The O2 Arena, London
Constructed inside the former Millennium Dome, The O2 arena was purposely built to reduce echoing and nuisance ambient noise. The new public address and voice alarm system (PAVA) needed to complement and enhance that design, not put it to the test. SSE’s mission was to provide a future-proof system that would not only meet the strict PAVA system criteria, but also deliver excellent audio quality throughout the venue and allow for further expansion as needed. They chose the Bose ShowMatch line array solution.
SSE Audio Group Technical Specialist Eddie Thomas designed the system. From a central circular truss, eight Bose loudspeaker clusters were installed, each comprising eight ShowMatch cabinets, providing audio coverage across the main audience area. The system has a total of 24 RMS218 cabinets in six vertical, roof-mounted arrays powered by Bose PM8500 amplifiers. For sub-bass frequencies, the ShowMatch range utilizes the Bose RMS218 subwoofer.