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RE: Sound system for a gym?

Most folks will throw two or four bigass speakers in the middle of the room hanging from the ceiling. They'll achieve muddy sound everywhere, hateful standing waves, totally unintelligible vocals when used as a PA system looking for parents of lost kids, or calling the winner of a raffle to the office.

The best-sounding roller rinks I was ever in had one thing in common: Bose 901 (two pair, but I could see three or four pair in a larger venue) located around the room, not in the center. They'd be turned "backwards" so the 8 drivers were facing the intended audience.

Lots of amplifier, music in mono, and of course the appropriate Bose equalizer. One rink had a Phase Linear 700; I don't know what the other had. Of course, this was more than thirty-five years ago. Big amps are easier now than ever before.


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