On the athletic front, the MTSU Blue Raiders is one of 12 Sun Belt Conference teams, participating in 17 intercollegiate sports at the highest level of NCAA athletics. Stadium audio improvements have been a recent focus on campus, beginning with a PA system upgrade featuring Technomad Berlin loudspeakers for its 2,500-seat soccer and track and field venue.
The success of the first Technomad installation has led to an audio upgrade for Blue Raiders Softball Field, where Technomad Noho loudspeakers now deliver intelligible voice and high-quality musical reproduction to teams and up to 500 spectators on game days.
Two Noho weatherproof loudspeakers replaced six failing speakers that lined the backstop. The Nohos are mounted just off the press box at the left and right sides, projecting clear audio across the field and to every corner of the bleachers and dugouts. The campus opted for Technomad’s specialty yoke mounts, which allowed the installers to mount and suspend the Nohos from metal beams with a single bolt — greatly simplifying the installation.
Josh Hoevelmann, electronic equipment engineer for MTSU, added that the Technomad loudspeakers not only provide great sound and protection from the elements due to weatherproof construction, but ultimately minimized costs for the overall audio upgrade.
“I wouldn’t settle for anything less than the Nohos considering the success we have had with the Berlins in our soccer and track and field stadium,” said Hoevelmann. “The Nohos cover the bleachers with clear audio and throw all the way to the outfield, which allows players to adjust the defense as batters are announced. The Nohos also matched up perfectly with our current amplification, which saved us from putting additional money into the upgrade. They were also less expensive than adding six lower-quality speakers to the backstop, while providing great sound and stronger durability to handle the Tennessee weather and humidity.”
Hoevelmann added that the Nohos provide the wide frequency range required for musical breaks, noting they tend to be brief during softball games, where intelligibility of voice for live PA announcements is more important.
“Vocal intelligibility in the outfield was a problem with the old speakers, and the players noticed the difference with the Nohos right away,” he said. “That’
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers eight models ranging in power from the 60-watt Vernal 15 to the 1250-watt OSLO subwoofer. In 2000, Technomad introduced its range of complete Turnkey PA systems that have turned previous complex integration jobs into simple, one-line orders. In 2007, the company introduced two non-loudspeaker products to its inventory: The Schedulon automatic mp3 player and recording system, and the PowerChiton series of compact weatherproof amplifier modules. Please contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.
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