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Post-downhill KitzRaceParty for VIPs in the snow with L-ACOUSTICS

KITZÜHEL, Austria — The best ski athletes in the world gathered in Kitzbühel, Austria to celebrate the highlight of the World Cup calendar–the Hahnenkamm Race Week from January 22 to 27, including the renowned Streif downhill.

STREIF! This little word is enough to give many skiers goose bumps. The “Streif” is considered the most spectacular and dangerous downhill in the world: 260-foot jumps, 85 percent base slope, and top speeds of up to nearly 90mph. The race does not allow any margin of error.

To celebrate the conclusion of the races, a VIP party–“KitzRaceParty”–was held with the top act for this year, Gloria Gaynor, playing to the crowds.

Austrian L-ACOUSTICS Rental Network Agent Light and Sound set up a KARA and ARCS Wide and ARCS Focus system for the event. SOUNDVISION was reported to be a great tool guaranteeing full coverage at every listening position for speeches and different styles of live acts in a difficult venue.

For main PA, Light and Sound specified vertical hangs of three ARCS (one Focus and two Wide) for left and right to cover the dance floor area. Five KARA were flown for outfill, while three KIVA cabinets with one KILO low frequency extension functioned as delay for left and right. A coaxial 12XT was also used as a near fill.

SB28 and SB18 subs were placed under the stage, and, for stage monitoring, Light and Sound used 13 115XT HiQ monitors. At the entrance and chalet area, 12XT and 8XT were used to cover every spot for optimal speech intelligibility. The whole system was controlled and powered by LA8 amplified controllers housed in seven LA-RAKs.

The response from the artists and Light and Sound clients was extremely complimentary; all of their expectations were exceeded. The ease of setup and literally seamless transition from the KARA to the ARCS WIFO system proved better than even the Light and Sound crew had anticipated.

Details on Hahnenkamm Race Week can be found at, with Light and Sound’s online presence located at

L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, KUDO, KARA, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” Product distribution and customer service for the USA is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, California.

(Photo credit: WPP and

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