sound by American Sound

If you have a space that needs expertly engineered sound and video, coupled with the finest state-of-the-art equipment, contact American Sound & Electronics or call (859) 261-9024 to learn more.

Professional Sound & Video World Records

American Sound & Electronics has installed some huge sound systems. (How about the one in Paul Brown Stadium?) 

But have you seen the world’s most enormous video wall or biggest speaker system? In today’s blog from American Sound, we explore the wild and wonderful world records of sight and sound. 

World’s Largest Video Wall 

In the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is known for doing everything big. Their skyscrapers are among the world’s most dazzling feats of architecture and engineering. Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building.

But it’s the world’s largest video wall that has us talking. 

Located in the Dubai Aquarium at the Underwater Zoo, this video wall measures 709.69 square meters, or 7,639 square feet. To give you a point of reference, there are 48,000 square feet on an NFL football field. Aside from size, this jumbotron also sets records for the largest OLED screen and a video wall with the highest resolution. 

Now that’s a lot of pixels!

The Royal Albert Hall 

Built by Queen Victoria for her husband, Prince Albert, Royal Albert Hall was constructed in a dome design for better acoustics and opened in 1871. However, the acoustics were so poor that attendees would often hear echoes of the singers and musicians during performances, which proved to be a significant distraction from the intention of attending a show here. 

In 2017, Great Britain spent $2.7 million to install the world’s most extensive single-room sound system. This system comes with 465 new speakers and 50,000 feet of cables. The speakers were strategically placed to flow from the stage to the attendees and not echo off the floor or dome walls. 

The World’s Loudest Sound System: LEAF 

Located in the Netherlands, the Large European Acoustic Facility (LEAF) simulates the atmospheric conditions a spacecraft experiences during lift-off. 

Built in 1989, scientists create LEAF’s enormous sound through nitrogen flowing over several round, metal modulators arranged in a sequence. Aside from the sheer size, this is what differentiates this speaker system from ones like we are used to that are built using software and use the basics of amplification. 

A typical conversation registers at about 60 decibels. If you’ve been to rock concerts, you know they can be loud because these speakers register at an average of about 120 dB. The sound LEAF measures is at a whopping 154 dB. That’s four times louder than a jet engine makes upon takeoff. 

The World’s Greatest Sound by American Sound

Are you looking for a new sound system for your business, corporate office, or facility? Contact American Sound & Electronics or call (859) 261-9024 to learn more about the systems we design for any size conference room or building.

3 Advantages of a Service Contract Through American Sound & Electronics

American Sound & Electronics does more than just install world-class professional audio-visual equipment. We offer service contracts for everything we install. Today’s blog showcases three advantages of service contracts from our company.

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We Bring All of the Equipment

Service contracts from American Sound & Electronics mean we bring all of the equipment for your installation, including video monitors, wiring, electrical cords, Ethernet cables, coaxial cables, and everything else the audio-visual equipment requires to operate properly. Our installers make sure the new equipment works with your existing infrastructure.

What about future upgrades? Our staff brings all the equipment for that install, too. We test, re-test, and test again to make sure everything works properly.

Handle Training

American Sound & Electronics trains your staff on how to use video walls, conference room equipment, and classroom technology at the time of installation. But what about new employees? A service contract means we’ll come out and train any new employees on how to use the equipment. 

What happens when there are software upgrades? When your equipment has new software to install, our teams train your employees on how to use new features that open up due to the upgrades in the operation of your A/V equipment.

Replace or Repair Systems

We deal in professional-grade Samsung equipment. Samsung offers warranties from one to three years. Our service contract makes sure your audio-visual equipment stays within the warranty specifications. Warranties can save you money on future repairs or replacements.

In five years, your equipment may be outdated. What if you want to upgrade? Our service contract makes upgrades easier on your budget.

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Service Contracts by American Sound & Electronics

Installing professional video and sound equipment is part of what we do at American Sound & Electronics. We offer service after the sale that saves you money in the long-term with our service contracts. Contact American Sound online or call (859) 261-9024 to learn more about our service contracts and how they help your company or organization.