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Montana State University Selects Bose

The Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, seats 7,250 people and is home to MSU Bobcats basketball games and other sports, including track events, the annual statewide high school volleyball tournament, and the occasional rodeo.

A/V systems integrator Black Box Design in Big Timber, Montana, recently installed 28 Bose RoomMatch array modules plus four RMS218 dual-18-inch subwoofers. The system is powered by a total of 15 PowerMatch PM8500N networked amplifiers.  

Doug Brekke, president of Black Box Design, graduated from Montana State with a degree in electrical engineering and worked there as a student volunteer before starting his own A/V business and becoming an area vendor. He teamed up with Bridgewater Acoustics, the regional Bose dealer, to design the RoomMatch system for the space.  

It was Brekke’s first RoomMatch installation. “I’m delighted to be able to have line-array performance in an installed-system configuration,” Brekke says. “It’s the best of both worlds, in terms of performance for both music and speech intelligibility. The coverage we achieved was fantastic, on the floor and the seating areas. The RoomMatch system just has great performance characteristics.”  

Melanie Stocks, Director of the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, agrees and notes the benefits that have arisen with the new sound system.

“Before last May, when the new system was installed, the ways we could use the Fieldhouse were rather limited,” she explains. “We could do basketball games and track meets, and some music, but even those were subject to having less-than-pristine sound. But since the new system went in, it’s been wonderful. There are no more complaints about the sound; instead, there are compliments about it, including from the additional customers who rent the space. The old sound system was holding us back. The new Bose system has changed all that.

“And in addition to better sound, it’s also easier for us and our customers to use it,” Stocks continues. “All of the controls are accessible through a Crestron LCD display. Our entire staff has been trained on it and we no longer need to keep a tech on hand. Working with Bose, with Doug and Black Box Design, and Jay [Bridgewater] at Bridgewater Acoustics, has been a great experience. The RoomMatch system has been the best thing to happen here for sound.”