VALENCIA, SPAIN-The sound reinforcement system at the Nashville, TN Gaylord Entertainment Center was recently replaced with 48 Aero 38 self-powered speakers from DAS Audio's Aero line array family of products. Additional DAS Audio products were included, improving the performance over the previous installed system.
Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center was reinvigorated with the installation of 48 Aero 38 self-powered speakers from DAS Audio's Aero linearray family of products.
Located in the world's country music capital, the Gaylord Entertainment Center was built in 1997 and is home to the NHL Nashville Predators and the Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League. The GEC is Nashville's first choice as a venue for everything from the Lipizzaner Stallions to NCAA Basketball Championships to national and international concert touring performers as the venue will seat up to 20,000 people. As a tribute to Nashville's musical heritage, the entrance is positioned on the corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue to face the Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry.
The stadium's audio system was upgraded by Durrell Sports, a Nashville-based acoustical design and sound consultation company which specializes in the design and installation of sound reinforcement systems for large-scale sports arenas and stadiums including the Indiana Pacers, Vanderbilt University, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Churchill Downs. For the Gaylord Entertainment Center house system, Durrell installed 48 Aero 38As flown in eight clusters in key positions throughout the arena. Flown beneath each Aero 38A cluster, via an AX-COMO flybar, are the DAS Audio's BiDriver units, providing directional pattern control in the mid-high frequencies, allowing Durrell to reach critical but difficult seating areas. Additional BiDrivers are scheduled to replace existing units under the central score board as soon as the arena's schedule permits. Choosing the Aero 38A for an audio system installation of this sort has proven to be a success since the system provides a better, more uniform sound coverage as flown, and it also offers greater audio flexibility for the arena by allowing a greater range of events to be held. In addition to the Aero 38A system, eight ST-110 speakers were used to cover acoustically dark areas and eight Compact 218 Subs provide low-end frequency reproduction.