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Western Massachusetts Manufacturer Exports Audio Innovations to the World

You might be surprised to learn that one product that is frequently out of sight but is in our ears, is made right in the heart of Western Massachusetts.  Technomad, the manufacturer of the world’s best outdoor PA systems, makes all of its loudspeaker lines in Deerfield, MA.  Not only are they made locally, but they are made sustainably.  Technomad harnesses the heat from the sun to mold the variety of speakers that they offer.

First to develop truly weatherproof, military-grade, full-range audio systems in the 1990s, Technomad speakers are currently used by notable government entities, sports stadiums, and popular theme parks.  Technomad offers American made innovation that is exported around the globe.  These US made loudspeakers and PA systems can be found in Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Latin America, and Ethiopia to name just a few of the installed locations.

Available in 14 colors to suit most any environment, the loudspeakers are also rugged and weatherproof.  Boasting audio clarity that Technomad customers require, the exceptional loudspeakers are made from a unique flight case manufacturing technology called roto-molding that was developed and first put into service in 1954.  The roto-molding process produces a very lightweight, incredibly durable and almost indestructible, one-piece military specification, ATA rated shell. This shell is impervious to water, sand, salt, temperature, mold, mildew, condensation, chemicals, insects, UV radiation, acids and other damage. 

Technomad has long been associated with sustainable manufacturing, producing durable, weatherproof MilSpec loudspeakers using recycled plastic. As a result, Technomad loudspeakers are often specified in AV projects with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) requirements.  In 2016, Technomad teamed up with LightManufacturing LLC, which developed a unique patented method of molding plastic with solar heat. The company’s unique Solar Rotational Molding (SRM™) systems eliminate greenhouse gasses associated with traditional rotational molding while reducing manufacturing costs — an unusual combination in a world that equates ‘green’ with unaffordable.

 

 

 

The loudspeakers are often accompanied by the patented waterproof PowerChiton amplifier, an entirely sealed, high power, networkable amplifier that can be installed anywhere.  The coupling of the ruggedness, sustainability and audio-quality make these systems ideal for public areas like towns, theme parks and stadiums as well as in military installations.

For those customers in need of a more portable solution, the company invented the DragonFly and FireFly portable weatherproof battery powered PA systems that offer unmatched power and fidelity in a light compact package that is also fully weatherproof.

Another innovation from Technomad that is a perfect pairing with their loudspeakers is the Schedulon media player.  Initially created for government and military clients, now all of the company’s customers can have access to automatic playback from an internal clock, a built-in web-server for remote control operation and configuration, and a quick access knob for emergency use. The Schedulon has many practical applications by customers, including use in hospitals for automatic messaging and lullabies, used by townships for ambient music, sounds and announcements, and remote park systems for public safety announcements.

Technomad is so confident in its cabinets (and after 43 years of active military service and subsequent military specification approvals, one would assume so), it backs them with a ten-year unconditional warranty.

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A Web-Tour of our Favorite Stadiums

Summer is in full swing, but Fall’s coming.  In a little pre-celebration of our busiest time of year, we thought we’d give you a tour of some of our favorite stadium audio installations.

An Amazing Stadium in Ethopia, near the Red Sea. Quite ‘far from home’, an array of Noho Ci loudspeakers provide excellent sound for this world-class soccer and aquatics venue.

Tacoma Washington Historic Stadium. Installed right on the salt water of the Sound. Technomad weatheproof loudspeakers sound great while withstanding extreme coastal environments. Click for photos, a map, and more.
French Soccer Stadium On the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea! Click for install photos and current weather.
Jamsil Olympic Baseball Stadium, Seoul Korea seats 30 thousand fans. Click for photos and a view from space.  Multiple Technomad stadium loudspeakers deployed.
Alvin Texas High School Stadium, a great install right near the Gulf Coast – with all the heat and rain that implies. Click for photos and the current weather (hot) in Alvin.
Harvard University – four Technomad Noho C loudspeakers, mounted high on lighting poles at opposite sidelines at the center of the multi-purpose field.  This easily blanketed the bleachers, sidelines and fields with crisp, clear audio for the first soccer game of the season..
An install at a university much older than the USA.
Stadium Home Videos and Comments – some great video footage of Technomad stadium installs, and comments from the folks who put them in. Let us know if you’ve got photos to share of your install.
Wildcat Stadium – super example of a Scoreboard PA system, where the loudspeakers are mounted on the scoreboard and powered by a PowerChiton waterproof amplifier.  Wireless or wired signal comes from the pressbox.

Want to upgrade a stadium of your own? Check out our Weatheproof Turn-Key Stadium PA Systems, with complete packages for facilities of any size. We’ve built the world’s best outdoor audio systems since 1995.

FALL 2020 Sale – B-Stock List

We’re running a spring sale through the end of October 26   – 15% off of all our regular products, and a special discount off of B-Stock items:  25% discount off of retail price for all of the items below while supplies last.

Terms and conditions apply.  No returns or exchanges.  Full warranty.

Get them before they’re gone!  Discounted pricing available through C.O.B. Monday October 26 2020.  Reseller terms and conditions: https://www.technomad.com/order/sale-terms/

Hospitals in New York’s Largest Health System Use New Technology for Lullabies and Announcements

Technomad, the Massachusetts based manufacturer of government and civilian audio systems, announced the installation of two Schedulon audio players in the Northwell Hospital system in the New York area.  The units will provide hospital-wide announcements and music.

Through coordination with dealer Advance Sound Company, the Schedulon Programmable Digital Message Repeater was installed in two hospitals in the summer of 2019. Northwell is one of the largest health systems and employers in the state of New York, and future installations are being planned for their other locations.

“A lot of other devices at this price point are not user and integrator friendly”, commented Thomas DePace of Advance Sound. DePace particularly appreciates the ease of use that is available through the web-interface which allows authorized users to configure and program the systems using any web browser.  This feature on the Schedulon enables the customer to upload, change, and select messages quickly from anywhere.  The company will be installing additional Schedulons at other locations because they integrate with existing systems as well as new.

In addition to generating automatic messages, the Schedulons are used in these hospitals for a variety of announcements, from visiting hour notifications to the sound of a lullaby when a baby is born.  There is also a quick-access knob and screen on the front of the unit that allows operators to quickly trigger audio files in case of emergencies like evacuations, emergency protocols or other unplanned circumstances. Version 4.0 allows the customer to build named playlists in their own format: Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, and WAV playback, and of course, MP3. With to-the-second scheduling, 300% faster file upload speeds, user-editable GUI, two password levels (admin and control-only), customized playlist creation and scheduling right from the web interface, the Schedulon is a perfect solution in many applications.

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What Do Technomad and Cal Ripken, Jr. Have in Common?

“Baseball is the very symbol, the outward and visible expression of the drive and push and rush and struggle of the raging, tearing, booming nineteenth century.”  Mark Twain is credited with that quote upon his observation of what would become a national past-time of the U.S.

Approximately 130 years after baseball’s inception, baseball great Cal Ripken, Jr. retired from the game.  Among his many next endeavors, he spearheaded The Ripken Experience, a baseball complex, and program for kids.  The program gives kids a chance to experience the “Big League” vibe.

Any avid baseball fan might say that hearing your favorite player’s name announced is part of the thrill.  With that understanding in mind, the Aberdeen, Maryland location of The Ripken Experience installed durable, clear-quality sound Technomad sound-systems on all eight of their youth playing fields.

Tehnomad IPA2 with NOHO Ci Loudspeakers

Through the easy-to-use and powerful IPA2, which features the brand new Noho Ci, and the DragonFly portable weatherproof system, the fields play intro music before the game and walk up music for each kid coming on to the field.  Most importantly, an announcer broadcasts the player’s name as they take the field.  “In our feedback and surveys, this is one of the single comments that we consistently receive from parents – they love hearing their child’s name over the loudspeakers,” explains John Dye, Assistant Director of Baseball Operations.


Located in the East Coast of the U.S., the Aberdeen campus experiences the typical scorching sun, wind, rain, hail and snow of Maryland.  The loudspeakers are out in the weather from March through November of every year.  The ruggedness of the sustainably manufactured systems  makes them are capable of remaining out year-round, but the complex management elects to secure them for the winter season. 

During a normal season, the ball fields are packed every weekend and during the week in summer months.  The fields are also used for corporate outings and events, for employers hosting fun outings for their employees.  Even the adults get to hear their names announced through the loudspeakers when they are playing.

Given the recent COVID-19 isolation requirements, the complexes are currently silent.  The entire team at The Ripken Experience is hopeful that the fields and loudspeakers will be back in action soon, announcing the next great player at bat.

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Photo credits: The Ripken Experience, Aberdeen