TG Baker (Sound) has fitted JBL AWC (All Weather Compact) multi-purpose, high-power loudspeakers to the famous Kop end terrace at Anfield Stadium – home to Liverpool Football Club.
The decision was taken to upgrade Liverpool’s aging delay line – consisting of re-entrant horns that serve to cover the rear of the famous Spion Kop – as part of development plans to the stadium's Emergency Sound System.
TG Baker (Sound), in conjunction with JBL (Harman) UK distributor Sound Technology, selected the JBL AWC 82 (8in LF) to supplement the main terrace speakers. With the amplification upgraded to drive the new cabinets, ten AWC 82s have been spaced equidistant along the rear of The Kop, which is the biggest single tier structure in the UK, with a capacity of almost 13,000.
Jason Longworth, TG Baker (Sound) regional manager, commented: “The consistent 120° x 120° coverage pattern and full range response has provided the rear 15-20 rows with a whole new match-day experience.”
In addition to the upgraded in-fill speakers, six of the larger 12in AWC 129's (offering 90° x 90° dispersion) have been installed as dedicated down-fill speakers to predominantly cover the disabled seating area. This was in direct response to the local DDA group who had commented that those seated in wheelchairs at the front of The Kop were outside the direct coverage pattern of the existing main terrace speakers. The AWC129s were installed to the underside of the gantry, whilst also extending and improving coverage to the first 20 rows of The Kop.