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Union College Hockey Runs Power Play with Linea Research


Schenectady, NY—May 2019… Although Union College has only 2,600 undergraduate students, the private liberal arts college’s men’s ice hockey team competes quite successfully with much larger schools in NCAA Division 1. The Union Dutchmen even won the 2014 national championship over such sports powers as Minnesota, Boston College, and Providence. Four years later, the Upstate New York school brought in AV systems integrators Com Tech of neighboring Albany to work on video production, and Com Tech wound up also designing and installing a new audio system for the Frank L. Messa Rink, the home of Union’s men’s and women’s hockey teams.

“The old system was inadequate, with outdated technology,” recalls Com Tech owner Chuck Zarriello. “It had been slowly failing over the years and was not intelligible, so we installed an almost entirely new sound system.” Zarrielo specified a powerful, flexible Dante audio system based on four Linea Research 44C06 power amplifiers, EM Acoustics loudspeakers, and a Symetrix Radius EX 12×8 DSP.

“This was one of our first Linea Research installs,” Zarriello reveals. “Their manufacturer representative, Rich Trombitas of Cardone, Solomon & Associates, brought them to our attention. We liked the fact that Linea Research amplifiers have lots of power in a small footprint because we didn’t have the ability add more rack real estate to the sound booth.”

In addition to needing high-quality sound and modern network features, Union College Director of Athletics Jim McLaughlin’s wanted a system that was very simple for their non-technical operators to use—and he needed it done quickly. “This project had an extremely tight build schedule,” relates Zarriello. “They wanted it in time for the opening of their season in early October. There was no spare time; we were offloading speakers from the airline transport company as they were preparing the ice for practice the next morning. We liked that Linea Research amplifiers were deliverable within our very tight scheduleand they worked out of the box. There were no surprises. That met all of our objectives.”

Linea Research 44C series amplifiers integrate 96 kHz DSP running manufacturer-crafted algorithms for such features as LIR linear phase filters and the powerful VX Limiter suite. “We set certain parameters with the amplifier DSP, limiting output power because we didn’t need all the power that the Linea had to offer,” notes Zarriello. “So we had plenty of headroom, and coupled with the EM Acoustics speakers, it really was a nice marriage.”

Each EM Acoustics loudspeaker cluster in the new main system incorporates MSE-159, Halo-CS, and EMS-121X loudspeakers, all integrated in a custom flying frame. “Another thing we did that made the client extremely happy was to relocate and reuse the existing speakers that were still working in some areas that had no audio reinforcement,” Zarriello adds.

The Symetrix Radius EX managed the network while meeting director McLaughlin’s ease-of-use requirement. “This was not my first rodeo with Symetrix,” reports Zarriello. “We used Symetrix because of our previous experience with it, our knowledge of the product, and its reliability. By using the Symetrix DSP, limiting the window of gains for the different microphones, and limiting the output of the Linea Research amplifiers, the system has more than adequate SPL where it needs to be. We gave them simple controls with a couple of Symetrix ARC-3 wall panels and SymVue software running in the control booth. The staff could literally take somebody off the street and show them in 15 to 20 minutes how to use the system, and they’d be able to operate it.”

The combination of Linea Research amplifiers, EM Acoustics loudspeakers, and Symetrix DSP and control has been a winner at Union College. “This was our first major project with Union College,” avers Zarriello. “The system is in use and the client is completely happy with it. I will absolutely use Linea Research again when the opportunity arises.”



CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA, March 14, 2012 — Albany, New York residents don’t have to go to Las Vegas or Atlantic City for off-track betting action in comfortable surroundings and lots of options. Instead, they can stay right on Central Avenue in the state capitol at the new OTB Clubhouse Race Book

By Ciara Hassenpflug


A sure bet for a fun afternoon

As of January 1 of this year, Clubhouse Race Book on Central Avenue in Albany opened to the public and was greeted with open arms by horse racing fans in the Capital Region, including many women who had never before stepped foot in an Off-Track Betting (OTB) facility.