Ashly takes gold at Lake Placid Olympic Conference Center

The newly-constructed Conference Center at Lake Placid pairs the splendour of its surroundings with amenities that far surpass those of most big city convention centres.
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The newly-constructed Conference Center at Lake Placid pairs the splendour of its surroundings with amenities that far surpass those of most big city convention centres. Set in the breathtaking Adirondack Mountains of New York at the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, the newly-constructed Conference Center at Lake Placid pairs the splendour and story of its surroundings with amenities that far surpass those of most big city convention centres. The three-story building boasts over 90,000 square-feet of flexible ballrooms, meeting rooms, and pre-function space, not to mention decks and verandas from which to enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. Starr Entertainment Group designed and installed a flexible and powerful AV system for the centre, in part by relying on Ashly ne8250 eight-channel network amplifiers that deliver 250 watts of power to 104 zones of distributed audio speakers. The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) organized and funded the project, with Starr Entertainment Group designing and installing an AV system that could accommodate a wide range of uses. The system collects its audio inputs from wireless microphone systems, wired microphones, media input panels, visual media players, and a background music system. In addition, several small-frame consoles in rolling racks accommodate events with live music. The inputs feed a Peavey Media Matrix NION processor, which allows system-wide inputs to be assigned to any output zone. Thirteen Ashly ne8250 eight-channel amplifiers deliver 250 watts to each of the 104 zones distributed throughout the building. The meeting rooms and common areas use 180 JBL Control 26 in-ceiling loudspeakers, and the ballrooms use sixty 12-inch JBL Control 322 in-ceiling loudspeakers. “ORDA wanted a high-quality system. They wanted to do it right,” said Peter Starr, owner and chief designer of Starr Entertainment Group. “About a year-and-a-half ago, we used some Ashly ne8250 amplifiers in a hotel system. I loved the fact that we could get 250 watts per channel. It’s ideal for these kinds of systems. Of course, there are other multi-channel amps on the market, but nothing combines the specs, affordability, and reliability of Ashly’s ne Series. The Convention Center at Lake Placid sounds great and is capable of some serious volume when needed.” www.ashly.com

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