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Danley OS-80 Loudspeakers Cover Ontario Hockey Arena


Straight Street Event Services updated the Ontario Hockey Arena soundsystem to the fully-waterproof Danley Sound Labs OS80's.

The J.D. McArthur Arena seats 3,500 for ice hockey games and 3,000 for lacrosse games and resides within the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

The Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League and the Owen Sound Woodsmen of the Ontario Lacrosse Association both call it home. Although thoroughly modern in most respects (including private boxes and a restaurant), the arena suffered from a sound reinforcement system with poor intelligibility and impact.

A recent renovation, led by Straight Street Event Services of Cambridge, Ontario, took the soundsystem from terrible to fantastic with the replacement of the existing loudspeakers to the fully-weatherised Danley Sound Labs OS80's.

“The owners of the hockey team wanted a better experience for their ticket holders,” said Keith Broughton, an Independent Contractor who led the design and installation on behalf of Straight Street. “The existing system did not provide clear announcements, and the quality and SPL of music playback did not cover all seating areas sufficiently. Many people complained that they couldn’t understand the announcers.”

Keith Kissner, Owner of Straight Street Event Services, hired Keith to help evaluate the owners’ requirements, evaluate the existing system, recommend a solution, oversee its implementation, and test and tune the system after installation.

Keith Broughton’s requirements for the new loudspeakers were exceptional vocal clarity, high directivity, good visual appeal, and even coverage across the spectrum. “I originally spoke with Ivan Beaver, Danley’s Chief Engineer, about the Danley SM-80, which met my requirements,” he said.

The new system covers the seating area only and was 'piggy-backed' onto the existing control system. The Straight Street installation team removed the old loudspeakers and amplifiers and left the rest of the house system as it was.

Keith Broughton added a new Xilica processor, which conditions the system and feeds three Crest Pro9200 amplifiers. The amplifiers power five sets of four Danley OS-80s each (20 OS-80's total), and the remaining channel powers a new Danley TH-118 subwoofer mounted over centre-ice.

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