More than 1,200 Tannoy CMS ceiling-mount and DI surface-mount loudspeakers were installed throughout the complex.WASHINGTON DC-Opened in April of 2008, the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center encompasses 2,000 rooms (including 110 suites), four signature restaurants, the sleek Pose Ultra Lounge nightclub, and 470,000 square feet of meeting space. The vast complex also incorporates scores of different sound systems for foreground music, live entertainment, and audio-for-video applications, all driven by more than 100 Lab.gruppen C Series power amplifiers.
The power amplification needs are indeed extraordinary, with more than 1,200 Tannoy CMS ceiling-mount and DI surface-mount loudspeakers installed. Additionally, the lounge system features high-powered club sounds from a hefty EAW system, while the exhibit hall utilizes an extensive deployment of EAW 2394 loudspeakers. Digital processing and signal distribution is handled by 32 Peavey MediaMatrix NION N3 units.
"This is a very large building, so we needed an amplifier system with very good remote control and status monitoring, which was available in Lab.gruppen's NomadLink," Gaylord Entertainment's director of project technologies Chess McKinney added. "Also, Lab.gruppen worked with us to add password controls, which is critical for security when you're sharing network resources."
The hotel's sophisticated audio, video, and associated control systems were designed by Ron Baker, a senior consultant at WJHW in Dallas, TX. Engineering and systems integration was contracted to SPL Integrated Solutions (now AVI-SPL) of Columbia, MD; on-site installation and wiring was handled by Nelson White Systems of Towson, MD.
Five different Lab.gruppen C Series models were installed for the project, all offering either four or eight output channels for a total of 520 channels. The 106 amplifier complement is capable of total output power exceeding 197,000 watts.