The P.A. People worked with Jands to install the networked television distribution and audio systems at the Royal Randwick in Sydney.

Royal Randwick’s $152 million five-star grandstand opened in time for the Sydney Spring Carnival season. The grandstand features a 4500-capacity amphitheatre surrounding the Theatre of the Horse parade ring as well as eight new restaurant and dining spaces, and four undercover terraces on each level facing west over the Theatre of the Horse.

Brookfield Multiplex chose The P.A People to deliver the networked television distribution and audio systems. Required acoustic performance criteria for each space and an indicative number of zones were specified, along with an overview of functional requirements and environmental constraints. Also required, was a 1000 port Ethernet network specifically designed to support both the IPTV and networked audio systems.

The majority of the networked audio system comprises of products from US group Harman. Over 1,000 individual JBL loudspeakers across ten different models, 80 Crown amplifiers and 12 BSS networked digital signal processing engines form the backbone of the system.

JBL AE Series AM7000 models designed specifically for the installation market catered to the roof area. The P.A People’s project manager Jones explained that they gave the required coverage and SPL level right up to the side of the racetrack. The JBL Control 47LP and Control 47HC ceiling speakers were used for the corporate suites, ballrooms and dining areas.

The ground floor where the main betting auditorium and general public concourse is located has no ceiling; it was therefore decided to use the JBL Control 67 P/T pendant speakers, which blend into the surroundings. Josh adds that apart from their aesthetic value, these speakers provide enough power to get above an excited race crowd. The amenities areas and some of the smaller concourses are taken care of by JBL 24CTM and 26CT ceiling speakers.

The Theatre of the Horse features JBL CBT 100LA incorporating Constant Beamwidth Technology, providing the directivity required to cover the venue without blasting audio at the horses themselves.

Requiring a line array speaker that would give them defined beam control and simultaneously cover five tiers of standing area, they chose a ring of CBT 100LAs, which cover the theatre beautifully without scaring the horses while their profile and colour blend in perfectly with the white horse rail.

Soundweb London BSS was distributed around eight different rack/amplifier rooms, managing audio distribution throughout the venue while also providing enough DSP to cover the many delays, EQs and other processing required for a cohesive sound system.

Operating on its own dedicated HP Procurve Ethernet network, the facility in the new Royal Randwick grandstand represents the largest integrated networked AV system in Australia.