The new Athens Marriott on Syggrou Avenue has been created by an impressive renovation of the former Metropolitan Athens Hotel. The hotel is located opposite the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, a cultural complex that houses the National Library of Greece and the National Opera, and the hotel’s roof top bar overlooks the Acropolis, the Aegean Sea and the Opera. 5-star rated and with 385 guest and executive rooms, the Marriott is now one of the largest and most luxurious hotels in Athens.
In addition to its guest rooms and dining, spa and fitness facilities, the Athens Marriott has eight multi-function event rooms. With a combined space of more than 1,000m2 and a capacity of around 1,000 persons, these rooms provide for both business and social events.
As part of the renovation, the specialist integrator ABAS was commissioned to design and install complete audiovisual and automation solutions in all of the event rooms, providing an exceptional audio and video experience at the touch of a button.
To achieve high intelligibility audio in every room, ABAS designed distributed systems using Community’s D SERIES ceiling loudspeakers. The systems in the eight event rooms include a total of eighty-two 4.5-inch high output two-way D4 and low profile D4LP loudspeakers.
Kostas Drosos of ABAS explained the challenge, “The event rooms required uniform intelligible sound, with the quality and power to cover even the most demanding event. The height of most of the rooms was very low so we needed loudspeakers that could deliver clarity and power, but with a minimum installation depth. To meet these parameters we chose Community D4 and D4LP loudspeakers. With just a 4.5-inch bass driver, they have an impressive low frequency response.”
“In addition to achieving complete and even coverage of the rooms, the slim profile of the D4 loudspeakers is also very discreet and aesthetically pleasing,” continued Drosos.
“We chose Monacor amplifiers from Germany as they deliver a lot of power with low THD and reliable continuous operation,” commented Drosos. “With Crestron audio processing and control, all of the audiovisual functions are precisely configured through DSP. The systems in each room can be operated from on-wall touchscreens or wirelessly from an iPad.” As part of the project, ABAS also installed five high quality 7000 lumen Epson WUXGA projector systems.
“The new audio system provides superb intelligibility and coverage,” concludes Drosos. “The sound is very natural and listeners do not hear any change in volume throughout the room, allowing them to completely relax and focus on the event they are attending.”
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