d&b selected for multi-area system in Baja hotel10 November 2016
d&b audiotechnik xA and xS-Series loudspeaker systems have been installed throughout Hotel ME in Cabo San Lucas to provide consistent sound quality in the bar, two restaurants and poolside. The hotel, part of the Meliá luxury hotel group, is located at the tip of the Baja peninsula in Mexico.
“Depending on the priority of the particular season, and more frequently the time of day, the different systems and areas are turned on or off,” said Meliá sales and marketing director, Jairo Torres Vicaña. “Yet the complexion of our resort must never lose its identity; sound quality is an essential part of the ME identity.”
A complex system by any measure, acoustic expert Mauricio Castro of Hi Tech Audio (Mexico City) designed specific sound solutions for each environment. “I unified the character of the sound throughout the hotel by choosing only components from d&b’s xA and xS-Series of installation loudspeakers. It was a demand of the brief that hotel guests would be hearing only top quality and consistent sound wherever they experienced it.
“The hotel is surrounded by other resorts and hotels. The idea behind the operation is a multi-area system that is fully flexible. The pool, outdoor restaurant, beach – yes the beach – plus the indoor and outdoor bars, all feature dedicated distributed systems using 8S, 5S, and 10AL-D loudspeakers, with d&b subs in every location. Mainly the 12S and 18S-SUBs are used, but for the pool area I chose the cardioid 27A-SUB. These are all potent systems so the precise and reliable dispersion control of all the different cabinets was essential if I was going to achieve the desired goal of DJ level delivery without upsetting the entire neighbourhood. For the indoor spaces the challenge was low ceilings, especially in the bar, but the acoustics are fairly neutral, so again, precise directivity delivered the trademark d&b tonality and quality exactly where it was wanted.”
The install includes almost 70 loudspeakers, yet Castro was able to use just 10 amplifiers from d&b’s install range. “Using d&b’s 10D and 30D installation amplifiers gave me all the channels I needed to drive the various loudspeakers selectively. So few amplifiers made the installation very competitive on price. Setting up the d&b R1 remote control interface was simplicity itself, providing a simple and secure platform of multiple formats whatever parts of the audio system were in play.”
Picture: Thierry Delsart