Legendary Hotelier Ian Schrager recently opened a new hotel located on New York City’s Upper East Side. The 18-floor full-service facility contains the modern flare that Ian is known for and, to help with his vision, it includes sound reinforcement loudspeakers by One Systems’ On Point Audio Series.
After successfully revolutionising the night club and ‘boutique hotel’ industries, Paul’s latest hotel falls under his brand ‘PUBLIC.’ His motivation for the Public New York is to make luxury achievable for all, which it does by charging inexpensive rates for quality service. Sound reinforcement was no exception, requiring a high-quality audio experience for guests at an affordable system investment.
“We listened to half a dozen loudspeakers until we heard the On Point Audio Series models and decided that they were exactly what we had been looking for,” said Ernie Lake, who worked closely with hotel management to design and install the sound reinforcement systems in the hotel. “They’re a rare combination of very high quality at reasonable price points and they were able to provide the output the hotel needs. Overall, everyone felt it was the best sounding loudspeaker for our needs.”
The 367-bedroom hotel has two restaurants that are overseen by a Michelin-starred chef, plus three bars and a multimedia performance space. Each is reinforced by On Point Audio loudspeakers. The entrance on the ground floor leads to a large open atrium that features sixteen evenly distributed OPA-28NPs. The OPA-28NP is a dual 8-inch two-way array system with both exceptional sound quality and output (127 dB max) in a very compact enclosure. The narrow-profile 8-inch woofers and coaxially mounted 1.35-inch compression driver combine for a small footprint compared with other 8-inch two-way speaker systems.
To the side of the atrium is the John George Restaurant, where Lake specified six OPA-12 loudspeakers to enhance the dining experience. The OPA-12, a high-performance 12-inch (305mm) two-way loudspeaker, is ideal for this application. The loudspeakers consist of a long excursion 12-inch woofer and large format HF driver mounted to a constant directivity high-frequency horn. Designed to provide outstanding intelligibility and fidelity, they work equally well for both music and vocal reproduction.
In the middle of the ground floor are gold-coloured escalators that lead to the lobby and the lobby bar. The front portion of the lobby is covered by eight OPA-8NP loudspeakers while the back of the lobby, where the bar resides, is reinforced by eight additional OPA-12s, along with more OPA-28NPs to ensure that every inch of the space is alive with music.
The other room on the lobby level is the Diego Bar. Because of the size and space of the enclosed room, the bar uses six OPA-12s installed close to the ceiling which point downward to keep the sound on the customers and off the walls. The hotel’s 18th Floor Lounge provides a breathtaking view of New York City and offers both outdoor and indoor seating. The hallway that leads to the bar is covered by four OPA-28NPs while the inside portion of the bar has eight OPA-12s distributed throughout the area.
The outdoor area offers guests high fidelity sound from thirteen One Systems 108/HTC Direct Weather loudspeakers that are mounted low to the ground and face the perimeter of the building. The 8-inch coaxial design provides point source acoustic radiation from its compact enclosure size and helps to keep reflections off the building to ensure that city sound restrictions are followed. The 108/HTC utilises 316-grade stainless steel (marine-grade) for all structural and rigging points. All metal components that are not structural feature a newly developed marine capable polyester coating over 304-grade stainless steel.
“One of the main features of the hotel is music, which can be heard throughout the public areas,” said Lake. “Quality was imperative. One Systems loudspeakers were the perfect fit for this application.”