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Rebuilding the Colosseum with Meyer Sound

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace recently revamped its audio with a new Meyer Sound LEO family system after 16 years of residencies by Celine Dion and other superstars.

Las Vegas, NV (December 16, 2019)—The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas originally opened in 2003, primarily to present Céline Dion’s record-breaking residencies. Nearly 10 million fans and 16 years later, Dion played her final show at the venue on June 8, 2019, whereupon it was time for the 4,300-seat venue to go on hiatus for technical and design updates. Many aspects changed, but some stayed the same. The venue has a new Solotech-provided Meyer Sound Leo Family system anchored by LYON arrays, replacing the Meyer system that Solotech first installed there in 2003.

Solotech’s Francois “Frankie” Desjardins designed the original system at The Colosseum, and while not involved in the design this time around, as the company’s vice president of R&D, he was nonetheless still involved: “The first system had served the room for more than 15 years, so reliability and longevity were important factors in the selection of the brand-new audio system. Once given the design, we worked to ensure the installed system would achieve all goals with hopes of exceeding expectations for guests of the all-new Colosseum. We always strive to achieve the best of the best. People remember your most recent project, not the one from 15 years ago.”

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The new Leo Family system was built around twin arrays of 16-each Lyon line array loudspeakers with a center hang of 12 Leopard line array loudspeakers. Low end is supplied by 18 1100-LFC and 14 900-LFC low-frequency control elements. Completing the design are four UPQ-D1 loudspeakers, six Lina loudspeakers, and 26 UPM-1P loudspeakers for fill and delay systems. Eight Galileo Galaxy 816 processors are linked via an AVB network, and the main arrays utilize Meyer Sound’s Low-Mid Beam Control technology with the aim of providing uniform front-to-back response.

With Solotech handling video and lighting for the update as well, Solotech project manager David Cerullo noted, “All the video, audio and lighting systems here can work in unison or separately, depending on how the acts want to use them. We have fiber optic connections for both audio and video so if we need to send audio cues to video or lighting, that can happen. It’s powerful and incredibly flexible, and from my perspective, it’s an extremely impressive improvement. The Colosseum is probably the best sounding and best visual theater on The Strip right now, and we are so proud of the work we’ve contributed to this beautiful venue.”

Following the renovation, Caesars Entertainment then delegated responsibility for both the AV overhaul and continuing production management to Production Specialists of Las Vegas (PSLV). One of the first acts to play the updated venue was Journey, which tore through a number of shows in October and December. The band’s FOH engineer, Keith “Meaux” Windhorst, noted the group has toured with a Meyer Leo rig in recent times, so “There was a comfort factor, right out of the gate. You run up that first fader and it’s immediately right in the ballpark. It sounds fantastic, it sounds familiar, and that’s what I’m looking for.”

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