M Gallery Taksim opts for One Systems
TURKEY: The renovated M Gallery Taksim in Istanbul has been equipped with One Systems solutions covering its lobby, restaurant, terrace, bar and fitness centre. Akhan-TT Produksiyon Ses Isık Goruntu was called in to design and install the systems.
‘This was a very prestigious project, as M Gallery hotels are thought of quite highly in Istanbul,’ said Faik Haluk Akgun, owner of Akhan-TT. ‘The management wanted the systems to be inconspicuous, even in the live music bar. And, on occasion, the restaurant stages live events, too. It was a tall order to find loudspeakers that deliver the audio quality and SPL required in a compact footprint.’
In the lobby, decorative brass grills hung from the ceiling serve as camouflage for a distributed system comprising six of the manufacturer’s 103IM loudspeakers. A further four 103IMs provide the lobby terrace with background music. The restaurant, located just off the lobby, has been equipped with a distributed system made up of eight 106IM and four 103IM speakers installed between mirrors and behind grills. Another eight 103IM loudspeakers are located in the restaurant terrace.
‘It is terrific to find loudspeakers that are small, sound great and can withstand the elements,’ noted Mr Akgun. ‘I can keep the sonic signature the same throughout the hotel, without having any concerns about where the loudspeakers are placed. They really are quite terrific.’
Moving to the hotel bar, Mr Akgun opted for the manufacturer’s On Point Audio brand. He placed two OPALine loudspeakers paired with OPALine Sub subwoofers to the left and right of the stage. Another two OPALine Sub enclosures are located in corners opposite the stage to add additional low end to the live music environment.
‘The OPALine loudspeakers are not only sonically excellent and capable of tremendous output and control, but they are also portable, which made them ideal for this application,’ said Mr Akgun. ‘When necessary, they are moved into the restaurant to help reinforce special events scheduled for that venue.’
The final area to get an audio upgrade was the hotel’s two-storey fitness centre. A distributed system comprising 14 103IM speakers is supplemented by three 112IM-SUBs and a 212IM-SUB. ‘Our goal was to provide the hotel with sound reinforcement that would match their high-end image and exceed hotel guests’ expectations,’ concluded Mr Akgun. ‘It was imperative that the loudspeakers disappear into the background while still keeping music in the foreground. One Systems provides small loudspeakers with the same audio quality and pattern control as much larger boxes. The hotel is so happy with the system that they asked us to provide something similar for another property of theirs. When that happens, you know you have a happy client.’