Modern AV technology over an IP network is at the heart of the exhibits and educational programmes at World of Speed, an educational museum celebrating American motorsports.
The museum features 53,000sqft of historic racing cars, boats and motorcycles to tell the story of America’s motorsports culture. A 150ft by 30ft videowall entitled “Zero to 1000 MPH”, presents a history of the world land speed records set at the Bonneville Salt Flats and four 80in video screens with racing videos and music greet visitors at the museum entrance. Additionally, a “Wall of Sound” display, featuring classic guitars and vintage phonograph equipment, recalls the rock music that accompanied 1960s ‘muscle cars’.
Delta AV of Gresham, Oregon designed and installed World of Speed’s AV systems. The brief was to integrate audio and video with the exhibits and for the AV content to be streamed over an IP network so that all programs could be available at every exhibit.
To meet these goals, the museum’s various systems are connected by a flexible Dante-capable AV network with connections throughout the facility. Delta installed Hitachi projectors and Sharp displays for the video systems and chose Community D Series loudspeakers powered by Crown amplifiers for the museum’s audio needs. Community DS8 surface-mount loudspeakers serve the “Zero to 1000 MPH” videowall and DS8s also serve other exhibits throughout the museum. Community DP8 pendant loudspeakers are used for distributed sound in open-ceiling areas and D5 and D6 ceiling loudspeakers are used in dropped-ceiling areas such as the classrooms and the boardroom.
Michael Garcia, World of Speed’s communications director commented: “High-quality audio and video are essential to the kind of experience we want for museum visitors and for our educational programs. The Community loudspeakers sound great and help us meet that goal.”