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Basketball Court

General Coverage

A typical 120-foot by 100-foot gymnasium with a 28-foot height to the low steel (bottom of trusses).
The bleachers are up to 14 feet tall.
The bleacher loudspeakers are mounted about 20 feet in front of the first row.
Bleachers longer than 70 feet can require four (4) or more loudspeakers per side.
The court loudspeakers provide general coverage to thecourt and floor seating for sporting events.
Six (6) R.5-94Z (bleacher coverage
Two (2) R.5-99Z (center court)
Good pattern control (for intelligibility) and moderate SPL in non-acoustically treated spaces.
Six (6) R.35-3896 (bleacher coverage
Two (2) R.35-3896 (center court)
Less low frequency extension, but excellent voice clarity with moderate SPL.
Six (6) R.5-96MAX (bleacher coverage
Two (2) R.5-99Z (center court)
Increased musicality, high SPL, and great pattern control. Subwoofers are often added to this system configuration.



For maximum system performance and longevity, the loudspeakers must be properly powered to achieve the needed sound pressure level (SPL) in the listening area.


R.25-94Z: 400W to 600W @ 8 ohms per loudspeaker
R.35COAX: 400W to 600W @ 8 ohms per loudspeaker
R.35-3896: 800W to 1200W at 8 ohms per loudspeaker
R.5-66Z: 400W to 600W @ 8 ohms per loudspeaker
R.5-94Z: 400W to 600W @ 8 ohms per loudspeaker
R.5-99Z: 400W to 600W @ 8 ohms per loudspeaker
R.5-96MAX: 1200W to 1800W at 8 ohms per loudspeaker
R2-94Z: 800W to 1200W at 4 ohms per loudspeaker
R2-52Z: 800W to 1200W at 4 ohms per loudspeaker
R2-52MAX: 1200W to 2400W at 8 ohms per loudspeaker




To properly process, equalize and protect the loudspeaker systems, it is recommended to use the Community dSPEC226 digital signal processor.


Some amplifiers have built-in processing which may be adequate when properly programmed. Community's suggested DSP settings for R SERIES loudspeakers can be found HERE.


All of the loudspeakers referenced in this guide require a 24 dB per Octave electronic high pass filter for protection against over-excursion from bass-heavy program material.




When considering the distance between the amplifier and the loudspeaker(s), the following minimum cable gauges are suggested.


Less than 50 feet: 14 AWG
50 to 100 feet: 12 AWG
100 to 250 feet: 10 AWG
Beyond 250 feet: Please contact the Community TAG Team

It is strongly recommended that all loudspeaker level wire be stranded, twisted and never shielded.  Loudspeaker wires should not be connected to earth ground or supporting structures.




For technical and applications assistance, please contact the Community TAG Team (Technical Applications Group) at (610) 876-3400 or




To view the entire Sports Sound Loudspeaker System Design Reference Guide, CLICK HERE.