K-array audio solutions have been selected as part of a full AV integration at New York’s Edition Hotel in the Flatiron District.
The luxury hotel was originally built in 1909 as the headquarters for The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and its 41-storey clock tower offers 360° views.
Ernie Lake, co-owner and creative director of EL Media Group, was in charge of the AV integration. An 8-Ohm audio system, designed by Lake, was a requirement for the hotel’s restaurant, the Clocktower, bar and Lobby Bar, and needed to accommodate low, background audio as well as live music and a DJ set.
“We didn’t need to provide for a club setting but the clients wanted to be able to bring the power when the occasion called for it,” explained Lake.
After demonstrating over a dozen speakers for the client, K-array was chosen based on the sleek design, high-power and dispersion of its solutions.
“What impressed everyone is that we don’t need to push the system for it to perform,” explained Lake. Located on the second floor of the hotel and spanning three uniquely themed dining rooms, The Clocktower is outfitted with 12 half-metre KP52 Python loudspeakers and 12 KP102 Python loudspeakers hidden among the hundreds of pieces of photography hung in gilt frames. The variable beam speakers are paired with eight 12in KMT12P passive subwoofers and KN10S self-powered subs.
The Lobby Bar has oversized floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Madison Square Park and is furnished with six half-metre KP52 Python loudspeakers and 14 metre-long KP102 Python loudspeakers. The line arrays were subtly installed on the walls and paired with eight 12in KMT12P passive subs and KN10S self-powered subs. All audio elements in both areas are powered by K-array KA24 and KA84 amplifiers.