Smart Home – based in Gland (pictured), Lake Geneva – recently provided a high-spec distributed audio system for an unnamed client’s villa.
For reasons of flexibility and audio fidelity, Smart Home’s Julien Descollaz designed an EtherSound-based system which employs six Yamaha DME8i-ES and nine DME8o-ES, supplied by Geneva-based Zap Audio.
The six Yamaha DME8i-ES are located in the house’s central rack room and accommodate inputs from FM tuners, internet radio, audio servers and Apple TV units. Additionally, a number of iPod docking stations are placed in commonly-used areas of the house.
Two of the DME8o-ES output units are located in the main rack, four in an attic rack and three more in a basement rack, which feed amplifiers and loudspeakers on their respective floors. The system is controlled via both wall-mounted and wireless Crestron touch panels, with routing achieved by an Auvitran matrix switcher.
Descollaz commented: “Because of the layout of the house, we needed to find a solution where we could de-centralise the system, which would use comparatively few cables. I had already worked with a similar system on the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner and knew that it would deliver the practical installation benefits, but also the flexibility and quality that the client demanded.
“The onboard processing of the Yamaha DME units is extremely useful; it means that the Crestron system can make volume and EQ adjustments directly from them, and the audio quality is very transparent.
“This was a very important project for us and I’m pleased to report that we surpassed our client’s expectations in designing a reliable and straightforward to operate entertainment system throughout the property.”