Danley boost for University of Tampa
Wednesday, 8 September 2021
u-tampaThe Bob Martinez Athletics Centre
USA - For years, fans flocked to the University of Tampa’s Bob Martinez Athletics Centre to witness excellence on the court. But no matter how many national titles Spartans supporters and athletes enjoyed - including three NCAA Division II women’s volleyball crowns (2006, 2014, and ‘18) - there was no getting around at least one major disappointment on perennial display at the Bob Martinez Athletics Centre: A failing sound system.
That is why, when the University of Tampa undertook renovations of the 36-year-old, 3,400-seat arena that the Spartans’ men’s and women’s basketball teams also call home, it opted for a complete overhaul of its audio capabilities.
And when Regional AV integration firm AvTek introduced Spartans athletic department members to Danley Sound Labs components, the University of Tampa had finally found a sound to match the quality of what was happening on the court.
“Over the years, we’ve had a few sound systems in the Martinez Gym, and they’ve all been terrible,” said Scott Gossen, senior project manager for the University of Tampa. “Announcements were boomy and indecipherable. You couldn’t understand anything that was being said.”
Looking for something to crown the renovation, which featured new bleachers, new floor, new exterior entrances, and new lighting, AvTek, located in Clearwater, Fla., designed and installed a Danley Sound Labs reinforcement system. The system included Danley SH69 loudspeakers, a Danley BC412 subwoofer, and Danley DNA-series amplifiers.
AvTek engineer Geoff Alvarez utilised 12 Danley SH69 full-range loudspeakers to cover both sides of the court with three clusters of two speakers per side. He also installed three SH69s that fire straight down from north, centre, and south positions above the court. Alvarez employed two 10,000W, eight-channel Danley DNA 10k8 Pro amplifiers to power the SH69s. And to generate inspiring low end from a position above centre court, there is a bridged 20,000W, four-channel Danley DNA 20k4 Pro amplifier to power a beefy Danley BC412 subwoofer.
“From an install standpoint, the Danley boxes were passive, relatively compact for their output, and required only one amp channel per box,” Alvarez said. “I felt Danley might provide the long-sought-after solution that was needed at the University of Tampa.”

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