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Ashly NE Processors Simplify and Update Playback Systems at the Unique Westminster Hotel(June 14, 2017)
'The original system had limited capabilities,' explained David Schwartz, founder and president of Essential Communications. 'They had an analog matrix mixer with local controls and a rack of analog equalizers to customize each zone, but you can only do so much with that. As components of the processing system began to fail, the hotel gave the go-ahead to update everything to modern DSP and user control.' Because the existing amplifiers and loudspeakers were in fine shape, Schwartz and his team were able to leave them in place.
It was impossible to pull any new cable, so the Essential Communications team made use of existing CAT5 cable that was already fed to each zone. The Ashly neWR-5 wall-mounted network user interface communicates with Ashly DSP units via a CAT5 network and allows users to intuitively select input sources and volumes. In all, fifteen neWR-5s now dot Westminster Hotel. A new power-over-Ethernet network switch powers the user interface network.
In addition, Schwartz programmed the Ashly Remote App for the iPad, iPad Mini or iPhone. It's a free download. The customizable iPad app gives the Westminster staff the ability to intuitively combine rooms in the banquets spaces. A new router and wireless access points provide the necessary connectivity as well. Although it would have been possible to also provide zone source selections and volumes in the iPad app, in Schwartz's view it's simpler and more straightforward for the facility staff to keep that control at the neWR-5s only.
Now that the upgrade is completed, the Westminster Hotel management and staff is happy not only with the improved user interface, but also with the overall quality of the audio. The Ashly ne24.24M's advanced processing allowed Essential Communications to dial each zone to perfection.
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