InterContinental Phnom Penh gets peace of mind from ADN system
CAMBODIA: Sennheiser’s dealer in Cambodia, Dalton, recently recommended an ADN conferencing system for the five-star InterContinental Phnom Penh hotel. The InterContinental Phnom Penh purchased a total of 24 of the digital conference microphones.
Located on Mao TseToung Blvd, the InterContinental Phnom Penh offers 346 rooms and 28 suites, and is an exclusive haven for business travellers and tourists taking in the sights and sounds of Phnom Penh.
Its ranking in the Cambodian capital ensures that it attracts plenty of business conferences and exclusive wedding parties, which can easily be catered for in its eight meeting rooms. The main 17m x 40m ballroom is 5m in height and can be divided into three sections, accommodating 530 seated guests for a banquet. This can be increased to a 750-capacity theatre-style arrangement, or it can host a 900-people reception.
In addition, the Royal Cambodian Government calls upon the professional services of the InterContinental from time to time to host conferences, which last year included the 23rd ASEAN Meetings and Summits.
‘We needed a professional conference solution for the many conferences we hold at the hotel,’ disclosed general manager Stefan Voogel. Originating from Amsterdam, the Dutch GM has spent almost 25 years managing hotels in the chain in the Asian Pacific region in various capacities, and his vast experience has led him to know that in order to entice the best guests and products, the hotel needs to host the best products and services. ‘Cambodia is still developing and therefore the choice of suppliers is important in order to guarantee the quality of products.’
‘You basically get what you pay for when you purchase such a system and with ADN we have quality and peace of mind,’ continued Mr Voogel. ‘The Sennheiser engineers came here from Singapore to set it up and have since provided two days of training. In addition, they have provided further after sales support coming here to Phnom Penh to see how we’re getting on with it. We would not receive such service from a local supplier.
‘The main advantage for me about this system is that there is no interference,’ he continued. ‘Some delegates forget to switch their mobile devices off, but the phones still don’t interfere with the sound quality, as you’d expect. We’re dealing with high-level political discussions that need to remain discrete without any chance of being hacked into, and ADN ensures that the meetings remain private. The battery life of the units is also a big advantage – they don’t need recharging very quickly and the iPad configuration allows you to monitor the individual battery lives.’
The plug and play set up of the wired discussion units helps saves the ballroom staff valuable time when setting the modular units up, as director of F&B Michael Nassiri explained: ‘Whether you set it up in a boardroom or in a hollow square style, it takes 25 minutes maximum to set all 24 units up. We may live in a wireless world, but being wired ensures that no one can eavesdrop. The system is fail-safe and we have our own generators here at the hotel should the power go down. We cannot afford having an incident and risk a speaker being embarrassed with feedback, eavesdropping, interference or a power blackout. With the Sennheiser ADN conferencing solution, we can cater for all our discussion needs in total confidence for years to come.’
Available in 13 languages, the two chairman (C1) and 22 delegate (D1) discussion units are each equipped with super-cardioid capsules in the ends of the gooseneck microphones, DSP limiters and dual speakers and a headphone socket in the base. Offering natural sound and speech intelligibility, the German engineering ensures that acoustic feedback and background noise is effectively suppressed. Furthermore, the XLR Mix Minus mode prevents irritating echo effects in conferences taking place across multiple locations, for which the suppression of acute acoustic feedback is up to 6dB gain before feedback. Furthermore, the system can also record conferences on a USB mass-storage device should it be required.