Sydney’s Beresford Hotel have re-opened after a few years with a Manhattan-styled Art Deco theme, with attention to detail from interior designer, Thomas Jacobsen.
The main public bar of the Beresford Hotel was dominated by 11 JBL AC18/26 275W 8” 2-way speaker cabinets with 120° by 60° dispersion. Each row of speakers has its own processing and thus time aligned all the way back through the bistro to the rear wall of the courtyard.
According to David Quinn, Project Manager, Avsound, this is the first application for the AC18/26 in Australia. Avsound have been lobbying Jands and JBL for a range of small high powered passive timber speakers for quite some time. In the public bar of the hotel, Avsound included a JBL VPSB7118 JBL self powered 18” 1800W subwoofer hidden in the cabinetry.
With the Beresford, Avsound were looking for a solution that covered all bases from the one supplier, thus ensuring a good sales advantage that could be passed onto the client. For this project, Avsound were looking for a supplier who could supply correct technology and right technical support for the design at the right price point. They turned to Jands to meet these criteria.
All speakers in the Bistro are concealed behind aluminium perforated panelling. Though this was not ideal from a sound designer’s perspective, the only way to make up for the obstacle of concealment was to increase the power and spec the panel design to handle vibration.
Avsound used the JBL AC28/26 (375W) Dual 8 inch passive 2 way speaker of the new AE (Application Engineered) series. This passive speaker has good power rating and provides 120° by 60° dispersion pattern. Avsound required only six passive speakers to do the task at hand. Each AC28 passive speaker is powered by its own half of a Crown XTI 2000 at 8 Ohms.
The unisex washroom at the Beresford houses a state of the art sound system. Whatever music is being played, by either a DJ or live band, can be streamed directly into the washroom. The washroom is covered by seven JBL C328C 250W (1000W peak) ceiling speakers and four JBL C19CS in-ceiling 200W subwoofers. Amplifiers used were three Crown XTI 4000 amplifiers that provide the power for the JBL C328C’s, one XTI 1000 for the JBL C19CS subs, and one Crown CTS4200A for the eight JBL C26CT speakers at 150W continuous within the toilet cubicles.
Whatever music source, whether it is a live band, or DJ, playing anywhere in the venue, the signal can be streamed directly into the washroom through BSS London Architect routers. The audio path is controlled by AMX touch panels located at various locations throughout the venue. The London Architect System consists of 28 inputs and 52 outputs.
Avsound chose the London Architect System because it is sonically on par with some of the well-known AD-DA converters. Its ability to transport large streams of audio over long distances through BLU-link and GUI, and ease of programming along with its compatibility to be controlled through the AMX control system were also found to be favourable.