Las Vegas’ newest landmark venue lights up to say ‘hello world’
Las Vegas is opening a new music and entertainment venue called Sphere, which lit up for the first time ahead of its Fall opening date.
Damien Henderson, Storyful
The MSG Sphere in Las Vegas is not only the largest sphere on Earth but home to the world’s most advanced audio system, the Sphere Entertainment Company announced on Monday.
Sphere Studios has partnered with 3-D innovator HOLOPLOT to create “Sphere Immersive Sound,” which according to a press release Monday is “the world’s largest, fully integrated concert-grade audio system that revolutionizes immersive audio experiences.”
Every seat inside the dome will offer “crystal-clear, individualized sound” when the venue opens in Sin City this September. To achieve this, the system utilizes 1,586 permanently installed loudspeaker modules, 300 mobile loudspeaker modules, 167,000 speaker drivers as well as amplifiers, and processing channels, according to the release.
“Creating this experience required us to go far beyond existing audio technology,” David Dibble, CEO of the company’s MSG Ventures division, said in the release. “In HOLOPLOT we found a partner at the forefront of innovation to help achieve our vision and truly transform what is possible with audio.”
The over 395,100 pound system will be 99% hidden from guests behind a giant LED screen made by the company.
The venue has already become the center of attention through its outdoor LED screen that captures the city and displays a giant eyeball. As part of a July Fourth event, the orb displayed the American flag, a basketball, a Jack-o-lantern and even Earth itself.
Those attending one of the 25 concerts featuring U2 at the MSG Sphere will be among the first to experience the sound system from the inside when the venue officially debuts on Sept. 29 and runs through mid-December.
“Most music venues are sports venues. They’re built for sports – they’re not built for music. They’re not built for art,” says U2’s Bono in an Apple Music interview. “This building was built for immersive experiences in cinema and performance.”