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Community all-weather sound system selected for Korean ice arena

The Gangneung Ice Arena on the east coast of South Korea has been fitted with a new sound system based around Community R Series loudspeakers, designed and supplied by Inter-M Corporation and assisted by Desco Co.

Located in the city of Gangneung, the indoor venue has been built for world figure skating and short track speed skating events in 2018 and as a permanent legacy facility for local recreational use.

The Gangneung Ice Arena has a seating capacity of 12,000 and houses two 60m x 30m ice rinks, for competition and training respectively. With four floors above ground and two underground, the arena has been designed using an environmentally friendly ice cooling system.

For the main competition rink, Inter-M used 40 R2-694Z high power, full-range, three-way loudspeakers to achieve the required sound levels and coverage. These are supplemented by four R2SUBDF subwoofers, which add low frequency extension and impact for wide bandwidth, high quality music. The system is controlled from a Midas PRO2/IP console, with Symetrix Edge DSP. Lab.gruppen C 28:4 amplifiers power the Community loudspeakers.

The training rink uses a less powerful but similar system, to give skaters consistency of audio quality for training and competition. In the training rink, Desco used 14 R.25-94Z and eight R.5-94Z. The training system also uses a Midas PRO2/IP console, Symetrix Edge DSP and Lab.gruppen C 28:4 amplifiers.

Inter-M’s selection of loudspeakers was based on the need for high quality speech and music, power and accurate coverage. Additionally, while Gangneung Ice Arena is an indoor venue, ice rinks present challenging climatic conditions and this additionally made the all-weather R Series their ideal choice.