HOUSTON -- The Astros have upgraded their audio system with the installation of GilmanSound to transform the quality of the fan experience at Minute Maid Park. The revolutionary new system, which will provide "concert quality" sound, will put the Astros' audio capabilities on par with any in professional sports.
The GilmanSound system upgrade reshapes sound waves and distributes them evenly throughout the ballpark. The programming allows the speaker arrays to work together instead of battling each other for space. The system also streamlines concert production by allowing bands to use the ballpark's audio system in a "plug and play" fashion, eliminating the need to transport large quantities of their own equipment to the venue.
"We wanted to give our fans the highest quality audio experience," Astros vice president and general manager of building operations Marcel Braithwaite said. "We researched the best way to address the issue and GilmanSound provided the superior solution. Using our existing infrastructure and their advanced technology, there is now a noticeable difference in the sound at Minute Maid Park.
"The improvement has been described as 'listening to AM radio your whole life and then all of a sudden being introduced to FM.' The partnership between the Astros and GilmanSound has resulted in some of the best audio in baseball."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.