Symetrix Delivers Upscale Audio Processing to Hong Kong's V City

Clubhouse situated inside lifestyle-oriented 300,000 sq ft shopping mall has been equipped with no fewer than nine Symetrix Radius 12x8 open architecture DSPs.

A substantial deployment of Symetrix processors is helping to deliver flexible and reliable audio in the clubhouse area of V City, New Territories West, Hong Kong. Since opening its doors in 2011, V City has become one of Asia's most acclaimed and well-visited retail complexes thanks to its energetic feel and diverse selection of brands.

In line with this forward-looking ethos, the audio processing selected for V City's resident clubhouse needed to be the latest and greatest available. Project collaborators, AV consultancy Dino and systems integrator Betrue, therefore called on the services of Soundclassy, which supplies Symetrix products to integrators throughout Hong Kong and Macau on behalf of distributor Sanecore. The need for effective network control of processors located in multiple control rooms meant that a solution based around Symetrix SymNet Radius 12x8 open architecture DSPs was an eminently logical outcome.

"Dino has used Symetrix on a number of previous projects, so knew the brand very well," explains Soundclassy's technical adviser, Bill Chu. "For the V City project, there was a need for quality and reliability, and that's been answered with a system that features nine Dante-enabled Radius 12x8 DSPs, along with two xIn 12 and four xOut 12 audio I/O expanders and no fewer than 20 ARC-2e wall panel remotes for easy control."

Suitably equipped, the clubhouse - which features entertainment performances as well as general background music to accompany drinks and food - is now a flagship for the massive retail complex, which was developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties. The Symetrix package provides audio networking capabilities over Dante, whilst the manufacturer's own ARC RS-485 based protocol manages control between the Radius 12x8 units and Symetrix' ARC-2e wall panel remotes. "The system has been performing brilliantly, and the operators are very happy with the installation," says Chu.

In fact, the scale of investment in Symetrix equipment at V City underlines the extent to which the US-based DSP specialist is making headway in Hong Kong's economically-buoyant market. For small to medium sized installations like corporate and university lecture room applications, the Solus standalone open architecture DSP, standalone fixed architecture Jupiter DSP and ruggedised Zone Mix DSP are popular; for larger scale installations like theatres and casinos, Dante-enabled SymNet Edge and SymNet Radius open architecture Dante scalable DSPs are proving to be just the ticket.

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