Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Philadelphia’s Hatboro-Horsham High School installs Technomad PA system
The days of using football field horns with a simple driver and limited frequency response are over for Hatboro-Horsham High School, located in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The school is now using a Technomad PA system to improve audio quality and coverage for sporting events in its outdoor campus stadium. The high school successfully used the system for its fall 2009 football season and will use this system this spring for track and field events, as well as other outdoor sports and events.
The system, which was installed by Omega Electronics, a systems integration firm in Hatboro-Horsham, is used for all outdoor home stadium athletic events, including band competitions. Joe Torquato, Omega Electronics owner and president, said the system offers the fidelity and response of a home audio system.
The Technomad system, featuring two Technomad Noho weatherproof loudspeakers and a turnkey signal-processing rack, replaced a pair of aging public address horns plagued by unintelligible voice reproduction and low-fidelity musical output. The new system allows for easy hookup of MP3 players, iPods and CD players, and the IP56-rated weatherproof design means they will be protected from the elements year-round.
Torquato and his team set up the system in less than four hours, installing the Nohos on the press box facade following masonry work to smooth the textured brick surface for the mounts.
The Noho loudspeakers are wired to a rolling signal-processing rack inside the press box. The Technomad PA system rack comes complete with a prewired amplifier and a six-channel mixer with front-panel iPod/MP3 inputs as well as a hard-wired microphone.