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Meyer Sound MM-4s Hide Away at Florida Resort
Known for its atmosphere of casual elegance, Florida's Boca Raton Resort & Club is a jet-setter's hideaway where modern amenities blend with the opulent Mediterranean-influenced architecture of the 1920's Gold Coast heyday. To maintain the unblemished look of this bygone era while providing 21st century sound, the Resort has installed Meyer Sound MM-4 miniature wide range loudspeakers inside the chandeliers of the soaring Cathedral room. Hidden away and practically invisible, the complement of diminutive MM-4 systems fills the acoustically problematic room with consistently pleasurable music.
The new system was designed by Jack Shimizu of Veneklasen Associates (Los Angeles). Shimizu's dual concern was to bring the loudspeakers down as close as possible to the listening area and conceal them from view, yet still provide the needed power and coverage. His preferred solution was installation of 22 of the tiny MM-4 cabinets, all tucked away neatly inside the existing wrought iron chandeliers. Four MM-4s were placed in each of the three chandeliers in the center of the room, and two each in the six smaller fixtures in the side galleries, except for two chandeliers on each far end, which required only one MM-4 due to limited coverage needs.
The 200-seat Cathedral is located in the Cloister, the Resort's original building, constructed in 1926. On a day-to-day basis, the Cathedral serves as a breakfast room, but it is also a popular venue for weddings and other special events.
The custom-painted MM-4 cabinets were installed by Island Systems & Design, and according to Island's Tom Black, the potentially tricky task was remarkably easy to accomplish. "We used the standard MM-4 brackets," he reports, "and found spaces to drill and tap into the metal. In fact, on the larger chandeliers, we didn't even have to drill because we could bolt through existing slits in the metalwork. It was a very clean look, with no custom fabrication needed."
The system's everyday application is high fidelity reproduction of satellite music programs, normally light jazz during the dining hours. The MM-4s also serve as distributed fill speakers when used in conjunction with a separate PA system for special events. In both applications, according to reports, the MM-4s performance has proven exemplary.
"The results have been fantastic," states Todd Taylor, the Resort's capital projects coordinator. "The staff has noticed a big difference. Now you get good sound regardless of where you are seated, and they are very unobtrusive. Unless you look for them, they are lost in the chandeliers."
Tom Kreseski of the Resort's in-house AV department is even more effusive in his praise. "It is one of the best-sounding systems in the country," he says. "It is a fantastic upgrade, and aesthetically ideal."