Bingo! How LEA Professional Amplifies a Washington Gaming Center

When BJ’s Bingo & Gaming in Fife, WA began expanding their facilities last year, they decided to upgrade and integrate their entire AV system. BJ’s management worked with Tacoma-based AT Productions, who brought in LEA Professional (opens in a new tab) to amplify the many rooms and spaces of the establishment.

“BJ’s is technically a bingo hall, but it’s huge and operates like a casino with bingo, slot rooms, restaurants, bars, a cigar lounge and many other rooms and spaces,” said Austin Taylor, founder and owner of AT Productions. “BJ’s was doing a lot of renovations and new expansions, and we were contracted to do all of the distributed audio and video for the expansion and to replace all of the existing systems, and link all of the systems together on the same platform. for easy management.”

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To best cover and manage the AV of the large, multi-purpose facility, the team designed a 50-zone, 70-volt distributed system. AT Productions worked with Seattle-based professional business partner Brownestone, who recommended LEA’s Connect Series amplifiers for the project.

Bright lights, big sound: BJ's Bingo & Gaming resort comes to life with LEA Professional in the hit slots and bingo halls.

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“We knew right away that LEA’s technologies would be a perfect fit for this project,” commented Mike Charles, director of Brownestone. “We were proud to present AT Productions with these revolutionary amplifiers, the complex needed an innovative solution to improve efficiency, and LEA’s technologies did just that.”

The system is based on a Dante network and is controlled by touchscreen software from Symetrix. Sonance speakers are used throughout the property. Slots and restaurants feature background music, and bars have audio support for big-screen TV sports and other programming. The property’s two-story bingo hall features a main ground floor with a few audio areas and two additional areas upstairs. The previous system was underpowered and built on different systems and platforms over the years, so there was no continuity; some areas were too loud, others too soft, and there was no overall control.

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“We have implemented a callback system with a monitor above the bingo caller that transmits audio from upstairs so the bingo caller can hear if someone upstairs is calling the bingo,” Taylor said. “We placed ceiling microphones upstairs that transmit via DSP to the bingo caller monitors. For the bingo hall, everything is very transparent. They can now hear every ‘bingo’ announced.”

The cabinet containing the LEA Professional sound systems for a bingo and games complex.

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Taylor explained that there are three separate fiber-connected IDF (intermediate distributor) racks in the installation. There is currently a mix of LEA Professional Dante-enabled 10-, two-, four- and eight-channel digital amplifiers powering the system. Specifically, the team specified the LEA Dante Connect Series 168D, 354D and 352D amplifiers.

The project encountered significant delays due to supply chain issues, but LEA Professional amps were readily available and were part of the first phase of the project’s three phases.

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The Connect Series is a family of commercial grade audio amplifiers ideally suited for small to medium installations. With three ways to connect, users can enable the built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, connect to site Wi-Fi, or use FAST Ethernet to connect to any local area network via Cat5 or Cat6 cable. The Connect Series also features cloud connectivity allowing users to harness the power of the cloud for remote control, monitoring, configuration and more from any personal device. The Connect Series also includes channel-selectable HiZ and LoZ analog inputs, Dante inputs, and external I/O control for remote on/off and fault monitoring.

Crystal clear sound is provided in this casino-lit bar in a bingo and gaming complex.

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“When I first heard about the LEA amps, I immediately saw that the feature set was amazing. It’s definitely a line of amps I wanted to wear,” Taylor said. form factor is excellent, channel count, power, flexibility – remote configurability was a huge selling point for my client since I can remotely access the system and monitor and fix things that might need be adjusted. They’re super cool, the support is great, and the sound is great.

BJ’s Bingo project was the first time Taylor specified LEA amplifiers. Yet, in the meantime, his team has used LEA amps on other projects, and each of those projects has been easily commissioned, with very satisfied end users.

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“The client really wanted it to be a turnkey, easy-to-use solution. Remote and cloud connectivity is therefore an essential feature,” said Taylor. “With touchscreens and iPad apps, they can walk around the building and control audio levels. The customer presses a button, and the music plays, and they have volume control where they need it; they are very happy. And if something happens, like a recent power outage, we can connect, check, or reset whatever we need to get up and running quickly.

Bright lights, big sound: BJ's Bingo & Gaming resort comes to life with LEA Professional in the hit slots and bingo halls.

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Taylor added that he now specifies LEA amplifiers for every 70-volt installation project that comes to his office.

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“We have other projects in the works and I’m very happy to be using the LEA amplifiers,” added Taylor. “The amps are very reliable, sound great, have all the connectivity you need, and LEA as a company has been very supportive and answered all of our questions. These guys mean business; they take care of their dealers.