Yamaha DME ensures flexibility for MI dealer’s new HQ18 October 2011
Sound, lighting and musical instrument dealer Klangfarbe has moved into a former brick-built gasometer, which provides 3500sqm of office and retail space.
Much larger than the company’s former facility, the four-storey building allows many more products to be displayed and made available for demonstration. Among other tech requirements with which he had to grapple, project engineer Martin Plötzeneder’s desire to find a solution that would help prospective buyers to A/B test different loudspeakers resulted in the specification of a Yamaha DME24N digital mixing engine with MY16-C11 CobraNet interface card and five DME8o-C terminal processors.
The Cobranet audio matrix allows the straightforward demonstration of many different systems, with one DME8o-C located at each ‘wall’ of speakers, receiving audio from the DME24N. A fully-integrated touchscreen allows for simple control of the entire matrix via Yamaha’s DME Designer software.
“The system allows us to change audio sources, volume levels and playback outputs,” remarked Plötzeneder. “Within seconds a customer can listen to the same audio, from the same source, through a wide range of different loudspeakers. They can also listen to many different styles of audio, from a range of different sources, simply at the touch of the screen. This allows them to make a much more informed choice and buy the loudspeakers that best suit their needs.
“At Klangfarbe we pride ourselves in offering the very best customer service, with personal attention from very knowledgeable staff. The Yamaha system has helped us to make what was previously a difficult sales operation very easy.”