The Jefferson Hotel recently had a number of Tannoy loudspeakers installed. Richmond, VA (January 8, 2007)–Systems firm AV/COM Integrators has chosen and installed a variety of Tannoy ceiling loudspeakers to provide sound reinforcement in several widely used event spaces at the historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia.
Opened with great fanfare in 1895 in downtown Richmond by Lewis Ginter, one of the community’s wealthiest and most colorful citizens, the opulent Jefferson Hotel has hosted 11 U.S. Presidents in addition to countless dignitaries and celebrities over the decades. In 1969, it was named to the U.S. National Register of Historical Places, and it is one of only 28 hotels in North America to carry both the Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings.
The new audio systems engineered by AV/COM represent a significant upgrade both in replacing previous technology and extending sound reinforcement to rooms previously without it. All systems offer distributed designs that are suitable for both foreground and background applications in serving the hotel’s largest and busiest event rooms, and all feature Tannoy ceiling loudspeakers.
“We utilize Tannoy ceiling loudspeakers for every project of this type,” explains John Bangs, owner and founder of AV/COM, which is based in Severn, Maryland. “The entire product line sounds extremely clean and is remarkably consistent, making it the best of its type in the commercial sound business.”
The Grand Ballroom, which hosts a wide range of events including receptions for up to 600 people, employs six ceiling-mounted Tannoy CMS12 TDC ceiling monitor systems to cover the entire room. For the Empire Room, another large space that can host up to 500 people, AV/COM replaced the previous distributed loudspeakers with 20 Tannoy CMS801 DC full-bandwidth, high-power ceiling monitor systems.
Two other sizable rooms that previously were without sound reinforcement now offer this capability. The Ginter Gallery, a large “pre-staging” space adjacent to the Grand Ballroom, is served by a system with five Tannoy compact CMS801 DC (8-inch Dual Concentric transducer) loudspeakers, while the Flemish Room, a 125-capacity reception and meeting space next to the Empire Room, is covered by six Tannoy CMS601 DC loudspeakers.
Audio power is supplied by a single Lab.gruppen C20:8X8-channel power amplifier, with the transformer option on many of the Tannoy loudspeakers (for example, the 60-watt transformer option selected for the CMS12 models in the Grand Ballroom) helping to keep the amp channel count down. The amplifier is joined by a Biamp AudiaFlex digital backbone providing control, routing and DSP, with both of these components mounted in a Middle Atlantic Rack that is stored in a centralized control space.
AV/COM outfitted each of the four systems with a minimum of two XLR jacks (four in the Grand Ballroom). Utilizing Biamp’s DaVinci software on a PC that works in tandem with AudiaFlex, all systems can be linked together or operate discretely, with the user also offered a choice of making the XLR jacks line-level or input. The acoustic echo-canceling feature of AudiaFlex also proved handy in finely tailoring the performance of the systems.
“Acoustic issues were easily handled with careful and correct loudspeaker placement, as well as the exceptional pattern control exhibited by the Tannoy models, topped by the tools provided in the DSP,” says Bangs. “The result is tight, clean audio with full coverage throughout the intended coverage areas.”