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K-array delivers discreet sound coverage at Winter Olympic arena

The newly built Gangneung Ice Arena in Pyeongchang includes a K-array Python-KP52 line array, designed by South Korean distributors Soundus.

The 12,000-capacity venue hosts the figure skating and short track speed skating competitions and houses two 60m x 30m ice rinks for competition and training respectively.

Olympic organisers were in need of audio system that was precise and powerful for both the audience and athletes and able to provide even coverage within the four-storey arena.

Soundus selected the K-array system for its maximum clarity and definition and ability to provide continuous, even coverage.

Equipped with Pure Array Technology (PAT), the Python has no crossover points in the voice range and no reflex ports. Only the closely-spaced, full-range 3in identical sound sources are responsible for the Python’s true line array characteristics. It shows a perfect phase response both in the near and in the far fields making this compact column speaker the ideal solution to uniformly cover the stadium seating in the arena.

In total 56 Python line arrays were installed horizontally throughout the bleachers to provide accurate audio without obstructing the view of the competitions.