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Yamaha’s Blue Sky Thinking at Costa Navarino

May, 2011

With its unspoiled beaches, white sands and an inviting aquamarine sea beneath a cloudless sky, Costa Navarino is the latest ‘must-visit’ holiday destination in the Mediterranean. Complementing this new luxury and environmentally-friendly resort is a subtle, high quality audio network which adds the perfect ambience to the surroundings. Controlling such a large installation would normally prove something of a challenge, but a Yamaha solution made it straightforward.

The Costa Navarino complex stretches for two kilometres along the coast of the Messinia region of Greece and comprises two five star deluxe resort hotels, golf courses, restaurants, conference facilities, spas and dedicated activity centres for teenagers and children.

Yamaha’s Greek importer Philippos Nakas SA won the tender to supply and install a high quality audio system throughout the site, playing background music in all the public areas such as bars, restaurants, children’s play centres, hotel lobbies, reception areas, etc.

System designer Gerasimos Efthymiatos chose a Cobranet-based network, due to its cost-effectiveness and also because any latency is consistent throughout the network. Divided into 85 zones, the system features 32 Yamaha DME4io-C satellite DME units and no less than 110 XH-200 distribution amplifiers to power its loudspeakers.

The system is used to simultaneously distribute 17 different music programs through the network. This ensures that the appropriate style of music is played in each location - for example Italian music in the Italian restaurant, Greek music in the Greek tavern, piano bar music in the Anax bar and so on.

Because of the sheer size of the installation, central monitoring and control of all parts of it was essential, making the Yamaha units the ideal solution. Overall system control is done by a PC running Yamaha DME Designer software, while a hardware control panel - Yamaha CP1SF, CP4SF or ICP-1 - is installed in each zone. These are used by hotel staff to control the volume of the music and select variations in the programming for each area.


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