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Back to the Future, a Technology Project Review: Outdoor Sound Reinforcement of Symphony and Opera for Extremely Large Audiences

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200,000 person audiences enjoyed classical music via a sound reinforcement system deployed in New York City parks. Sound from an acoustical shell was supplemented with battery-powered, digitally-delayed loudspeaker towers receiving wireless transmissions to cover asymmetrical sites. Technical and operational details of this futuristic open air sound system from 25 years ago, pioneering advanced technologies now taken for granted, are detailed.

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