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** Photo: Mike Stuckey **
Cincinnati, OH – September 2013… For companies that work in the special events and pro touring market, the ability to deliver quality sound reinforcement (SR) systems that transport, fly, and tear down quickly and efficiently is crucial. Similarly, quality sound with a high level of speech intelligibility and music reproduction characteristics are the essence of what constitutes a top notch SR system. Thunderbolt Systems of Cincinnati, OH, a firm that specializes in sound reinforcement, lighting, video, radio communications, TV, concert touring, and special events, recently made a substantial investment in their business and to ensure the best audio performance for their clients, they selected loudspeaker systems from Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio.

Mike Stuckey is the President of Thunderbolt Systems. Being actively involved in everything from the daily operation of the business to sales and system design, Stuckey knows that without quality sound, there won’t be much business. He also recognizes how critical efficient truck pack, system setup, and tear down are to the success of any event. This is why his firm purchased twenty-four Aero 50 3-way large-format line array enclosures, twenty-four LX-218 high performance subwoofer systems, twelve Aero 12A powered, two-way, mid-high line array elements, sixteen Road 15A powered, 2-way stage monitors, plus eighteen D-100 4-channel power amplifiers. He discussed his recent D.A.S. purchase and the factors that influenced him.

“In today’s market, the ability to deliver high quality sound is only one part of the equation,” Stuckey explained. “Ease of rigging the system and learning how to maximize its sound are equally important considerations. When helping us choose the equipment that best meets our requirements, I like that D.A.S. took into consideration the real world requirements of today’s live sound production and the challenges of delivering high quality sound in today’s environments. They understand our business and really went the extra mile to help us choose those products that are best suited to the nature of our work.”

Since taking delivery of their new D.A.S. products in August, the equipment was placed into service immediately: twice for TNA Basebrawl wrestling events and another time for Signs of Life: The Essence of Pink Floyd, a concert by the Pink Floyd tribute band. At the TNA Impact Wrestling events, the Thunderbolt Systems crew provided a setup consisting of twelve D.A.S. Aero 50 line array enclosures and eight LX-218 subwoofers driven by four D.A.S. DA-100 power amps.

According to Thunderbolt Systems Chief Sound engineer Eric Conway, “The system delivered fantastic clarity with great overall sonic representation and response. We experienced a crisp, smooth high end and very solid frequency response. You could walk through the venue and everywhere you went the sound was clear, musical, and had consistent coverage.”

Martin Garneret, the FOH engineer and Thunderbolt Systems technician who mixed Signs of Life: The Essence of Pink Floyd, concurs. “D.A.S. Audio’s support really makes it a terrific PA. The system sounds great, it’s easy to fly, and it delivers exceptional value for our company.”

Before turning his attention back to company business, Stuckey offered these final thoughts regarding their new D.A.S. loudspeaker equipment, “Our experience with D.A.S. has been first rate. Everyone at the company has been very professional, with no hesitation to do whatever it takes to make the customer happy. They understand, ‘The show must go on!’ isn’t just a statement, it’s actually a lifestyle. These days, touring budgets are very tight. Nonetheless, I still want to provide the best sound quality for our clients. With D.A.S., you don’t need to spend a million dollars to have million dollar sound!”

To learn more about Thunderbolt Systems, visit the company online at

About D.A.S. Audio
Celebrating 40 years of innovation, Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of loudspeaker systems, power amplification, signal processing, and related components. D.A.S. Audio products are found on tour with the world’s greatest performing artists and installed in many of the most prestigious facilities. For additional information about D.A.S. Audio, visit the company online at