Lab.gruppen amplifiers provide punch, power and cost savings for Indiana Pacers’ Home Arena

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Lab.gruppen amplifiers provide punch, power and cost savings for Indiana Pacers’ Home Arena

Bankers Life Fieldhouse first opened in 1999 and, in addition to serving as the long time home of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, is a major concert venue, the base for the Indiana Fever of the Women's National Basketball Association, the USHL's Indiana Ice and the one time host of the 2004 FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships.

Previously, the facility was served by an audio system designed by the Dallas, Texas office of Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc. (WJHW) in 1998. When a new, state-of-the-art and far larger scoreboard was installed in 2012, however, the venue set out to match the quality of the audience’s visual experience, sonically, with the installation of a new audio system powered exclusively by Lab.gruppen Contractor Series Amplifiers.

Once again, WJHW was contracted to work on the project, on which system designer Kevin Day, a Senior Consultant at WJHW, worked closely with Fred Kurtz and Stephanie Bryl of AVI/SPL Maryland, who installed and programmed the Lab.gruppen amplifiers. I knew that my design was going to be based on JBL products, so I expected there would be a push for a Crown amps, but AVI/SPL said, 'If they want to save money, rack space, electrical power and BTUs we should go with Lab.gruppen.'

"It was an opportunity for the venue to step up,” Day continues. “Lab.gruppen has an established track record and the people at Bankers Life Fieldhouse knew they sounded good.” Additionally, the choice of Lab resulted in overall project savings and provided enhanced control over the loudspeaker system’s multiple circuits and amplifier channels.

In total 72 Lab.gruppen Contractor Series amplifiers were deployed to drive the venue’s loudspeakers: 45 Lab.gruppen C 88:4 amps for the main line arrays, 12 C 88:4s for the subs, 3 C 88:4s for delay speakers, 1 C 88:4 for the scoreboard speakers, 1 C 28:4 for the hockey horns and 10 C 48:4s for back of house systems. “Three Lab Gruppen NLB-60E Hubs were also installed to monitor the systems,” Day adds, “and we revamped the amp room to drive distributed audio for the entire facility, including the washrooms, the concourse and outdoor entry areas.”

The system also includes BSS BLU DSP and a Midas mixing console.

“We needed to provide performance plus on budget and never thought twice about the amplifiers or considered another brand,” Day says. “The clients were excited about Lab.gruppen because of their reputation, and when we showed them the power and headroom the Lab amps provided they were even happier. One of the first things I do is check the headroom of a system by listening to it very loud, and this system came on with unquestionable punch and clarity. It was an extremely satisfying experience.”

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