F1 Shanghai Circuit upgrades its sound system with Electro-Voice and Dynacord
On April 12-14, 2019, the World Formula One Championship (F1) was held in Shanghai. F1 is the highest-level annual series of racing competitions organized by the International Motor Sports Federation (FIA). It is also known as one of the World's three major sports events, along with the Olympic Games and the World Cup. F1 stands for high-tech, team spirit, driver wisdom and courage. The events take place throughout the year, and include the organization of each race, teamwork, TV broadcasting and more. Every detail is meticulously planned to ensure that the championship is a success. The professional sound reinforcement systems of the venue are another key part of the planning process, as the sound quality directly influences both the audience and the drivers’ race day experiences. Therefore, the Shanghai International Circuit upgraded the existing sound system with a professional solution provided by Electro-Voice and Dynacord.
“Speed and passion, perfectly matched”
The main grandstand of the Shanghai International Circuit is 400 meters long and 40.6 meters wide. Stepped from south to north, its height ranges from 2.74 meters to 27 meters. The geographical advantage makes the grandstand the best site in the Shanghai Circuit to watch the race. The long and narrow area of the grandstand accommodates a total of 28,400 seats. When the world's top racing cars get ready for the checkered flag, the sound produced by the howling engines is incredibly loud. To complement this extremely loud environment with powerful, clear audio quality, the main grandstand’s loudspeakers were upgraded to Electro-Voice EVH series. 39 EVH two-way horn-loaded loudspeaker cabinets provide even coverage and high intelligibility in the reverberant areas, effectively solving the sound reinforcement challenges caused by such events as F1 races.
Behind the scenes, Dynacord IPX series multi-channel DSP amplifiers are also indispensable. Just 15 IPX amps drive the entire EVH system. Designed for the highest performance in fixed applications, IPX models deliver up to 20,000 watts per unit, immensely reducing the rack space, and are equipped for use with both Dante and OCA. Best-in-class across every detail, the IPX series offers seemingly unlimited power and pristine audio quality. A set of Cobra mobile loudspeakers provides sound reinforcement especially for the starting area.
The combination of Electro-Voice and Dynacord not meets the challenges inherent to the world’s loudest sport, it also delivers to the audience and the racing drivers the authentic, powerful sound of the event, to feel the speed and passion of the F1 Shanghai.