Nestled on the shores of the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc, the secluded resort of Nam Nghi is among Southeast Asia’s most exclusive holiday destinations. But while guests enjoy the natural landscapes and luxuriate besides Vung Bau Bay, behind the scenes a wealth of technology works seamlessly with processing across multiple zones courtesy of just three Symetrix Prism DSPs.

The audio system, designed by Ho Chi Minh City-based professional AV solutions specialist DesignLive Technologies, utilises just a single Prism apiece to easily accommodate the current and future needs of three primary zones: the Rock Bar, the Tree House Restaurant, and the main hotel complex with all-day dining and spa/gym facilities.

For Phu Tran Pham, DesignLive’s founder, there was never any doubt that the Prism processors would be a perfect match for Nam Nghi Resort. “They offer a great blend of processing power, functionality, and attractive price points,” he says, adding that DesignLive ‘implements Symetrix DSPs for all our hotel projects, and indeed for all of our audio projects of any kind over the last seven years’.

In all three zones at Nam Nghi, the Prism processors are integrated into a Dante network for maximum flexibility. In the Rock Bar, varying background music and DJ requirements are catered for with a single Prism 8×8 DSP used in conjunction with Attero Tech Dante interface wall-plates. A similarly streamlined configuration is found in the Tree House Restaurant, where a Prism 4×4 processes Ashly amplifiers.

The setup in the all-day dining area is more complex as it also caters to the adjacent spa/gym area. In the dining area, a Prism 4×4 manages the BGM system, including Ashly amplifiers. A single Symetrix xIO 4×4 expander extends the system to the spa/gym amplifier rack via the hotel LAN, where local analog inputs are available for instructors to connect their preferred music sources. Fiber and network drops also run from the all-day rack to the pool area, allowing for future expansion via Symetrix I/O expanders.

In tandem with delivering as much processing power from as little rack-space as possible, the DesignLive team was also asked to guarantee flexible control for hotel operations to allow easy adjustment of volume and other settings. Symetrix ARC-2e wall interfaces have been provided for ‘physical’ control at each zone, while SymVue provides the hotel’s technical personnel with an integrated master control panel via laptop, enabling them to make tweaks on the fly via the ARC-Web interface for iPad and smartphone.

“Yet again, the Symetrix processors have proven to be a match for the many and varied requirements of a modern luxury resort,” says Phu, adding that a single Symetrix Jupiter 4 has also been supplied for a mobile PA system that is used in various spaces around the complex.

“In particular in the spa/gym area, they have given Nam Nghi Resort a degree of futureproofing so they can add more functionality as their requirements evolve.”

Most importantly, Nam Nghi’s Entertainment & Events Manager, Wassili Quist, is delighted with the result. “The Symetrix DSP system is probably the best network audio system processor we have worked with so far. It’s a strong and efficient DSP that’s surprisingly easy to work with. The Dante digital audio network and the ARC controls work perfectly for our resort. We have created multiple zones throughout the space, and having smartphone control of volume, source, and zone selection makes this installation very efficient and easy to work with.”

Quist concludes, “The DesignLive team did a fantastic job recommending, installing, and explaining the unlimited options and possibilities. It’s definitely an industry standard that I will recommend for any future project.”

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