Sydney’s DJW Projects is the first Southern Hemisphere company to install Powersoft’s new Quattrocanali 4-channel amplifiers, following completion of a project at the new Prince Hotel in the suburb of Kirrawee for the Feros Group.

Prince Hotel Despite its name, the Prince Hotel is a traditional suburban pub rather than a hotel. The greenfield construction, costing more than Aus$11m to realise, is the result of a four year dream for Feros that recognised the need for leisure hospitality in the fast growing Southern Sydney precinct.

The offer ranges from Friday night football, viewed via hundreds of TVs, to a dedicated children’s area, an outdoor beer garden, a large restaurant and annex with a public bar and a TAB (Totalisator Agency Board) for betting in the far building.

In the outside courtyard area they also feature Sunday afternoon jazz or blues – and also host larger touring rock bands, when DJW Projects supplement the house PA by patching into the sound system via Dante – another reason for using Powersoft.

Australian distributor PAVT (Production Audio Video Technology) supplied four Quattrocanali 4804 (1.2kWpc/8Ω) amplifiers to power 16 channels of Void Venu 12 system subwoofers at the multi-zone pub installation.

The amplifier features the patented SRM (Smart Rails Management) technology, allowing the efficiency of the system to be maximised and power consumption to be drastically reduced at any load and usage condition. Quattrocanali claims the lowest thermal dissipation in the industry, reducing the need for external cooling devices.

Prince Hotel The Prince Hotel contains many speakers, requiring powerful single channel feeds. ‘In particular, I needed something with some real balls to run the subs,’ says DJW Projects designer, Dave Coxon. ‘I’m a strong believer in Powersoft amps, and when [PAVT MD] Graeme Stevenson said he had the new Quattrocanali series, we saw it as a great opportunity to put them on a job.’

They gave the advanced amplifiers ‘a real caning’ and also tried them with the EAW KF850 at PAVT’s production event division, running the entire system off a single amplifier before specifying them. ‘We loved the loading options, the heat dissipation and compact size of these Powersoft amps for installs, and having the Phoenix connectors is great; this saves installers 100 bucks an amp for connectors alone. They will run for years in an air-conned environment and on top of that, the fact that they have Dante was hugely appealing.

‘We have been big users of [Powersoft’s] M50Q and M28Q over the years, but this not only had the additional power, but the Dante option meant that I didn’t need to think about buying separate breakouts,’ Coxon adds.

Void loudspeakers are used throughout with most of the subs situated in the roof on custom steel isolated framesas part of the distributed system in the public bar. Others are in the restaurant, firing directly into the room while the remainders are built into the joinery, facing back from the external car park wall, carefully processed to avoid disturbing the neighbours.

‘We have hundreds of Powersoft units out in the field and they are extremely reliable,’ Coxon reports. ‘As for the power and durability of the Quattrocanali amplifiers, they have now been running audio 24 hours a day [at Prince Hotel] – at high level for six hours a night and at audible level for the rest of the time – and they have worked flawlessly.’

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