Few sports test an Olympic athlete the same way that cycling does. It requires maximum strength and endurance for the cyclist to perform at the highest level. At the Beijing 2008 Summer Games, cyclists are competing in the brand-new Laoshan Velodrome, whose sound system is only matched in excellence by the Olympians themselves.
Laoshan Velodrome, which will host all cycling during the Olympics, has a capacity of 6,000 spectators. It features a 250-meter oval shaped track and a total surface of 32,920 square meters. Positioned in the arena are the BSS Audio Soundweb Original SW9088iis, one dbx DriveRack 260 control, along with Crown CTS 600 and CTS 1200 amplifiers powering two JBL AC2212/64 and two JBL AM 4315/64 loudspeakers. The system was sold through Hong Kong-based distributor Advanced Communications Equipment (ACE).
The Soundweb Original SW9088iis forms the heart of the audio system. In a single rackspace unit, it offers eight analog inputs with comprehensive LED monitoring, eight analog outputs and open architecture signal processing. With application-specific DSP allocation and a fully configurable signal path, Soundweb represents a scalable, networked solution, which can be fully tailored to the installation. A diverse range of control options, including wall controllers, online PC control and third party control systems ensure that the user interface is perfectly matched to the technical proficiency and control requirements of users.
â€œLaoshan Velodrome presented a challenge because of the arenaâ€™s smaller size, and unique events for indoor spectator viewing,â€? said Iain Gregory, Product Manager, Harman Music Group. â€œSoundweb was the clear choice for a digital audio system in this and many other Olympic venues. Incorporated with the other Harman products, it will produce the highest quality sound for the enjoyment of all fans who attend events at the 2008 Olympic Games.â€?
BSS Audio is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com).
Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, and maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, employing more than 11,000 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes AKGÂ®, AudioaccessÂ®, BeckerÂ®, BSSÂ®, CrownÂ®, dbxÂ®, DigiTechÂ®, Harman KardonÂ®, InfinityÂ®, JBLÂ®, LexiconÂ®, Mark LevinsonÂ®, RevelÂ®, QNXÂ®, SoundcraftÂ® and StuderÂ®. Harman Internationalâ€™s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol â€œNYSE: HAR.â€?
Harman HiQnetâ„¢ is the world’s first connectivity and control protocol that integrates all product categories in the signal chain for professional audio systems of all types, size, and applications. Harman HiQnet no longer requires the user to manage multiple disparate operating systems or be responsible for programming individual signal processors, speaker controllers, wireless microphone systems, and mixing consoles. HiQnet was developed by engineers from across the Harman Pro Group and is coordinated by the System Development and Integration Group (SDIG), a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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