Sofitel London St James experiences invisible sound with K-array and Sennheiser

Luxury five-star hotel, the Sofitel London St James, has upgraded its brasserie and champagne bar with an invisible sound system, comprised of K-array loudspeakers and Sennheiser microphones.

The exclusive London location required an optimised sound system to cover the grand brasserie, The Balcon, the Champagne Balcony and the St James Bar. Furthermore, the system had to be unobtrusive to the eye in order to allow the luxurious interior design to remain unimpeded.

“The hotel delivers a standard of excellence that accepts no compromise. With our reputation for acoustic quality and excellence, CGA Integration was appointed to design and install a sound system that delivers on an aesthetic level as well as ensuring the prerequisite of superior sound,” said CGA owner Chris Gunton.

“The sound needed to complement and support the cuisine, being delivered with clarity and balance throughout, but with minimum impact on the meticulously designed décor.”

With ceiling loudspeakers out of the question, CGA opted for K-array’s KZ-10 micro line array and KKS-50 miniature subs, which were delivered in custom, RAL specification colour matched finishes, rendering them almost invisible. Sennheiser ‘2012 ready’ G3 radio microphones complemented the loudspeakers for when the system is used for private functions.

“We were also very conscious of not putting too many low frequencies into the ceiling void, because there are rooms directly above these areas,” Gunton continued. “The K-array units are highly directional, so sound is projected very accurately to where it is wanted. In addition, the RAL options meant that they could be finished in a colour which exactly matches the ceiling.”

“Sound is so important in creating the overall ambience in a restaurant,” commented Antoine Winckler, the hotel’s director of food and beverage. “The system that Chris and his team designed and installed perfectly complements the quality of the design, food and service that our customers expect.”