April 30, 2020

Extended periods of disuse can mean problems for electronic equipment

By Dan Daley, Audio Editor

Although everyone wants sports to return, the wait may be longer than hoped: some estimates suggest that only the NFL might have a shot at a complete season this year. One of the less conspicuous collateral concerns is how venue sound systems might fare sitting unused all that time.

Typical off-seasons may be nearly six months long, but, during those periods, venues continue to host events ranging from concerts to political rallies to graduation ceremonies. In the age of the coronavirus, however, some audio systems in MLB stadiums, for example, may not be used at all for most or all of 2020. Given the huge six-figure costs of some of the largest sound systems, some TLC for them is necessary.

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