A new Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership in western New York needed a PA system as rugged as a Harley Sportster. And the system requirements were as tough as Harley riders – it had to stand up to harsh Great Lakes weather while providing great sound for everything from outdoor parking lot rallies to indoor zone pages.
The electrical contractor for Harley-Davidson of Jamestown, located near the shores of Lake Erie, tapped The Hite Company of Altoona, Pennsylvania to handle the system design and selection. Tim Merritts of The Hite Company said the first challenge came with the original design which called for just two speakers in the entire shop area, one in the repair center and one in the warehouse. The under-powered, under-provisioned system didn’t meet Harley-Davidson of Jamestown’s requirements for a robust outdoor sound system to provide paging and music for outdoor events and motorcycle rallies, as well as clear, accurate, flexible paging to cover everything from management offices and the showroom floor to the noisy repair center.