Wisconsin's La Crosse Center was in need of an upgrade, looking to replace the venue’s aging PA system as part of a $42-million renovation. Arena officials were tasked with finding a modern, up-to-date sound system capable of handling today’s complex audio demands while delivering unrivaled clarity. Operations manager Kris Salzwedel and his team found the solution he was looking for with a custom RADIUS RSX Series PA from Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) (opens in new tab).
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Located in the heart of downtown La Crosse’s beautiful riverfront district, the La Crosse Center hosts conventions, meetings, trade shows, concerts, weddings, and sporting events that welcome hundreds of thousands of attendees each year. Built in 1980, the center was recently expanded to include the South Hall.
“We chose to install EAW’s RSX PA system in our 21,000-plus-square-foot arena because the system checked all the boxes,” said Salzwedel. “The space is utilized as a general meeting area as well as an arena. The EAW system we installed in South Hall A is great for presenters and the overall fill of the room. It works great for large events and provides fantastic coverage within the seating areas as well as on the ground floor.”
The installation, managed by Minnesota-based Video Services Inc. (VSI) features eight hangs of seven RSX212L 2-way self-powered loudspeaker boxes, eight hangs of two RSX18F 18-inch self-powered subwoofers and four QX326 two-way trapezoidal enclosure speakers. The arena area features a downfill arrangement with a line array.
Designed to streamline setup and deliver maximum results in minimum time, RADIUS couples unique and intelligent features with EAW’s signature acoustical design. The RADIUS articulated array features OptiLogic, providing automatic array self-detection and instant optimization including air loss compensation and more. The EAWmosaic app provides total system optimization from anywhere in the venue, plus intuitive room design and prediction in a single, comprehensive application. With the proven sonic performance of EAW’s acoustic design and DSP mastery plus full Dante integration across the line, RADIUS delivers an intelligent and flexible system to fit any budget.
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“We have been very happy with the EAW PA system since its installation,” added Salzwedel. “The system has had no issues even when pushing very hard during some events. As a customer, it has been very user friendly. It’s a great system.”