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Thunder Valley Casino Resort Feels the Peal of KUDO

L-ACOUSTICS amplifier/loudspeaker package goes into resort’s new Pano Hall

LINCOLN, California — Thunder Valley Casino Resort, located 30 miles east of Sacramento, has now wrapped up an ambitious schedule of renovations with the addition of a spa, outdoor pool and 17-story luxury hotel, which houses the resort’s new 10,000-square-foot Pano Hall.

Designed to host concert and comedy productions, corporate meetings, poker tournaments, banquets and many other events, the multipurpose, 1,000-capacity space is equipped with a mobile L-ACOUSTICS amplifier and loudspeaker package supplied by Las Vegas-based Audio Video Design-Build (AVDB) Group.

A total of 12 L-ACOUSTICS KUDO cabinets and eight SB28 subs, collectively powered by eight LA8 amplified controllers, comprise the main PA for Pano Hall. Eight self-powered 108P cabinets are also available for front-fill, with six 112P for use as side-fills. Onstage, four ARCS and four SB118 subs serve as the side-fill monitoring system, with a dV-SUB enclosure on hand as a drum monitor sub.

Scott Oosthuizen, AVDB Group’s CEO and AV system designer, notes that KUDO’s “exceptional versatility and universal acceptance in the production and touring world were primary reasons we recommended the system to our client. Plus, the enclosure’s adjustable K-Louvers allow the system to steer audio away from the parallel surface walls in the ballroom, which is always a very desirable outcome in any design. Less primary reflections from the side walls lead to better overall audio intelligibility in the audience seating areas. As far as I’m concerned, KUDO is the best-sounding 12-inch-format line array system out there. It’s definitely a very versatile system and easily meets most rider specifications.”

Oosthuizen points out that Pano Hall’s new setup is billed as fully mobile touring sound system, allowing Thunder Valley to not only set it up in a variety of configurations within the ballroom depending on production needs, but also deploy it outside or off-site as well.

“Our mission here at Thunder Valley Casino Resort is to provide a truly first-rate experience for our guests and the KUDO system is very much in line with that philosophy,” adds Doug Elmets, spokesman for the resort. “L-ACOUSTICS’ reputation for uncompromising excellence is widely known throughout the live event production community and having this system is helping us attract high-profile artists that might not otherwise perform in a ballroom of this size. So, obviously, it’s been a big ‘win-win’ for both us and our guests.”

Owned and operated by the United Auburn Indian Community, Thunder Valley Casino Resort first opened in June of 2003. Pano Hall, which officially opened in October 2010 and is named after the Maidu word for “bear”, can be split into five breakout rooms: one large ballroom and two smaller ones that can each be further divided into two. For more information on Thunder Valley and its facilities, visit

For additional details on the AVDB Group, visit

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.” L-ACOUSTICS products for the US market are distributed by L-ACOUSTICS US of Oxnard, California.

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