The Olympic Winter Games Nagano 1998 adopted as an initiative, “the utilization of high technology that coexists with the beautiful and lush nature.” Panasonic’s RAMSA, the sound system of Nagano 1998, was tasked with how to realize this concept. After all, what exactly is an “environmentally-friendly” sound system? First and foremost, it was necessary to minimize sound spillage into the surrounding countryside. At the same time optimum sound had to be delivered to every corner of the venue. It was decided that directional speakers, highly lauded a year earlier at the pre-Olympic Games, would be used.