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Ecler Works Out Well at Sopwell House Gym

Ecler Works Out Well at Sopwell House Gym
Ecler Works Out Well at Sopwell House Gym

UK – Owned by AB Hotels, Sopwell House is a luxury country-house hotel set in 12 acres of peaceful Hertfordshire countryside. Steeped in history, the House was once home to the Mountbatten family and remained as a private residence until 1969 when it became a hotel. In 1986 it was acquired by Bejerano family who are still at the helm of the business. In more recent times Sopwell House gained fame as a base for the England football team before international matches, an indication of the high esteem in which it is held. With more than a hundred rooms, two restaurants, bars, conferencing, wedding and spa facilities, as well as a swimming pool and gym, the hotel is superbly equipped to meet every kind of business and recreational requirement.

Just as the gym plays an important role for guests who do not wish to interrupt their training regimes whilst away from home, its audio system is critical to delivering a complete experience. Fitness spaces with high quality background music reinforcement are now very much the expected standard. AB Hotels work tirelessly to provide their guests with the best of everything and not satisfied that its existing system was up to scratch, Director Alon Bejerano consulted with Excite AV over improving the audio in Sopwell House’s gym and adjoining dance studio. Excite had worked on a number of successful AV projects for AB Hotels and could be relied upon to deliver an appropriate solution.

Leading AV equipment provider Audiologic supplied Ecler IC Series ceiling loudspeakers to obtain optimum quality and coverage in this high-end environment. Perfect for 70/100V and low impedance solutions, the IC Series delivers excellent sound quality thanks to their infinite baffle and high performance HF transducer. At Sopwell House, Excite AV used ten IC6 6” speakers in the gym ceiling and a further eight IC8 8” speakers were used in the dance studio. The system is powered by a Cloud CXV225 amplifier and uses a Cloud Z8 Mk4 Zone Mixer. The Z8Mk4 accepts up to six input sources and acts as a very user-friendly master control. Further local control was added by means of remote wall plates.

Gareth Thomas, director and AV installer at Excite AV commented: “We enjoyed a straightforward install and The Ecler IC speakers sound and look excellent. The Sopwell House team has a reputation for paying close attention to every detail and the new audio system had to match its high expectations. The Cloud amplifier and mixer are a flexible complement to the speakers, ideal in multi-zone, multi-function spaces. By any standards the Ecler system is also great value for money without any compromise on quality. As always, Audiologic offered its usual reliable and efficient service, enabling us to work within a tight time frame to complete on schedule.”

Alon Bejerano, director at AB Hotels was pleased with the outcome: “We’ve worked with Excite AV on a number of projects and accepted their recommendation of the Ecler system without hesitation. The gym and studio are very important to our guests and we set great store by making sure that we create the best possible environment in which to work out. The sound quality is excellent, the system is easy to operate and we were pleasantly surprised by how competitively priced it was. We’re very happy with the results.”

26th September 2019

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