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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

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Technomad installed at the Highest Peak in Georgia

Brasstown Bald may be so remote that even GPS mapping systems can’t find it, but Technomad is there. 

Local dealer CANA recently installed the black Vernal ultra-compact, weatherproof, full-range loudspeaker on the highest mountain in Georgia – 4,784 feet above sea level to be exact.   A climb up the steps and over the rail was all that it took to get the speakers installed atop the Brasstown Bald Visitor Center.

The forestry service will use the speakers to make announcements to guests visiting the grounds of the visitor center.  While we think the speakers are a good reason to visit the center, the taxidermy exhibit of bears right below the speakers is a pretty compelling reason to visit too.

Located in the northeastern section of the state of Georgia, the off-season temperatures and weather at Brasstown Bald can be pretty rugged.  There is a recorded low temperature of -27 F and the winds, fog and storms can get fierce.  However, the weatherproof Vernal system will continue to bring high-quality sound to every announcement from the park service.

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Photo credits: CANA

Berlin Loudspeakers blast Caribbean beats at Club Med Punta Cana

If you’re one of the thousands of people who have enjoyed a Club Med experience, you might have also unknowingly enjoyed audio broadcast to you from Technomad loudspeakers. To date, Technomad loudspeakers can be found in four international Club Med locations, the most recent being Club Med Punta Cana.

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Located on the gem-colored waters of the Caribean, Club Med Punta Cana boasts colonial architecture, white sand beaches, and a palm tree-studded coast. Guests can relax like VIP’s in Tiara, a 5-Trident luxury area; be pampered in the Zen Oasis, an adults-only hideaway; or experience Creactive, a Cirque-du-Soleil staffed circus playground for adults and kids.

Club Med, Berlin loudspeakers

If you’re enjoying a game of beach volleyball in the ocean-side courts or a fruity drink in your private thatched-roof cabana, you’ll hear the beats of meringue pulsing through the property, broadcast by Technomad’s very own Berlin loudspeakers. These powerful, full-range loudspeakers are IP56 weatherproof making them impermeable to the ocean-spray and strong wind-gusts of the Carribean coast.

Club Med Sandpiper installed Berlin loudspeakers in their location 5+ year ago. Oliver De Kegel, owner of systems integration firm Axxentos, who handled the Sandpiper install had this to say about why he chose Technomad:  “I’ve learned what gear can survive in harsh environments over the years, and from all the outdoor installations I have done, only one company reliably endures the elements — and that is Technomad…They also produce great sounding audio.”

The Berlin loudspeakers broadcast crystal-clear sound and can be seen mounted on palm-trees throughout the Dominican Republic Club Med property.

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Technomad Berlin Loudspeakers

Club Med Punta Cana

Other Technomad Club Med Projects:

Noho Loudspeakers at Club Med Sandpiper

Technomad Loudspeakers at Club Med Cancun

Technomad Vernal Speakers Celebrate 10 Years Aboard Marine Cruise Boat

Climb aboard one of Sarasota Bay Explorers Sea Life Encounter Cruise’s and you’ll be in for a treat. The marine biologist led tours take visitors on a 1-hour 45-minute cruise through Sarasota and Roberts Bay, where tourists observe manatees, bottlenose dolphins, puffer fish and more. The tours are broadcast over Technomad’s very own ultra-compact and waterproof, Vernal speakers. Six Vernal speakers are strategically placed throughout the 40-foot pontoon boats ensuring that every passenger can clearly hear announcements on wildlife sightings and learn from the expert biologists on the intricacies of the bay ecosystem.

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Bob Heere, Director of Operations at Sarasota Bay Explorers, originally heard about the speakers via a word of mouth recommendation. The original Vernals were installed in 2007 along with a Lanolin electric paste to protect the terminals.  “They performed wonderfully,” says Bob, “they did exactly what they were supposed to do and lasted 10+ years despite daily exposure to salt water, fog, and sea spray.”

Vernal, Technomad speakers, waterproof speakers

Vernal, Technomad speakers, waterproof speakers Vernal, Technomad speakers, waterproof speakers

In 2018, the original Vernal’s were finally retired and replaced by a half-dozen brand new Vernal’s which were installed by sound technicians from Prime AV. Even though they spent their life at sea, when disassembled, the Vernal’s showed no evidence of internal damage or salt intrusion, a testament toTechnomad’s rugged, weatherproof designs.

“If you have a need for an outdoor speaker in any environment, these speakers will meet that need,” Mr. Heere attests. “If they can sit out in salt conditions for 10 years, they can survive anywhere.”

Interested in learning more about the Vernal speakers? Contact us now or check out other examples of Vernal installations throughout the world.

Vernal’s at SkiStar in northern Sweden

Vernal’s in Chicago River Sightseeing Boats

Vernal’s in Club Med, Mexico


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Technomad Vernal Ultra-compact, Waterproof, Full-range Loudspeaker

Sea Life Encounter Cruise by Sarasota Bay Explorers

Prime Audio/Video- Sarasota Audio Experts

Noho Weatherproof Loudspeakers at work in Alabama Music Venue


Technomad’s Noho weatherproof loudspeakers were put to the test during the inaugural Fireside Music Festival in Huntsville, Alabama. Forsyth Consulting designed and installed an outdoor sound system using six Noho weatherproof loudspeakers with 400 watt, 70 volt transformers for the newly constructed event space, The Camp at MidCity. Due to inclement weather, the speakers were installed using a boom lift in the rain and the first three days fo the festival were canceled. The Noho weatherproof loudspeakers withstood the conditions and were ready to perform when the sun came out for the last day of the festival.

Kevin Forsyth, President of Forsyth Consulting stated “The owner [of The Camp at MidCity] wanted great full range sound, and we gave it to him with Technomad being the only supplier who could deliver with less than two weeks’ notice. It was a significant success, and the owners loved the sound quality of the system and the aesthetics which matched the Camp Environment.” Forsyth stated the speakers were tapped at 400 watts, and driven with 400 watts per speaker providing more than enough volume and qualify full range audio for background music, wireless microphone, hardwired mic jack, and television audio to create a truly unique and flexible environment for a facility that is still evolving.

Forsyth went on to say, “We greatly appreciate RCP Development giving us the opportunity to demonstrate what could be done with short notice by Forsyth Consulting, Inc. With the cooperation of Rodger von Kries at Technomad, we were able to meet delivery in a very tight window. We are looking forward to more projects using the Technomad weatherproof loudspeakers”.


More Information:

Forsyth Consulting website. 40 years’ experience in acoustic analysis and recommendations, audio and video systems design, implementation and background music using state of the art – reliable – and proven technologies

The Camp at Huntsville website

Fireside Music Festival

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Noho Weatherproof Loudspeaker