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AVD Choose Nexo for Sofitel Melbourne

Audio Visual Dynamics (AVD) recently took over the second largest audio outsource contract in Victoria, that being Melbourne’s Sofitel Hotel, and undertook a challenge to find suitable audio systems to equip its four function rooms. The largest of the four, The Grand Ballroom, is capable of holding up to 1200 persons for larger functions yet needs to also be sectioned off to cater for up to four individual (smaller) rooms and variations in between. Nexo PS-10s (powered by Camco amplification) were used extensively for the install

The Sofitel Melbourne
The Sofitel Melbourne

AVD are one of Melbourne’s largest audio visual hire companies, owned and operated by the Worth family since 1992. In that time they’ve grown from four employees to 68. They say the company’s strength lies with their people, and there is no reason to doubt when you look over their impressive contract and installation roster.

AVD have many contracts, including a supply contract with the Accor Hotels group (Sofitel, Novatel, Mecure, Ibis and The Grand), in-house contracts at Telstra Dome, Melbourne Park Function Centre, as well as supply contracts with Spotless (including; Melbourne Town Hall and Zinc at Federation Square). They have over 80 hotel, venue and corporate clients (including several major AFL clubs) and more recently opened an office at The Heritage Golf & Country Club in the Yarra Valley.

When AVD secured the Sofitel Melbourne contract they realised the challenging audio task ahead of them and set to plan a trial of numerous high-profile brand speaker systems. Initially they had set a budget, but chose to give equal time to products that sat above the budget requirements, as Peter Worth (CEO) explains, “It was important that we got this right from the outset, so if there was a product out there that was over the budget, but proved itself worthy, then it would be seriously considered on its merits.” This opened the playing field somewhat, however the anticipated results (of the more expensive systems) did not measure up. That was until Nexo was suggested and tested.

The Grand Ballroom
The Grand Ballroom

Once the install environments had been inspected and configured with Nexo, it too came in over the budget, however there was an overall difference that was immediately apparent. One of the key design briefs for the system was size and aesthetics. Peter saw it like this, “There were numerous physical and sound requirements that had to be well thought-out, and then to top it all off, consideration for the scalable nature of the Grand Ballroom needed to be taken into account – let alone we wanted a slim-line system with a small footprint that had to blend into the environment. The Nexo PS-10 is small, neat yet (more than) powerful enough to achieve exactly what we were looking for. The sound quality exceeded all expectations and the dispersion covered the whole Ballroom with ease, as well as the sub-divided rooms in all required configurations”.

Function Room
Function Room

Although the proposed Nexo system was above the proposed budget AVD went for it, Peter says; “Nexo fit our strict audio and aesthetic requirements to the letter, I mean the PS-10s had all the right ingredients from the outset. That and a combination of excellent pre-sales service (and advice) made the decision easy – yes we extended our budget, we did so because it was just worth it”.

The systems were installed “wonderfully” by the install crew at Factory Sound (South Melbourne) and were tuned by Blair Burt, Sofitel Melbourne’s Senior Technician and according to Peter, Blair and his team are delighted with the system, as are all the AVD crew and Sofitel staff. Peter also said this about the service from the Nexo suppliers, “The systems were all delivered when promised and there were no compromises made with the service by all involved in the purchase and installation of the gear”.

With such a positive Nexo experience under their belts we had to ask the question, where to next for AVD and Nexo? Peter had this to say, “We currently have around 60 sound systems in our rental fleet and we will be extending Nexo into our general fleet in the first half of 2005, and beyond”. It seems like Nexo have had a great impact on AVD.

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