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WJHW, Parsons Serve Up Audio for Fiserv Forum Arena

The Milwaukee Bucks’ new home sports JBL Professional, Crown and BSS Audio systems.

Milwaukee, WI (May 21, 2019)—The Milwaukee Bucks’ newly-built Fiserv Forum arena hosts basketball heroics, but it also sports considerable amounts of audio gear from various Harman Professional Solutions brands.

Opened in August 2018, the Fiserv Forum is a 714,000-square-foot arena built to replace the aging BMO Harris Bradley Center as the home of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team. The venue, a $524 million project, seats up to 18,000 fans and contains 34 suites and three clubs. In addition to NBA games, the venue also hosts concerts by musical acts ranging from KISS to Mumford and Sons, as well as international touring productions like Cirque de Soleil and Monster Jam.

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Consulting group Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams (WJHW) worked with Parsons Technologies and Theatrical Lighting Designer Ian Hoffer to equip the Forum with Harman AV equipment including JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, BSS signal processors and Martin lighting fixtures.

The main arrays, hung above the central scoreboard, consist of over 90 JBL VTX V20 line array loudspeakers supplemented by ASB6128V subwoofers. A range of specialized JBL loudspeakers provide additional coverage wherever the main arrays don’t reach, including the AM5212, the AC15 and the AC28/26 with extra-wide coverage. For general audio distribution throughout the rest of the venue, Parsons installed a range of JBL Control Series in-ceiling and pendant-style loudspeakers.

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Crown DCi amplifiers power the audio system; BLU Link technology allows the amplifiers to communicate with the arena’s networked BSS signal processors, which route signal throughout the system.

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