The new home to the US stage of the Formula One season, the Circuit of the Americas, recently upgraded its audio inventory with Community Pro R2s, R.5HPs and WET Series loudspeakers.
International audio consultancy firm Acoustic Dimensions, which played a role in the initial AV installations for the facility’s opening in 2012, was instructed to make additions to the audio system that complied with the mass notification code, with the company opting to enlist support from Hughes Associates.
Campus technology contractor AT&T selected Ford AV to integrate the systems around the campus, which features a 251ft Observation Tower and a track that includes bleachers at several locations.
To meet COTA’s request for A/V upgrades, Acoustic Dimensions and Ford AV set up a loudspeaker performance evaluation for Circuit of the Americas’ management personnel. Conventional paging horns were used as a baseline and two upgraded systems were offered for comparison.
Community R2s, R.5HPs and WET Series loudspeakers were installed in the Main Grandstand, around the track and in other outdoor areas. The system is supplemented by Community Distributed Design Series ceiling and surface-mount loudspeakers, which were fitted in the Main Grandstand, the Grandstand VIP Lounge and the Pit Building. Community VERIS2 loudspeakers complete that loudspeaker install, having been deployed in the Media Center with the video systems. The system is powered by Crown amplifiers, while BSS London DSPs were selected for networking and Soundcraft digital mixing consoles were implemented for control.
Acoustic Dimension’s Craig Janssen commented: “Circuit of the Americas is very pleased with the choice of Community loudspeakers for these systems”.