Bringing the opulence of an upscale Las Vegas resort to Gothenburg, ESS Group‘s new hotel and resort offers three restaurants, a pool club and spa, award-winning conference facilities, a gym and a secret speakeasy bar.
Housed within the 28-storey Kineum, the Jacy’z hotel asked Swedish AV integration experts Informationsteknik AB to design and supply all of the AV and conferencing systems, which included over 130 Genelec 4000 Series and Smart IP loudspeakers.
ESS selected Genelec systems for all the public areas, restaurants, bars, lounges, conference rooms and break-out areas, as well as the 18th floor hotel suite and the gym.
“Music plays an important part of the ESS Group hotel experience, and at Jacy’z the intention was to elevate the experience even further,” explains Informationsteknik’s Joakim Leissner, who was responsible for system design. “The demos convinced the client beyond any doubt that Genelec was the right brand to help achieve this goal.”
“We looked at all the building’s zones and drawings to see what solutions were possible,” says ESS Group’s Christoffer Laudon. “We proposed products, zone by zone, and developed room types that were equipped with the same technical solution. Genelec fits the bill for most of the public areas – such as restaurants, bars and lounges – thanks to their clean, transparent reproduction, their aesthetic form factor and their small footprint relative to power output. The room response controls on the back of each loudspeaker make them easy to configure for optimum performance, and they are available in numerous different RAL colours.
We know we can count on rock-solid reliability for years, even decades to come. In a world where sustainability is ever more critical, this is an important consideration.ESS Group’s Christoffer Laudon
“From an integrator’s perspective, Genelec designs are easy to use as they are active – which means no external amplifiers to worry about – and we know we can count on rock-solid reliability for years, even decades to come. In a world where sustainability is ever more critical, this is an important consideration.”
The majority of Genelec loudspeakers used throughout Jacy’z are from the 4000 Series, although Informationsteknik opted for a Smart IP networked loudspeaker solution in the boardrooms and the grand suite.
“The convenience of having audio, power and control over a single CAT cable is a huge advantage for integrators,” says Leissner. “We also appreciated the Smart IP Manager software which made device discovery and configuration easy and straightforward, and provides status monitoring so we know how the system is performing at all times. Combining 4000 and Smart IP series models across the project produced the ideal balance of cost-effectiveness and networked flexibility.”
In terms of networking and control, Informationsteknik supplied a Biamp Tesira server with both Dante and AVB support that handles all of the audio traffic, fully stocked with expansion cards. There are nine central music players with customized soundtracks to fit different themed areas which can be routed to any of the audio zones. A scheduling program runs in the background that adjusts volume and makes sure the correct source is playing in every zone.