2014 FIBA World Cup
D.A.S. Audio at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup finals
|D.A.S. Aero Series 2 line array systems were on hand to bring crystal-clear sound to the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup finals and playoffs in Madrid. This round of the competition was held in the capital’s Palacio de los Deportes, which also hosted the final between the United States and Serbia. The American team managed to shoot their way past Serbia to become repeat world champions and the D.A.S. Audio systems ensured that none of the fans missed any of the excitement.
This historic arena, which holds up to 12,500 spectators, was reinforced with a powerful sound system for this world-class event. Local sound company Fluge was called in to handle the design and installation of the sound reinforcement system; for this massive project the technicians once again opted to work with D.A.S. systems, knowing that these easy-to-use, high-performance units would pack the punch needed to boost the sound in the Palacio de los Deportes.
The Fluge team flew 32 large-format D.A.S. Aero 50 systems as the main PA, rigging four clusters of eight systems from the center of the arena. A special rectangular truss structure was designed to hang the Aero 50s twenty meters above the court and angle the systems toward the four bleachers. This configuration provided uniform coverage with outstanding speech intelligibility, crucial at sporting events of this size held in indoor arenas.
The Aero 50s were matched with eight high-performance D.A.S. LX-218CA subwoofers for low frequency support. These systems were installed along the two “long” bleachers, with four subwoofers on either side camouflaged under the first rows of seats to minimize their visual impact while flooding the Palacio with bass. To round out the gear the Fluge team deployed D.A.S. DSP-4080 digital sound processors to manage and control the entire system.
The D.A.S. Aero 50 systems ensured exceptional during the final showdowns for the top three spots in the championship, which were taken home by France (bronze), Serbia (silver) and the United States (gold). Home of the world-famous NBA, this fifth world championship for the American team strengthens the country’s reputation as the undisputed leader in international basketball.