NEXO ‘sound’ sound system for France venue

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France Gier Sports Hall in Saint-Chamond new sound system Image: NEXO

Designed by architects Chabanne and partners, the new Gier Sports Hall in Saint-Chamond (France) is a futuristic arena combining functionality and modernity to host a variety of sporting events in the best possible conditions.

NEXO stated that the venue provides a permanent home for the Saint-Chamond Basket Vallée du Gier, with the main basketball court accommodating 3,800 spectators, expandable to 4,200. An additional court is located in an annexed sports hall for 300 spectators, and additional VIP reception areas can accommodate 600 people, either on matchdays or at seminars and other events.

Saint-Chamond Basket is a professional basketball club based in Saint-Chamond, France. The team currently plays in the Pro B, the second highest professional division in France.

NEXO further stated that as a municipal development, public tenders were held for all key contracts on the project, and Lyon (France)-based consultants Atelier Audiovisuel collaborated with NEXO’s Engineering Support Team to design and propose a sound system.

NEXO’s Carole Marsaud stated, “I knew that GEO S12 would be perfect for this project, as the 30° angled boxes meant we could use clusters of just four cabinets each to cover the stands. And the fact they are 16 Ohms impedance meant we could power a full cluster with just a single channel of a NEXO NXAMP4X4MK2 which, along with the relatively low cost of GEO S12, enabled us to propose a very cost-efficient solution that met or exceed all of the performance criteria.”

Alongside eight clusters of GEO S12s covering the stands in the main arena, a NEXO P12 point source loudspeaker located at each corner of the court covers the playing area, with P12s also deployed in the additional training court.

For the tender for the sound system installation, the local integrator Videoscope Multimedia adopted the NEXO design and won the contract.

Informed Videoscope Site Manager Camille Grange, “We got great support from the NEXO Engineering Team throughout the installation process which helped to make everything go very smoothly. Then Carole and her colleague Bertrand were on site for two days to finetune and commission the system. Everyone is very pleased with the result”.

NEXO has been designing groundbreaking sound reinforcement solutions at its Parisian headquarters since 1979. The company’s pioneering technology, innovative designs and sonic excellence have enhanced live events across the globe for decades, gaining the respect and trust of sound professionals everywhere.

Today, NEXO is a strategic business unit of Yamaha Corporation, a convergence of technological expertise that facilitates full integration of speaker and amplifier control, and console management of public address (PA( systems over the latest and most popular digital networking protocols.

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