West Palm Beach, FL – July 2020… As a bright and fun landmark in the heart of energetic West Palm Beach, the Canopy by Hilton is a new boutique lifestyle hotel with a stunning glass façade and fiber optic art hanging in the atrium. With close proximity to a wealth of shopping, dining, entertainment, and more, the Canopy by Hilton is the place to be. To ensure the best possible sound reproduction for their guests, management invested in the installation of a healthy assortment of loudspeakers from DAS Audio of Valencia, Spain.
‘Skinny’ Greg Gilman, who is involved in a wide range of sound and music endeavors throughout the West Palm Beach area, including being a well-known DJ, was contracted to manage the Canopy’s sound system installation. Working in conjunction with Oakland Park, FL-based TM Sound, an AV design/build firm, the combined team deployed an assortment of DAS loudspeakers that drew from the company’s WR, Quantum, and Artec Series catalogs. Gilman discussed the project.
“Most of the install inside the hotel is a blend of a stereo sound system reinforced by distributed audio, Gilman explained. “The entryway of the lobby has two Quantum 23-TW loudspeakers, which provide guests entering the premises their first taste of the venue’s high quality sound. Inside the Banter restaurant, there are two Artec 310.96-W loudspeakers that fill the room effortlessly—without the need for increased volume. This setup provides balanced sound, enabling servers to interact comfortably with their guests, and for the guests to enjoy fine dining accompanied by great sound.”
“Moving up to the 13th Floor, the Treehouse is intended to offer guests an exquisite nightlife experience without having to leave the hotel ,” Gilman continued, “so we installed four Artec 506-W loudspeakers, one in each corner facing toward the center of the room. These are accompanied by two Quantum 10-W subwoofers, which reside next to the couches. Treehouse also features an outdoor bar and patio area, which is equipped with four DAS WR-8826-DXW loudspeakers. Our greatest challenge in this area was to offer incredible sound and high energy—without disturbing the neighbors.”
Gilman added, “For the pool, we installed six WR-6412-DXW loudspeakers and supported them with two WR-322-DX subwoofers, which are hidden in the planter areas. This is where the owners asked us to ensure the sound would be very high energy, and this combination of loudspeakers certainly delivered! I should also add that DAS power amplifiers drive every single loudspeaker throughout the entire hotel.”
When asked about those attributes that made the DAS Audio loudspeakers the ideal match for this project, Gilman offered the following thoughts, “The DAS loudspeakers were perfect for every area they were installed in. There were moments of concern by management that the loudspeakers were going to be too big for the energy the owners wanted for Treehouse. But the Artec 506 and Q10s not only fit in perfectly from an aesthetic perspective, they also make that room sound amazing. The WR-8826 series offer an amazing balance between quality of sound, amplitude, and clarity—ensuring that the staff will never have to wake the neighbors to entertain their guests. Similarly, the WR-6412 loudspeakers are readily available for any event the hotel might encounter.”
The new DAS Audio sound systems were installed during February and they went live immediately. Since that time, both hotel management and guests have been impressed with their performance. Reflecting on the project, Gilman offered these comments, “Everyone who hears the system for the first time is in complete awe! One of my favorite moments of this build was the day we finished tuning the pool deck. We had the volume turned up for testing and the General Manager approached us grinning from ear to ear to inform us that his wife called to tell him that the system sounded amazing. DAS Audio’s support services also deserve credit. There is not a time I can recall that any question I had was not promptly answered by the DAS team. This really has been a win-win experience for everyone involved.”
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About DAS Audio
Headquartered in Valencia, Spain, DAS Audio is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of loudspeaker systems, power amplification, signal processing, and related components. DAS Audio products are found on tour with the world’s greatest performing artists and installed in many of the most prestigious facilities. For additional information about DAS Audio, visit the company online at www.dasaudio.com.