Philippines’ New World Makati Hotel hails room combining flexibility with Symetrix DSP installation…


The importance of the Philippines to the global financial industries requires little introduction at this point – nor the corresponding need for superlative hotel and conferencing facilities. Located in the heart of Manila’s economic district, the New World Makati Hotel is acutely aware of the need to maintain a high-level technical spec, in which context it recently instigated an upgrade project to guarantee fast and flexible audio distribution to multiple areas of the hotel.

Locally-based AV and lighting systems specialist Systech Lighting & Controls Inc had undertaken a previous AV upgrade project at the hotel. For its latest engagement, the firm was invited to propose an audio processing and distribution infrastructure to cover the primary ballroom, several meeting spaces, a limited number of guest bedrooms, and various hallway areas. The need for reliability was a given – but straightforward operation for the in-house personnel was also near the top of the priority list.

Six months on from the completion of a Symetrix-based DSP installation, Systech Technical Sales Executive Julius A. Bayot has received nothing but praise from the New World Hotel team for its new set-up. “First of all, they love the user interfaces and find them very easy to use,” he says. “Secondly, the room combining functionality is proving to be a real asset because, in particular, the meeting rooms are used in a variety of different configurations – sometimes separately for small groups, and sometimes together for larger gatherings. They also welcome the fact that it is very easy to add extra inputs if required in the future.”

The new Symetrix processing configuration comprises one SymNet Solus 8 open architecture DSP, one Jupiter 8 fixed architecture DSP and one SymNet Radius 12×8 Dante-scalable DSP. Bayot and his team have also specified Symetrix ARC-2e remote control wall panels – primarily for the purposes of quick and easy volume control.

Further underlining the New World Hotel’s commitment to using only the most sophisticated AV technology available, this latest phase of work also saw Systech specify JBL ceiling speakers and Lab.gruppen amplifiers to cover the meeting rooms and hallways, as well as a large consignment of Bose speakers in the main ballroom.