South Carolina high school connects with LEA
Thursday, 20 May 2021
carolinaRidgeland High School has upgraded its gymnasium sound system
USA - Ridgeland High School in Jasper County, South Carolina, is an school of about 700 students focused on preparing young adults for successful college and career paths. When faculty at the school decided they needed to modernise and upgrade their gymnasium sound system, local installer, Sound Systems and More recommended LEA Professional amplifiers.
Ronnie Carroll, the lead installation technician at South Systems and More, explained that the Ridgeland High School had a sound system in place that was out of date, limited in its functionality and connectivity, and only half functional. The gymnasium seats a little over 200 and the old system had poor sound quality and coverage and was difficult to use.
"Ridgeland had many issues with their previous sound system, and their top requests for a new system were for excellent system quality, flexibility and usability," said Carroll. "We were able to give them the quality they needed, and we gave them the capability to connect via Bluetooth, allowing them to play music during pep rallies and events without the equipment being directly in the gym. Plus, the entire system is easier to use, more efficient, and much more flexible. The amplifiers from LEA Professional greatly contribute to the system's success."
The team installed a new system that included a mix of about a dozen Community R Series loudspeakers and subwoofers, driven by a set of three Connect series amplifiers from LEA Professional. The LEA Connect 704 is a 4-channel, 700W professional-grade amp suited for small- to medium-scale installations. This four-channel amp features direct HiZ (70V or 100V) or LoZ, selectable by channel.
“We were looking for different options in four-channel digital amplifiers, and we heard about LEA and how flexible they are, and we really wanted to give them a try,” said Carroll. “We originally had amps from a different company specified, and after learning about LEA, we went back to the school and asked if we could upgrade it to the LEA amplifiers. They approved the change, and everyone has been very happy with the results.”
One specific feature that the High School appreciates is that the LEA amplifiers can be “locked out” to where an unauthorized user can't gain access to the amps and turn up the volume, which could potentially damage the entire system. The amplifiers offer a wide range of connectivity features, allowing the system to be very adaptable.
“The connectivity flexibility of the system is great. Having the ability to use an iOS mobile device to connect wirelessly and make adjustments will be very helpful,” said Carroll. “Because the amp rack is in a separate room, it gives us the potential to stand in the gym and adjust the amplifiers across the hallway without having to walk back and forth to make adjustments.
"We're specifying and installing LEA amplifiers more frequently now. It's such a robust, great sounding, easy-to-use amp system; we love using it - and LEA's service and support is excellent.”

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