"The hotel management is extremely happy with the quality of the Meyer Sound system,"
Soaring 300 meters over Qatar's capital of Doha, The Torch Doha-one of the
flair for aesthetic refinement. Throughout the hotel's public spaces, the
elegant d©cor is complemented by music that flows through an extensive (yet
discreet) installation of 195 Meyer Sound low-voltage self-powered
loudspeakers and 55 miniature subwoofers.
"Meyer Sound's low-voltage systems were the only solution that could meet
the stringent requirements for full spectrum audio including extremely
compact enclosures, wide frequency response with ultra-low distortion, high
SPL-to-size ratio, superior speech intelligibility, custom color finishes,
and flexible mounting options," says system designer and project manager,
Pradeep Kumar of Doha-based AVtech, the integrator for all the hotel's music
A particularly challenging space for controlled, quality sound was a
20-meter high lobby atrium, for which Kumar specified ten MM-4XPD
directional self-powered loudspeakers. Other lobby and reception areas are
served by MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers and MM-10 miniature subwoofers.
Ceiling systems throughout the hotel's Three Sixty revolving restaurant,
meeting rooms, health clubs, and business center employ a total of 109
low-voltage Stella-4C™ loudspeakers, while a quartet of robust UPJunior™
VariO™ loudspeakers take care of the lofty cantilevered pool area and the
Sky bar. A total of 31 sleek, surface-mount Stella-4 loudspeakers blend with
the d©cor in the sushi restaurant, lounges, and bars, with additional MM-10
subwoofers filling in the lower octaves. A Galileo® loudspeaker management
system with a Galileo 616 processor optimizes audio response in the
acoustically challenging lobby zone.
The low-voltage loudspeakers receive both audio signal and remote DC
powering from rack-mount power supplies, featuring two MPS-481 and seven
MPS-488HP 48V DC units, as well as 12 Stella-188 18V DC units deployed
around the installation.
"The hotel management is extremely happy with the quality of the Meyer Sound
system," Kumar reports. "It was more than they expected. Every detail of the
music is crystal clear, even at low levels that allow guests to comfortably
engage in conversation."
"It is a wonderful system," adds Sherif Sabry, The Torch Doha's director of
sales and marketing. "The sound quality is very high throughout, and we are
pleased that there is no echo in the very high lobby atrium."
In addition to Meyer Sound products, the venue also features an Allen &
Heath iDR-8 that handles mixing and matrixing of local audio sources in the
meeting rooms, while AV switching is assigned to an Extron SMX System
The 167 luxurious rooms of The Torch Doha occupy 17 floors of the Aspire
Tower, an iconic symbol built for the 2006 Asian Games held in the
surrounding Aspire Zone sports complex. Architect Hadi Simaan, in
association with AREP and Ove Arup & Partners engineers, designed the Aspire
Tower building. The Torch Doha hotel project-with architecture design by
Karim Azzabi and interior design by Artline R+M & Associates of Doha-was
completed in 2011.
ABOUT MEYER SOUND
Family owned and operated since 1979, Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. designs
and manufactures high-quality, self-powered sound reinforcement
loudspeakers, digital audio systems, active acoustic systems, cinema sound
systems, and sound measurement tools for the professional audio industry.
Founded by John and Helen Meyer, the company has grown to become a leading
worldwide supplier of systems for theatres, arenas, stadiums, theme parks,
convention centers, houses of worship, and touring concert sound rental
operations. Meyer Sound's main office and manufacturing facility are located
in Berkeley, California, with field offices and authorized distributors
located throughout the USA and around the world.